Lady Dogs Get 2 Wins
The Toombs County High School Lady Bulldogs softball team played three games last week. They got the bats moving again in a nonregion game against Wheeler County on Monday, picked up a big Region win over Brantley County on Tuesday, but fell by just one to Pierce County on Thursday in Blackshear. vs. Wheeler
Toombs County asserted their will over Wheeler County on their way to an easy 16-1 victory.
Wheeler took the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but that was the only run the Bulldogs allowed.
Toombs took control in the top of the second inning with eight runs, and they never looked back. In that inning Natalie Quintero's sac fly scored one, an error scored two runs for Toombs County, Aniston Powell then singled on a 1-0 count, scoring two more runs. Shay Stringer singled on a 2-2 count, scoring another two runs, and Nora Grace Mercer singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run for an 8-1 lead over Wheeler. TCHS put up eight more runs in the fourth inning on the way to the 16-1 run rule victory. Brinley Miller, Emerson Powell, Shakayla Joseph, Autumn Jarriel, and Mercer all drove in runs in the frame.
Stringer led Toombs County to victory in the pitcher's circle. Stringer went the distance, allowing one hit and one run while striking out five.
The Lady Dawgs racked up 13 hits. Stringer, Mercer, and Kassidy Brantley each had multiple hits for Toombs County. Toombs was surehanded in the field and didn't commit a single error. vs. Brantley
Toombs was at Brantley County on Tuesday of last week and picked up a key Region win. Toombs got the scoring started in the top of the first inning when Stringer drove in a run with a single to left field. Toombs plated three more runs in the second inning. Jarriel and Powell drove in runs in the inning for the Bulldogs. That put Toombs on top 4-0 over Brantley.
Brantley did manage to scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Bulldogs held them off to get the win. Stringer earned the victory in the circle for Toombs. The lefthander allowed two hits and one run over seven innings, striking out seven and walking one. The Lady Dawgs totaled ten hits in the game. Riley Lumley, Stringer, and Quintero each racked up multiple hits for Toombs.
Coach Hayne Brant said, “Our approach today was great at the plate and we were able to small ball them and put pressure in their defense. Shay had another great day in the circle. We have to continue to put pressure on teams and make them make mistakes. All in all it was a great win for the Dawgs.” vs. Pierce
Toombs went to Blackshear for their final game of the week as they took on the Bears of Pierce County. It was a tough game that saw the Bulldogs come back late, only to have the Bears pull it out in the bottom of the final inning. A walk-off left the Toombs County Lady Dog Softball team on the wrong end of a 6-5 defeat to Pierce.
Pierce took the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning, and then they added another in the second inning to lead 2-0. Toombs got on the board in the top of the third inning as they plated one run to close it to 2-1. Pierce added two more runs in the fourth inning to stretch the lead to 4-1. The Bulldogs got the bats going in the top of the seventh inning when the had four runs cross the plate. That put TCHS on top 5-4. But in the bottom of that final inning, the Bears came back and put two runs on the board to take a 6-5 win over Toombs. Shay Stringer toed the rubber for the Lady Dogs surrendering six runs on seven hits over six and twothirds innings. She struck out two. For the Lady Dogs, Stringer, Lumley, and Mercer each had multiple hits. Stringer went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Toombs County. Coach Brant added, “We scored four in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead but could not make the plays in the bottom half to finish them off. Proud of how the girls never gave up.”