Finally, after their first two games were rained out, the Thomson High School Bulldogs have been able to play three straight baseball games and fortunate enough to have won all three.
In the season-opener last Wednesday night, the Bulldogs blanked the Jefferson County Warriors 10-0 in a game that ended in the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule at the Thomson field. Two days later, the Bulldogs traveled to Gibson where they clobbered Glascock County's Panthers 18-3.
In their latest game, which was played last Saturday in Washington, the Bulldogs downed the Washington-Wilkes Tigers 2-0 to remain undefeated this season.
Thomson senior pitcher Stephen Krepps picked up his second win of the season in the game against Washington-Wilkes, giving up just two hits, striking out 10 batters and yielding three walks.
"He (Krepps) gave us an outstanding game," said Thomson Head Coach Terry Holder. "We pretty much rode his arm."
The senior right hander was pleased with his second start of the season.
"I could have dealt without giving up those two hits," said Krepps. "I feel a lot more confident about my fastball now."
Aside from his fastball, he felt that his curve ball worked well against the Tigers, too. Krepps threw a change-up pitch to Hunter Jackson in the bottom of the seventh inning, who hit into a game-ending double-play. Thomson shortstop Zack Washington fielded the ball, ran to tag second base and then threw on to first baseman Phillip Anderson to complete the double-play.
"I thought Zack did a real good job for us on that double-play," said Coach Holder. "You like to see young players make plays like that one."
Washington-Wilkes starting pitcher Kelley Roberts held Thomson scoreless during the first six innings before giving way to relief pitcher D.J. Barnett in the seventh, who suffered the loss.
In the top of the seventh, Thomson's Dontavious "Juicy" Brown, the starting center fielder, drew a walk and later stole second base before third baseman Nick Rau followed by reaching on an error by the Tigers' shortstop. Both runners later advanced to another base on a pass ball before Brown scored the first run of the game on a RBI sacrifice fly to center field by senior second baseman Austin Phillips.
Rau later scored in the same manner on a fly to the same area by senior catcher Westin Meehan, who now has driven in seven runs in three games.
The Tigers' starting pitcher, Kelley Roberts, did a fine job in matching up against Krepps. Roberts fanned six Thomson batters, yielded four walks and gave up just three hits.
The Bulldogs were expected to have resumed action this week with a game against Jefferson County on Tuesday near Louisville. On Wednesday, Thomson was to have traveled to Evans to take on the Lakeside Panthers. This Friday, the Bulldogs will play host to the Washington-Wilkes Tigers at 5 p.m.
In the game against Glascock County last Friday night, the Bulldogs had no problems against the Panthers, as they won by 15 runs, 18-3.
Thomson managed to score three runs in each of the first three innings on a total of six hits to put the game out of reach. Thomson left-handed starting pitcher Clint Rushing won his first game of the season, working the first five innings before being lifted by Phillips. Johnson came on and worked the last three Glascock batters of the game.
Brooks played second base and was one of four pitchers used by the Panthers.
In picking up the win, Rushing struck out six batters, walked four and gave up only two hits - both doubles - one each to Antwan Harris and Lee Holley.
The season-opening victory over the Jefferson County Warriors saw the Bulldogs held to just three runs in the first two innings of play.
Jefferson County starting pitcher Zack Hughes held Thomson to just two hits during the first four innings that he worked. Thomson's Krepps, meanwhile, worked the first three innings, allowing no hits, striking out six and walking two.
Phillips worked the last two innings, striking out three, walking none and giving up two hits to J.D. Riggs and Cameron Clark.
Meehan led the Bulldogs' attack, going 2-for-3 and driving in three runs with a pair of singles. Others with hits in the game for Thomson included Washington, Unokur, and Talkington, who celebrated his 17th birthday with a bases loaded double in the bottom of the fifth inning.