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March 19, 2014

THS lineup change proving worthy; 'Dogs down Pelham, 5-2

THOMASVILLE —

Thomasville coach Erik McDougald called the Bulldogs’ 5-2 win over Pelham on Wednesday: “just simple, ABC baseball.”

“The trick of this game is getting three things you need to do well to gell at the same time – offense, defense, pitching,” he said. “It can be a chore at times, but we did a good job of it tonight.”

That was largely in help from Payton Dixon, who tossed six innings and nine strikeouts while allowing seven hits and the two runs. Dixon was also 2-for-3 from the plate, with a single, RBI, run scored and a pair of stole bases.

Zach Zolt also went 2-for-3 with a single, double and RBI. Chapman O’Quinn was 1-for-1 with a double, walk, hit by pitch and run scored. Morgan Meyers provided power by notching a solo homerun in the fifth inning to secure the victory.

McDougald attributed the recent offensive surge to a “drastic” lineup change he made last week after the Bulldogs’ 1-0 loss to defending 1-AA champion Berrien.

“Even though the score didn’t show that night, I think that was really a turning point for us,” he said.

Thomasville had a few defensive miscues on Wednesday, but the coach believes they stemmed from a lack of practice reps due to the recent weather woes. McDougald said that will account for the bulk of Thursday’s practice.

Thomasville (6-5, 2-2) next plays at home in a non-region game against Seminole County on Friday. Though McDougald believes he’s found a lineup for the long haul, he might utilize the opportunity to make minor tweaks.

“We really want to focus on gelling the lineup we have,” he said. “We might make a minor adjustment based on a guy who’s pitching, but nothing major.”

The coach plans to send the reliable Bayley Wright and Matthew Green to the mound for Friday’s tilt, though didn’t specify who would start.

Thomasville resumes region play on Tuesday at Cook.

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