Fifth-ranked Pierce County had to rally on the road to beat Toombs County 4-3 in eight innings in Region 1-AAA West action last week.
The game was the only one played with Friday’s home date against Appling County postponed due to inclimate weather.
The two teams were scheduled to play Monday, the first of three sub-region games slated for the Bears (13-3 overall, 4-1 sub-region). Tattnall County came to town Tuesday with Brantley County to visit Friday. The Herons, currently riding a six-game winning streak, are the only sub-region team to beat PCHS this year.
“We’ve got a tough week ahead of us,” said head coach Greg Gay. “We are in a very tight race for the top spot on our side and that’s good. This is as competitive as this side of the region has been with the top four teams in a long time. All we can do is take the games one at a time.”
Ben Tuten’s (2-for-4) one-out infield single scored Logan Paul from third base with the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning. Klay Allen (1-for-3) followed with a suicide squeeze to score Cody Williams for a two-run cushion at 4-2.
Paul reached on a two-base error to start the inning. Williams executed a sacrifice bunt and was safe on the second error of the inning. Williams moved into scoring position while Tuten was at bat.
Toombs County made things interesting in the bottom half of the inning against Williams (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 7 K, 3 BB), who was working in relief of Allen (2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP). A leadoff double scored on an error with the batter eventually reaching third with two outs. Williams got the final out on a grounder.
“I am proud of the way the guys battled the whole game,” said Gay. “That’s a credit to them. We had to deal with some adversity and a pitcher that did a good job of pitching to a strike zone for him.
“We hit the ball hard, but unfortunately they were right at defenders. We were just lucky to get the win.”
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the third inning to break up a scoreless game on a two-out, two-run single.
PCHS sliced the deficit in half in the top of the fourth. Tuten lined a two-out single to center for Pierce’s first hit of the game, stole second and scored on Allen’s single to center.
The Bears tied the score at 2-apiece with a run in the fifth. Pinch-hitter Johnny Waters reached on a dropped third strike and raced to third on Luke Revels (1-for-3) single to right. Following the first out, Stetson Bennett (1-for-4) sliced a double to right driving home Waters. Toombs escaped the second and third situation with a fielder’s choice groundout at the plate and a liner to center.