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March 4, 2014

Bulldogs return to rout Jefferson

THOMASVILLE —

Thomasville’s baseball team gave a proverbial shrug to their pair of losses from last weekend in Pensacola.

The Bulldogs returned to the diamon on Tuesday and pounded Jefferson County, 16-0, by virtue of a mercy rule.

Chapman O’Quinn went 2-for-3 with a triple; Thomas Rayburn hit 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs; Zach Zolt went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs; Oren King was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and RBI while scoring three runs; and Hunter Donaldson slammed the Bulldogs’ first homerun of the season while also driving in four.

“We hit some balls real hard tonight, and did a much better job of making contact throughout the lineup,” Thomasville coach Erik McDougald said. 

Matthew Green pitched four innings, and allowed just two hits while striking out seven. Morgan Meyers mopped up the fifth inning by striking out the side.

“Pitching has been our consistency,” McDougald said.

Offensive, however, has been another story.

Tuesday’s game was a stark contrast to the Bulldogs’ weekend outing that consisted of “way too many strikeouts,” McDougald said.

The coach said Monday’s practice was among the most productive of the season.

The Bulldogs spent 45 minutes solely devoted to fundamentals with each position coach before one-on-one instruction in the batting cage.

“We were able to isolate guys and get real specific with our coaching,” McDougald said. “It was good to have just a day of practice because it seems like we’ve played or been rained out the past few weeks.

Infielders worked on attacking the ball opposed to waiting for it; outfielders corrected some communication and technique miscues and catchers worked on blocking and framing.

“Just getting on the grass and working some fundamentals, it was nice,” McDougald said.

Thomasville resumes region play this Friday at Early County.

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