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 2007-2012 Bulldog Baseball Archive

2015 Season    

2015 TCHS Bulldog Baseball Banquet

2015 varsity and junior varsity TCHS Bulldogs

Varsity and junior varsity players were honored at the 2015 Toombs County Bulldog Baseball Banquet held at the Durden Cabin at Partin Park. Watch a Salaine Meadows Slideshow and Highlights

Varsity Award Winners

Tyler Luke- The senior pitcher, catcher and infielder was voted the MVP by his teammates and he was selected second team All-Region 1 by the region coaches. Luke was a dominant pitcher in his first season as the Bulldogs' ace. His ERA was 1.81 and opponents hit just .165 against the right-hander. However, he was probably denied a spot on the first team due to his 2-6 record. Luke threw 62 innings and in only 15 of those frames did he pitch with a lead. Tyler lost two games despite pitching two one-hitters. Against Islands, at home, he took a no-hitter into the ninth and lost a 3-2 decision. In a road game at Dodge County he lost another one-hitter 1-0. Watch Tyler pitch nine innings against Islands Video   

Luke pitched seven innings of three-hit ball at Jenkins and took a no-decision in a game the Bulldogs lost 2-1 in eight innings. He also lost a 5-4 game at Tattnall County in which three of the runs were unearned and he threw nine innings against third ranked Pierce County and the Bulldogs lost that game 4-2 and both ninth inning runs were unearned. Luke's two wins were on the road at Appling County and at home against Swainsboro, in his final game as a Dawg.

On offense Tyler led the Bulldogs 17 runs batted and he batted .262 with five doubles and 11 walks.

Cole Dowd- The senior first baseman won the coaches award and was named honorable mention in Region 1. Dowd, who did not play baseball as a junior, joined the team late and became a potent bat in the middle of the lineup. He stroked a double to right center at Dodge in a game in which TCHS had only two hits. He went 2-for-3 at Pierce, 3-for-4 at Swainsboro with a double and a triple and two RBI's and 2-for-4 at Appling County as he put together a six game hitting streak. Cole hit .375 with two triples, five doubles and six RBI's and he had an on base percentage of .512 and a slugging percentage of .550. Watch Cole swing the stick Video

D.R. Meadows- The sophomore shortstop and pitcher won the offensive player of the year award and was named second team All-Region 1. D.R. hit .403 in region games and .365 for the season. As both a leadoff hitter and a number three hitter, Meadows had a .521 on base percentage and he led the team in runs scored. Meadows hit a triple off the fence at Jenkins, which was one of the largest parks the Bulldogs played in during the season. He hit two doubles, drove in 10 runs and led the team with 18 runs scored. D.R. had a five game hitting streak early in the season and his first ever seven game hitting streak later on. On the mound was 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA. He lead TCHS to wins over Johnson, Swainsboro and Dodge County. Watch D.R. in action at the plate Video

Lane Adams- The sophomore won the defensive award and was honorable mention in Region 1. Lane went through the entire season without making an error at second base. Lane not only made the routine plays. But, he also made the spectacular snagging liners, making catches in the outfield grass and turning double plays with Meadows, his double play partner of many years. On offense Lane batted second and hit .286 with 12 walks, a double and four RBI's. Adams also pitched for the junior varsity and was named the jv pitcher of the year. Watch Lane play defense Video  

The junior varsity offensive player of the year was Tristan Lynn and the coaches award went to Noah Anderson, who learned the catchers position as a freshman. Willie Campbell who almost hit a home run three different times won the most improved award and the junior varsity MVP was Brandon Helton. Helton pitched and played in the outfield for the junior varsity while also playing center field for the varsity.

Another Senior Day victory for TCHS

 Nick Taylor, Jake Davis, Tyler Luke & Cole Dowd

 Cole Dowd with brothers Cody and Taylor

Heading into the bottom of the fifth innning the Toombs County Bulldogs were leading Swainsboro 3-2 on Senior Day. However, none of the four seniors had stroked a single hit. Traditionally senior Dawgs excell in their final regular season home game and they did in this one in their third at bats. Jake Davis (1-for-3) doubled in two runs, Cole Dowd (1-for-4), swinging for the fence, hit a three-run triple and Tyler Luke (1-for-3 with a walk) hoping to hit his fourth career homer smashed a deep shot which bounced at the base of the fence in left to drive in a run. The Dawgs scored seven in the fifth and two in the sixth to win their fifth straight Senior Day game 12-2. Lane Adams (1-for-1 with two walks) singled in the final two runs and senior Nick Taylor (1-for-3 with a walk) singled to left in that inning and scored the final run of the game. Watch the seniors stroke their hits Highlights Y-101 Story with Salain Meadows's pictures  Slide Show

Luke was the starting and winning pitcher. After a season of tough one and two run losses, he won his second game of the season by throwing six innings of three-hit ball with 10 strikeouts and six walks. Tyler did not allow an earned run and lowered his ERA to .181. In 62 innings he allowed only 37 hits and struck out 61 and walked 40. Opponents hit just .165 against the right-hander. Tyler's final record for the season is 2-6 with two no decisions. His career varsity record is 6-7. He went 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA as a sophomore.  

JV Baseball Bulldogs finish strong

Just like the Toombs County varsity baseball team the junior varsity finished the 2015 season playing their best ball. The young Dawgs closed the season with back-to-back home victories over Bacon County 4-3 and to Swainsboro 8-6.

In the Bacon victory, Lane Adams pitched the first four innings and allowed three hits and then Martin Stephens took over and threw three straight three up, three down innings with five strikeouts.

Tristan Lynn and Christian Conley each had two hits and Adams and George Luck each had one hit.

The B-Team Bulldogs closed their season with a come-back win over Swainsboro. The Tigers scored six runs in the top of the first inning and the Bulldogs rallied with an eight-run third. The game was stopped after the top of the fourth due to varsity game between Toombs and Swainsboro. Watch Highlights with Y-101 Radio Story  

Jake Davis is very busy in Dawg loss

 Jake Davis makes a diving catch in the second

 Jake runs a fly ball down in the fourth

 Jake also went face first into the fence, but he was OK

Senior centerfielder Jake Davis was a busy Bulldog in Toombs County's 6-3 home loss to Tattnall County. Jake caught a career high seven fly balls including six in the first four innings. His two best catches were a diving grab in the second inning, with one down and a runner on base in the second, and a running catch in the right centerfield gap in the fourth. Davis also had one of the Dawgs' three hits off Peyton Knight. Cole Dowd and George Lucke stroked the other two hits. Watch Highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow

The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Nick Curtis and Logan McGowan each walked and the Warriors made a big throwing error on a ball hit by Lucke which scored two runs. Dalton McBride drove in the third run with a grounder to second base.

The Warriors countered with four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Chris Grant (1-for-4) singled in a run, Jeremiah Barnett (2-for-4) doubled in one and Mikey Anderson (1-for-4) tripled in one. Tattnall scored two more runs in the sixth when Knight (3-for-4) tripled in a Warrior and Dylan Smith (1-for-4) singled in a teammate.  

TCHS & Pierce dual for nine innings

Lane turns an amazing double play

 2nd baseman Lane Adams makes a diving catch in foul territory

 Caleb Turner tagged up at 1st and D.R. Meadows tags him out at 2nd

On March 24, in Blackshear, Pierce County run-ruled Toombs County 14-4. 17 days later the two teams met in Lyons and it took the 20-1 Bears nine innings to nip the Bulldogs 4-2. Watch Highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow  Watch second baseman Lane Adams make two spectacular defensive plays Video

Pierce took a 2-0 lead by scoring runs in the third and fourth innings on two out singles by Kyler Allen (1-for-4) and Zack Goble (3-for-4).

The Bulldogs tied the game at two after they scored runs in the fourth and sixth on grounders by Nick Curtis and Tyler Luke (1-for-4).

With rain approaching the Bulldogs had a chance to win the game in the eighth. D.R. Meadows (2-for-3 with a walk) singled with one out. However, the Dawgs left him at third.

In the top of the ninth Goble reached on a infield hit and Madison Tuten singled. The Bears scored two runs on two separate throwing errors.

Adams & Stephens combine on JV 3-hitter

Lane Adams and Martin Stephens shared a three-hit Toombs County junior varsity victory over Bacon County. Adams threw the first four innings and allowed three hits and Stephens handled the final three innings and retired Bacon County nine-up, nine-down in a 4-3 TCHS win at Jacky Jones Field.

Tristan Lynn and Christian Conley led the Dawg offense with two hits a piece and Adams and George Lucke each had one hit.   

Bulldogs drop another one-run game

 Logan McGowan slides in with a third-inning run

For the third time in their subregion schedule the Toombs County Bulldogs lost by one single run in a game played on the road. The Dawgs lost by a run at Dodge County, Tattnall County and on Tuesday night 8-7 at Brantley County. The loss dropped Toombs County’s subregion record to 2-6 with two more sub games to play. Watch Highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows slideshow

Most of the scoring occurred in the first three innings. TCHS jumped up 1-0 in the top of the first. D.R. Meadows (2-for-4) singled and scored on Tyler Luke’s (1-for-2 with two walks) double to deep left field.

Brantley scored a pair of unearned runs, off Meadows, in the bottom of the first and then an earned run on a double by Mikel Collins (2-for-3) in the second to take a 3-1 lead.

In the third TCHS regained the lead by scoring five runs to jump on top 6-3. Nick Curtis (1-for-3) doubled in a run, George Lucke walked with the bases loaded, another run scored on a wild pitch and Meadows singled in two Dawgs.

Brantley came back in the bottom of the third and tied the game at six with three runs including the equalizer which was scored when the Herons stole home.

In the top of the fourth Cole Dowd reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on a balk and scored on a Curtis sacrifice fly to put Toombs up 7-6.

Brantley tied the game in the sixth on a run scoring single by Kole Clark (1-for-3) and won it in the bottom of the seventh on a Bulldog throwing error. The leadoff batter walked, went to second on a wild pitch and then scored on a bunt in which the Dawgs were trying to get an out at third and the throw to that bag sailed away.  

Bulldogs rise up and score eight in the 7th

 Dalton McBride enjoys his 7th inning RBI hit with coach Hunter Adams 

 Cole Dowd doubled and scored the tying run

 The Bulldogs celebrate a "Team Victory"

An eight-run seventh inning propelled the Toombs County Bulldogs to a 10-6 win at Appling County. A subregion victory which improved the Dawgs’ sub record to 2-5 and 5-12 overall. Toombs has won three straight and four out five since being run-ruled at Pierce County. Watch some of the key moments in the 7th inning Video  Watch full game highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow  Y-101 Story

Trailing 4-0 after four innings, the Bulldogs scored two runs in the fifth inning off an Appling error on a ball hit to second by Cole Dowd (2-for-4). The seventh began with Tyler Luke (1-for-4) earning a walk after falling behind in the count 0-2. Dowd doubled to left putting runners on second and third for Nick Curtis (1-for-4). The junior third baseman lined a pitch into left to score a pair of runs tying the score at 4. With one out and Curtis at third base, Appling brought the infield in. Freshman catcher Dalton McBride (1-for-2) worked the count full and then poked a pitch into right to put TCHS up 5-4. And the Bulldogs weren’t done.

Jake Davis walked and then D.R. Meadows (2-for-4) doubled by dropping a ball into right center which wasn’t caught by two diving outfielders. Two Dawgs scored to make it 7-4. Lane Adams (2-for-4) singled to right to push the lead to 8-4 and then Luke doubled to deep left to make it 9-4 Bulldogs.

Luke started on the mound and pitched all seven innings. The senior, who entered the game with a sub two ERA, was 0-for-4 with two no decisions. But, despite not having his best control he won his first game. Luke allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in six of the seven innings and that runner scored in five different frames.

Appling scored single runs in each of the first four innings. The score could have been worse for the Bulldogs had Luke not stranded nine runners on base in the first four innings, including five in scoring position. Plus the Bulldogs played some spectacular defense. Meadows made two diving stops on balls hit up the middle and each time he flipped to Adams for outs at second base. Curtis made a tough catch on a foul ball near his third base bag and Logan McGowan ran down a ball in right field.

Tyler settled down in the fifth and sixth and faced only seven batters. However, in the seventh Appling sent nine batters to the plate and scored twice. Luke recorded all three outs in that frame with strikeouts.

Luke allowed only six hits. However, he walked nine batters and hit one with six strikeouts.

Bulldogs win first subregion game

 Logan McGowan legs out a hit which scores a 1st inning run

 

 Nick Curtis drives in a pair

 

 D.R. Meadows goes 3-0

The Toombs County Bulldog baseball team came close to winning their first subregion game in their first trip around the league. The Dawgs lost two of their first five sub games by one run including a 1-0 defeat at Dodge County. Toombs avenged that loss at Jacky Jones Field, with a 9-5 victory giving the 4-12 Bulldogs their first two game win streak of the season. Watch Highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow  Y-101 Story

TCHS raced to a 7-0 lead by scoring five runs, after two outs, in the first three innings. In the bottom of the first, with two out, Cole Dowd (1-for-3) doubled to left, Logan McGowan (1-for-3) singled in a run, Nick Curtis (1-for-2) singled in a pair of runs, George Lucke (1-for-3) singled and Christian Conley (1-for-4) singled in a run.

The Dawgs scored an unearned, with two outs, in the third and then two runs, with nobody out in the fourth on a two-run double to deep right by Tyler Luke (2-for-4). In the fifth D.R. Meadows (1-for-3) and Lane Adams (1-for-1 with three walks) each singled in a run to give Toombs County a 9-1 lead.

Meadows pitched six innings and earned his third win of the season. He allowed five hits and three earned runs while striking out eight Indians and walking four. Luke pitched the seventh inning and struck out a pair of hitters. 

Dawgs are in and out in three innings

For the second time this season the Toombs County Bulldogs run-ruled a Coastal Empire opponent 15-0, in three innings, in a Region 1 crossover game at Jacky Jones Field. The first victim was the Johnson Atom Smashers and the latest, on a Monday afternoon, was Savannah High. The Bulldogs record is 3-12 and 0-5 in the subregion. Watch Highlights

Nick Taylor picked up his first win as a TCHS pitcher allowing just one hit with six strikeouts and three walks. The only hit was an infield dribbler which didn’t even make it to the mound.

On offense nine Bulldogs walked, one was hit by a pitch and one reached on an error. D.R. Meadows, back in the leadoff position, went 2-4 with a RBI, Lane Adams 1-for-2 with a RBI, Nick Curtis 1-for-1 with a double and a RBI, Cole Dowd 1-for-1 with a double, Christian Conley 1-for-2 with a RBI and Dalton McBride 1-for-1 with two walks and a RBI.    

Luke & the Dawgs lose by one again

Tyler Luke has started six games for the Toombs County and in five of those games the Bulldogs have lost by one single run. The latest frustrating start was a subregion game at Tattnall County. Luke pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and he and the Dawgs lost 5-4, dropping the TCHS record to 2-12 and 0-5 in the subregion. Watch Highlights  

Luke pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs. He struck out four, including three in the fifth. The senior walked five and hit three. His record drops to 0-4 with two no decisions despite having an ERA under two.  

Toombs spotted the Warriors three unearned runs in the first two innings. Luke hit the leadoff hitter in the first inning and gave up a single and then the Bulldogs turned a 6-4-3 double play. However, an error allowed one run to score and a double by Chris Grant plated the second.

Tattnall scored the third unearned run in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, in this battle of the aces, the Bulldogs were hitless against right-hander Peyton Knight through the first three innings.

Luke (1-for-3) broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the fourth. With one out D.R. Meadows (2-for-3) singled and the hot hitting Cole Dowd hustled down the first baseline and reached on an infield hit to second scoring pinch runner Brandon Helton. Dowd is 7-for-10 in his last three games. With two out Nick Curtis (1-for-3) lined a single to right. The ball got by the outfielders and two Bulldogs scored while Curtis was out at third. The score was now tied at 3-all.

In the bottom of the fourth Luke walked a pair of batters and both scored on a double, to the fence in left field, by left-handed hitting Blake Durrence. The Warriors were back on top 5-3.

Meadows and Dowd each reached on infield hits in the sixth. However, Meadows rounded the second base bag on the Dowd hit and he was tripped by an infielder trying to get back and was called out at second on a controversial call ending the frame. Coaches Nick Hayes and Hunter Adams, subbing for head coach Brian Fitzgerald who was tossed out of the Swainsboro game the night before, argued the call.

There was more controversy in bottom of the sixth. Durrence hit a fly ball to right, with two out and a runner at third base, Logan McGowan’s throw was up the third baseline. However, the run did not count as the Bulldogs appealed the play at third and the ruling was the runner had left the bag early. Warrior coach Donnie Fike came down the third baseline and contested the call.

In the top of the seventh McGowan led off with a walk. Knight walked the leadoff batter in four of his seven innings. Curtis reached on an error and the Bulldogs had runners on second and third with nobody out. A strikeout made it one down and Helton, a pinch hitter, smacked the ball to the second baseman scoring McGowan to cut the Warrior lead to 5-4.  Pinch hitter Nick Taylor hit a flare to second, which was caught, ending the game.

D.R. and Cole lead Dawgs to second win

 D.R. Meadows pitched no-hit ball for 4 1/3

 Cole Dowd running the bases in his 3-for-4 game

D.R. Meadows pitched six innings of two-hit ball, including the first 4 1/3 hitless and Cole Dowd went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs batted in as the Toombs County Bulldogs claimed their second victory of the season, a 5-1 decision at Swainsboro. Watch Highlights Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow

Meadows, who has been the starting and winning pitcher in both Bulldog wins, lost his no-hit bid when Brock Hooks singled to left with one out in the fifth. Meadows also yielded a one-out double in the sixth. He threw six innings and struck out five and walked four while allowing one earned run. Tyler Luke pitched the seventh and struck out the side.

The Bulldogs scored a run in the first when Meadows (1-for-4) reached on an error and scored after Cole Dowd had stroked a double to left. The throw went to the center of the diamond and Meadows raced home.

