Bacon 2021: Game 2

After a rescheduling of games, the Toombs County Bulldogs needed to win both games in the doubleheader against the Bacon County Raiders to take the series on Thursday night. The Bulldogs were shutout in game two on Thursday 5-0.

Scoring still seems to be troubling TCHS. In game two versus the Raiders, the Bulldogs left runners on base in the first, second, third, fifth and sixth innings. In comparison, the Bulldogs and the Raiders each had five hits. Defensively, TCHS had two errors compared to Bacon’s defense which had none.

Neither team scored in the first inning. TCHS pitcher Brantley Upshaw and his Bulldog defense had a three up – three down top of the first. In the bottom of the first, TCHS put two runners in scoring position. Senior Chandler Lynn reached on a walk and Senior Chase Musselman was HBP. Both Lynn and Musselman advanced bases due to passed balls on the catcher. TCHS could not score in the first. Three outs were obtained on a strikeout looking, and two fly balls to Raider centerfielder, Brady Cothern.

In the second, the Raiders scored a run on an RBI by designated hitter, Jarrett Arney. In the second for TCHS, Senior Alex Gordy had a double and he could not be scored. It was 1-0 after two innings.

The game was scoreless for both teams in the third, fourth and fifth. The Raiders scored two in the top of the sixth on some Bulldog defensive errors and an RBI by Arney. The Raiders scored two more in the top of the seventh. Raider second baseman, Jackson Conner, had a sacrifice fly which scored a run and during his at bat a run scored on a passed ball.

Freshman Brantley Upshaw pitched six complete innings. Upshaw allowed four hits and three runs of which one was earned. Upshaw had five walks and three strikeouts.

Junior Caden VerSluis came in to finish the game in the seventh. He gave up a hit and had a strikeout. VerSluis gave up two runs to the Raiders, which were both unearned.

The Bulldogs turned around in thirty minutes time to play game three of the series.

~Bryce Braddy