THOMASVILLE — Tanner Moore continued his dominance against Early County.

Only it was the Bobcats’ defense that proved to be the difference in the teams’ rematch Thursday at Thomasville.

Moore struck out 13 and Early County committed five costly errors in Thomasville’s four-run third inning, propelling the Bulldogs to a 7-4 Region 1-AA victory.

The win keeps Thomasville’s playoff hopes alive. Thomasville, Early County and Brooks County are fighting for the final two playoff spots. Much will depend on Early County’s game tonight against Berrien, the No. 2 team in the region.

“I’m a Berrien fan right now,” said Thomasville head coach Erik McDougald. “I want to get to the playoffs. I want these guys to see what it’s like.”

Moore was again tough on the mound, giving up just two earned runs and six hits. In the teams’ previous meeting, Moore struck out 15 in a 5-4 defeat.

Moore was aided by his defense in the seventh inning. With two runners on, Adam Crozier lined a shot to first baseman Jonathan Branch, who snagged the ball over his head.

Thomasville came out smoking in the first inning, scoring three runs, highlighted by a two-run triple from Ryan Cason, who earlier attempted a bunt but missed. He showed it again but pulled back and took a swing and served a pitch to right field.

“The history on Ryan Cason is big hits,” said McDougald. “He’ll come through when you need him most.”

In the Bulldogs’ decisive third inning, Thomasville scored a pair of runs on an error by the Early County third baseman.

The other two runs came on a stolen base attempt by the Bulldogs.

Early County catcher Will Gainous throw’s to second base misfired, allowing a run to score. The Bulldog runner darted toward third base and then scored on an errant throw that sailed over the Thomasville dugout.

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