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Junior Season at Armstrong State University

 

 Berry Aldridge catching

 

 and sliding into third base

 Berry bombs away in PBC Tourney

Aldridge hits walk-off homer in the semifinals

 The Pirates celebrate Aldridge's game-winning homer

and two more homers in quarterfinal win  

As a Toombs County Bulldog Berry Aldridge is best remembered for his walk-off home run off the left field foul pole, at Jack Jones Field, which gave the Dawgs a 6-5 win over Berrien County in game three of the second round of the GHSA State Tournament.

On Saturday Aldridge opened up the Peach Belt Conference Tourney, in Columbus, hitting a pair of home runs in Armstrong State's 12-11 win over Francis Marion and then in the semifinals he ended a 7-6 victory over the University of North Carolina- Pembroke with a walk-off homer over the left field fence in the bottom of the ninth. Former Appling County Pirate Tyler Avera ended the Francis Marion game, in the bottom of the ninth, with a walk-off single to center. Watch Avera and Berry's walk-off winners Video  Toombsnow Rewind- on May 13, 2010 Aldridge hit his walk-off homer vs. Berrien Video  

Aldridge went 2-for-4 against Francis Marion with four RBI's and the junior ripped his first homer in the fifth.  He smacked a one-out three run blast over the left field fence which put the Pirates up 7-4. Aldridge hit a two-out solo home run over the left field fence in the eighth which tied the game at 11-all. He was 1-for-5 against UNCP. Aldridge has now hit four homers for Armstrong this season and five for his collegiate career. 

In the championship game, Berry went 1-for-5 with a second inning single in a 10-6 lost to Georgia College. Armstrong trailed 9-0 before scoring six straight runs. Aldridge and two other area players made the All-Tournament team. R.J. Dennard, a former Treutlen Viking and Avera from Baxley also were honored. 

Aldridge finished his third season at Armstrong with a .392 average (40-112). He hit four home runs and five doubles. Aldridge dove in 24 runs and scored 18. He walked six times and struck out 13 times while having a .434 on base percentage and a .559 sluggin percentage. Berry led the Pirates in batting average and slugging percentage and he had a .995 fielding percentage. He only made on error all season in 29 games played. He was tied for the team lead in homers with four with Sopertons's R.J. Dennard.    

May 2- Aldridge was 4-for-4 with three RBI's in a 5-4 home win over Belmont Abbey. All four hits were singles- two were to right field and two were stroked up the middle.

Aldridge finished the regular season with a .414 batting average. He is the only Pirate to hit over .400. The second highest average was .372. He also had the highest on base percentage at .459. Berry went 36-for-87 with five doubles and a homer. He drove in 19 runs and scored 15. He struck out 10 times and walked six times. 

May 1- Berry went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in a 6-3 home win over Belmont Abbey. 

April 26- Aldridge caught both ends of a home doubleheader split with Columbus State. In game one, an 18-2 victory, Berry went 2-for-6 with a run scored and a strikeout. In game two, a 13-5 loss, he was 1-for-4 with a RBI.

Berry is batting .392 with 16 RBI's and 15 runs scored. He has hit one homer and five doubles.   

April 10-12-  Flagler’s Danny Brown (8-3) leads the Peach Belt Conference in wins and he is third in strikeouts with 77. Former Toombs County Bulldog Berry Aldridge went 1-for-4 against Brown in Armstrong State’s 5-2 loss to the Saints from St. Augustine, Florida. Watch Highlights

Brown, a 5-10 senior, doesn’t bring the heat to the plate. Instead, he throws one strike after another keeping almost all of his pitches in the lower part of the strike zone. His specialty is his breaking ball and his change up plus he throws a cut fastball. He also is a righty with a very quirky delivery. 

Aldridge was one of five Pirates who didn’t strike out against Brown and four of those five had a hit or more. Brown struck out seven Armstrong hitters and walked two while allowing six hits. R.J. Dennard, from Soperton, broke up Brown’s no-hitter, with one out in the fourth, with a single through the right side of the infield.

Berry stroked Armstrong’s fourth hit when he singled with a runner on in the seventh. That inning was the only frame in which the two teams touched home plate. Flagler scored five runs in the top of the inning. Armstrong scored on a Zach Lance single and a sacrifice fly to center field, by Will Austin, which scored Aldridge.