Dowd singled to left in the third to put the Bulldogs up 2-0. Swainboro cut the lead in half in the bottom of the frame and then the Dawgs put the game on ice.

Luke walked, Lane Adams (1-for-3) dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line and then the Bulldogs smashed three straight RBI hits. Meadows singled, Dowd tripled to center and George Lucke came out of the dugout as a pinch hitter and singled to left. 

Brantley’s Collins homers & robs the Dawgs

 Nick Curtis comes over the top against Brantley

Brantley County center fielder Mikel Collins smashed a solo home run over the right field fence and made two spectacular catches to highlight the Herons’ 7-1 victory over Toombs County at Jacky Jones Field. Watch Highlights

Collins ran deep into the right field gap to rob Lane Adams of an extra base hit in the fifth inning and then he made a diving catch in shallow left, with the bases loaded, to end the game stealing a base hit from Logan McGowan. Watch Collins on his big night Video  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow

The Bulldogs’ offensive highlights, in a game in which they had only six hits off a steady diet of off speed pitches for the first six innings, were two hits from Alan Beverly and a double to deep left by D.R. Meadows. Those two combined to produce the only Toombs run of the game. Meadows (1-for-3) hit his two-bagger, with one out in the fifth inning, and Beverly (2-for-2), who came off the bench to replace Meadows at short when he took over on the mound, hit his RBI single with two down.

Nick Taylor went 2-for-3 and McGowan 1-for-3. Nick Curtis pitched the first four innings and allowed five earned runs. He walked a batter with two outs in the first and yielded a run scoring bloop single. In the third Collins hit the homer and a pair of two out walks were followed by run scoring hits by Wes Thrift, who drove in a pair, and Kade Rowell who brought in one.

Meadows faced the minimum in the fifth and sixth despite allowing a single in each inning. The Bulldogs Brandon Helton hustled into the gap and scooped up a base hit and threw to second to get an out in the fifth. In the sixth the Bulldogs put on a bunt play on defense and catcher Dalton McBride threw to second baseman Lane Adams who slipped behind the runner at first to record the out.

Meadows yielded two unearned runs in the seventh. He struck out three batters in his three innings and allowed four hits.

Appling denies Dawgs a subregion victory

The Appling County Pirates scored three runs in the fifth inning and two in the seventh to beat the Toombs County Bulldogs 5-2 in a Region 1 subregion game in Lyons. The Dawgs fall to 1-9 and 0-2 in the subregion. Watch Highlights Center fielder Jake Davis has made three diving catches in his last four games, watch all three Video  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow  

TCHS took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Logan McGowan walked, Cole Dowd was hit by a pitch and Jake Davis hit a sacrifice fly to centerfeld to drive in his second run of the season.

Tyler Luke, pitching on three days rest, kept the Pirates off the scoreboard until the fifth. He stranded six runners on base including two at third and one at second. In the fifth Luke walked two batters and hit two to set the table for the Pirates to score three runs. A bases loaded pass made it 1-1, a hit batsman with the bags full put Appling up 2-1 and a RBI single by Jeremy Morris (3-for-4) pushed the Pirate lead to 3-1.

Luke pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits with tw strikeouts and four walks. He took another tough loss as his record dropped to 0-3 with two no decisions. His ERA is 1.77.

Toombs scored a run in the bottom of the fifth. Nick Taylor (1-for-1) singled and D.R. Meadows (2-for-4) doubled in the run. 

Luke pitches another 1-hitter and doesn't win again

 Tyler Luke pitches another dominating game

 Cole Dowd smokes a double to the gap 

 Dowd, in his first varsity start, plays a flawless first base 

For the second time in two weeks Toombs County senior pitcher Tyler Luke pitched a one-hitter and his Bulldogs didn't win the game. Two weeks to date of his nine inning one-hitter home loss to Islands, Luke pitched a six inning one-hitter at Dodge and once again TCHS lost by a single run, this time it was 1-0. Watch Highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow

In his four 2015 starts Luke has pitched 27 1/3 innings and has allowed only 12 hits and five earned runs. His earned run average is 1.01 and opponents are batting .126 against the right-hander. Tyler's record is 0-2 with two no decisions. He had a no decsion against Vidalia in which he pitched 5 1/3 and left with the Bulldogs leading 4-1 and he took a no decision at Jenkins. In that game he pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and allowed one earned run with nine strikeouts and no walks. He left the game with the scored tied at one and TCHS lost 2-1 in the eighth on a pass ball.

Luke's mound opponent was just as tough on the Dawgs. Lance Pruett yielded two hits and no walks while striking out eight Toombs County batters.

Both teams broke up a double no-hitter in the fourth inning. TCHS leadoff hitter D.R. Meadows (1-for-3) led off the top of the inning smacking the first pitch down the third base line and off the bag for the first hit of the game. Lane Adams laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to the right of home plate advancing Meadows to second and a grounder moved him to third where he was stranded.

In the bottom of the fourth Luke walked Cain Petersen- the third of four Indians who received a free pass. Chandler Davis (1-for-2 with a walk) singled and then, with Peterson at third, Clint Thompson hit a sacrifice fly to center to score the only run of the game.

The Bulldogs had one more scoring opportunity. In the fifth, with two outs, senior Cole Dowd (1-for-2), who was starting his first varsity baseball game, worked the count to 3-2 and then smashed a pitch into the gap in right field for a double. Pruitt took over from that point and retired the next seven Bulldogs in a row to end the subregion game. The Bulldogs are 1-8 and 0-1. Toombs has lost four one-run games- all with Luke as the starting pitcher.

Bulldogs can't find the right mix

The Toombs County Bulldogs have been on a season long search for the right combination of baseball elements to turn their season around. In a 15-5 home loss to Southeast Bulloch the Dawgs made some fine plays in the field, but they also made way too many errors. The latest defeat dropped the TCHS record to 1-7. Watch Highlights   Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow

Toombs Tied the game in the first inning at 1-1 on a Lane Adams (3-for-4) single followed by a Tyler  Luke (3-for-4) RBI base hit. The Dawgs didn't score another run until they were down 8-1 in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Dalton McBride (1-for-2) stroked his first varsity hit, Jake Davis (1-for-3) singled in his first varsity run and Tyler Luke drove in his team-leading tenth run of the season. Davis scored on a wild pitch and after putting up the three-spot TCHS trailed 8-4.

SEB put the game away with a seven run seventh inning and Toombs scored a final run in the bottom of the frame with McBride driving in his first run of his Bulldog career with a grounder.      

Another big Indian inning downs the Dawgs

 Nick Curtis singles in a run in the first inning

In their 2015 season opener the Toombs County Bulldogs were beaten by Vidalia when the Indians scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a one-run victory. Two weeks later, in Lyons, the Indians broke open a 1-1 game with a five-run fourth on their way to a 6-2 win. Watch Highlights  Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow

Neither team played their A-Game on defense. In the bottom of the first inning Toombs County's Lane Adams reached on an error, Tyler Luke (1-for-2 with a walk) singled and Nick Curtis (1-for-3) drove in the first run of the game with a single. Those two hits were the Dawgs final hits of the game.

Vidalia tied the game in the top of the third with the help of two Bulldog errors. In the decisive fourth, Greg McKenzie drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Christian Jay and Eric Tillery each stroked a RBI single and the other two runs were scored on TCHS errors.

In the bottom of the fifth three Vidalia errors helped the Dawgs score their final run. Vidalia starting pitcher Greg McKenzie threw a complete game two-hitter. The junior right-hander struck out three, walked one and hit one. Both runs allowed by McKenzie were unearned.

Senior Nick Taylor started on the Jacky Jones mound for the Bulldogs and he pitched three innings and allowed one hit while striking out one Indian and walking three. Nick Curtis pitched three innings and yielded four hits and D.R. Meadows threw the top of the seventh and allowed one hit and walked a batter and left the bases loaded with a strikeout.

History repeats itself

Luke pitches another gem and doesn't win

Tyler Luke has thrown 21 1/3 innings allowing 11 hits and four earned runs for a 1.31 ERA with 25 strikeouts and five walks and yet in three starts the senior does not have a victory. He is 0-1 with two no decisions. Luke's latest effort was a seven inning stint in which he allowed five hits and one earned run with nine k's and one walk at Jenkins High in Savannah. The end result a 2-1 loss in eight innings as the Warriors scored the game-winning run, with two outs, on a pass ball dropping the Bulldogs record to 1-5 and 0-2 in cross over games in Region 1 AAA. Watch Highlights

Jenkins scored the first run, in the third inning, on an infield hit by leadoff hitter D.J. Tinsley and a run scoring single by Matt Craft. The Dawgs tied the game in the top of the fourth when D.R. Meadows (1-for-3) blasted a triple off the fence in left center field. Luke (0-for-2) drove in his eighth run of the season with a sacrifice fly to right field. The Bulldogs only had three hits off senior right-hander Brennan Shreak. Nick Curtis (1-for-3) led off the fifth with a single.

The Warriors set up game-winning situation i the eighth, against Curtis, by reaching first base on a strike out. Curtis fielded a bunt and threw out the base runner going to second. Then the Dawgs made an error. Ramon Pirrone grounded out to second advancing the runners to second and third. The count was one ball and two strikes on Austin Sikes (2-for-3) when a pitch which was low got away and although the play at the plate was close catcher Dalton McBrides flip to Curtis just missed ending the inning. Curtis tag was a second late as the Warriors handed the Bulldogs their second extra-inning loss, to a team from the Costal Empire, in their last three games.

Bulldogs run-rule Johnson for 1st win 

 

 D.R. Meadows KO's four 

 

 Nick Taylor strikes out the side

The Toombs County Bulldogs scored 10 runs in the first inning and five in the third in a 15-0 three inning home victory over Johnson. The Region 1 AAA crossover victory was the first of the season for the now 1-4 Dawgs. Watch Highlights  and a Y-101 Radio Story with Salain Meadows pictures

Tyler Luke (2-for-2) drove in three runs with two run scoring singles in the first inning and a sacrifice fly to right in the third. Logan McGowan (1-for-1 with a walk), D.R. Meadows (1-for-1 with walk), Alan Beverly (2-for-3), Christian Conleya nd Bryce Harrison all singled in a run. Nick Curtis had a sacrifice fly RBI.

On the mound Meadows pitched the first two innings and was the winning pitcher for the first time with the varsity. He allowed a bloop single and struck out four batters. Nick Taylor struck out the side in the third.

Luke deals 8 1/3 innings of no-hit ball

in epic Bulldog loss

 Tyler Luke pitching early in his nine inning gem

 D.R. Meadows off first base in a 2-for-3 day with a walk

In his second pitching start of his senior season Tyler Luke continued a Bulldog tradition of sensational and memorable pitching performances. Luke pitched 8 1/3 innings of no-hit ball. However, Islands High scored a pair of runs in the ninth beat the Dawgs 3-2 as Luke pitched a nine-inning one-hitter. In the past Jared Allen (2007) and Javec King (2009) pitched Bulldog no-hitters. Watch Highlights or Tyler pitching his one-hitter Video  and a Salain Meadows Slideshow  Y-101 Story  Check out some other epic Bulldog pitching performances Click Here

The Sharks' Chandler Wilkinson hit a ball deep to centerfield which was not caught and that double scored Charlie Harrell, who was hit by pitch with one out. Islands scored a second run in the ninth on a suicide squeeze bunt by catcher Jeffrey Pearce.

The Bulldogs tried to rally from the 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth. Luke (1-for-4) led off with a double and with two outs Martin Stephens (0-for-3) and pinch hitter Nick Taylor each drew a walk off Wilkinson, who was pitching in relief. With the bases loaded Brandon Helton walked to cut the Island lead to 3-2. However, the epic game ended with the bases loaded on a Dawg strike out.

Luke, who pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball at Vidalia six days earlier, struck out a career hiigh 12 and he got stronger as the quickly paced game reached the late innings. After yielding an unearned run in the fifth to tie the score at 1-1, Tyler struck out the side in the sixth and then kept his no-hitter going a three up, three down seventh and eighth. He struck out two batters in the seventh and one to end the eighth. Luke faced one more than the minimum throughn three innings. He walked a Shark with two out in the second and walked another batter with two down in the fourth and in each frame he stranded the base runner at second.

Luke drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. He grounded out to third base driving in Lane Adams (0-for-3 with two walks) who walked as the leadoff hitter. Luke wasn't the only right hander who pitched well in this Region 1 AAA crossover game. Charlie Harrell didn't allow a hit until D.R. Meadows (2-for-3) led off the fourth with a double. Harrell and Wilkinson allowed five Bulldog hits.  

JV Dawgs play nine against Appling County

On a chilly, rainy Saturday the Toombs County Junior Varsity baseball team played a total of nine innings against Appling County at Jacky Jones Field. The Pirates won the first five-inning game 3-2 and the second game went four innings and ended in a 5-5 tie because of a wet field. Watch Highlights

Game one- The Bulldogs scored a pair of unearned runs in the early odd innings. Tristan Lynn (0-for-1 with two walks and a stolen base) walked and scored on a Pirate misplay in the first inning. In the third Dalton McBride stroked the Bulldogs only hit of the game and scored on an error. Noah Anderson pitched four innings of quality baseball.

Game two- In the first inning Anderson walked and scored on an error. In the second Jalen Mobley (2-for-2) singled and scored a run. In the third Christian Conley (1-for-3) reached on an error and scored, McBride (1-for-3) doubled in a run and scored and Brandon Helton (1-for-2) singled and scored a run. Helton and McBride each pitched in the light rain

Bacon County walks to big win

The Bacon County Raiders walked 12 times, including four times with the bases loaded, in a 15-3 win over Toombs County in the Bulldogs first home game at Jacky Jones Field in 2015. Watch Highlights  

Bulldogs open first full week with loss

The Toombs County Bulldogs closed out their 2014 regular season with four games in five days and their last game in that set was at Bacon County. They lost that game. Coincidentally, the Dawgs opened up their first full week of the regular season at Bacon County in the Raiders' new ballpark. Bacon broke open a close game with a four-run fifth leading to a 6-2 Raider victory. Watch Highlights  

Bacon scored a run in the first inning on an opposite field single by left handed designated hitter Jacob Holton. The Raiders scored a second run in the fourth on TCHS's first error of the season. Toombs scored a run in the fifth. Jake Davis walked, D.R. Meadows (2-for-3 with a walk) singled and Tyler Luke (1-for-4) grounded out to third scoring Davis.

Bulldog pitching walked four Raiders in the fifth leading to a four-run inning. Holton (2-for-3) singled to the opposite field driving in a run and Klein Nipper (1-for-3) singled in in two Raiders. A bases loaded walk scored another Bacon run.

The Bulldogs scored their second run in the seventh inning. Meadows and Lane Adams each walked with one out against Nipper, Bacon's reliever. Luke followed with a run scoring single and then the Bulldogs loaded up the bases. However, the game ended on a curve ball strikeout. The Bulldogs left 10 runners on base including seven in scoring position.

In the battle of starting pitchers, Bacon's righty Dalton Spires threw six innings and allowed an earned run on three hits with nine strikeouts and two walks. Toombs County's Nick Taylor pitched 4 1/3 innings and yielded three earned runs on three hits. The senior right hander struck out four batters including the five, six and seven hitters in a row in the second inning. Taylor walked six including Holton intentionally. Lane Adams threw a three up, three down sixth with one strikeout.     

Indians rally in the 7th and nip the Dawgs

 Tyler Luke allows one earned run in five innings

The 2015 Toombs County Bulldog baseball team with a lineup featuring two returning starters- senior pitcher Tyler Luke and sophomore shortstop D.R. Meadows- and only one other Dawg who had started a varsity game- junior right fielder Logan McGowan- opened up a 4-0 lead at Vidalia. However, the Indians rallied with a run in the fifth and four in the seventh to win the non-region rivalry matchup 5-4. Watch Highlights Video  

The Bulldogs who also started three seniors- third baseman Alan Beverly, designated hitter Nick Taylor and center fielder Jake Davis- one junior- first baseman Nick Curtis along with two sophomores- second baseman Lane Adams and left fielder George Lucke- and freshman catcher Dalton McBride scored their first run of the season in the second inning. Lucke (2-for-4) singled with one out, Beverly (0-for-4) reached on an error, Curtis (2-for-3) singled and Taylor (1-for-3) reached on an infield single to drive in the run with two outs.

Toombs left a runner in scoring position in the third and the fourth and then scored three runs in the fifth inning. With one down, Adams (2-for-4) singled, Luke (1-for-4 with a seventh inning double down the left field line) reached on an error and then McGowan singled in to right field to score Adams to make 2-0 Dawgs. Lucke doubled to left to drive in a run and it was 3-0 and Curtis stroked a RBI hit and TCHS had a 4-0 lead.

On the mound Luke kept the Indians off the scoreboard for the first four innings with a combination of good pitching and fine defense. The Bulldogs did not make an error and they made two big plays to end the fifth and sixth with the Indians threatening to score.

Luke struck out the four and five hitters, with runners on second and third, in the first inning. The right hander allowed only two hits through the first four innings. The Indians finally lit up the Greg James Field scoreboard in the fifth on a Eric Tillery (2-for-3) sacrifice fly which was caught on a dive by Lucke in left field. The inning ended with Vidalia trying to manufacture a run out of a first and third base running situation. The Dawgs were able to get the out near first base denying the Indians a second run.

In the sixth Luke yielded a leadoff double to Dylan Crawford (1-for-3) and then he was relieved on the mound by Meadows. Luke pitched five innings and allowed five hits and one earned run while striking out four batters, walking one and hitting two.

Meadows walked a batter and allowed a single, but he didn’t allow a run in the sixth as Adams timed his leap perfectly on a liner and after snagging the ball he threw to second base for a double play.

The Indians started off the bottom of the seventh with four straight singles. Blake Corbett (2-for-3), Paul Dixon (2-for-4), Tillery and Jordan McFadden (2-for-3) all reached base. McFadden drove in the first run of the inning and then Curtis relieved Meadows on the mound and walked pinch hitter Ruston Robinson on a 3-2 pitch, with the basses loaded, to cut the TCHS lead to 4-2. Jarrett Bryant (1-for-4) singled in a run to make it a one-run game and then Greg McKenzie popped up to Adams for the first out of the inning. Number eight hitter Devin Williams ended the comeback and the game with a sacrifice fly to left giving the Indians the win.  

