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April 17, 2014

Diamond 'Dogs on IR for state playoffs

THOMASVILLE —

Thomasville could be down to its final two games of the season after Thursday’s 6-0 road loss to Cook County.

The Diamond ‘Dogs were already on the outside looking in for the No. 4 seed in 1-AA, which is the final slot that qualifies for next month’s state tournament.

Cook came out strong in every facet on Thursday, coach Erik McDougald said and “just beat the baseball to death.”

The Hornets churned in their six runs on 11 hits while holding the ‘Dogs to just four hits in the shutout.

“They played Cook County baseball,” McDougald said. “They had a very good gameplan offensively and executed it well. They’re a very good hitting ball club.”

Cook scored its first run in the second inning then padded a pair each in the third and fourth, then brought home the final score in the fifth.

Bulldogs ace Payton Dixon, who hadn’t pitched in over two weeks, tossed the first four innings before paving way for Bayley Wright for the final two innings.

McDougald said that he was pleased with his team’s performance from the mound, and that he’d hoped for more offensive production to compensate.

“They didn’t miss their pitches, and we struck out quite a few times,” he said. “That’s the story.”

Thomasville (12-10, 4-6) has just two games remaining on its regular season slate – Tuesday at Early County and next Friday at Fitzgerald. The Bulldogs still have a shot to secure the fourth and final seed but will need help from other region teams.

“You play your gameplan on Tuesday and see what happens after that,” McDougald said. “You have zero control over everything else.

“We’ll see how it pans out.”

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