Earlier in the game Aldridge grounded out to deep short and to third and in his final at bat he popped up.

In game game of this three game series Aldridge went 3-for-4 in Armstrong's 12-7 win. Berry drove in two runs and scored two. He singled through the left side in the third to plate a teammate and drove in his second run with a backside hit in the seventh.   

Berry is hitting .413 with one home run, four doubles and 14 RBI’s. 

In the Peach Belt Standings- 18-6 North Georgia is in first place, 16-7 Armstrong is second and 15-8 Flagler is third.  

April 4- Berry went 0-for-3 in the Pirates 10-0 loss to Montevallo.

Berry is hitting .400 with one homer, four doubles, 12 RBI's, 10 runs scored and one stolen base. His on base percentage is .462. 

April 3- Aldridge went 2-for-3 in Armstrong's 7-6 home win over Montevallo. He doubled in a run in the seventh inning and scored a run in the 7th which tied the game at six. 

March 29- Aldridge started behind the plate and batted fifth in the Pirates 10-2 loss at North Georgia. Berry went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a ground out to short. He led off the seventh inning and was hit by a pitch. With two outs he tried to steal home and was out at the dish.

Aldridge is batting .435 with one homer, three doubles, 11 RBI"s, eight runs scored and one stolen base. His on base percentage is .491.    

March 27- Berry was called on to pinch hit in the eight inning in a 1-1 game at North Georgia. With one out and a runner on second, Aldridge doubled to left field scoring the game winning run in a 2-1 victory. Berry is 7-for-his-last-11 at the plate. 

March 21- Berry started behind the plate and batted fifth and went 3-for-4 with three singles in Armstrong's 5-3 win at GRU-Augusta. This was the second game of a doubleheader and the third game of the series. Armstrong swept the series and is 22-5 overall and 12-2 in the Peach Belt Conference. Armstrong leads the PBC by 1/2 game over North Georgia and the two schools will play March 27 and 28 at North Georgia.

In 12 games Aldridge is 17-for-38 and is hitting .447. Berry now has the top batting average on the team by five points. He has hit one homer, two doubles 10 RBI and eight runs scored.

March 18- Berry hit two doubles in the first two innings of Armstrong's 14-10 home win over Claflin. Aldridge, who went 3-for-6, doubled to centerfield and drove in a run in an eight-run first inning and he doubled to left in the second. He also added a single in the fourth as he started the game 3-for-3. He reached on an error and field out to right and center in his final three trips to the plate.

In 11 games Aldridge is 14-for-34 (.412) with one homer, two doubles, 10 RBI's and eight runs scored for the 19-5 Pirates.   

March 15- In game one of a doubleheader, Aldridge went 0-for-1 with a strikeout in a 6-2 win at Tusculum. In game two Berry went 1-for-3 with a walk. With one out in the top of the eighth Berry hit a solo home run over the left field fence in a 10-5 loss. His first home run of the season and the second of his career.

Aldridge is batting .393 in 10 games with one homer, nine RBI's, six runs scored and four walks and four strikeouts.    

March 8- Berry went 1-for-4 with a single through the right side of the infield and he drove in the game-winning run in a three-run eighth reaching on a fielders choice in a 4-3 home win over Lander. The Pirates have  a seven game win streak.  

Aldridge is batting (10-for-24) .417 with 8 RBI's and five runs scored   

March 3- Berry went 2-for-4 with a walk, 2 RBI's and a run scored. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the Pirates 12-2 win at Claflin..  
February 28- Aldridge went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in a 9-2 Pirate win at Georgia Southwestern and 0-for-1 in a 4-2 12 inning win in game one of the doubleheader. 

February 17- Aldridge started behind the dish and battend fifth and went 4-for-6 with a run scored and one batted in as Armstrong beat Paine 14-2 in Savannah.

Aldridge is 6-for-11 on the season and is hitting .545 with six runs batted in and two scored.

Febraury 8- Berry started behind the plate and batted sixth in a 7-5 home loss to Emmanuel. Aldridge went 0-for-3 hitting the ball to right field, first base and up the middle. He is 2-for-5 (.400) for the season with 4 RBI's.  

