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Bulldogs snatch first place in Columbus doubleheader

Apr. 1—THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville Bulldogs now find themselves atop the region as they took down region foe Columbus in a doubleheader on Friday night.

Game one was all Thomasville as they strung together runs in every inning, except the sixth. The Bulldogs had eight hits in the game, striking out just five times. Tyler Lee led the team in hits in game one with two and Brandon Allen knocked in a pair of RBI's.

Jay Harrison got the start for the Bulldogs and did well, pitching 5.1 innings and recording seven strikeouts. Jadon Lirette took the bump in relief and had three K's. Combined, Harrison and Lirette had 10 K's between them and allowed just four hits and a single run.

Thomasville took game one 8-1.

In game two, the story was Cruz McCall. McCall got the start for the Bulldogs and was lights out as he sat down 10 Columbus batters. He pitched five complete innings and allowed just two hits and zero runs. Ethan Barrett came out in relief and pitched two innings, allowing three runs, but striking out four.

The Columbus pitching staff struggled in the game. They allowed Thomasville just four hits, but walked 10 batters on their way to giving up eight runs. The Bulldogs' excellent pitching combined with Columbus' struggles gave the Bulldogs an 8-3 victory in game two.

After securing the doubleheader, the Bulldogs now hold first place in the region. Thomasville may have gotten off to a rocky start this season, but have since gone 7-2 in their last nine games. They are undefeated in the region at 6-0 and have outscored their region opponents 75-5.

Thomasville has two more region opponents to face, Dougherty and Crisp County. They will face Dougherty in a doubleheader at home on April 12 and their last games of the season with be at Crisp County in a doubleheader on April 14.