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March 26, 2014

Diamond 'Dogs hunker down in extras, sweep Seminole County

THOMASVILLE —

Thomasville rebounded from a gut-wrenching, last-minute loss to Cook on Tuesday with a 6-4, extra innings road victory over Seminole County on Wednesday.

The win gave the Bulldogs a season sweep of the Indians, who will be a 1-AA foe after next year’s region realignment.

“We’re a very young team, and a lot of our guys are going to be seeing them in the next few years,” Thomasville coach Erik McDougald said. “They were able to see what Seminole County is all about – they’re going to battle just like everyone else [in 1-AA].” Morgan Myers put Thomasville on the scoreboard with a first inning single that drove in Oren King. 

Hunter Donalson, who went 2-for-5, brought in Payton Dixon in the fifth with an RBI double. Chapman O’Quinn had two sacrifice flies, one of which brought home Austin Clark in the sixth to tie the game. 

The Bulldogs then capitalized on three walks in the eighth that led to two game-winning runs.

“It was a good test of character,” McDougald said. “It’s nice to have an extra innings game before it gets late in the season. It becomes sudden- death and could end for you any minute if you don’t score enough runs.”

The coach added that Wednesday’s win served as a proverbial weight lift following Cook’s lastdish effort on Tuesday.

The Hornets trailed for the bulk of the game after Donalson smashed a solo homerun in the early stages. 

Cook responded with two runs in the seventh, then held Thomasville scoreless.

“That’s what Cook County does. You give them a chance, they’re going to break your heart every time,” Mc-

Dougald said. “There are no moral victories, but our guys, especially the young ones, learned they can play with them.”

Thomasville has dropped three of its five region games this year by a combined four runs. McDougald said that statistic gives him confidence heading into the dogleg of the season.

Thomasville (8-6, 2-3) plays its third game in just as many days on Thursday at Taylor County.

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