JV Bulldogs rally in loss 

The Toombs County Bulldog Junior Varsity baseball team fell behind 7-0 at Vidalia and then the young Dawgs rallied scoring five straight runs before losing 8-6. Willie Campbell and Christian Conley each hit a double and Dalton McBride stroked a run-scoring triple to center field. Watch Highlights   

Dawgs scrimmage the Tigers in Metter

The Toombs County Bulldogs, with a lineup returning just one starter from their last game in 2014, opened the season with a 6-3 loss in a scrimmage game at Metter. On a chilly night there were plenty of walks and wild pitches. Each team walked nine batters and Metter scored four runs on wild pitches and the Bulldogs tallied three on errant throws in the top of the seventh. Watch Highlights

The Bulldogs, despite having only four hits, had plenty of scoring opportunities throughout the seven inning game. The Dawgs had two runners thrown out at home plate, left the bases loaded in the second, left runners at second in two other innings and they hit in to a double play to end the game.

Senior Tyler Luke, who was a starter in 2014, was 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of singles and a walk. He also pitched two scoreless innings to open the game. He walked one and struck out two. Nick Curtis pitched a three-up, three-down third and Nick Taylor pitched around a walk and a single and threw a scoreless fourth.

A pair of young Bulldogs each had a hit. Martin Stephens singled in the fourth and George Lucke singled in the fifth.

2014 Season

Summer 2014   

Dawgs rally falls one-run short

 Hogan White takes a 2-0 fastball over the rightfield fence

 and then celebrates his first Jacky Jones homer

Over the years the Toombs County Bulldogs have been known for their comebacks. In a summer league game at Jacky Jones Field, the Bulldogs trailed Metter 12-5 going to the bottom of the ninth of a nine inning game. The Dawgs once again rallied and scored six runs, half on one swing by Hogan White, who hit a three-run home run over the right field fence. Unfortunately, the rally ended with the bases loaded and Metter a 12-11 winner. Watch Highlights You Tube   

Austin Williams pitched the first four inninngs and Nick Taylor the final five- his longest stint as a Bulldog. Toombs made three errors in the seventh allowing Metter to push a 7-4 lead to 12-4. Toombs scored a run in the eighth. Alan Beverly walked and Stephen Garrett singled to put runners on first and third. The Dawgs sent the runner at first and Beverly scored when the Tigers catcher threw the ball to second.

In the ninth Brandon Helton walked and Martin Stephens was hit by a pitch. Lane Adams, who had two hits in the game, singled to load the bases. Williams drove in a run with a grounder to third, D.R. Meadows hit a liner to right that dropped in for a single and another run and Logan McGowan, who also had two hits, singled in a run

Bulldogs swing wood

A Treutlen batter swings and misses and strikes out against D.R. Meadows 

Swinging the wooden bat is a yearly tradition for the Toombs County Bulldogs. Once again the Bulldogs are playing host to their Wooden Bat Tourney. On the first day the Dawgs lost two one-run games- 3-2 to Statesboro and 4-3 to Treutlen. Austin Williams pitched four innings against Statesboro and Nick Taylor threw the final three.

Against Treutlen D.R. Meadows pitched five innings of shutout ball with a least six strikeouts. Meadows pitched into the sixth when the Vikings staged a comeback and scored four runs for the victory. Lyons took a 3-0 in the fifth inning. Logan McGowan and Lane Adams each had RBI singles and another run scored on a wild pitch. Watch Highlights You Tube    

Baseball Bulldogs celebrate 2014 season

(L to R) Jeremy Beasley, Tyler Luke, Hunter Braddy, Christian Moore, Brandon Beckum, D.R. Meadows and James Ethredge 

The 2014 Toombs County Bulldogs celebrated their season, with good food and a big crowd, at their annual banquet held in the Durden Cabin at Partin Park. TCHS, which opened up with five straight losses including two in Region 2 play, rebounded and finished 15-12 winning three out of five games in the GHSA Double A State Playoffs. Head coach Brian Fitzgerald has been to the post season in 10 out of the 12 seasons he has been either an assistant or the head coach of the Bulldogs.

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Coach Fitzgerald handed out four team awards. The Most Valuable Player award went to not one, but two Bulldogs. Seniors James Ethredge and Jeremy Beasley shared the honor. Ethredge went 7-4 on the mound with a 3.54 ERA. Opponents hit only .214 against the righty and he struck out 85 batters. Lifetime Ethredge finishes his career with a 19-11 record, a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts in 187 innings. Offensively James hit .318 in 2014 with two triples, eight doubles and 16 RBI. Lifetime he hit .320 with four triples, 19 doubles and 43 RBI. Ethredge was selected first team All-Region 2 as an outfielder.

Beasley also compiled a 7-4 record this past season. He had a career low 1.58 ERA and opponents hit .215 against him. Jeremy struck out a career-high 107 batters and walked 26. In 162 lifetime innings he struck out 194 batters and went 16-13 with a 2.38 ERA. At the plate Beasley was mighty consistent. He hit .293 in 2014 and wound up with the same batting average for his career. Jeremy hit two triples and three doubles and drove in 18 runs. As a varsity Bulldog he had 66 hits with five triples, six doubles and 38 RBI. Beasley was also named the Best Defensive Player and was voted first team All-Region 2 team as a pitcher. He was selected to play for Senior Team Georgia later this season. Both Beasley and Ethredge were selected to play in the Georgia Dugout Club's All-Star weekend in Columbus.

The Best Offensive Player was Hunter Braddy. The senior moved from the leadoff postion to third and hit .309 with nine doubles, a triple and 15 RBI. Braddy also had a career-long hitting streak of 13 games. Hunter hit .307 for his career with 80 hits, two triples, 21 doubles and 36 RBI. Braddy also received a plaque for being named first team All-Region 2.

The coaches award (selected by Fitzgerald, George Miller and Hunter Adams) was given to Tyler Luke. After an 0-2, with two strikeouts, against Benedictine's Chipper Wiley in a home region game, Luke was hitting .175. He was 7-for-40 at the plate. Tyler went 14-27 (.519) over his final nine games and he hit three home runs in the state playoffs. Luke wound up hittin .313 with a triple and two doubles and 15 RBI in addition to his three homers.

Christian Moore (All-Region 2 outfield) did his best hitting in the most important games in the regular season- the Region 2 games. Moore went 16-for-48 in the 18 region games hitting .333. His best game was a 3-for-3 at Vidalia with two singles, one double, three RBI and a walk. He also went 2-for-3 at McIntosh County Academy, at Bacon County and at home against Long County. Christian hit 14 doubles in his Bulldog career including 10 as a junior and he drove in 24 runs.   

Another Bulldog who improved his batting average by a big margin was senior Brandon Beckum, who was honorable mention All-Region 2. In 2013 he had five hits and batted .147. In 2014 he turned himself into a .300 hitter. Brandon went 6-for-18 (.333) to open up the season and then he went into a little slump- 1-for-11. However, Beckum finished strong. He was 4-for-8 in his final three games and even had two hits in one inning in game three of the second round of the state playoffs and he wound up hitting .322 with four doubles.

The Bulldog B-Team finished the season with a 10-5 record. However, with D.R. Meadows on the field they were 10-2. Meadows, a freshman, at one point during the JV season had a .700 batting average. He went 5-for-6 in a game at Jeff Davis and on the mound pitched a complete game two-hitter against ECI at Jacky Jones Field. Meadows became a full time starter on the varsity at shortstop and was the leadoff hitter. D.R. hit .378 to lead the varsity with two doubles and 9 RBI. He finished the season with a six-game hitting streak and had a .610 on-base percentage. During the state playoffs his on-base percentage was .708.

Bulldogs season ends despite heroic comeback

Did Christian Moore touch home in the fifth inning? 

Trailing 8-1 in the top of the fifth inning, in a game three matchup at Cook County, in the second round of the GHSA State Tournament, it looked like the Toombs County Bulldogs had rallied to take a 9-8 lead on a two-run single, up the middle, by senior Brandon Beckum. However, this comeback, which was called heroic by Bulldog head coach Brian Fitzgerald was altered as the Hornets appealed requesting the home plate umpire to make a call on whether senior Christian Moore had touched home plate (pictured above). The umpire ruled he did not and the Bulldogs had a run taken off the scoreboard and they went to the bottom of the fifth tied at 8-all. Watch Highlights Game 3

Ironically, Cook took the lead for good when the Bulldogs were appealing a play at second. They were questioning whether Gunner George had left early on a tag-up play at second. While this was happening the Hornets scored a run from third. Cook scored three more times and beat the Bulldogs 12-8. Tyler Luke hit his third home run of the playoffs in the fourth.  His solo blast over the center field fence cut the Hornetl lead to 2-1 in the fourth. 

Game 2- The Bulldogs stayed alive in the series by beating Cook 9-5 in game two. James Ethredge pitched a complete game in 90 degree heat on five full days of rest after throwing 10 innings at Bleckley County. He allowed nine hits, walked four, hit two batters and struck out three. Ethredge never allowed the Hornets to have a big inning. Watch Highlights Game 2

The Bulldogs, who had six hits in 12 innings the night before, came out and stroked three hits and scored four runs in the bottom of the first.D.R. Meadows (1-for-2 with two walks) doubled, Ethredge (1-for-3) singled and Hunter Braddy (2-for-3) walked to load the bases off ace lefty Sam Goberdahn. Jeremy Beasley (1-for-4) singled in a run, two runs scored on an error and Brandon Beckum squeezed in a run with a bunt toward first. 4-0 Dawgs.

TCHS made it 6-1 in the second. Meadows walked, Braddy doubled and Beasley hit a ball to the right side of the infield that would have scored just one run. However, the Hornets made an error and an addition run scored.

Cook scored two runs in the top of the fifth to cut the Dawg lead to 6-4. The Bulldogs bounced back in the bottom of that inning and scored two more to push the lead to four runs for the third time in the game. Beasley reached on an error, Tyler Luke (1-for-4) singled in the infield. Christian Moore (1-for-3) drove in a run with a grounder and Luke scored on a wild pitch.

Toombs scored a final run in the sixth after Meadows walked and touched home on a Braddy single.     

Dawgs lose to Cook in 12 innings

In their four previous trips to Adel to play the Cook County Hornets in the GHSA Double A State Baseball Tournament it has been very challenging for the Toombs County Bulldogs to win a game. In eight games they had one victory. Back in 2009 Javec King struck out 15 Hornets and allowed only two hits to lead Toombs to a 12-0. On Wednesday, in the first game of this second round series, Jeremy Beasley pitched 10 innings and struck out a career-high 14 batters and the senior did not win. Instead, the Hornets Maysoe Whiley hit a deep drive to center field, with no outs, in the bottom of the 12th to single in the game-winner as the Hornets prevailed 5-4. Watch Highlights You Tube  Game 1 Full Game Rewind

Beasley allowed eight hits and walked only two batters as he yielded just one earned run. This season Jeremy is 7-4 with a 1.53 ERA and teams are hitting .214 against him. He has struck out 105 batters and walked 26. Lifetime he is 16-13 with a 2.35 ERA and 192 strikeouts and 58 walks

The Hornets scored four runs in the second on a little bit of everything. The Dawgs made an error, the Hornets scored on a squeeze bunt single by Blake Daughtrey, they were two balk calls of which the second plated a run, Cook scored on a wild pitch and a two-out single by Zane Folsom.

After that strange frame Beasley stifled the Hornets. He stranded runners on second and third in the fourth and fifth and then started piling up the K's including striking out the side in the seventh. To get to that point of the game the Bulldogs had to start hitting. Dalton Rentz held TCHS to two hits through four innings. In the fifth Rentz hit Jeremy Beasley and Tyler Luke (3-for-6) followed with a long, two-run home run over the right centerfield fence that made it 4-2. Hogan White hit a grounder to short that scored a run to make it 4-3 and then pinch runner Jake Davis scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4. The Bulldogs only had six hits. Christian Moore went 1-for-5, Brandon Beckum 1-for-4 and D.R. Meadows 1-for-4 and he was on base four times also reaching on two walks and an error. Meadows has been on base 13 times, from the leadoff position, in three playoff games. The Bulldogs walked six times and struck out 18 times against three different Hornet pitchers.

In extra innings the Hornets tried to win the game in a dramatic way. Stacy Sailor tried to steal home. However, Stephen Garrett tagged him out at the plate to move the game on and on and on

Ethredge & Beasley toss 17 innings

 Jeremy Beasley and James Ethredge after a successful day

Allow six hits and three earned runs

in Bulldog sweep of Bleckley County

James Ethredge and Jeremy Beasley have anchored the Toombs County Bulldogs pitching staff for three seasons. However, the two seniors have never combined to accomplish, in one day, what they did at Bleckley County in the first round of the GHSA State Tournament. The two college signees pitched 17 innings and allowed only six hits as the Dawgs swept the Royals 4-3 (10 innings) and 7-1. Ethredge threw all 10 innings yielding five hits in the first game and even drove in the game winning run with a two-out single to left field- his fourth straight hit in a 4-for-6 effort.

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Beasley tossed a one hitter in game two and he went 1-for-2 at the plate and drove in the Bulldogs first run with a sacrifice fly in the first and doubled in the fourth and scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Luke, who also went 2-for-4 in the first game highlighted by a lead off home run to left in the third, his first varsity home run.  

All four Region 2 teams swept their Region 4 opponents. Number 1 seed Benedictine beat Lamar County 10-0 in five innings and 7-2. Number 2 seed Jeff Davis routed Monticello 11-1 in five innings and 9-1 and third seeded Metter swept Taylor County, on the road, 9-0 and 6-5.

Game 1- This nearly three hour thriller started slowly as the Bulldogs made five outs in six at bats to open up the game against lefty Austin Williams. Luke leadoff the third with his solo homer and Hunter Braddy (1-for-5) singled with two outs to make it 2-0.

Bleckley County got the two runs back in the bottom of the third on RBI hits by Wiliams and Dalton Churchwell. The Bulldogs regained the lead in the fifth. D.R. Meadows (3-for-4 with two walks) leadoff with a double and scored as Braddy grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

The Royals tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Ethredge struckout the first two batters. However, one reached as the ball got away. Ethredge hit Cal Young and power hitter Caleb Slaughter (0-for-1 with four walks) was intentionally walked.  Zac Evans hit a sacrifice fly to left field with one out to tie the game at 3-3. Ethredge stranded runners at first and second in the seventh and then left them at second and third in the eighth. The Bulldogs turned a double play in the ninth as Slaughter hit a ball that Braddy (2nd baseman) caught in the outfield grass and then he threw to second for the second out. 

The Bulldogs left runners at first and third in the eighth and stranded three more in the ninth. Blake Horton (1-for-5) singled, with two outs in the top of the tenth, Meadows walked and Ethredge stroked the game winning hit to left as Horton scored from second base beating two throws to the plate.

In the bottom of the tenth Churchwell leadoff with a walk. Thomas Adcock sacrificed him to second and then he moved to third on a grounder to second. On a 0-1 pitch Austin Simmons hit a challenging grounder to Beasley at first. The senior went to a knee to field it, waved off Ethredge, and ran to the bag to end the ten inning marathon.  

Game 2- The Bulldogs didn't mess around in the first inning in this game. Meadows (1-for-2), who was on base eight times in the doubleheader from the leadoff positon, singled. Ethredge (2-for-4) stroked a double and Beasley hit a sacrifice fly that scored Meadows to make it 1-0. 

Toombs scored it's second run in the fourth. Beasley led off with a double and scored on a Luke (1-for-1) sacrifice fly. The Bulldogs had the only big inning of the entire day in the fifth. Brandon Beckum and Horton (three walks) opened up the frame by walking. Meadows bunted the ball down the first base line. Slaughter elected to go to third and Jake Davis (running for Beckum) was safe to load up the bases. Ethredge followed with a RBI single. Horton and Meadows each scored on a wild pitch and Luke stroked a run scoring single. Horton walked and scored the game's final run.

Bleckley County scored it's only run in the third as the Bulldogs made three straight errors.    

Long week ends in Alma with a loss

The Toombs County Bulldogs wrapped up their busiest week in recent history with an 11-4 loss at Bacon County. The Dawgs played nearly 4 1/2 games in five days in four different towns winning two and losing two. Watch Highlights You Tube

Next for Toombs County is the opening round of the GHSA State Tourney. The Bulldogs, who are the fourth seed from Region 2, will play at Bleckley County, the Region 4 champs. The best-of-three series begins on Friday with a doubleheader and game times of 4 and 7 p.m. The third game, if necessary, will be Saturday at 2. All games will be aired on Y-101 Radio.

Toombs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Hunter Braddy (1-for-3) and D.R. Meadows (2-for-2 with a walk) each singled and James Etherdge (1-for-4) doubled in Meadows. The Bulldogs lost a runner at third on a balk call. Braddy was thrown out at third on the play. Head coach Brian Fitzgerald questioned why the balk didn't wipe out the out. After several umpire dicussions Braddy was called out.

Bacon County scored four unearned runs off starter Jeremy Beasley in the first. The Dawgs cut the Raider lead to 4-2 in the second. Christian Moore (2-for-3) led off with a double and scored on a Ben Brantley (1-for-2) single. The Raiders hit double-digits by scoring three runs in the third and fourth innings. Aniscio Washington led off the third with a solo home run over the left field fence.

Toombs scored it's final runs of the regular season in the fifth. Tyler Luke and Blake Horton each walked to set the table. Meadows singled in Luke and Beasley (1-for-4) doubled in Horton. The Dawgs lost their second runner at third to end the inning.

Nick Taylor pitched the final two innings and allowed an earned run. He had Toombs County's only three up, three down ininng in the sixth.  

