Thomasville’s losing streak to top-ranked Berrien will extend into the 2015 campaign after the Bulldogs’ 9-1 defeat on Friday.
The Rebels dominated the Diamond ‘Dogs from the very beginning, with a two-run homerun in the first, then another bomb in the third, coupled with a few RBIs, that extended the lead to five.
Thomasville mustered just one run in the first when Payton Dixon stole second and third base, then scored when the Berrien third baseman dropped the ball.
But that was the only time the Bulldogs would cross the plate.
“We showed up to a gun fight with a knife,” Thomasville coach Erik McDougald said. “Berrien played exceptionally well. They’re No. 1 in the region for a reason.”
The Rebels accounted for nine hits while drawing four walks.
Hunter Donalson, making just his second start this season after enduring shoulder surgery a year ago, left in the third inning with soreness in his arm.
Matthew Green assumed the mound for the remainder of the game, and allowed three runs – one in the fifth and two
in the sixth.
Thomasville (9-8, 3-4) now eyes a pivotal region road game on Tuesday against Brooks County, a team the Bulldogs lost to, 9-8, on March 14.
“Tuesday, to me, is the season,” McDougald said. “I know it, the players know it, Brooks knows it, heck the whole region knows it.”
Both teams are on the bubble for a fourth and final spot in the race for the 1-AA title. The top four teams from the region qualify for the state tournament, which begins the first week in May.