February 1- Batting seventh and catching, Berry went 2-for-2 with a walk, four runs batted in and one run scored in Armstrong's 20-0 home win over Salem International. In an eight-run second Berry singled up the middle driving in a pair of runs. He hit a sacrifice fly in the third which scored a run and he singled to right in the sixth to drive in his fourth run of the game.    

Toombs County Bulldog Career

Aldridge makes All-Tourney Team

Berry Aldridge (Left) dives at 2nd base 

The now former Toombs County Bulldog played for Team Georgia, in the Heartland Classic, in Norman, Oklahoma. Berry had at least had a hit in all seven games he played in and he went 11-for-23 (.478 batting average) with 6 RBI's and Aldridge made the All-Tournament team. Team Georgia went 4-3 in pool play and finished fourth overall. Three of Georgia's games are archived with video at Zpreps  Berry Aldridge slide show

Saturday- Aldridge went 3-for-3 and was on base in the sixth when Georgia pulled to within one run after trailing 9-3. Ohio held on to a 9-8 win in the third place game 

Friday- Berry drove in the only run in Georgia's 1-0 win over Maryland. In the top of the sixth, with a runner at second, Aldridge jumped on a fast ball which was up and toward the outer part of the plated and sent it deep to right center to score the game-winner. Berry went 1-for-3 as the DH.  

Thursday- In his first game Berry played second base and went 1-for-3 with a run scored and he helped turn a double-play in a 7-1 win over Colorado. Watch highlights Video  In his second game of the day, against Arizona, Aldridge was back behind the plate and he went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in a 5-3 loss.  

Wednesday- Berry, batting fourth, went 1-for-3 in Georgia's 6-2 loss to Texas. Aldridge drove in a run in the bottom of the first by hitting a grounder to the right side of the infield. In his second at bat he singled in to right center and advanced to second on an error. Berry was jammed in his third plate appearance and hit a flair that was caught by the pitcher. Watch Highlights Video  In his second game, an 11-2 win over Arkansas Aldridge went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs from the clean up position. Berry hit a two-run single and a one-run single. 

Tuesday- Georgia opened up with a 4-3 loss to Oklahoma. Berry was the starting catcher and he went 1-for-4 with a RBI single to left field that tied the game at 2-all in the fourth inning. Aldridge also hit a liner that was headed to the gap, however, it was caught on a leap by the second baseman. Georgia defeated Ohio 5-2 in their second game on Tuesday and Berry did not play in that game. 

Berry is an All-Star

  Aldridge scorches a double in the Georgia Dugout All-Star game

Berry Aldridge wrapped up his high school career by playing in the Georgia Dugout High School All-Star Game in early June at Golden Park in Columbus. In his first game, a 17-7 win over SW Georgia, Berry went 1-for-2 with a walk. Berry played two innings behind the plate and three at second base. 

In a match up with the Northeast, Berry's Southeast team lost 7-5. In the final inning Berry smashed a double off the wall in left and scored. Aldridge was down in the count and and then with two strikes he jumped on an inside changeup and sent it deep to left.

Aldridge signs with Armstrong

Instead of waiting until Spring to take care of his baseball future, Toombs County High School senior baseball player Berry Aldridge signed with Armstrong Atlantic State University on November 9. Aldridge said it was in his game plan to sign early, "I told my parents I really wanted to sign early. When I took my I took my official visit I really liked the campus and the school and it seemed like a really good fit."

Armstrong Atlantic plays Division 2 ball in the Peach Belt Conference against schools like Georgia College, Columbus State and Georgia Southwestern. Berry said he is familiar with the style of play in the Peach Belt, "I've been to a few games, I went to a Georgia College and Montevallo game and it is a really high quality of play and I am looking forward to it."

As a Bulldog Aldridge has had a flair for the dramatic. In the second round of the GHSA State Playoffs in 2010, Berry hit a walk-off homer off the left field foul pole to beat Berrien County 6-5 in eight innings in game three of that series. In the state playoffs in his sophomore season Aldridge hit .478 with two homers, two doubles and nine runs batted in. Aldridge hit .411 in the 2010 season with four homers, eight doubles and 35 RBI's.

