Bulldogs Baseball Playing Well
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The Toombs County High School baseball team faced off with Coffee County on Tuesday of last week and fell in a heartbreaker to the 5A School, but bounced back on Thursday with a win over the Tigers of Swainsboro. Toombs is now 3-6 on the year. This week is the final week of the nonregion schedule. vs. Coffee On Tuesday night, the Toombs County Bulldog Baseball team lost a heartbreaker to Coffee County in a game that ended in a 9 inning, 7-6 defeat.
In the first inning, the Bulldogs got their offense started with a Will Watts two run bomb over the left field fence. The Dogs would add three more runs in the second inning with Jackson Jenkins, Dawson Brantley, and Brantley Upshaw all moving runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. That gave TCHS a 5-0 lead over Coffee.
Coffee got on the board in the top of the third inning with a run and then plated two more in the fourth inning to close the lead to 5-3. Toombs picked up a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to lead 6-3.
The Bulldogs carried that lead into the top of the seventh inning, but Coffee County strung together a few hits and tied the game up at 6-6. That forced the game into extra innings where the Trojans would eventually come out on top. The Trojans would inevitably pull out the win in the ninth when Zaelyn Smith singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run. The Bulldogs couldn’t find a way to answer in the bottom half of the inning.
The Bulldogs collected 13 hits on the day. Upshaw, Jenkins, and Tucker Braddy all managed multiple hits. Upshaw led the Dawgs with three hits in five at bats.
Ryder Sears took the loss for Toombs County Bulldogs. The lefthander allowed three hits and one run over two innings, striking out one and walking one. Jackson Jenkins, Tucker Braddy, and Lucas O’Conner all made appearances on the mound for the Bulldogs. vs. Swainsboro On Thursday the Toombs County Bulldogs won their game in dramatic walk-off fashion over Swainsboro.
The pitching was strong on both sides. The Bulldogs combined a two hitter behind Gavin Hall and Trayvone Harris. Gavin Hall started on the mound for Toombs County and went five innings, allowing two runs on one hit and striking out two. Trayvone Harris threw two strong innings in relief out of the bullpen and received the win Swainsboro scored one run in the first inning but the Dawgs evened things up in the second inning. Swainsboro added one more run in the 5th but Toombs tied it up in the 6th and walked it off in the 7th.
The game was tied at two with Toombs batting in the bottom of the seventh when Will Watts was hit by a pitch, driving in a run, and ending the game, with Toombs on top, 3-2.
Dawson Brantley went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Bulldogs in hits.
In this final week of nonregion play Toombs was at Swainsboro on Monday after presstime. They will be back in action on Wednesday at Claxton at 6:00 p.m. and then on Saturday they will play Athen Academy at Savannah Country Day at 11:00 a.m.