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April 16, 2014

Diamond 'Dogs prepare for final stretch

THOMASVILLE —

Thomasville’s Diamond ‘Dogs are reaching the ‘now or never’ leg of the season with three region games remaining.

First up is a road re-match against Cook on Thursday. These teams last played in a 3-1 contest on March 25 in favor of the Hornets, who scored a pair of runs in the final inning to secure the win.

“A lot of times with a team like that, if it’s a close ballgame, they’re going to find a way to get you. They’re going to keep the accelerator down” Thomasville coach Erik McDougald said. “That’s exactly what happened.”

Thomasville spent Thursday’s practice scrimmaging to compensate for canceling yesterday’s game against Jefferson County due to rain. Assistant coach Brice Warner was throwing to batters, who tilted the lead between each other back-and-forth. 

McDougald said he hasn’t yet decided who he will send to the mound for Thursday’s game, but did note that he’s comfortable with at least three.

“I haven’t talked to the guys that could pitch yet, but we’ve got Bayley [Wright] that could go, Payton [Dixon] that could go, and even Matthew Green [who threw all seven innings against Cairo] could pitch a little bit if we needed to.

“We’ve got some arm options there.”

Thomasville is riding a two-game winning streak heading into Thursday’s tilt, including an 11-1 region win over Pelham on Saturday, and a late, 4-0 win over rival Cairo on Tuesday.

The Diamond ‘Dogs currently sit on the outside looking in for the state playoffs, but are very much alive in the hunt.

Thomasville would likely qualify by winning out its final three games against Cook, Early County and Fitzgerald, but could also sneak in with a pair of wins and a loss.

“We may find ourselves in great shape,” McDougald said. “We’ve kind of got to wait and see what happens with everybody else, but at the same time, we can’t really worry about all that.

“When you get caught up thinking you’ve got to win three ballgames, you’re going to end up losing three ballgames. You focus on one at a time.”

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