JV Dawgs end 10-5 season with JD win

The Toombs County junior varsity baseball team opened up the season with three one-run losses. However, these Bulldogs finished strong beating Jeff Davis 3-1 at Jacket Field to finish 10-5. Watch Highlights You Tube

Hogan White, who started his baseball career in Jeff Davis County, went 3-for-4. He led off the second inning with a solo home run and he hit a double in the fifth when the Bulldogs scored twice to break a 1-1 tie.

D.R. Meadows (2-for-4) led off with a deep double to right field and scored on a RBI single by Logan McGowan (1-for-2 with two walks). White's double to right drove in the Bulldog's third run.

Austin Williams pitched his first complete game of the season. He threw seven innings and allowed six hits with six strikeouts. The Bulldog defense played an errorless game and even turned a 4-6-3-2 double play. 

At Jacky Jones Field the Toombs County B-Team swept a pair of games from Dodge County- 13-0 and 12-2. Bulldog pitchers did not allow an earned run in 10 innings. Austin Williams and Brandon Helton pitched the first game and Hogan White and Lane Adams threw the second. Watch highlights of the second game You Tube  

Loss at JD relegates TCHS to 4th

One day after they qualified for the GHSA State playoffs the Toombs County Bulldogs lost to Jeff Davis 8-2, on the road, relegating them to a fourth place finish in Region 2. TCHS will match up with Region 4 champion Bleckley County in the first round of the playoffs in Cochran. The best of three series will begin on Friday, May 2 with a doubleheader. Watch Highlights You Tube  

The Yellow Jackets scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first with two outs. William Browning hit a double and Brett Wilcox and Brandon Shroeder each drove in a run with a base hit. Browning hit a solo home run over the Blue Monster in center field in the third to give the Jackets a 3-0 lead. The Armstrong Atlantic signee also hit a two-run homer, over the left field fence, off the Bulldogs earlier in the season.  

The Dawgs rallied up two runs in the fourth. Christian Moore (0-for-3) walked, James Ethredge (1-for-2) singled and Jeremy Beasley (0-for-1 with two walks) walked. Tyler Luke (0-for-1) hit a sacrifice fly close to the fence in left to score one run and Ben Brantley (2-for-3) singled in the Dawgs final run.

Jeff Davis put the game away in the bottom of the fourth. Curt Nelms drove in a run with a grounder to short, Tanner Wright singled in a pair of runs and Drew Johns hit a drive deep to center field which Chris Mobley hauled in on a fine running catch near the fence. Jace Ryles hit a double to drive in the Jackets final run in the fifth.  

Seniors help Bulldogs lock up playoff birth

on Senior Day

The Toombs County Bulldogs secured a second straight trip to the GHSA State Tournament with a comeback 7-5 victory over the Vidalia Indians. Toombs County rallied from a 3-.0 deficit after the top of the second by scoring four in the bottom of that inning. Watch highlights and the Senior Day celebration You Tube  Listen to the Seniors talk about their big win SoundCloud  

The Bulldogs scored four runs in the fourth and the bottom of the order was a key factor in the rally. Senior Christian Moore (1-for-3) led off with a single and Ben Brantley (1-for-3) followed with a double. Senior Brandon Beckum (1-for-2) singled in a run and so did senior Blake Horton (2-for-2). Senior James Ethredge (2-for-3) doubled in a pair of runs with a drive deep to right field.

Toombs added on to it's lead with a run in the fourth driven in by Hunter Braddy (2-for-4) and two more in the fifth. Tyler Luke (2-for-3) singled in a run and Horton drove in his second run with a hit.

On the mound Ethredge pitched the first 4 1/3 innings, the day after he tossed three innings in the first try at completing this rivalry game. He struck out 10 batters and walked six while allowing five hits and three earned runs. Senior Jeremy Beasley, who pitched seven innings on Monday, threw 2 2/3 in relief striking out four with no walks or earned runs.  

Dawgs begin important week

with 7th inning rally at Long Co.

Nobody is more aware of how challenging it is to beat Long County then Toombs County senior pitcher Jeremy Beasley. In the past two seasons he has pitched two games against the Blue Tide in which he threw 14 innings allowing only two earned runs with 13 strikeouts and one walk and he lost both starts. On Monday, as the Dawgs started the final week of the regular season playing four games in five games, it looked like he might lose another game by the same script. 

In a scoreless game in the bottom of the sixth Beasley yielded a one-out single to Cody Fleck, a walk to Phillip Swindell and a RBI single to Tristan Goodro (2-for-3). However, the Bulldogs rallied with a three-run top of the seventh and won 3-1. The Bulldogs are 10-5 in Region 2 and they remain in fourth place. Their closest pursuer, Vidalia, also scored a run in the top of the seventh and beat Bacon County 2-1. The Indians will bring a 9-7 region record to Jacky Jones Field on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. If Toombs wins the Bulldogs will clinch at least fourth place and a second straight trip to the GHSA State Tournament. If Vidalia wins the race for fourth place continues. Watch Highlights You Tube

Five Bulldogs contributed directly to the three-run seventh. Hogan White (2-for-3) led of the inning with a single. He fell behind 0-2 and then fouled off four pitches and stroked his hit on a 1-2 pitch. Brandon Beckum (2-for-2 with a walk) bunted the first pitch 15 feet up the third base line and reached on his second infield hit of the game. Ben Brantley came off the bench and bunted the first pitch in the air to the first baseman, who then tried to double up pinch runner Jake Davis at first. However, the throw was wild and Chris Mobley, running for White, scored. D.R. Meadows (1-for-4) was next and he hit a ball, in the air, into the first strands of grass with the infield playing in. The ball was not caught and Davis scored to make it 2-1 TCHS. The play was ruled a hit. Meadows stole third and scored on a RBI hit by Hunter Braddy (1-for-4).

Beasley tossed a four-hitter and struck out 12 while walking three. His record is 6-3. Beasley stranded a runner at second base in each of the first four ininngs. He had a three up, three down fifth and seventh and missed tying his career high for strikeouts by one.       

More hits, but same result

The Toombs County Bulldogs stroked three more hits off lefty ace Chipper Wiley, at Jacky Jones Field, than they did when they faced him in Savannah. However, the result was similar. The Bulldogs lost to Benedictine 11-0 in five innings as opposed to 10-0 in six earlier this season. The loss dropped the Bulldogs record to 10-8 overall and 9-5 in Region 2. Heading into the final week of the season the Dawgs need three wins in four games to clinch fourth place and a trip to the playoffs, regardless of what the other teams below them in the standings do. The Benedictine victory clinched a second straight region championship for the Cadets and pushied their record to 18-5 overall and 16-0 in the region. The Cadet pitching staff has allowed a total of three runs in their last nine region games. Watch Highlights You Tube

The Dawgs yielded an unearned run in the first inning and then James Ethredge (1-for-3) was stranded at third after hitting a one-out single in the bottom of that inning. Ethredge pitched a three up, three down second then the Cadets pulled away scoring five runs in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth. D.R. Meadows hit two singles and was 2-for-3. He also handled three grounders at second base and made a leeping catch which he turned into a double play by throwing to first catching a Cadet off the bag. Brandon Beckum came of the bench in the fifth and sent a pitch into right field for a basehit. 

Dawgs begin final stretch with win

The Toombs County Bulldog baseball team began a busy final six game stretch, in 10 days, with a 10-1 home win over McIntosh County Academy. The Dawgs tallied 14 hits while three TCHS pitchers allowed only four hits and no earned runs. Toombs is 9-4 in Region 2 and 10-7 overall and in remains in fourth place in the playoff race. The top four go to the postseason. Watch Highlights You Tube   

TCHS scored three runs in the second on a grounder by Tyler Luke (1-for-3) and RBI singles by Chris Mobley (1-for-1) and D.R. Meadows (2-for-3). The Bulldogs scored five more times in the third. Ben Brantley (1-for-2) hit a grounder that scored one, Luke singled in a pair of teammates, Mobley hit a sacrifice fly and Meadows hit the ball to second to make it 8-1. Stephen Garrett (1-for-2) singled in a run in the fourth and Hunter Braddy (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a RBI single in the fifth. James Ethredge was 2-for-3 with a double.

Jeremy Beasley pitched the first three innings and improved his record to 5-3 allowing two hits and no earned runs while striking out six and walking two. Tyler Luke also pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three and walked two and Austin Williams struck out three batters in the seventh

Dawgs soar in the seventh

James Ethredge tags out a Rebel at home 

The Toombs County Bulldogs broke open a close game, at Atkinson County, in the seventh inning by scoring eight runs which expanded their 1-0 lead to 9 zip in what turned out to be a 9-3 Region 2 win. The Bulldogs are 9-7 and 8-4 in the region and they remain in fourth place with the top four making the GHSA State Tournament. Watch Highlights You Tube

The Bulldogs were hitless through first three innings. Although, they did have two scoring opportunities. D.R. Meadows walked to lead .off the game and was stranded at second base. Christian Moore walked to start the second and he was left at third.

After a three-up, three-down third, Hunter Braddy led off the fourth inning with a single which exteneded his career best hitting streak to 12 games. With one down, Moore smashed a single to left which scored Braddy to give the Dawgs a 1-0 lead.

Bulldog starting pitcher James Ethredge allowed a single in each of the first three innings. However, he picked off base runners in the first and third and left runners on first and second in the second inning to keep ATCO off the scoreboard.

The Bulldogs loaded up the bases in the sixth and did not score and they denied the Rebels a run with a fine defensive play. With a runner at third and two outs, an Ethredge pitch got away from catcher Stephen Garrett. Garrett collected the ball and flipped it to Ethredge at the plate. James caught the ball above his shoulder and then dove to the plate and tagged the base runner, sliding head first, before his hand hit home.

The Dawgs started their big seventh inning with one out. Blake Horton walked and Garrett stroked a single. A balk moved the runners to second and third and Meadows drove them in with a single. Ethredge followed with a run scoring hit, Braddy was intentionally walked and then Jeremy Beasley singled in a run. Bailey Salter and Tyler Luke also had RBI hits.

Luke replaced Ethredge on the mound in the bottom of the seventh and got the first out easily on a ground ball to the mound. After that he walked four and hit two batters as the Rebels scored three runs without a hit. Beasley ended the two hour and forty-six minute game with a strike out.

Ethredge pitched six scoreless innings and allowed three hits. He struck out seven batters, walked four and hit two. Ethredge is 4-3 this season and 16-10 lifetime with the varsity.

Beasley leads Bulldogs at Bryan Co.

After pitching 3 2/3 innings in relief against Metter on Tuesday, Toombs County Bulldog coach Bryan Fitzgerald wasn't planning on starting the senior in his regular Friday position in the rotation at Bryan County. However, Beasley asked the coach for the start and then proceeded to throw six efficient innings in an 8-1 victory which improved the Dawgs record to 8-7 overall and 7-4 in Region 2. Watch Highlights You Tube

Beasley faced no more than five batters (the second and third) in any inning and allowed only two base hits- singles in the first and third. He struck out eight batters and walked only one as he moved his personal record to 4-3 for the season and 13-12 lifetime. In his six starts in 2014 Beasley has pitched 39 innings and allowed only 29 base hits and six earned runs. He has struck out 49 batters and walked 10. His earned run average is 1.08 and the opponents are hitting .206 against him as a starter.

Beasley also handled the bat well. In his first five starts, as a pitcher, he was 2-for-15 with five strikeouts. However, in this game he went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs batted in. The Bulldogs, who left six runners in scoring position in a loss to Metter, left runners on first and second in the first inning. In the second Stephen Helton and D.R. Meadows led off with walks setting the table for the next four Dawgs in a revised batting order that featured five TCHS players starting in the field,  who started in the B-Teams last game which was a victory at Appling County.

James Ethredge drove in his team-high tenth run with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one. Hunter Braddy (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a run scoring double. Beasley singled in a run and Christian Moore (1-for-3) also drove in a run with a single. The Bulldogs fifth run scored on an error by the second baseman.

The Bulldogs scored three more runs in the sixth as the older players came off the bench. Brandon Beckum leadoff with a walk, Tyler Luke (1-for-2) singled, Bailey Salter (1-for-2) singled to load up the bases and then Chris Mobley (1-for-2) singled in a run. Beasley drove in the final two runs of the game with a base hit.

Bryan County scored it's only run in the second inning on an unusual play. The Redskins had two runners on base on an error and a walk with two down. Marcus Johnson struck out. However, catcher Stephen Garrett dropped the ball and then thinking the inning was over flipped the ball toward the mound allowing the Redskins to score. A tag or a throw to first base would have completed the strikeout.    

Too many stranded Dawgs in Metter loss

Toombs County head baseball coach Bryan Fitzgerald was seeking more offensive punch in run scoring situations, so he juggled his starting lineup. However, the end result was a 6-3 home loss to Metter in Region 2 game in which the Bulldogs left six runners in scoring position. Watch Highlights You Tube

The Bulldogs surged to a 2-0 lead in the first. James Ethredge (1-for-3) tripled in the two-hole in the lineup, he had been hitting third and scored along with Hunter Braddy, who walked, on Jeremy Beasley's (2-for-4) single to left. Braddy, who moved from first to third in the lineup, went 1-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff double in the seventh. He was stranded at third to end the game. The Bulldogs left runners on second and third in the first. They stranded runners on first and second in the second, left a runner at second in the third and left them at second and third in the fourth.

Christian Moore reached on an error in the fifth and scored on a single by Logan McGowan. Metter scored a run in the fourth and five in the fifth. However, for 3 1/3 innings Bulldog starting pitcher James Ethredge held the Tigers hitless. Clay  Crawford singled with one out in the fourth. Jacob Weddingcamp bunted down the first base line and Ethredge, who dove for the ball, was spiked in his pitching hand and had to leave the game. He later returned to the game to swing the bat and said after the game he was going to be fine.

Jeremy Beasley took over on the mound and gave up a RBI single to Hunter Ritchie to cut the Dawg lead to 2-1. With one down in the fifth Daniel Stanfield and Conner West walked. The Tigers scored a run on an error and three more runs on RBI hits by Crawford, Weddingcamp and Ritchie. The Tigers scored their final run on a first and third running situation in which the Dawgs recorded an out between first and and second while the runner at third broke to the plate and scored.

B-Team Dawgs soar in 7th

 3rd baseman George Lucke makes a great catch on a foul ball

The Toombs County B-Team Bulldogs, who lost a three run lead in the bottom of the sixth, scored three runs in the top of the seventh as they defeated Appling County 9-6 in Baxley. With two outs, Christian Conley placed a single, backside, down the left field line and Jalen Mobley reached on an error setting the table for leadoff hitter D.R. Meadows. Meadows, who was hitless while pitching the first five innings, stroked the game-winning hit as the team's third baseman. His double to left scored two runs and then he scored on a hit by winning pitcher Lane Adams. Watch Highlights You Tube

Hogan White drove in three runs, George Lucke hit a sacrifice fly that scored one and Stephen Helton had two hits and made a bundle of defensive plays at short. The B-Team Dawgs also defeated Montgomery County 14-5 this week.  

Dawgs survive blustery day

The Toombs County Bulldogs survived winds blowing at more than 20 miles per hour as they wrapped the their first trip around Region 2 with a 10-6 home win over Bacon County. Just like last season the Bulldogs are 6-3 in the region heading to the second set of nine games. The victory lifted their record to 7-6- the first time this season they have been over .500. Watch Highhlights You Tube

TCHS spotted Bacon an early 4-0 lead. The Raiders scored two runs in the first inning on three James Ethredge walks, a sacrifice fly and a Bulldog error. Bacon scored two more runs in the second on a walk, a single, an error and a balk.

Toombs County rallied in the bottom of the second scoring six runs to take a 6-4 lead. Hogan White (1-for-2 with a walk) singled in a run and then Hunter Braddy (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to nine games with a two-run single to right field. Christian Moore (1-for-3) tripled in two runs with a blast to left. The sixth run scored on an error.

Bacon County scored a run in the third inning to cut Toombs lead to 6-5. Aniscio Washington (2-for-4) tripled and scored on a wild pitch. The Bulldogs were silent in the third and then busy in the fourth scoring four runs to build up a 10-5 advantage. Logan McGowan (1-for-3) stroked his first varsity extra base hit, a double, and scored on an error. Jeremy Beasley and White each drove in a run with a bases loaded walk.

Ethredge pitched the first six innings allowing five earned runs on five hits. He struck out 12 batters and walked six. Jeremy Beasley pitched a three up, three down seventh with two strikeouts.          

Toombs takes 3 out of 4 from Vidalia

The Toombs County spring sports teams won three out of four games versus arch rival Vidalia over a two day period. The baseball teams swept a pair from the Indians. The varsity Bulldogs won 5-1 at Greg James Field and the B-team Dawgs won 11-5 at Jacky Jones Field. Meanwhile at the TCMS Soccer Field the Bulldogs beat Vidalia 3-1 and the Lady Bulldogs lost to the Lady Indians 3-1 in overtime. 

Beasley pitches fifth straight complete game

Jeremy Beasley pitches seven inning again

For the fifth time this season senior pitcher Jeremy Beasley took the ball for a start and and was still on the mound when the game was over. Beasley limited Vidalia to six hits while striking out seven and walking three in claiming his third straight victory. In his last 21 innings Beasley has allowed only two earned runs. In the early innings he stranded the bases loaded in the first inning and left a runner at third in the second. Vidalia scored an earned run in the third on a grounder to the right side of the infield. The Bulldogs tried to turn a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat. However, Eric Tillery beat the throw to first base. Beasley, ended the game by inducing a double play on a liner to shortstop Bailey Salter. Salter doubled up the base runner at second. Watch Highlights You Tube  Watch Beasley pitch You Tube

 Moore and Meadows stroke the big hits  

 Christian Moore doubles in Hunter Braddy

In his last two games prior to facing his rival, senior outfielder Christian Moore went 0-for-7. However, in the biggest game of the season he went 3-for-3 with a walk. Moore singled in the first inning but was denied an opportunity to score the first run of the game because of an outfield throw which nailed him at the plate. In the third inning he singled in the first run of the game. James Ethredge (1-for-3) hit a ball to the mound which scored the second run. Moore doubled in Hunter Braddy in the fifth. Braddy (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to seven games with a leadoff double. Watch Christian at the plate You Tube

D.R. Meadows goes backside and drives in two  

With the Bulldogs leading 3-1 in the seventh and seeking a bigger cushion, Moore and Ethredge walked with one out. With two down and runners on second and third freshman D.R. Meadows was inserted into the game as a pinch hitter. In the B-Team win over Vidalia the day before Meadows went 3-for-4 and scored three runs. D.R., who was 1-for-3 in varsity games, didn't even take a pitch off lefthanded reliever Blake Corbitt. Instead he jumped on the first pitch which was on the outer half of the plate and lined it into right field scoring the final two runs of the game. Watch Meadows hit in the seventh inning You Tube

B-Team Bulldogs take care of Vidalia in 7

The Toombs County B-Team, which opened the season with a nine inning loss at Vidalia, avenged that defeat with an 11-5 win at Jacky Jones Field. D.R. Meadows and Lane Adams handled the pitching. Meadows threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed only one hit with six strikeouts. Adams worked the final 3 1/3 and yielded three hits with two strikeouts.