In 2011, as a junior, Aldridge caught almost every inning and hit .341 with two home runs, seven doubles and 15 runs batted in. His career numbers include a .359 batting average with seven homers, 16 doubles and 53 RBI's.

Berry Aldridge Toombs County High School Highlights 

Berry's Last Bulldog Game

Seniors- Berry Aldridge, Efrain Quinterro, Brandon Driggers and Trey Wingate 

Dawgs wrap up season with 2nd straight win 

The Toombs County Bulldogs have a history of playing well and winning their Senior Day game and they did it again with a 4-0 shutout of Tattnall County. TCHS has won five of it's last six home finales. Watch highlights with Y-101 Radio play-by-play You Tube  Listen to archived Y-101 play-by-play Ustream

The shutout by sophomore Jeremy Beasley was the Bulldogs first of the season. The right-hander allowed only three hits- one single to open up the game by Andrew Waters and two singles in the sixth by Nick Odum and Cody Boyett. Jeremy left two runners on base in the first inning and got the final two outs of the sixth to strand the bases loaded. He retired 13 in a row from the first through the fifth and struck out four batters and walked two. His strikeout to walk ratio ends up 50 to 16- slightly better than 3 to 1. Jeremy's third seven inning compete game wrapped up a season in which he pitched 59 2/3 innings and allowed 50 hits and went 3-3. He took two tough losses in which he pitched complete games. Beasley lost a game at Long County 2-0 even though he didn't allow an earned run on four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks and he had a 4-3 lead going to the bottom of the seventh at Jeff Davis prior to the Yellow Jackets comeback, walk-off victory.

The Bulldog senior class was led by Berry Aldridge (2-for-3) who reached base in his first two at bats. Berry doubled to lead off the first and singled with one-out in the third and in both innings Levi Alyea, who was a courtesy runner, scored. James Ethredge (1-for-3) and Hunter Braddy (3-for-3) also singled in the third. Braddy drove in Alyea and Ethredge was thrown out at home plate on the same play,

Leading 2-0 going to the bottom of the sixth TCHS added two insurance runs. Beasley (1-for-2 with a walk) singled and Braddy followed with an infield hit. Alyea singled in a run and then Braddy got a great jump off third base and stole home to put TCHS up 4-0.

Bulldog senior center fielder Trey Wingate caught three fly balls and senior third baseman Efrain Quinterro handled the only ground ball hit to him. The Bulldogs finish the season with two straight wins and their final record is 7-17-2 overall and 4-11-1 in Region 2.  

Aldridge pitches the Bulldogs to a win

Toombs County senior catcher Barry Aldridge was given a unique opportunity by head coach Brian Fitzgerald. He got to pitch the final four innings of the Bulldogs' 4-3 win at Swainsboro against the kids he grew up with. Aldridge spent his pre- middle school years in Swainsboro and played recreation ball with or against most of the Tigers before enrolling at Toombs County Middle School. Watch highlights with Y-101 play-by-play You Tube  Listen to archived Y-101 play-by-play Ustream

Berry pitched the final four innings and did not allow a run while striking out six and yielding only three hits, Aldridge picked up his first Bulldog victory thanks to Bailey Salter, who scored from second base after pitcher Kyle Henry's pick off throw sailed in to center field in the sixth inning. "Yea it was fun to come back and play with these guys," said a grateful Aldridge. "There still my friends, there not my enemies. So, it wasn't like a grudge match."

Aldridge went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored the Bulldogs first and third runs in the first and third innings. He also played second base for the first time since his sophomore season and had two assists on back-to-back grounders in the third inning.

Brandon Driggers started the game on the mound and pitched the first three innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits. At the plate Driggers drove in two runs with a ground ball to second in the first and a sacrifice fly to left in the third.

The non-region Diamond Day game started over an hour late and it went back and fourth in the first three innings. TCHS led 2-0 after the first frame. The Tigers tied the game in the second and then the Dawgs took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third and Swainsboro tied the game in the bottom of the inning

Bulldogs walk-off with Game 3 win

Akins and Aldridge supply the power

 

Alex Akins puts TCHS up 4-3 in the 5th

 

Berry Aldridge's walk-off swing 

 
Akins with his 1st Bulldog home run ball. He hit it to the deepest part of JJ.     Aldridge in front of the now famous foul poll. His 4th homer ended game 3.

