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April 8, 2014

Diamond 'Dogs postpone Tuesday tilt with Brooks

THOMASVILLE —

Thomasville’s region road tilt with Brooks has been canceled due to the heavy rainfall early Tuesday morning.

The game has been sandwiched between Wednesday’s tilt with Turner County and Friday’s region contest at Pelham, marking the second time this season the Bulldogs will play three games in just as many days.

Thomasville last played in a 9-1 rout in favor of top-ranked Berrien on Friday.

Bulldogs coach Erik McDougald said the team may have benefitted from the rain as they take on non-region Turner County first.

“We may look a little rusty coming out, but it could be a blessing because if we look horrible, we can make the proper adjustments to get ready for Brooks and Pelham,” McDougald said. “Hopefully that earlier [three-game] set will pay dividends.”

The Bulldogs are in the midst of spring break, and spent Tuesday’s practice focusing on mental exercises with the Bryant-Garner Athletic Complex all but under water.

“Because we weren’t able to get on the field and take ground balls, we put a bit more focus on what was going on between our ears. Mental toughness is so important at this time of the year.”

Thomasville (9-8, 3-4) is currently on the bubble for the fourth and final seed in 1-AA, which would qualify the Bulldogs for the state tournament next month.

The other team in the mix, however, is Brooks, a squad the Bulldogs fell to, 9-8, on March 14. 

“[This game] is the season,” McDougald said last week. “I know it, the players know it, Brooks knows it. Heck, the whole region knows it.”

But first comes Taylor County, a squad the Bulldogs defeated, 13-1, in the third game of the year.

First pitch on Thursday is slated for roughly 6 p.m., though McDougald encouraged fans to arrive 15 minutes early for a ceremony honoring Eleanor Lilly, a teacher at Jerger Elementary who fought and survived breast cancer.

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