TCHS Shows Potential
The Toombs County High School Bulldogs baseball team wrapped up their nonregion schedule last week as they took on Coffee County and the Cadets of Benedictine. The top 10 ranked Bulldogs picked up a win over the 5A Trojans of Coffee, but fell in extra inning to Benedictine.
At home last Tuesday the Bulldogs hosted Coffee County. Toombs lost 10-3 to the larger school in their first meeting of the season, but on this day they had their number. The game was scoreless over the first two innings, but Coffee plated one run in the top of the third inning to go on top, 1-0.
Toombs got things going in the bottom of the third inning when Alex Gordy led things off with a double. A walk to Chandler Lynn put runners on first and second. Chase Musselman laid down a bunt and beat it out to load up the bases for Gray Stephens. Stephens sent a ball to the fence in right field to bring in two runs and put the Bulldogs on top. That was followed by an RBI single by Trayvon Harris as Toombs took a 3-1 lead.
After holding in the top of the fourth inning, the Bulldogs got back to work in the bottom half of the frame. Gordy again reached, this time on a single and Lynn again followed with a walk. Musselman again laid down a bunt, but a fielder's choice got Gordy at third. Stephens followed with an RBI single to left, and Harris backed that with a 2 RBI shot as Toombs took a 6-1 lead.
Coffee picked up one more run in the sixth, but that was all as TCHS picked up the 6-2 win. Gavin Hall got the win on the mound with Logan Knight pitching in relief.
Benedictine came into the game as the #1 ranked team in 4A, and with an undefeated record, but it took them extra innings and a walk-off home run to win over the Bulldogs.
Benedictine got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice. In the top of the third inning the Bulldogs tied the game at 1-1. Kodie Cortez got on base with a walk, he then stole second and third base. Lynn smacked an RBI single to score Cortez and tie the game at 1-1.
That score carried all the way to the eighth inning. In the bottom of the eighth the Cadets put two runners on base, and then a three-run home run over the left field fence gave them the 4-1 win over Toombs.
Toombs is now 8-4 on the year and they start Region play this week. Their first three-game Region series is against the Yellow Jackets of Jeff Davis. The first game was a home game on Tuesday after presstime. They will play next in Hazlehurst on Thursday at 6:00 p.m., and will wrap it up on Friday back in Lyons at 5:45 p.m.