Its not something you want to have a lot of experience doing. Pitching in 1-0 baseball games when you are on the losing side. Unfortunately, Toombs County right-handed junior Chase Musselman went through that ordeal in 2019. He lost 1-0 game to Metter-in Lyons- and the only run scored was unearned.
Chase may have had flashbacks in his mind to that game at some point in time during the first game of the 2020 regular season and the last home opener in the 53 year history of Jacky Jones Field.
Musselman and his mound opponent Tattnall County’s Kennedy each were on their game. Kennedy pitched 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball and allowed only one hit. He struck out 12 Bulldogs and walked two. Musselman stretched it for six innings and he didn’t allow a run. Chase allowed two hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Both starting pitchers were playing in the field when the game was decided in the eighth inning as the Warriors pushed across a run for a 1-0 victory.
With one down in the top of the eight Connor Durrence doubled to left and scored when the next batter- Kirkland Purcell singled to right field off reliever Trey Cloud.
The Bulldogs only had one hit and that was a fifth inning single to left field- with two down- by freshman right fielder Will Watts.