Meadows went 3-for-4 and scored three runs, Adams was 1-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored,  Hogan White was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, Stephen Helton went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and three runs scored, Logan McGowan was 2-for-4 with one runs scored and Christian Conley 1-for-3 with a RBI.

Dawgs power past the 'Boro

A day after being one-hit with 13 strikeouts by a lefthanded pitcher named Wiley from Benedictine, the Toombs County Bulldogs stroked 12 hits including seven extra base shots in a 16-6 win at Swainsboro. The Dawgs smashed six doubles and one triple and they only struck out four times against another lefty with the last name Wiley. Watch Highlights You Tube

Toombs County trailed 2-0 and 3-1 and then the Bulldogs put together their best inning of the season. In the third TCHS touched home eight times. Jeremy Beasley (2-for-4) added a run scoring double to his triple which he hit in the second. James Ethredge also hit a RBI Double. Brandon Beckum was 2-for-3 with two doubles, Hunter Braddy 1-for-3 with a two-run double and Ben Brantley drilled a pinch hit double in the seventh. Blake Padgett (1-for-3) drove in a pair of runs with a single and Nick Taylor stroked his first varsity hit on the first pitch he saw.

Tyler Luke started his first game on the mound, in his junior season, and picked up a win throwing six innings. He allowed four earned runs on five hits and he struck out nine batters including five in a row. Tyler was 1-for-3 at the plate with a sacrifce fly RBI and a run scoring single. Bailey Salter handled the seventh inning and ended the game by inducing a 6-4-3 double play. Salter was 1-for-2 with two walks.

Too many K's, not enough hits

For Toombs County baseball on Wednesday the problem was too many strikeouts and not enough hits at two different game sites. In Savannah, at Benedictine, the Toombs County High School Bulldogs stroked only one hit and struck out 13 times in a 10-0, six inning loss. Meanwhile, the Toombs County Middle School Bullpups had three hits (Dalton McBride, Jeidon Sistrunk and Bryce DeLoach) and 12 strikeouts in a 6-0 home loss to Bleckley County.

Hunter Braddy opened up the game for the Bulldogs with their only hit. He was stranded at second base when lefty Chipper Wiley struck out the next three batters. Tyler Luke walked to lead off the second and he was left at second base when Wiley struck out three more Dawgs. Luke was the Bulldogs' last base runner as Wiley retired 15 straight to end the game. Watch Highlights You Tube

Mike Huggins led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on a squeeze bunt. The Cadets led 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth when they scored seven runs and they added two more in the sixth to end it.

James Ethredge, who beat Benedictine 8-1 on a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks in 2013, controlled the defending Region 2 champs from the second to the fourth. He allowed a two-out double in the second and stranded that Cadet with a strikeout.  He retired seven straight until the fifth and left the game with two outs after striking out six batters. The Cadets took advantage of an error to lead off the bottom of the fifth and they tallied five hits in the frame

Dawgs beat Long on 3rd Look

In their first two looks at Long County pitcher Phillip Swindel, the Toombs County Bulldogs were 4-for-16 while leaving six runners on base, including four in scoring position, and they trailed 1-0. In their third look at the righthander, in the bottom of the fifth, the Dawgs scored four runs and knocked him out of the game in route to a 6-1 Region 2 victory at Jacky Jones Field. Watch Highlights You Tube

Both teams entered the game tied for fourth place in the region on three game win streaks. The 4-5 Bulldogs now have a 4-2 Region 2 record.

Long County scored a run in the first inning. Josh Gordon led off the game with a walk off senior pitcher Jeremy Beasley. Cody Fleck doubled to left field to score the run and Long had a chance to score more. However, Beasley left the bases loaded and then he took over the game on the mound. Toombs also had a chance to have a big first frame. The Dawgs loaded the bases with one out, but, they didn't score.

Beasley stranded a runner at third in the third inning and runners at second and third in the fourth. The Bulldogs left a runner at second in the third and runners on first and second in the fourth.   

While Beasley was dominating the fifth with a three-up, three-down, the Bulldogs won the game on their third look. Hunter Braddy (2-for-3 for the third straight game) led off with a walk. Christian Moore (2-for-3 for the second straight game) doubled to deep left to score Braddy and tie the game. James Ethredge (1-for-3) hit a grounder to short, which was misplayed, allowing Moore to score. Beasley (1-for-3) singled and then Bailey Salter hit a sacrifice fly to deep left to score Ethredge. Tyler Luke (1-for-3) drove in the fourth run with a grounder to short.

The Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard in the sixth. Brandon Beckum (1-for-3) and Braddy singled, Moore walked and Ethredge hit a double to right center scoring the final two runs of the game.

Beasley pitched his fourth complete game of the season allowing six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk as he evened his record at 2-2. In their last five games Bulldog pitchers have struck out 45 batters and walked eight while allowing only eight earned runs in 34 innings for an earned run average of 1.65.

Meadows fires a 2-hitter

 D.R. Meadows throws a strike in the seventh inning

Twenty-four hours after James Ethredge and Bailey Salter threw a five-inning no-hitter at McIntosh County Academy, D.R. Meadows took a no-hitter into the fourth inning of the Toombs County Bulldog's B-Team home game against ECI. Meadows lost his no-no on a one-out bloop single to center field. He also yielded another bloop single to right in the seventh. However, that was it as the freshman pitched a complete game two-hitter to lead the Dawgs to a 4-0 victory. Meadows struck out eight batters including the final batter of the game. Watch Highlights You Tube

Meadows singled in the first, stole second and scored on a Stephen Helton single. Hogan White and Logan McGowan also drove in first inning runs with grounders. The Bulldogs scored their final run in the sixth when Helton walked with the bases loaded.     

Dawgs rule in Darien

The Toombs County Bulldogs have. at times, struggled to win games at McIntosh County Academy in Darien. In 2011 they almost lost to a winless bunch of Buccaneers. However, they had no problem winning their 2014 trip to the coast. TCHS stroked 15 hits and allowed none in a 16-1 victory in five innings. James Ethredge and Bailey Salter teamed up on the Bulldogs first no-hitter since Jared Allen tossed a seven-inning one in 2007. Ethredge pitched the first four frames and struck out six including the final batter of each inning. Bailey Salter pitched a three up, three down fifth. Watch Highlights You Tube

Toombs scored four runs in the first inning. James Ethredge tripled in a run and Jeremy Beasley singled in Ethredge. Ben Brantley doubled in a run in the third and then the Bulldogs scored seven runs in the fourth. Salter, Christian Moore and Logan McGowan each had run scoring singles. The Dawgs added four more runs in the fifth- Blake Horton and Austin Willimas had RBI singles.

The Bulldogs have won three games in a row and are now 3-5 overall and 3-2 in Region 2 play.

Beasley dominates 3rd Saturday start

Toombs County senior Jeremy Beasley pitched well enough to win his first two starts. However, his Saturday outings in Brunswick and Metter were both decided by one run- Wayne County beat the Bulldogs 2-1 and the Tigers nipped the Dawgs 3-2. In both games Beasley pitched a complete game and was the losing pitcher. On Saturday, on a mound he really likes at Jacky Jones Field, Jeremy was a dominating presence. The righthander struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed only three hits in a 6-0 complete game shutout win over Atkinson County. Watch Highlights You Tube

Beasley allowed a leadoff single in the third inning and back-to-back hits to open up the seventh. He struckout the side in the sixth and he struckout three more in a row after he loaded the bases with his second and final walk in the seventh.

The Bulldog offense had two chances to break the game open in the early innings. After stranding runners at second and third in a scoreless first inning, the Bulldogs loaded up the bases in the second and third. Each time they hit into a double play. The Dawgs scored a run on a 6-4-3 twin killer in the second and ended the third with a 5-3 double play in which Devontree Glaze stepped on the third base bag and threw to first to end the threat. Toombs added a second run in the second on a double by Hunter Braddy (2-for-3) which sailed deep to left field. 

TCHS manufactured a run in the third out of a first and third situation. Bailey Salter broke toward second allowing pinch runner Blake Padgett to score from third. Braddy hit a double to right in the fourth and scored on a grounder to short by James Ethredge. The Bulldogs scored two more in the sixth when Beasley drove in a run from third with an infield hit and ATCO's catcher threw high to third base trying to get an out in a first and third situation.

The Bulldogs, just like last season, are 2-2 through four Region 2 games and they are 2-5 overall after winning back-to-back home games.    

Bulldogs win first game in ninth

 James Ethredge singles in the game-winner in the 9th

 Brandon Beckum scores on a wild pitch in the 3rd

It took the Toombs County Bulldogs 44 innings to finally win their first game of the 2014 season. In their first five games they lost two one-run games, a two-run game a three-run game and by five. In their second home Region 2 game they trailed Bryan County by three runs twice including that deficit in the bottom of the seventh. Two seniors helped the Dawgs secure their first victory.

In the seventh Hunter Braddy (1-for-5) tripled in two runs with a towering drive, ruled fair down the left field line, which tied the game at eight. Then in the ninth, with the bases loaded, James Ethredge (3-for-3) lined a pitch to left scoring Chris Mobley with the game-winner giving the Bulldogs a 9-8 walk-off victory. TCHS is 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the region. Watch Highlights You Tube

Bryan County scored three runs in the first inning and one in the third to build up it's first three run advantage at 4-1. The Bulldogs scored a run in the first when Brandon Beckum (2-for-6) doubled and scored on a error after a Ethredge single. They posted four more runs in the bottom of the third. Bailey Salter (1-for-5) drove in a run with a grounder to short and Blake Horton (1-for-4) singled in a run. However, the Bulldogs 5-4 lead lasted only minutes until the Redskins scored three unearned runs to regain lead at 7-5. Bryan County tallied another run in the sixth to make it 8-5.

Hogan White led off the bottom of the seventh (1-for-2) with a double to centerfield. Christian Moore also doubled prior to Braddy's triple that tied the game. In the ninth Ben Brantley reached on an error, Braddy walked, Beckum singled to load the bases for the Ethredge hit. Chris Mobley running for Brantley scored the winning run. Chris also scored the winning run in last season's 7-6, 12 innning win over Vidalia. 

Salter pitched for the first time this season handling the first four innings. He allowed seven hits and three earned runs with seven strike outs. Austin Williams threw 1 2/3's allowing an earned run on three hits with three k's. Then Ethredge took over with two outs in the sixth and retired 10 out of the 11 batters he faced- allowing only a single. He struckout four batters, induced four grounders, a pop up and a fly ball to center in his 3 1/3 innings

Bulldogs drop another Saturday 1-run game

Toombs County senior pitcher Jeremy Beasley has made two Saturday starts in 2014 and despite pitching 12 innings and allowing only four earned runs with 14 strikeouts and just three walks he is 0-2. Losing twice by just one run. Why? Because the Bulldogs have faced two tough senior pitchers- Wayne County's Sid Royal and on this Saturday Metter's Clay Crawford. Against those two righthanders the Bulldogs have accumulated only nine total hits while striking out 21 times. Crawford rang up 11 K's and allowed six hits in a 3-2 Tiger win in Metter. Beasley pitched six innings and allowed seven hits and only one walk while striking out four. Watch Highlights You Tube

Metter scored a a run in the first inning on a two-out single by Hunter Ritchie. The Tigers tallied two more in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Stanfield and a safety squeeze bunt by Wes McManus.

The Bulldogs had three hits off Crawford in the first five innings. Leadoff man Hunter Braddy opened the game with a single and was left at second and Brandon Beckum stroked singles in the third and fifth.

Crawford appeared to lose controll of his breaking ball in the sixth and he issued his only walk of the game to Braddy to lead off the frame. James Ethredge smashed a one-out double to score Braddy and Bailey Salter hit a two-out single to bring home Ethredge to cut the lead to 3-2.

The loss drops the Dawgs record to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in Region 2. 

13 K's do not lead to win

For the second straight start against the Jeff Davis, Toombs County senior pitcher James Ethredge struck out 11 Yellow Jackets. In 2013 he accomplished it in seven innings leading his team to a 5-1 victory. On Thurday it took him an inning less to match that total plus reliever Jeremy Beasley struck out two more in the seventh. However, this time the Bulldogs lost to Jeff Davis 6-1 in a Region 2 opener for both teams at Jacky Jones Field. The reason- the Yellow Jackets maximized their scoring opportunities while the Bulldogs blew most of theirs. Watch Highlights  You Tube

Jeff Davis scored three runs in the first on a grounder by Drew Johns, a RBI double to deep center by William Browning and a single by Brett Wilcox. Johns, who entered the game with a .417 batting average went 0-for-3 against Ethredge for the second game. The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the bottom of the first, with one out, and did not score.

Ethredge clamped down on the Yellow Jackets after the first inning retiring them three-up, three-down with two strikeouts in the second and then after issuing a leadoff walk in the third he induced two pop ups to Bailey Salter at short and struck out his fourth Jacket. The Dawgs left runners on first and third in the second and had a single off Logan McLoon in the third and fourth. In the fifth, while Ethredge was striking out the three, five and six hitters, the Bulldogs were creating another opportunity for a big inning. 

Hunter Braddy led off with a walk and then freshman Hogan White (2-for-3 with a walk) doubled to deep right. Ethredge followed with a infield hit which scored Braddy. However, McLoon ended the threat with a pickoff and two strikeouts. Ethredge ended his night on the mound with a three-up, three-down sixth featuring a fly ball to right and his tenth and eleventh strikeout.

Jeff Davis scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run home run way over the left field fence by Browning, who was 2-for-4.    

Rally Dawgs come up 2 short

The Toombs County Bulldogs spotted Swainsboro eight runs in the first three innings, of their first home game of the season. and they they scored eight in the final three innings only to come up two runs short in a 10-8 loss. Watch Highlights You Tube

Hunter Braddy went 2-for-4 and led the Bulldog offense with two doubles, two runs scored and a RBI. Bailey Salter also went 2-for-4 while driving in one run and making two fine plays at short. He robbed a Tiger of a hit with his glove and started a double play with his arm after catching a line drive. Tyler Luke went 2-for-4 with a double while catching his first varsity game. James Ethredge (1-for-4) hit a double and drove in a run with a grounder. Hogan White, Christian Moore, Brandon Beckum and Jeremy Beasley each had one hit.

Junior Nick Taylor led the pitching staff throwing two scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts. He induced a grounder to second, two popups to first and a flyball to right. The Bulldogs are 0-3.   

Baseball Dawgs open up 2014 season

with two Big School losses

Close play at the plate- Jake Davis is called out 

After a Friday weather delay, the Toombs County Baseball Bulldogs opened up their regular season with a Saturday doubleheader and a pair of losses to big schools from nearby. The 2A Bulldogs lost to 5A Richmond Hill 8-5 and to 4A Wayne County 2-1 at Edo Miller Stadium, in Brunswick, in a tournament called Baseball by the Beach. Watch Highlights Richmond Hil Game  Wayne County Game

After two, two-out hits in the first inning by Jeremy Beasley (triple to center) and Bailey Salter (single to right), the Bulldogs held a 2-1 lead over Richmond Hill until the fourth inning when Richmond Hill scored three runs and the Wildcats scored three more in the sixth to lead 8-3. The Dawgs scored two in the seventh on back-to- back singles by James Ethredge and Beasley.

Beasley (Darton College signee) was handed the baseball in the second game and he went out and battled Georgia Southern signee Sid Royal even-steven through seven innings of outstanding high school pitching. Beasley struck out the side in the first and fourth innings and he finished with 10 K's total while pitching a complete game. Wayne County took a 1-0 lead in the third. Kacey Crawford reached on an infield single up the middle, stole second and then scored on a one-out single by Ben Hockensmith.

The Bulldogs scored a tying run in top of the fourth. Hunter Braddy walked, was bunted to second by Brandon Beckum and then scored on an error. Bailey Salter doubled to the fence in left center field and courtesy runner Jake Davis was thrown out at the plate on two perfect throws which brought head coach Bryan Fitzgerald out of the dugout to question a play in which it appears Davis was safe at the plate.

The Bulldogs had only three hits off Royal and they struckout 10 times against the righthander with a good fastball. However, the Bulldogs had opportunities to score. They left the bases loaded in the sixth and they lost a baserunner in a rundown between third and home in that frame. They also stranded a runner at third in the seventh.

Wayne County broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh. Zach Mainor led off with a triple to right center field and then scored on a walkoff single by Brooks Parker.        

JV Dawgs & Indians play 9

Last season the Toombs County and Vidalia varsity baseball teams played a 12 inning game at Jacky Jones Field won by the Bulldogs 7-6. The two schools' junior varsity teams opened up 2014 playing a three hour, nine inning game won by the Indians 5-4 at Greg James Field. Watch Highlights You Tube

The pattern in this thriller was for the Bulldogs to take a one-run lead and then the Indians would come back and tie it up. The Dawgs took a 1-0 lead in the first when Hogan White singled in Logan McGowan. Vidalia scored an equalizer, an unearned run, in the bottom of the frame.

In the second Austin Williams singled and scored on a grounder hit by George Lucke and the TCHS 2-1 lead held up until the bottom of the fourth when the Indians scored to tie the game for a second time.

