Bulldogs Bounce Back in Game Two of Double Header to Prevent Series Sweep

Lyons, GA. – April 1, 2024 | Head Coach Derek James

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The Toombs County Bulldogs Baseball team (12-7 overall, 6-3 region) split their doubleheader against the Appling County Pirates on Friday, dropping the first game 5-1 before bouncing back to win the nightcap 1-0.

The Toombs County bats struggled to find traction in the opening game, as they managed just four hits against Appling County’s Collin Ewaldsen. The Bulldogs got on the board in the first inning after a Bulldog reached on an error, allowing a run to score. However, Appling County answered back in the top of the second when Ewaldsen lined a single that plated two runs, giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Tucker Braddy led the Toombs County offense with a two-hit game, but the Bulldogs were unable to string together enough hits to overcome Ewaldsen’s dominance.

TJ Stanley got the start for the Dogs and went five innings giving up 2 runs on six hits. Stanley finished the day with 9 strikeouts. Ryder Sears came in for relief and pitched 2 innings giving up 3 runs on four hits.

The nightcap was a pitcher’s battle, with both Brantley Upshaw of Toombs County and Ty Hutchinson of Appling County putting on a dazzling display. Upshaw emerged victorious, striking out a staggering 12 batters over seven scoreless innings.

The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning. After a double by Tyson Brantley, Trayvone Harris would single him home. Toombs County’s defense was flawless behind Upshaw, not committing a single error.

The Bulldogs’ offense was limited, but they did enough to secure the win. Harris led the way with an RBI single, while Jesus Quintero, Jackson Jenkins, and Tyson Brantley each added a hit.

Upshaw finished the game giving up 3 hits, no walks and striking out 12 Pirate batters.