By Nick Nunn
By Nick Nunn staff writer As of Monday night, the varsity Diamond Dogs had advanced to the third round of their summer league tournament after a forfeiture by Jackson in the first round and an 11-6 victory over Commerce.
Also, the JV Dogs had their first game of their summer league tournament against Commerce Monday night, sending them to their second game of the tournament, which was against Franklin County Tuesday night.
The Dogs’ first tournament game, which took place at the Prince Avenue Christian School in Bogart, was set to be against Jackson County, but the Panthers forfeited before the match, sending the Dogs onto the second round without so much as a single pitch.
Morgan County was able to jump on top of Commerce’s defense during the first inning of their game Monday afternoon, taking an early lead over the Tigers.
Brantley Frost, the opening pitcher for the Dogs, kept the Tigers at bay during the first few innings of the game, although Commerce was later able to push six runners across the plate.
The Diamond Dogs were able to hold on to and advance their lead through the first innings, eventually outscoring Commerce 11-6.
Earlier during the summer season, Morgan County faced Jackson County in a doubleheader on June 11.
The Dogs lost the first game of the doubleheader against Jackson 3-6, despite an RBI single by Maclane Zant in the first inning and a two-RBI single by Max Wadsworth in the third inning.
During the second game of the doubleheader, both teams’ bats came alive. Morgan County was able to score four runs in the first inning, giving them a 4-1 lead.
After the fourth inning, Morgan County was leading 6-3, but Jackson County fought back, adding five runs in the top of the fifth inning, which was the last inning according to the rules of playing a doubleheader, to make the score 8-6 in Jackson’s favor.
The Dogs were able to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth 8-8 when Cody Harper drew a bases-loaded walk to earn an RBI, and Brantley Frost hit an RBI single.
Both the varsity and JV teams continued competing in their tournaments this week. Tuesday, the JV team played Franklin County for the chance to advance in the tournament, and the varsity team played Oconee County Tuesday afternoon in the semifinal round of the tournament.
The results for the rest of the tournament games will be reported in next week’s edition.