 

Lance Mosley is congratulated by Dawg fans  

 

Winning pitcher Javec King with Aldridge

In a tie game, in the bottom of the eighth, Toombs County sophomore Berry Aldridge pulled a fastball down the left field line and the laser shot hit the foul poll for a walk-off homer that gave the Bulldogs a 6-5 win over Berrien County in game three of their second round series. The thrilling victory sends the Bulldogs on to the Elite 8 and a match up with undefeated and number one ranked Calhoun beginning on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Lyons. Y-101 Story

Aldridge's homer wasn't the only exhilarating moment in the game. In the fifth inning, with the Bulldogs down 3-1, Alex Akins hit his first varsity home run over the center field fence. The blast which traveled more than 360 feet scored Patrick Craft (leadoff walk) and Blake Butcher (single) and gave Toombs a 4-3 lead. Watch both homers with Y-101 play-by-play Video  Check out the Bulldogs hitting two big homers on YouTube

Watch highlights with Bulldog head coach Brian Fitzgerald Video

Listen to Y-101's coverage of the 5th and 8th innings Audio

Bulldogs storm back in the 7th inning

 

Berry Aldridge singles in the game-winner 

 

 Josh Allen scores the game-winning run

In winning 41 of their last 50 games dating back to the end of the 2008 season the Toombs County Bulldogs have pulled of quite a few amazing comebacks. However, none was more improbable than the Bulldogs 6-5 home win over Dodge County. Toombs entered the bottom of the seventh with just three hits off starter Brandon Beck. With one down Stacy Cheshire jumped on the first pitch and singled. Brett Jernigan followed with another single and then Patrick Craft doubled in Cheshire to make it 5-2. Lance Mosley's grounder to second base made it 5-3 and Josh Allen, who went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, singled to pull the Dawgs to within a run with two outs. Javec King singled by the the Indians shortstop to tie the game and then Berry Aldridge competed the comeback with a backside single to right center field to give the Bulldogs their third comeback victory in a week. Watch the 7th inning with head coach Brian Fitzgerald Video and watch with Y-101 play-by-play Video

Javec King (5-0) pitched a complete game and struckout 10 while allowing five hits and no walks. All the runs scored by Dodge were unearned as the Bulldogs made six errors against the Indians' bunting offense. The win gives TCHS (14-1) the lead in Region 3B with a 5-0 record. Dodge is 4-1. Y-101 Story

Bulldogs go 10-0 in Cochran

 Aldridge drives in a pair of runs in the 4th

Despite not stroking a hit until the fourth inning the Toombs County Bulldogs scored seven runs in the final four innings in a 7-1 win at Bleckley County. Javec King, who was 3-for-4, broke up Tyler Sellers no-hitter with nobody out in the top of the fourth with a single to center. The next batter, Berry Aldridge, put the Bulldogs up 2-1 with a single to right. In a three-run fourth Josh Allen drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and King singled in two more. Johnathan Salter doubled n two runs in the seventh. Lance Mosley pitched the first four innings and allowed two hits and no earned runs to improve his record to 3-0. He struckout five and walked five. Ryan Davis threw the final three innings and allowed three hits and no runs. The Bulldogs are 10-0 and 2-0 in Region 3B. Y-101 Story  Watch highlights with head coach Brian Fitzgerald Video  

Two Bulldog home run swings

 

Freshman Aldridge homers in the 5th 

 

 Senior Rodgers hit his in the 6th 

The Toombs County Bulldogs pulled away from Jeff Davis with their late game power in a 10-6 win in Lyons. Freshman Berry Aldridge hit a solo home run over the left field fence in the the fourth inning to tie the game at four. In the sixth Neal Rodgers hit a two-run homer to right to put the Bulldogs up 6-5 and then in the sixth Justin Adams hit a two run double to give TCHS an 8-6 advantage. Taylor Dowd stroked a two-run single to wrap up the scoring. Brett Jernigan was the winning pitcher in relief and he is now 4-1. The Bulldogs eighth come-from-behind victory improved their record to 12-4. Y-101 Story  Watch highlights with post game audio from head coach Brian Fitzgerald Video

Berry swings and Berry catches