The Tuckerman Bulldog baseball team will be making their second consecutive trip to the regional baseball tournament this week
The Tuckerman Bulldog baseball team will be making their second consecutive trip to the regional baseball tournament this week after beating the White County Central Bears 4-1 late Thursday night in the district 2-A baseball tournament. Hunter Tubbs turned in a school and state record pitching performance to propel the bulldogs into the regional tournament. Tubbs struck out 21 batters in 6 ⅔ innings of work besting the previous state record of 20. Jamison Fortenberry supplied the offense going 2-4 with a pair of RBI singles. Bomani Roberson and Hunter Tubbs also contributed clutch RBI extra base hits in the 7th inning to give Tubbs a little breathing room on the mound. The bulldogs entered the game needing to win in order to make the regional tournament and were unsuccessful against White County in two previous meetings, falling 4-2 and 7-4 earlier in the year during conference play; however, they were able to overcome the hard throwing right hander Austin Williams and handed WCC a season ending loss and propelled the bulldogs into the regional tournament held later this week at Marked Tree High School. On the season, the bulldogs are 14-12 and being led by a quintet of seniors Jamison Fortenberry, Jordan Bright, Trevor Johnson, Hunter Tubbs, and Kylan Young. Young pitched us to a victory in the Batesville tournament against Riverview and held us in the consultation game, giving us a chance to win. He stepped up and help the team when he was asked, just as he has done all season.
The bulldogs have also gotten some help from a host of underclassmen, including Juniors Noah Riley and Evan Hubbard, Sophomore Chaylun Dennis and Freshmen Bomani Roberson, Colby Schulz, and Nathan Gates. Although Jamison Fortenberry and Hunter Tubbs have shouldered the pitching load for the bulldogs, the emergence of Freshman Nathan Gates has been a nice surprise. “I knew going into the year that Jamison and Hunter were going to be our two guys on the mound, but having Nathan has allowed us to put our best defense on the field and give us a chance to win some games with our defense. Gates has really stepped into the rotation and made a spot for himself giving us quality starts and putting us in position to win some key games,” Roberts said. At the plate, the bulldogs are led by Sophomore Chaylun Dennis and Senior Jordan Bright. These two left handed hitting sluggers are leading the bulldogs in hits, average, and walks on the year. “Chaylun has been our most consistent hitter all year, coming up with some clutch hits down the stretch and Jordan has done whatever needed to reach base whether it be by hitting the ball, walking, or getting hit by a pitch.” Last of all, the play of Freshman Bomani Roberson has proven to give the bulldogs that late season spark to help propel them into the postseason. “Bo is an athlete that thrives on competition a lot like Senior Jamison Fortenberry. He has produced some big hits over the past two weeks of the season and has really been that X factor on offense and defense that our team has needed all year. His 1 out triple in the 7th inning Thursday night got a 3 run 7th started and proved to be difference in the game. He has a lot of baseball left in him and I am glad he is only a freshman,” stated Coach Roberts. “I am very proud of this team. Unlike teams of the past there has been so many contributors from starters to bench players. This Bulldog team has embodied the meaning of team all year long, and I contribute that to our success more than the play of just one or two guys.”