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Holder splits first two games as baseball coach

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A Thomson player slides in safely at first.
Photo by Staff
The Thomson High baseball team may have started out on the wrong foot with a loss, but Coach Terry Holder said there were some positives on which to build.

The Diamond Dogs fell to Aquinas 15-12 for the eight-time state champion coach's first game at Thomson last Wednesday. The Bulldogs then traveled to Jefferson County on Friday to defeat the Warriors, 19-4.

"To tell you the truth, I didn't really know what to expect," Coach Holder said of the team's first loss. "You really don't ever expect a high school game to have that many runs scored. We gave them most of their runs; we kind of earned ours for the most part."

Aquinas jumped out to an early lead, but a three-run homer from Anthony "Pooh" Erwin tied the game at five. Coach Holder said he would like to see more consistent defense but that he was proud of the team's multiple comebacks and clutch hits, despite the loss.

"The pleasing thing about it was that...we got behind three different times, and we'd come back," he said. "That was really good to see. The kids didn't just quit when they got behind. They kept fighting back, kept fight back."

Against Jefferson County, much of the damage came from the Warriors' time on the mound. Coach Holder said a majority of Thomson's runs came in the first inning on walks.

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Anthony "Pooh" Erwin is congratulated by his teammates after he slammed a three-run homer.
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"It really was not something to give you much of an evaluation on because they really couldn't ever throw it across the plate," he said.

Jefferson County did score all of their runs in the first inning, but according to Coach Holder none of them were earned. He said that won't change what his team does at practice, work on the basics of both offense and defense.

The Bulldogs' other games this week were after The Mirror's deadline. Their next game will be at home on March 14 against another local multiple-time state champion coach, Jimmy Lewis of Harlem.



Web posted on Thursday, March 9, 2006













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