Thomasville Times Enterprise

April 9, 2014

Thomasville routs Turner County in under three innings

Daniel Kramer
Times-Enterprise

THOMASVILLE —

The Diamond ‘Dogs didn’t look like a team that last played five days prior in a 9-1 rout to Berrien.

Thomasville returned to the Bryant-Garner Athletic Complex on Wednesday and ousted Turner County, 15-0, in two and a half innings to cap a season sweep of the Rebels.

The Bulldogs churned in twelve runs in the first and three in the second to reach the mercy rule minimum, then earned three quick outs in the top of the third to walk away with the win before the sun had set.

Thomasville accounted for nine hits, and capitalized on six walks and three errors.

“They helped us out a bit,” Bulldogs coach Erik McDougald said. “Really, we only had two innings at the plate.”

The coach employed typical mercy rule, non-region game strategy by subbing in nearly half the lineup and throwing just two pitchers in the shortened game.

Bayley Wright tossed the first two innings then paved way for Zach Zolt in the third. 

“Obviously, to play a shortened game today was good. Every little thing matters, including mental and physical rest.”

“Quite frankly, that was the gameplan going in,” the coach said.

Thomasville is in the midst of its second three-game set of the season with regional road tilts on Thursday and Friday against Brooks and Pelham, respectively.

McDougald said the experience from the last slate – Thomasville went 1-2 and was outscored by just two runs – will pay dividends this go-around.

“Nothing pays off like having already done this and been there before,” he said. “Especially with extremely important baseball coming up.”

Thomasville (10-8, 3-4) currently sits on the bubble with Brooks for the fourth and final seed in 1-AA to qualify for next month’s state tournament.