The game went to extra innings tied at two and Lucke hit a double off the left field fence to give TCHS a 3-2 lead. However, Vidalia pushed across an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to send the game to the ninth.

In the final frame Stephen Helton scored from first on a Stephen Garrett bunt to put TCHS back on top 4-3. But, once again the Indians answered that score with an unearned and then pushed across the winning run, with a base hit, to end a long night. Williams pitched the first four innings for the Bulldogs and White the final five.  

Bulldogs lose scrimmage

The Dodge County Indians scored three runs on a hit and four walks in the sixth inning to break a three all tie and give the home team, coached by former TCHS Bulldog Jared Allen, a 6-3 win in a seven inning scrimmage which was rescheduled, due to weather, to an 11 a.m. start on Friday. Watch highlights and a coach Bryan Fitzgerald interview You Tube

The game featured plenty of walks and very few hits on a chilly, windy and sunny day. Seven Bulldog pitchers walked eight Indian batters and hit one while allowing only three hits. The Bulldogs walked five times and stroked four hits.

Dodge scored a pair of runs in the first inning on three walks, a hit batsman and a Dawg error. Andrew Hardy doubled and scored the third Indian run on a sacrifice fly by Johnathan Perdue in the third. Toombs touched home twice in the fourth thanks to three Indian walks. James Ethredge (0-for-1) walked and scored on a wild pitch. Jeremy Beasley (1-for-2) walked and scored from third when Christian Moore (0-for-1 with two walks) got in to a rundown.

Beasley tied the game in the sixth with a single to left which scored Bailey Salter (0-for-2 with a walk). Freshman Hogan White (1-for-2) had the first Bulldog hit, a one-out single in the third inning. White, a lefthander, pitched a three up, three down second inning inducing a grounder to second, a flyball to center and a strikeout. Junior Tyler Luke (1-for-2) also had a hit and a one, two, three frame on the mound. Luke fielded a bunt on the third base side and fired a strike to first to retire the batter by a step and then got a flyball out to right and a strikeout. HIs hit was a scorcher off the shortstop's wrist.      

Ethredge, the 2013 Region 2 Player of the Year, looked like he was in mid-season form in the fifth. The senior struckout the first batter on three pitches and then struckout the second batter as well. He worked the count to 3-1 on the third Indian and then got him to ground out to second. Ethredge, who went 9-2 with a 1.78 ERA, had 25 three batter innnings last season in the 71 innings which he pitched. Salter, an all region player, pitched the third and gave up the run and then ended his inning with back-to-back strikeouts.

Sophomore Logan McGowan stroked the Bulldogs fourth hit in a pinch hitting appearance in the seventh inning. The lefthanded hitter sent a pitch into left field with one out. McGowan, who started at shortstop for the junior varsity in 2013, is battling for playing time in right field with the varsity.

Another young Bulldog who got to play was freshman D.R. Meadows. Meadows (0-for-1 at the plate) entered the game as a relief pitcher in the sixth and allowed a single up the middle. However, on that play sophomore catcher Stephen Garrett turned a double play. He tagged out a runner at the plate and then threw to third for a second out.   

2013 Season

  Six Bulldogs honored by Region 2

Six Toombs County Bulldog baseball players were honored by the coaches from Region 2 for the 2013 season. The Dawgs had four All-Region 2 players and two who were named honorable mention.

James Ethredge- Region 2 Player of the Year- After spending the summer between his sophomore and junior seasons playing for the East Cobb Patriots, James improved his offensive and pitching statistics drastically. On the mound he dropped his earned run average almost a full point to 1.78. Opponents hit just .205 against the righty as he went 9-2. James two losses were at Long County, a game in which he pitched well enough to come out a winner. He allowed only one earned run, but eight unearned runs led to a 9-7 loss. Ethredge also lost a tough decision at Westminster. The game was tied at one going to the bottom of the sixth when the Wildcats scored six in a 7-1 victory. Ethredge pitched 70 2/3 innings allowing 56 hits with 85 strikeouts and 20 walks. He pitched complete game victories over Metter (home), Atkinson County (home and away), Benedictine (home), Jeff Davis (home) and at Dublin in the first round of the state playoffs. James was also the winning pitcher at Vidalia, against Fitzgerald (home-2nd round of state playoffs) and in relief, at home, against Johnson County. Against Benedictine and Jeff Davis Ethredge was dominating. He did not allow an earned run versus the Cadets on thee hits with eight strikeouts and no walks and against the Yellow Jackets the results were similar, No earned runs with 11 strikeouts and no walks on five hits. James struck out a career high 12 against ATCO. Ethredge is 12-7 lifetime.

Watch James pitch against  Westminster  Jeff Davis  Benedictine  ATCO   Metter

Offensively, Ethredge raised his batting average 95 points over his sophomore season. James hit .360 with two triples, eight doubles and 19 RBI's. Watch Ethredge's 2013 offensive highlights You Tube

Hunter Braddock- Region 2 Offensive Player of the Year- Hunter was a main catalyst in the Bulldogs improved offense in 2013. Braddock opened his senior season reaching base in seven of his first 12 at bats. He was hitting over .500 for 16 straight games and had an 18 game hitting streak. Hunter had 13 multi-hit games and finished with a .452 batting average. Hunter led the team in RBI'S and runs scored with 23 in each category. He also had two triples, seven doubles and walked 17 times while striking out just three times in 93 at bats. Watch Hunter swing the stick in 2013 You Tube

Hunter Braddy- All-Region 2 Second Baseman- Despite hitting first and second in the Bulldog lineup, Braddy improved his power numbers in his junior season. Hunter hit 10 doubles in 2013 compared to two the season before. Braddy's most important swing came in the 12th inning in a home game against rival Vidalia. He blooped a pitch in to center field and drove in Chris Mobley with the game-winning run. In one three game stretch, against Benedictine, Vidalia and Calvary, Hunter went 8-for-9 at the plate. Braddy hit .311 and drove in 12 runs while walking 18 times. Check out Braddy's 2013 swings You Tube

Bailey Salter- Region 2 Utility Player- No Bulldog made a bigger improvement swinging the stick than junior Bailey Salter. As a sophomore he hit .172 and he started off 2013 hitless in his first 11 at bats. Salter stroked his first hit of the season at Atkinson County and then he was off. He had two hits against Vidalia, Calvary, McIntosh County Academy and Long County and three at Vidalia. Salter became a proficient hitter with two outs and runners on base. Bailey also did something that no Bulldog had done since the last game of the 2011 season. Bailey hit a home run- a three-run shot over the fence at Dublin in the state playoffs. Salter stroked eight hits during the playoffs and finished with a .322 average with a triple, two doubles and 17 RBI's. Bailey was 4-0 as a pitcher with a 1.86 ERA. Watch Salter at the plate during 2013 You Tube

Cody Dowd- Honorable Mention All-Region 2- Cody took over the number two position in the Bulldogs' batting order and hit .278 with four doubles and 13 RBI's. Dowd was 5-for-7 in his final two TCHS games against Westminster in the state quarterfinals. Watch some of Cody's highlights You Tube

Leevi Alyea- Honorable Mention All-Region 2- Leevi was selected for his outstanding play in the outfield. Alyea played right as a junior, but his move to center, in his senior season, turned out well for the Bulldogs. Leevi made all the routine plays and also was able to run in to the gaps in left and right and make some big catches that helped out the TCHS pitching staff. Alyea's best catch was at Vidalia. He ran back to the fence and robbed Daniel Copeland of extra bases.  

Dawgs lose to Westminster in Elite 8

The Toombs County Bulldogs were all square with Westminster through five innings of game one of their best-of-three series, in Atlanta, in the GHSA Double A State quarterfinals. However, the Wildcats broke away quickly in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run home run by McClain Bradley. Westminster scored six total in that inning and won the first game 7-1. The Wildcats closed out the series winning the second game 11-3.

Watch Highlights Game 1  Game 2 (with comments from TCHS head coach Brian Fitzgerald) 

Game 1- Both teams scored a run, with a two-out single in the first, and left the bases loaded. Three Bulldogs walked in the first inning and Jeremy Beasley (1-for-3) put TCHS up with a run scoring single. In the bottom of the inning two Wildcats walked and one reached on a single. McClean Bradley (2-for-3) singled and tied the game.

After the opening frame both starting pitchers clamped down on their opposition. Wildcat senior righthander Hays Meyer allowed four hits the rest of the way and he struck out eight total Bulldogs. However, TCHS left  runners on base in three innings- at second in the second inning, at third in the third and one at second in the fifth. Christian Moore (1-for-3) and Hunter Braddock (1-for-1 with two walks) each had a single and Cody Dowd (2-for-4) stroked a double and a single.   

After allowing two singles in the first Toombs County junior James Ethredge allowed Westminster singles in the second, third and fourth and he retired the Wildcats three up, three down in the fifth. Ethredge struck out back-to-back batters in the second and fourth and he picked off two runners including one that turned in to a 1-4-3-6-5-2-6 double play with the Bulldogs recording outs at home and at third. Ethredge, who was named the Region 2 Player-of-the-Year, finishes with a 9-2 record. He pitched 5 2/3 innings and yielded eight hits with five strike outs, three walks and seven earned runs. Salter got the final out of the sixth on a fly ball to right.

Game 2- The Wildcats scored a two-out run in the top of the first on a single by Bradley (2-for-4). The Bulldogs took their only lead in the bottom of the first. Dowd (2-for-3) smashed his third straight hit of the series (he had four straight in game one and two) and Ethredge (1-for-3) also singled. Beasley (0-for-2) walked and with two down Bailey Salter (2-for-3) singled in two runs to put Toombs up 2-1.    

Westminster took control of the game in the third inning. Bradley tripled in two runs, Conrad Cornell (1-for-4) tripled in one and Jake Forte (3-for-4) singled in one helping the Wildcats to a seven-run inning and an 8-2 lead. The Bulldogs scored their final run of the season in the fourth. Salter tripled with one-out and Logan Martin (1-for-3) singled to make it a 9-3 Westminster lead.

On the mound Beasley pitched 2 2/3 innings and was relieved by Braddock, who pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs of which only one was earned. He struck out two and did not walk a batter while allowing eight hits.      

Bulldogs sweep Canes

TCHS back in the Elite 8

The Toombs County Bulldogs swept Fitzgerald 12-5 and 8-6, at Jacky Jones, in the second round of the GHSA State Tournament advancing them to the Elite 8 in Double A for the first time since 2010. Watch Hightlights (new version) Game 1   Game 2

Game 1- The Bulldogs jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. James Ethredge (1-for-2) walked, Hunter Braddock (2-for-4) reached on an error with two outs and then Logan Martin (1-for-1) and Jeremy Beasley (1-for-2) each singled in a run. The final run scored with runners on first and third. Beasley left the bag at first and drew a throw which was dropped allowing courtesy runner Chandler Wright to score.

Fitzgerald scored two unearned runs in the second and three runs (one unearned) in the third and took a 5-3 lead. TCHS made the first two outs quickly in the bottom of the third and then Ethredge worked the count full and stroked a double. Braddock singled in a run, Bailey Salter (1-for-3) singled to load the bases and then a wild pitch allowed courtesy runner Jake Davis to score his first varsity run. Two more Bulldogs scored on an error to give TCHS an 8-5 lead.

Braddock led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and then he stole second and took third as the throw from the catcher bounced away. Martin drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly. The Dawgs wrapped up their scoring in the sixth. Christian Moore (1-for-3) doubled and Ben Brantley (1-for-3) laid down a sacrifice bunt that turned in to a base hit because it was placed perfectly on the left side of the infield- past the pitcher and third baseman.

Ethredge pushed his record to 9-1 by pitching six innings and allowing two earned runs. He struck out three and walked two and allowed only one hit after the third inning. Bailey Salter finished the game throwing the seventh and he struck out three, walked two and allowed a double.

Game 2-  The Bulldogs were the visitor and took a 3-0 lead in the first. Cody Dowd (1-for-4) walked, Ethredge (3-for-4) singled and then Braddock (1-for-3) singled in a run. Two more TCHS runs scored on an error. Toombs made it 5-0 in the second. Moore (2-for-4) and Beckum (1-for-2 with two walks) each singled. Beckum reached on a perfectly placed bunt on the right side of the infield. The Hurricanes shortstop made an error allowing two runs to score.

Leading 5-1, TCHS scored a run in the sixth. Ethredge walked and scored on Martin's (1-for-4) two-out single. Three walks and a single set up Fitzgerald for a five run bottom of the sixth which cut the Bulldog lead to 7-5. Ethredge singled in a run in the seventh and Fitzgerald scored a final run in the bottom of the inning. Braddock relieved Beasley on the mound and ended the game with a big strikeout. He retired Johnny Croley swinging. Croley was 4-for-4 with four doubles in the first game and 2-for-4 in the second.  

Beasley was the starting and winning pitcher. He struck out nine, walked eight and yielded five hits and six earned runs. Braddock pitched an inning and did not allow a hit while walking one and striking out a batter.      

Dawgs down Dublin in two games

The Dublin Irish scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning. However, after that frame the Toombs County Bulldogs outscored the Irish 17-1 as they won their first round GHSA State Playoff series 5-3 and 12-1 in five innings in Dublin. The Bulldogs will play host to Fitzgerald in the second round. The fourth seeded Purple Hurricanes knocked off number one seeded Bleckley County 5-3 and 2-1 in eight innings in Cochran. The series will begin on Wednesday with a pair of games. The start time will be announced later. Watch some of the big plays from both games You Tube

Watch Highlights Game 1  Game 2

James Ethredge was the winning pitcher in game one. The junior improved his record to 8-1 with his eighth complete game. He did not allow an earned run and only yielded six hits with nine strikeouts and a walk. Jeremy Beasley pitched five innings of three hit ball in game two. He improved his record to 2-1 while striking out three batters and walking two. The only run was scored on a solo homer over the left field fence by Ty Mullis, with two down, which tied the game at 1-all in the third. Ethredge and Beasley, combined, only allowed one earned run in 12 innings dropping the Bulldogs' team ERA for the season to 1.77.  

Game 1- The Bulldogs overcame the three run deficit by scoring in back-to-back innings in the middle of the game. In the fourth inning Logan Martin (2-for-3) and Christian Moore (1-for-3) each singled and Ben Brantley (1-for-3) drove in Martin with a base hit. In the fifth Hunter Braddock (0-for-2 with two walks) reached on an error and Bailey Salter (1-for-4) singled and both scored on Beasley's (1-for-2) triple down the left field line. Beasley scored on a Moore sacrifice fly to put the Bulldogs up 4-3. 

TCHS added an insurance run in the seventh. Martin doubled and scored on a Beasley single. The Bulldogs out hit the Irish 12-6 in game one.

Game 2- The Bulldogs took the first lead in this game in the second inning. Martin (2-for-2) singled as did Salter (2-for-3) and then Moore (1-for-2) drove in Martin with a sacrifice fly to center to give Toombs a 1-0  advantage. Dublin tied the game in top of the third on the Mullis homer.

The Bulldogs regained the lead in the bottom of the third. Hunter Braddy (1-for-3) led off with a walk. With two down and Braddy at third, Braddock (1-for-2) was intentionally walked. Martin followed with a single that scored two runs which put TCHS up 3-1. Beasley (1-for-2) singled and then Salter did something no Bulldog had done since the end of the 2011 season (Berry Aldridge homer at Tattnall County). He hit a three-run home run over the left field fence to give his team a 6-1 lead. Bailey's first varsity homer, was the Salter family's third total. Older brother Johnathan smashed two in his senior season.

Toombs pushed the lead to double-digits in the fourth by scoring six runs. Brandon Beckum led off with a walk, Braddy doubled and Braddock doubled in a run. Beasley hit a sacrifce fly. Toombs out hit Dublin 9-3 in the second game.       

Bulldogs finish third in Region 2

State Tourney is next!

A regular season ending 7-4 loss at Benedictine dropped the Bulldogs from second to third place in Region 2. However, the good news is the Bulldogs are going to make their first state tourney appearance in two seasons. The Bulldogs will play a first round best-of-three series, at Dublin, beginning on Friday. Watch Highlights You Tube  Bulldog Pregame Show featuring the seniors and coach Bryan Fitzgerald

The Bulldogs opened the game with a two-spot in the first. Hunter Braddy (1-for-3) walked and moved to third on a James Ethredge (2-for-3) double. Braddy scored on a wild pitch and Ethredge touched home on a Hunter Braddock (2-for-3) single.

Benedictine took advantage of three Bulldog errors in the second and scored two unearned runs. The Cadets scored two more off Braddock, who was making his first mound start in 25 days, to take a 4-2 lead.

With one out in the fifth inning, Cody Dowd reached on an error and scored all the way from first on a second double into right field by Ethredge. The with two down and two strikes Bailey Salter (1-for-3) sliced a belt high pitch down the right field line for a RBI double.

Benedictine broke the 4-4 tie by scoring two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. Braddock didn't allow a hit until fourth. He yielded six singles and a double and five earned runs while striking out four and walking two.

Jr's & Sr's combine on Senior Day win

Seniors- Leevi Alyea, Cody Dowd, Chandler Wright, Logan Martin and Hunter Braddock 

The Toombs County Bulldogs continued their recent trend of winning Senior Day games with those being honored making significant contributions. In a 3-2 comeback win over Bacon County at Jacky Jones Field, senior Logan Martin walked with the bases loaded to tie the game and senior Leevi Alyea was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored the game-winning run from third base. The Bulldogs wrapped up their home slate winning 11-of-12 games and they improved to 15-6 overall and 12-5 in Region 2. Watch Highlights and the Senior Day Salute You Tube  Senior Day Program  Y-101 Senior Day Story

Junior Bailey Salter pitched seven innings for the first time in his career. The Raiders stroked two, two-out singles and scored two unearned runs in the first and then after that Salter allowed only three more hits while striking out six and walking only one. Salter is 4-0.

