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Clean Week For Toombs County Lady Bulldogs

Clean Week For Toombs County Lady Bulldogs
Emmerson Powell fields and fires over to first for an out as the Lady Bulldogs take on Pierce County.Photo by Mike Branch
Clean Week For Toombs County Lady Bulldogs
Emmerson Powell fields and fires over to first for an out as the Lady Bulldogs take on Pierce County.Photo by Mike Branch

Courtesy of TCHS

The Lady Bulldogs softball team of Toombs County High School played three games last week, picking up wins in all of them to improve their record to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in Region play. That put them at the top of Region 3AA with their headto- head win over Vidalia earlier in the season. There is still a lot of softball left, but this is shaping up to be one of the best seasons in TCHS softball history. vs. Screven

The Toombs County Lady Dawgs Softball team secured a decisive 10-4 victory over Screven County on Monday of last week.

The scoring was initiated in the first inning by the Lady Dawgs when Casey Cantwell hit a double, bringing in one run. In the second inning, a single by AJ Jarriel propelled the Lady Dawgs into the lead with a score of 2-1. Aniston Powell’s single in the third inning extended the Lady Dawgs’ lead to 4-1 and they didn't look back from there.

Cantwell was the winning pitcher for the Lady Dawgs, allowing nine hits and four runs over four innings, while striking out seven and walking one. Shay Stringer earned the save by pitching three innings and striking out eight.

The Lady Dawgs showcased their offensive prowess by accumulating 15 hits during the game. Natalie Quintero, Kassidy Brantley, Emerson Powell, Powell, Jarriel, and Cantwell each contributed two hits for the Lady Dawgs. Cantwell, a key player in the middle of the lineup, led the team with two runs batted in and had a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.

Defensively, the Lady Dawgs were flawless, not committing a single error in the field. vs. Brantley

In a tightly contested game on Tuesday, the Toombs County Lady Dawgs Softball team edged out Brantley County for a 3-1 Region victory.

The spotlight was on Shay Stringer, who pitched for the Lady Dawgs. She showcased her prowess in the circle, giving up just one hit and one unearned run over seven innings. Stringer also managed to strike out seven batters. She issued two walks.

Toombs County set the pace early on, taking the lead in the first inning when Casey Cantwell hit a single that drove in Nora Grace Mercer from second. They added runs in the fourth and sixth innings to take the win.

The Lady Dawgs exhibited a balanced offensive performance. Natalie Quintero, Mercer, Stringer, and Cantwell each secured a hit. Additionally, Quintero, Kassidy Brantley, and Cantwell contributed by driving in a run apiece. vs. Pierce

In a thrilling region clash, the Lady Dawgs edged out Pierce County with a narrow 5-4 region victory. Spearheading the offense, Casey Cantwell showcased her skill with three singles and a sacrifice bunt. Natalie Quintero contributed a single, reached base on an error, and took a walk. Shay Stringer complemented the team’s efforts with a single and a pair of walks.

On the defensive front, Stringer continued to demonstrate her prowess in the pitcher’s circle with seven strikeouts. Nora Grace Mercer notably contributed with two defensive outs and Emerson Powell contributed with a handful of defensive plays that helped secure the victory.

The game remained a tense stalemate until the bottom of the second, when Aniston Powell’s single ushered in the first run. Marishka Smith capitalized on an error to add another run for the Lady Dawgs. However, Pierce County wasn’t far behind, narrowing the gap to 2-1 with a single in the top of the fourth. Turning the tables, they seized a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning.

Undeterred, the Lady Dawgs mounted a comeback in the bottom of the fifth. A pair of doubles from Mercer and E. Powell respectively brought in a run each, and Cantwell’s single leveled the score at 4-4. The game’s climax unfolded in the seventh inning when A Powell’s clutch single sealed the deal, giving the Lady Dawgs their well-earned walk off victory.

This week the Bulldogs were in Blackshear to face Pierce on Monday and were at Tattnall County on Tuesday, after presstime. They will be back in action on Thursday of this week at Appling County at 6:00 p.m., and then on Saturday they will head to Vidalia to face the Indians at 10:30 a.m.

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