THOMASVILLE -- The Thomasville Bulldogs came through with their best effort when it really counted. Needing to beat Berrien by seven runs to earn the No. 2 seed in the Class AA playoffs, the Bulldogs (11-11, 9-3) scored 10 runs in the first two innings as they rolled to an 11-0 victory Friday on senior night.

"We did everything right," Thomasville head coach Erik McDougald said. "We played solid baseball. Words can't describe how proud I am of these guys."

The Bulldogs knocked four hits in the first inning and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. But they didn't stop there. They sent 11 men to the plate in the second, scoring seven runs.

The back-breaking blow came off the bat of Ryan Cason. He blasted a three-run double off the center field wall, scoring David Ashton, Drew Garber and Gunter Bullock, making it 9-0.

"That was the big hit," McDougald said. "He was down 0-2 (in the count) and it was an ugly 0-2. But he made good contact and smoked the ball."

The Bulldogs came into the game trailing the Rebels by one game in the Region 1-AA standings. But since the Rebels won by six runs earlier in the year, the Bulldogs would need at least a seven-run victory to secure a first-round home game.

Junior pitcher Tanner Moore made sure the big lead would hold up. He pitched a complete-game, four hitter, striking out five.

The Rebels fall to the No. 3 seed and must play their first game on the road. Cook is the No. 1 seed and Albany is No. 4.

The Bulldogs had an up and down season. Seniors Danurah Jones and Kyle Fiveash said it felt good to prove everybody who doubted they could earn a first-round home game wrong.

"People doubted us all year and we came through," senior Jones said.

"It feels great," Fiveash said. "We've been underdogs the whole season. It was good to come here and get the kill."

Now, the Bulldogs' seniors will have another opportunity to play in front of the home fans.

"That's a big deal," Garber said. "We didn't play that many home games this year. To win like we did tonight and get another home game makes it more special."

Willie Jones, a senior who didn't get to play Friday because of an injury is also happy to get a final opportunity to play at home.

"I was ready today but I just had to nurse the injury," he said. "But I'm going to be 100 percent and ready to go."

The Bulldogs face Region 3-AA No. 3 seed Savannah Christian next Friday.

Gunter Bullock, the Bulldogs' senior catcher, believes the momentum of the win against Berrien could carry over to the playoffs.

"I think we have a chance to go far," Bullock said.



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