The Bulldogs scored a run in the first. Hunter Braddy (2-for-3) led off with a double and scored on a James Ethredge (1-for-3) grounder to short. TCHS tied the game in the third. Senior Cody Dowd (1-for-3) and Ethredge singled and senior Hunter Braddock (1-for-2) was intentionally walked with runners on second and third to load the bases. Martin walked on four pitches to plate Dowd and tie the game at 2-all. 

In the fourth inning Alyea was hit by a pitch with two down. He stole second and moved to third on a grounder and scored on Braddy's single to give the Bulldogs a comeback victory. Alyea made three catches in center and senior Chandler Wright caught two balls in right.

Dawgs drop first home game

Levi Alyea's throw from center leads to Logan Martin's tag out at home 

The Toombs County Bulldogs dropped their first home game after 10 straight Jacky Jones victories. Long County scored four unearned runs in a 5-3 Region 2 win. Jeremy Beasley made his first start on the mound this season and he pitched all seven innings allowing seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Watch Highlights You Tube

Long County took a 1-0 lead in the first by scoring on a pass ball. The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a two-out single by Hunter Braddock (2-for-3). Beasley (1-for-4) and Logan Martin (1-for-4) each singled to leadoff the second and the Bulldogs scored on a Blue Tide error to take a 2-1 lead.

Toombs County made two errors in the third and Shawn Mills doubled in two runs as the Blue Tide scored three times and regained the lead at 4-2. Hunter Braddy (1-for-3) led off the fifth with a single. However, he was eliminated in a 4-6-3 double play. James Ethredge (1-for-3) doubled and scored on Bailey Salter's (2-for-4) two-out single. So, now the Bulldogs were down 4-3.

In the top of the seventh Long loaded up the bases with nobody out on a Dawg error and two singles. Beasley struck out a batter and got a second out. Chase Rogers singled to center driving in a run but not a second one. Levi Alyea threw a strike to home plate and Martin applied the tag for the third out.

With one down in the bottom of the seventh, TCHS loaded the bases. Ethredge walked and Braddock reached on an error. Salter reached on an infield hit. He hit a grounder to the pitcher and Cody Fleck tried to tag Salter halfway up the first base line. Bailey slipped by and now the Bulldogs had two chances to tie or win the game. Catcher Austin Mills picked up a dribbler in front of the plate and stepped on home for the second out and Fleck fielded a hard grounder, on the mound, and threw to first to end the game. 

The Bulldogs are 15-6 and 11-5 in Region 2. Jeff Davis is also 11-5. However, the Bulldogs have the tie-breaker advantage over the Yellow Jackets due to run differential between the two teams. Jeff Davis Beat TCHS 4-3 in Hazlehurst and the Bulldogs beat the Yellow Jackets 5-1 in Lyons. TCHS will play a home game against Bacon County (5:45 p.m.) on Friday and a road game at Benedictine on Saturday at noon. JD closes out the season with home games on Friday and Saturday against McIntosh and Vidalia. 

Bulldogs pull away & sweep Vidalia

The Toombs County Bulldogs scored four runs in the seventh inning in a 9-4 victory at Vidalia, giving the Dawgs a 2013 sweep of the Indians in baseball. James Ethredge was both the starting and winning pitcher and he also threw an inning in relief. The junior pitched a combined 6 1/3 innings allowing four hits, two earned runs with nine strikeouts and five walks. He improved his record to 6-1. Watch Highlights You Tube

The Bulldogs scored first on a two-out single by Bailey Salter (3-for-3) in the second inning. The Indians took their only lead in the bottom of the second scoring two unearned runs on a RBI grounder by Blake Corbett and a run scoring single by Jordan Black.

The Dawgs surged back into the lead in the fourth on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Christian Moore (1-for-3) and Salter. TCHS builty up a 5-2 by scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth on Vidalia errors. The Indians pulled to within a run by scoring a pair in the bottom of the sixth. Corbett singled in a run and Black drove in another with a ground ball.

The Bulldogs sailed away in the top of the seventh by scoring four runs. Cody Dowd (1-for-4) led off with a double. Ethredge (2-for-3) singled him in. Jeremy Beasley (1-for-4) doubled in a run, Logan Martin (2-for-3) singled  and Salter singled in a run and his aggresive baserunning- taking second base on a throw- forced Vidalia into an error that plated another run.

On defense the Bulldogs only made one error and they made three defensive gems. Ethredge fielded a sharp liner back to the mound, Dowd moved to his left and cut off a ball from his third base position and Levi  Alyea made his best catch ever. The senior center fielder ran to the fence and caught a missle off the bat of Daniel Copleland for the first out of the sixth inning. 

Bulldogs take care of business in Darien

In recent seasons the Toommbs County Bulldogs have a history of beating McIntosh County Academy in Darien. However, it hasn't been easy. Infact, in 2011 the Dawgs had to go eight innings to beat a winless Bucaneer team. The 2013 Bulldogs had no such problem against a one-win team. They scored in every inning in a 13-3 win in six innings. Watch Highlights You Tube  

Hunter Braddock led the Bulldogs with 3-for-4 game, which included a two-out RBI single in the first and a two-run single in the fourth inning. Braddock pushed his hitting streak to 18 games and raised his batting average back over .500. He also took over the team lead in RBI's with 18. Cody Dowd (2-for-5) doubled in a run in the second and singled in two more in the fifth. Christian Moore (2-for-2) smashed two of the Dawgs' five doubles. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second and two runs, in the third, with a two-out double. Hunter Braddy (2-for-4) also had a double and he scored three runs. Chris Mobley drove in the Bulldogs' final run with his first varsity hit.

For the second straight season Bailey Salter was the winning pitcher at McIntosh. He pitched four innings and allowed seven hits- all with two outs. Salter struck out six batters and allowed two earned runs as he improved his record to 3-0. Braddock pitched the fifth inning and allowed an unearned run on the Dawgs' only two errors of the game. He struck out one batter and Jeremy Beasley, who pitched the sixth, struck out the side.

 Thrilling Friday Night- Two 3-2 wins

Hunter Braddock doubles in two runs in the 7th inning 

In his last at bat, Hunter Braddock extended his hitting streak to 17 games, with a two-run double to right center field, giving the Toombs County Bulldogs a 3-2 win over visiting Atkinson County. The Bulldogs had a 1-0 lead entering the top of the seventh. However, a two out error allowed the Rebels to score two unearned runs and take a 2-1 lead. Watch the bottom of the seventh inning You Tube  Watch Highlights You Tube  

James Ethredge defeated the Rebels for a second straight time this season and in a similar style. He didn't allow a hit until two were out in the third. The Rebels stroked two more singles in the seventh giving James a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts (a new career high) and just one walk. In Pierson, Ethredge threw a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts and had a no-hitter until the fifth. Ethredge improved his record to 6-1 this season and dropped his ERA to 1.07. Watch James pitch against ATCO You Tube

The Bulldogs scored the first run of the game in the second ining. Logan Martin (1-for-2) and Christian Moore (1-for-2) each singled and DH Ben Brantley (1-for-3) drove in the run with a single to left. Hunter Braddy (1-for-3) also singled to lead off the fifth. Braddock's game winning double was the Bulldogs' fifth and final hit off lefty Quinn Pierce, who pitched the whole game with no strikeouts and four walks.

The bottom of the seventh started with Brantley lining out hard to center. Braddy walked and Cody Dowd reached on error. A wild pitch moved runners to second and third. With the count three balls and no strikeouts on Ethredge, ATCO decided to walk the Bulldog pitcher to face Braddock, Toombs County's top hitter. Braddock was 0-for-3 coming into the at bat. He had grounded out to the right side of the infield in the first, flied out to center in the third and reached on a fielder's choice in the fifth. 

The Bulldogs are 9-4 in Region 2 and are in second place. First place Benedictine defeated Jeff Davis 4-3 dropping the Yellow Jackets to third place with an 8-5 record. Vidalia beat Long County 10-8, so the Blue Tide is in fourth place with a 7-6 record.    

Bulldogs win at Grayson Stadium

The Toombs County Bulldogs scored six runs in the sixth inning in a 9-5 win over Calvary at Grayson Stadium, home to the Savannah Sand Gnats. Watch Highlights You Tube

The Bulldogs walked nine times including three times in the sixth. Blake Horton walked with the bases loaded to plate the first run in the sixth. Christian Moore doubled in two runs. Hunter Braddock (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a two-run single in his last at bat. Brandon Beckum singled in a run and Bailey Salter was 2-for-4 and scored two runs as he pushed his hitting streak to six games.

Tyler Luke pitched a complete game and his is now 3-0. He allowed six hits and five earned runs with five strikeouts and two walks.     

Dawgs storm back and beat Bryan

The Toombs County Bulldogs spotted visited Bryan County five runs in the first two innings- three unearned runs in the first and two earned tallies in the second. However, from that point on the Bulldogs dominated by stroking a season high 15 hits in an 11-6 victory- avenging a two run loss to the Redskins on the road. Watch Highlights You Tube  

Number six hitter Jeremy Beasley (4-for-4) turned into the leadoff hitter in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings and each time he reached base on two triples and two singles and scored four runs. Beasley hit a triple in the second and scored on a two-out hit by Ben Brantley. Cody Dowd (1-for-4) followed with a RBI single, James Ethredge (4-for-4) doubled in a run and Hunter Braddock (2-for-4) tripled in two as the Bulldogs tied the game at 5-all.

Beasley led off the third inning with a single, Bailey Salter (1-for-3) doubled and Christian Moore (1-for-2) doubled both of them in. Hunter Braddy (1-for-2) hit a sacrifice fly, Cody Dowd (1-for-4) singled in a run and Braddock hit a two-run double.

The Bulldogs scored single runs in the fifth and sixth. Ethredge drove in his team high fifteenth run with a single. Beasley led off the sixth with his second triple and scored on Chandler Wright's grounder to third.  

Salter was the winning pitcher and he picked up his second victory in just four days. Bailey enter the game in the second and pitched four innings allowing five hits and one earned run. He struck out six batters and walked two. Braddock pitched two scoreless innings and yielded two hits with two strikeouts and two walks and earned his second save in four days. 

Bailey is Back- Dawgs a road winner

 Bailey Salter pitches Bulldogs to second road win 

Bailey Salter opend up the 2013 Bulldog season pitching two innings of six up, six down baseball in a scrimmage win over Screven County. However, an arm injury put the junior on the shelf for 22 days and limited him to just eight innings in the regular season entering his first region start of 2013.

On a Saturday morning and early afternoon, Salter threw five and 2/3's innings of one-hit ball before he got tired and allowed two more singles and two earned runs in the Bulldogs 4-2 win at Metter. Hunter Braddock took over in the sixth and struck out Thomas Cliett, with the bases loaded for the third out, and then got three outs in the seventh with three more strike outs to end the game in an hour and forty-one minutes. Watch Highlights You Tube

The victory was Toombs County's second on the road this season. The 10-5 Bulldogs are 8-0 at home and 2-5 away from Jacky Jones Field. TCHS is 7-4 in Region 2.

The Bulldogs stroked seven hits off Clay Crawford, the Tigers number one pitcher. Braddock (2-for-4) led off the second inning with the Dawgs' first hit and scored on a Salter (1-for-3) single which shortstop Jacob Wedingcamp kept from going into the outfield. Christian Moore (1-for-2) led off the fifth with a single and he scored, with two out, Cody Dowd, who reached on a strikeout, stole second and the Tigers threw to the bag allowing Moore to score from third base.

Toombs County made the score 3-0 in the sixth. Logan Martin (1-for-3) doubled with one down and scored on an error. Jeremy Beasley hit the ball to the left side of the infield and Crawford fielded the ball and threw off line to first base.

After Metter pulled to within a run in the bottom of the sixth, James Ethredge (1-for-4) hit a two-out double to left and scored on a Braddock single. 

Errors plague Dawgs at Bacon

The Toombs County Bulldogs have lost five games this season and all five have been on the road. The latest defeat was a 2-1 decison at Bacon County and for the second straight game defense was a culprit. Both of the Raiders runs were unearned off Hunter Braddock, who pitched a two-hitter with seven strikeouts. Watch Highlights You Tube 

The Bulldogs had only four hits of righty Tyler Taylor. Hunter Braddock (1-for-4) jumped on the first pitch of the game and singled. However, the Bulldogs stranded him at third. Levi Alyea (1-for-2) singled, with one out in the third, and was left at first. Cody Dowd walked, with one down in the fourth, and made it to third. Hunter Braddy (1-for-3) singled, with one out in the sixth, and was left at second. The Raiders didn't make an error until the seventh. The Bulldogs made 14 outs in the infield and five in the outfield and only struckout twice. 

The Bulldogs finally broke through and scored a run in the seventh. Bailey Salter (1-for-3) singled, with one out. Logan Martin reached on an error. With runners on first and third courtesy runner Chris Mobley took off from first and stopped halfway allowing Salter to score from third. Mobley got back to first and with two out pinch hitter Ben Brantley walked. With runners on first and third and two down the game ended when Braddock grounded out to second. 

Frustrating Saturday ends Bulldogs streak

The Toombs County Bulldogs five game win streak came to an end with a frustrating 9-7 loss at Long County. The makeup game (rained out last Saturday) was frustrating for the first three innings because the Dawgs were unable to take advantage of scoring opportunities and it was frustrating in the final three frames because of a rash of errors that allowed the Blue Tide to score nine straight runs of which only one was earned. Watch Highlights You Tube

The Bulldogs opened the Region 2 contest by loading the bases in the first inning. Hunter Braddock (3-for-4) and Hunter Braddy (1-for-4) singled and James Ethredge walked to start off the game. However, a strikeout and a 4-6-3 double play ended the threat and left a runner at third.

The Bulldogs lead off hitter in both the second and the third got on base- Logan Martin walked and Braddock doubled. However, neither scored as TCHS stranded a runner at second and third.

Finally, the Bulldogs broke thorugh in the fourth inning. Jeremy Beasley (1-for-4) lead off with a single and then two of his teammates reached while bunting. Martin and Christian Moore were each trying to advance hitter(s) into scoring position and each time Long elected to go for the lead runner. Bulldogs were safe at second and third which loaded up the bases. Beasley scored the first run on a wild pitch and then Bailey Salter (2-for-4) single through the right side, with the infield in, scoring two runs. Braddock was walked intentionally and Braddy walked on four pitches. Long County made a pitching change and Ethredge hit a sacrifice fly to right field off lefty Luke Golden to make it 4-0. Ethredge leads the team with 13 RBI's. The Bulldogs, who were now up 4-0, stranded runners on second and third.

Ethredge had a no-hitter going until the bottom of the fourth. Cody Fleck reached on an error and he scored an unearned run on a double by Tristen Goodro. Goodro moved to third on a wild pitch and scored an earned run, with one down, on a sacrifice fly to center by Shawn Mills which cut the Bulldog lead to 4-2. The Dawgs made another error and Chase Rogers singled. John Christensen bunted the ball in the air and Ethredge made the defensive play of the game. He dove toward the first base line and caught the ball, inches before it hit the ground, and then threw to second base to end the inning with a double play.

The first four Blue Tide batters reached base to start the bottom of the fifth- two on Bulldog errors, one on a single and one on a walk. Ethredge struck out Goodro for the first out and then Mills tripled in three runs and Austin Simmons singled in one as Long scored five times to build up a 7-4 lead.

Ethredge started off the sixth striking out two of the first three batters. He hit one and then the Bulldogs made another error and Goodro followed with a two run triple that gave Long a 9-4 lead.

Toombs County rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh. Cody Dowd (1-for-4) started the inning with a single, Martin walked with one down and then with two-out Ben Brantley (1-for-4) doubled to left scoring two runs. Salter followed with his second backside single of the game and then Braddock hit the ball to the infield and the Blue Tide tried to get Salter at second base. However, Bailey was safe and Brantley scored to pull the Bulldogs to within two. The game ended with a Braddy fly ball to center.

Ethredge pitched six innings and allowed five hits and just one earned run. He struck out eight and walked two as he took his first loss of the season dropping his record to 4-1.  

Busy Bulldogs win 5th straight

Playing their third game in the three days, the Toombs County extended their winning streak to five games with an 8-3 win over visiting Calvary. Tyler Luke, making his second varsity start pitched six innings and allowed only three hits and no earned runs with three strikeout and one walk. Baily Salter, throwing on the mound for the first time since March 5, pitched the final inning and did not allow a hit. Watch Highlights You Tube

Less than 24 hours after their 3 1/2 hour, 12 inning win over Vidalia, Bulldog coach Brian Fitzgerald gave some his starters a rest and inserted some of the bench players into the starting line up. Hunter Braddy (2-for-3) singled and scored when back up catcher Ben Brantley (1-for-2) singled with two outs in the first.

The Bulldogs scored seven runs in the second inning. Chandler Wright (1-for-3) singled and scored on Blake Horton's (1-for-3) triple to center. Hunter Braddock (2-for-3) singled in two runs and Salter drove in a run with a grounder to third.  

Bulldogs nip Indians in 12 innings

Hunter Braddy (left) drove in Chris Mobley (center) while Jeremy Beasley (right) was the winning pitcher in the Bulldogs 12 inning victory

In a game full of twists and turns with plenty of frustrating moments, the Toombs County Bulldogs finally pulled out a 12 inning 7-6 home victory over rival Vidalia when Hunter Braddy singled to center field, with the bases loaded, to drive in pinch runner Chris Mobley. Watch Highlights You Tube  Watch the 12th inning  You Tube  

In regulation time, the Indians scored a run in the second and two in the third to take a 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs scored two in the second on a RBI single by James Ethredge (3-for-5) and a sacrifice fly by Cody Dowd. TCHS surged into a 6-3 lead with a four run fourth. Christian Moore (2-for-6) stroked his first of two doubles, Bailey Salter (2-for-5) singled, and Braddy (3-for-3) hit a sacrifice fly and Ethredge singled in a run.

Vidalia battled back and tied the game at 6-all. The Indians scored two runs in the fifth and Blake Corbitt singled in a run, with two in the sixth, to set up the extra inning extravaganza.

The Bulldogs had a runner thrown out at home to end the eighth inning. They stranded runners on second and third in the ninth and left the bases loaded in the tenth.

