CONYERS - In a dog-eat-dog world, the Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs took a bite out of the Rockdale Bulldogs on Friday, winning 7-4 at Rockdale County High School.
Winder went up 3-0 in its first at-bat and Rockdale never recovered. The Bulldoggs added one run in the fourth and three more in the sixth to lead 7-0.
Rockdale did rally late, scoring two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh, but it was too little, too late.
The Bulldogs (12-10) were plagued by errors and a total lack of offense. Through 5 1/2 innings, Rockdale had just as many errors at it had hits - three.
Rockdale coach Casey Martin said his team got off to a bad start and it just snowballed from there.
"The first inning was tough," he said. "That error ended up costing us about three runs."
Martin said he felt the pitching was there, but the defense was not.
"Buck (Farmer) threw a good game, we just didn't get the defense behind him," Martin said.
Farmer pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out 12.
Down 7-0, the Bulldogs did show some signs of life in the bottom of the sixth.
After Ryan Conner singled, Kevin Dawkins smashed a two-run homer over the fence to make it 7-2.
In the seventh, Kevin Masters walked and Dustin Young doubled. Landon Blackwell brought Masters home with an RBI groundout. Young scored on a Winder-Barrow error.
"We made a run at them late, but the nail was pretty much in the coffin by then," Martin said.
Although the Bulldogs are now mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, Martin said his team still has something to play for with its last two games coming against county rivals Salem and Heritage.
"Hopefully, we can come out in the last two games against Salem and Heritage, hit the ball well, play defense and give them a run for their money," he said.
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