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April 25, 2014

‘Dogs out of playoffs after last-minute loss to Fitzgerald


Thomasville tumbled out of the state playoff picture after a last-minute, 3-2 road loss to Fitzgerald on Friday.

The Purple Hurricane erased a 2-0 Diamond ‘Dogs lead with three runs in the seventh inning, including a two-RBI base hit on the final play that brought runners home from second and third base. 

“It was gut-wrenching to say the least,” Thomasville coach Erik McDougald said. “You’re right there. ... It doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past – it’s about that moment in time. He was just able to hit a chopper through the hole.”

The play came on a two-out, two-strike pitch delivered by Payton Dixon, who had amassed 12 strikeouts and just four hits allowed to that point.

Fitzgerald reached on a walk, then appeared to hit in a 4-6-3 double play that wasn’t called due to discrepancy on whether Chapman O’Quinn’s foot graced second base. 

Neither runner was called out.

“Instead of having at least one out, maybe two, now you’ve got runners on first and second with no outs and a team with a lot of momentum,” McDougald said.

Dixon struck out the next batter and picked up another out in the field, but a passed ball later in the inning advanced the winning runs to second and third base, which positioned Fitzgerald’s final base hit.

Thomasville (13-11, 5-7) will not qualify for the playoffs in lieu of Brooks County’s 1-0 win over Early County on Friday.

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