Bulldogs give Cadets 1st region loss

The Toombs County Bulldogs halted a Region 2 juggernaut by beating Benedictine 8-1 at Jacky Jones Field. The Cadets were undefeated in region games coming in and had outscored their six region opponents 52-5. However, the Bulldogs out hit BC 12-3 and they scored in every frame but their last. Watch Highlights You Tube 

For the third straight Tuesday James Ethredge pitched a complete seven inning game. James allowed only three hits- singles in the second, sixth and seventh innings. Ethredge struck out eight Cadets with no walks and he did not allow an earned run. The junior retired 12 in a row from the second through the sixth inning and improved his record to 4-0 this season.

The Bulldogs surged ahead in the early innings as the top of the order drove in five runs in the first two trips to the plate. Hunter Braddock (2-for-3) led off the first and scored on Hunter Braddy's (3-for-3 with 3 RBI's) double. In the second Logan Martin (1-for-3), Christian Moore (1-for-4) and Bailey Salter (1-for-3) each singled and then Braddock singled in two runs, Braddy hit a sacrifice fly to drive in another run and Ethredge (1-for-3) doubled in one.

All nine starting Bulldogs had at least one hit as the Bulldogs scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth. Jeremy Beasley (1-for-4) singled to open up the third and he scored on a double by Ben Brantley (1-for-3). In the fourth Braddy and Cody Dowd (1-for-3) each singled and Braddy scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth Salter reached on an error and scored on Braddy's final hit.

The Bulldogs made two errors. However, they also made some spectacular plays in the field. Ethredge handled three grounders to the mound and caught a line shot hit right at his belt. He also picked off a runner going from first to second. Braddock fielded a single in right and threw to third to get a runner and Salter ended the game by leaving his short stop position and venturing in to left field. He caught a soft liner and then planted quickly and threw to first base for a double play.

Big Friday for the Bulldogs

The Toombs County Bulldogs won a big soccer game at Vidalia and took a baseball game by a big margin at home. The soccer Dawgs defeated the Indians 3-2 on penalty kicks after regulation ended in a 2-2 tie. Meanwhile, the baseball Bulldogs whipped McIntosh County Academy 10-0 in a Region 2 game that improved TCHS to 3-2 in the region.

The Bulldogs sent Tyler Luke to the mound for his first varsity start and the sophomore dominated the winless Bucs. He allowed only one hit, a two-out single in the fourth, and he struck out seven batters and didn't walk anybody. On offense the Dawgs scored in all five innings. Watch Highlights You Tube

Cody Dowd (2-for-3) drove in a run in the first inning with an infield hit and Ben Brantley (1-for-1) walked with the bases loaded to make it 2-0. In the second, Hunter Braddy (1-for-2) singled in a run to make it 3-0. Chandler Wright stole home plate in the third to push the lead to 4-0 and then Dowd doubled in a run in the fourth and it was 5-0 Bulldogs. Toombs, which stranded seven runners on base including six in scoring position in the first four innings, finally had a big fifth to end the game. Bailey Salter (1-for-3) singled in a run, pinch hitter Levi Alyea drove in a run with a grounder, pinch hitter Blake Horton singled in two runs and Logan Martin (3-for-3 with a walk) doubled in a run to give the Bulldogs a victory, for the first time this season, by the run-rule.    

Ethredge, Braddock and Braddy

spark Bulldogs at ATCO

James Ethredge pitched four innings of no-hit ball at ATCO

James Ethredge pitched a seven-inning complete game with a career high 11 strikeouts and leadoff hitter Hunter Braddock and number two hitter Hunter Braddy combined for five of the Bulldogs 10 hits in an 11-2 Region 2 win at Atkinson County. Watch Highlights You Tube  

Ethredge walked and hit a batter in the first inning and then he got into his groove retiring nine in a row before walking a batter with one-out in the fourth. The junior righty took a no-hitter into the fifth and he lost it on an infield hit in which Braddy, at second base, almost made a tremendous play to keep it going. Braddy moved to his left and gobbled up a tough grounder and his throw to first almost retired Ken Smith. ATCO's Zane O'Brien also singled in that inning and drove in the Rebels first run and only earned tally.

Ethredge had to wait 25 minutes before pitching the seventh and he walked a batter and yielded two singles and an unearned run. James picked off a runner and recorded the final out a home plate. One of his pattened low pitches got away and catcher Logan Martin scooped it up and flipped to Ethredge for the tag. James is 3-0 this season and has pitched back-to-back complete games. 

Despite four Bulldogs walking in the first inning nobody touched home as the Dawgs made two outs at third base. Braddock (2-for-3 with two walks) doubled in a run in the second and Braddy (3-for-4 with a walk) singled in two as TCHS took a 3-0 lead in that frame. In the fifth Braddock singled, Braddy doubled and Ethredge drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

The other Bulldogs started hitting in the sixth. Ben Brantley (1-for-2 with a walk) singled in a run to put Toombs up 5-1. Eleven Bulldogs came to the plate in a real long top of the seventh. Braddy hit his second double and his fifth of the season, Ethredge singled and Cody Dowd walked with bases loaded. Christian Moore (1-for-4) singled in two runs and Brandon Beckum (1-for-3 with a walk) doubled in one as TCHS scored six runs.           

B-Team Baseball- The Toombs County Bulldogs lost 6-1 at Vidalia. Logan McGowan went 2-for-2 with a walk and drove in Jordan Usher, who was 1-for-2 with a double. Austin Williams pitched six innings and struck out three batters. Watch Highlights You Tube 

Bullpups fail in fourth comeback try at Bryan Co.

 

 Hunter Braddock pitches for the Bulldogs 

 

in a Region 2 game at Bryan County 

The Toombs County Bulldogs tied Bryan County three times in their Region 2 game in Pembroke. However, they were unsuccessful in their fourth try to tie which allowed the Redskins to hold on to an 8-6 victory. Watch Highlights You Tube

Toombs tied the game at 2-all in the second inning on a RBI single by Christian Moore (1-for-4) and a run scoring grounder to third by Brandon Beckum. Bryan County scored a run in the third and then the Bulldogs tied the game in the fourth on a ground ball to short by Logan Martin (1-for-2).

Bryan County surged ahead again in the bottom of the fourth by scoring two unearned runs. One was scored directly on an error and the other on a bases loaded walk. TCHS battled back and tied the game at five by scoring a run in the fifth and another in the sixth. Hunter Braddock (1-for-4) stroked a two-out double to right center field and then Hunter Braddy (1-for-3) followed with a double to center to drive in Braddock. In the sixth Cody Dowd (2-for-4) and Ben Brantley (1-for-2) each doubled. However, the run scored on a Redskin error at short. Toombs lost a base runner at third in that frame.

Bryan County pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom of the sixth to win the game. Toombs countered in the top of the seventh by scoring one run on a RBI single by Martin.

Braddock pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs. He struck out nine batters and walked three. James Ethredge recorded the final two outs and allowed three hits and one earned run. The Bulldogs are 3-3 overall and 1-2 in Region 2.  

   Dawgs hit double-digits for the first time in 2013

For the second straight game the Toombs County Bulldogs stroked 10 hits, including seven in their final four at bats. The Dawgs scored eight runs during this span as they turned a one-run deficit into a 10-3 home win over the Metter Tigers. Watch Highlights You Tube

Cody Dowd (1-for-4) set the tone in the first inning with a two-out, two-run single that put TCHS up 2-1. Metter scored two runs in the third to take a 3-2 lead. The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the third on a James Ethredge (2-for-3) RBI single.

In the bottom of the fourth Brandon Beckum (1-for-2) singled with one out and then Metter made an error and Ethredge drove in his second run of the game and his team-high eighth of the season as the Bulldogs scored three runs to take a 6-3 lead.

Toombs scored three more runs in the fifth. Ben Brantley (1-for-2) singled and Christian Moore (1-for-3) doubled in a run. With two outs Blake Horton (1-for-3) singled in a run and pinch runner Chris Mobley, who was trying to steal third forced a bad throw by the catcher, and scored the Dawgs ninth run.

Hunter Braddock had his third multi-hit game of the season. He was 3-for-4 and stroked a double in the sixth and later scored on an error. Braddock is 10-for-16 this season with eight runs scored.

On the mound James Ethredge pitched his first complete seven inning game of his career. He allowed three earned runs on six base hits and only two hits came after the third inning. The junior struck out four and walked two as he improved his record to 2-0 this season. 

Another one-run loss for the Bulldogs

The second week of the regular season was a week of one-run games for the Toombs County High School Bulldogs. They played three and lost two including a 4-3 defeat at Jeff Davis to open up their 18 game Region 2 schedule.

Winning games at the Yellow Jackets fantastic field is never easy for the Bulldogs. In 2011 they lost 6-5, in eight innings, on a two-out wild pitch. In 2012 left hand hitting Drew Johns hit a walk-off three run homer to give JD a 7-4 win. What made the 2013 version of this rivalry so frustrating for the Bulldogs was they out hit the Yellow Jackets ten to five and yet they lost by one run.

The Bulldogs stroked two hits off JD starter Brandon Schroeder in the first. Hunter Braddock (1-for-4) and Cody Dowd (2-for-4) each singled. However, the Bulldogs started the game leaving runners on second and third.

In the bottom of the first inning the first two Yellow Jacket batters reached on a walk and an infield hit. Jeff Davis scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch and the second on a run scoring hit by the Yellow Jackets big stick. Johns, who was 3-for-3 singled, with two down.

The Bulldogs scored their first run in the third on a two-out single, up the middle, by third baseman James Ethredge (2-for-3 with a walk). The junior leads the team with six RBI's. Hunter Braddy (1-for-4) led off the inning with a single and scored his fourth run of the season. Jeff Davis built up a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly to right center by Tanner Wright and two-out run scoring double by Brett Wilcox.

After the third inning the Yellow Jackets had only two more hits off TCHS starting pitcher Hunter Braddock. The senior right hander threw six innings and struck out seven batters.

In the sixth inning the Bulldogs loaded up the bases with three singles by Ethredge, Christian Moore (2-for-3) and Levi Alyea (1-for-3). Brandon Beckum (1-for-2) drew the first walk off Schroeder to cut the JD lead to 4-3. The Bulldogs left the bases loaded in that frame. TCHS left eight runners on base including five in scoring position.

In the seventh the Yellow Jackets changed pitchers and brought Johns in to close the game. The right handed thrower retired the first two Dawgs on grounders with just three pitches. Ethredge drew a walk and scored on a Dowd Hit. With Cody at second Martin jumped on the first pitch and hit it the opposite way toward the right field line. Second Baseman Hunter Beck ran to the line and made a leaping catch just in foul territory to end the game. Beck also was the middle man in a 5-4-3 double play to end the fourth inning.

Junior Varsity- The Toombs County Bulldogs defeated Vidalia 8-3 at Jacky Jones Field. Tyler Luke and Jordan Usher each had two hits. Ben Brantley threw the first four innings and was the winning pitcher. Austin Williams pitched the final three and picked up the save.

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Ethredge hits and pitches Dawgs to victory

Roughly 24 hours after losing at Tattnall County 5-4, the Toombs County Bulldogs rallied and defeated Johnson County by the same 5-4 score at Jacky Jones Field in Lyons. James Ethredge (1-for-2) singled to center field, in the bottom of the fifth, to put the Dawgs up for good and then he pitched the final three innings without allowing a hit to earn his first victory of his junior season. Watch Highlights You Tube  Listen to Y-101 play-by-play Ustream

The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead, in the first inning, by scoring on a Trojan error and a two-run single by Logan Martin (1-for-2). However, TCHS turned around and made three errors in the second and gave the three runs back to the Trojans. Johnson County to it's only lead in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly to right which was a difficult catch for Hunter Braddock.

Going to the bottom of the fifth the top three hitters for the Bulldogs were 1-for-5 versus starting pitcher Matthew Meeks. But, in their third look at the righty those same three batters conjured up the game-winning rally. Leadoff man Hunter Braddy (0-for-2) reached on a catcher's interference. Braddock (2-for-3) continued his hot start by singling and then with both runners in scoring position Ethredge stroked his game-winning hit.

Baily Salter started on the mound and pitched the first four innings for the Bulldogs allowing an earned run on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Ethredge struck out three and walked one in his three inning stint.  

Three one-run losses

The Toombs County baseball teams all suffered one-run losses on the road on Monday. The TCMS Bullpups lost at West Laurens 3-2 and the Toombs County High School junior varsity and varsity teams both lost by one at Tattnall County. The B-Team Dawgs led 6-1, but they lost 7-6 and the Bulldogs had a 3-1 lead and they lost 5-4. Watch highlights of the Bulldog game Video  Listen to Y-101 play-by-play Ustream

The Bulldogs fell behind 1-0 in the first inning on a run scoring single by Ryan Renfroe. Toombs, which stroked three singles in the first two innings, finally scored in the third. Hunter Braddy (1-for-3) smashed a RBI double and then two batters later James Ethredge (1-for-3) also scorched a run scoring double. The Bulldogs scored a third run on a wild pitch to a 3-1lead.

Starting pitcher Hunter Braddock worked the first four innings and allowed five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Braddy stranded eight runners on base including five in scoring position and he left the bases loaded in the fourth. However, the fourth was the inning that sinked the Bulldogs on this cold night. After Toombs made an error and gave up an unearned run in the third they made three more errors in the fourth leading to three more unearned runs and a 5-3 deficit.

TCHS cut the Warrior lead to one run in the sixth. Logan Martin (2-for-3) singled and scored on a Christian Moore's (1-for-3) double. However, the Bulldogs left Moore at third base. In the seventh Braddy lead off with a walk and Braddock (4-for-4) hit his fourth single. Then the tying threat ended with a grounder toward short that hit Braddy in the foot for one number one. Two more grounders ended the game.

Jeremy Beasley pitched the final two innings for the Bulldogs allowing two hits while striking out four batters and walking two.       

Dawgs swing the sticks in season opener

Last year the Toombs County Bulldogs hit .237 as a team. This year, with the addition of three former Bulldogs and the new HomePlate Pitching Machine, they opened up the 2013 season by stroking nine hits, including three doubles and a triple, in a 12-4 home victory over Tattnall County. Watch Highlights You Tube  Listen to archived Y-101 play-by-play Ustream

Three Bulldogs had multi-hit games beginning with leadoff man Hunter Braddy. He went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt, a walk and two runs batted in and two runs scored. The second baseman also made eight plays in the field including a running catch in left and he was the relay man in a 6-4-3 double play.

Number three hitter James Ethredge went 1-for-3 and he broke open a close game with an opposite field triple to right that scored two runs and put the Bulldogs up 7-3 in the fourth. Toombs scored five runs in that frame, just an inning after the Warriors had tied the game at 3-3.

Cleanup hitter Cody Dowd, who rejoined the Bulldogs after a season at Robert Toombs Christian Academy, was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly RBI in the first and a run scoring single in the fourth that made the score 8-3. Number five hitter Jeremy Beasley, the Bulldogs only .300 hitter in 2012 (he hit .304) was 2-for-3 with a RBI double in the first and another two-bagger in the fifth.

Logan Martin, who catches and bats fifth, has rejoined the Bulldogs baseball program for his senior season after playing for RTCA. In his TCHS debut he was 2-for-3 with a double and a single. Christian Moore who bats seventh also had a hit in a 1-for-2 game,

On the mound Bailey Salter started and pitched three innings. He allowed four hits and two earned runs and left the game with the score tied at 3-all. Hunter Braddock, also back at Toombs after playing at RTCA, threw three innings and was the winning pitcher. He allowed just one hit and no runs while striking out three. Ethredge threw the seventh inning and allowed two hits and an earned run and struck out one Warrior.

The Bulldog Junior Varsity team also opened up the season with a victory at Jacky Jones Field. Alan Beverly singled in a pair of run to help give Toombs a 4-3 victory. Ben Brantley pitched the first four innings and hit a ball to the fence in left.

Bulldogs out-pitch and out-hit Gamecocks

The Toombs County High School baseball team opened up the 2013 season at Jacky Jones Field by beating Screven County 6-1 in a seven inning scrimmage. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the fourth and three in the sixth while the Toombs pitching staff allowed only two hits and one unearned run. Four Dawg pitchers combined for eight strikeouts with no walks and the Bulldog defense made only two errors on back-to-back plays in the sixth. Watch Highlights with Y-101 Radio play-by-play You Tube Listen to Y-101 play-by-play Ustream

On the mound Baily Salter pitched the first two innings and did not allow a base runner. He struck out two batters in the first and retired the Gamecocks on just four pitches in the second. Hunter Braddock threw the next two innings and gave up a hit while hitting a batter and walking one. However, the senior did not allow a run thanks to inning ending strikeouts which stranded a runner at second in the third and two in scoring position in the fourth.

James Ethredge allowed a single and an unearned run in his two innings of work. The junior sandwiched strikeouts around a fly ball to right in the fifth. Then in the sixth the Dawgs made an error on a pick off play and another on a grounder that allowed the run to score. Jeremy Beasley finished the game by striking out two batters and inducing a grounder to short in a seventh inning that included a hit batsman on an 0-2 pitch.

In the first three innings of a scoreless game the Bulldogs stroked two hits. Cody Dowd (2-for-3 with 3 RBI's) singled to open up the second and Ben Brantley (2-for-3) hit his first of a pair of two strike, two out hits into left in the third inning. The other was hit in to right in the fifth.

The Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard in the fourth inning with a major contribution from the top of the order. Hunter Braddy (0-for-2) reached on an error and then scored when Braddock (1-for-2 with a RBI) tripled to right center. Ethredge (1-for-3 with a RBI) singled in Braddock and Dowd grounded out to the right side of the infield to score Ethredge from third.

Once again the leadoff man Braddy started the action in the sixth. The second baseman was hit by a pitch. Braddock walked and both scored on a single past third base by Dowd. The final run scored on misplayed grounder off the bat of Beasley (0-for-2 with a walk). Levi Alyea (1-for-3) stroked the Bulldogs seventh hit on a two strike shot in the seventh