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Thomson High Diamond Dogs off to fast start

The Thomson High School baseball team got its season underway last week with a strong start. In games through Monday, the Bulldogs posted a 3-1 record.

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Michael Harrison takes ball four in the dirt in the game against Glascock County.
Jason B. Smith
The one loss came against a strong Glascock County team on Monday. The Bulldogs fell 12-1 to a team that lost few players last year. One of Glascock's players this year is being recruited by several colleges, and another is likely to get drafted.

"With the exception of (Monday) we have hit the ball real well to start the year," Head Coach Brad Smith said. "We hit the ball all week last week, and (Monday) we just came out flat."

The season started on Tuesday of last week with THS posting a 13-3 win against Jefferson County in a mercy rule shortened game. Regulation in high school baseball is seven innings; the Bulldogs put the game away in six.

Daniel Moore picked up the win on the mound. He also went 2-4 at the plate, including a double. Antwone Johnson was also stellar at the plate, going 2-3 with two homeruns.

The Bulldogs also ended a game early on Thursday of last week. Washington-Wilkes fell to THS 12-1 in five innings. Michael Harrison was the winning pitcher, and Tyler Champion was the star at the plate, going 2-3 including a grand slam. Daniel Moore also posted a 2-4 day with the bat, including a homerun.

On Friday of last week, THS defeated Richmond Academy 20-10. Pat Finnerty took the win. Aside from six errors keeping ARC in the game, there were several offensive stars that helped Thomson to the win.

Brock Hawkins went 2-3 with two doubles. Justin Callaway went 4-4 with a homerun and three RBI. Finnerty went 3-3 with a homerun and four RBI. Johnson posted a triple during his 4-5 day at the plate.

Pitching, which Coach Smith cited as one of the team's weaknesses, turned out to be a strength in the first week of the season, he said.

"We have done well, and we've thrown strikes." Coach Smith said. "The two pitchers that threw (against Glascock), 75 percent of the time they were throwing strikes, they just hit the ball."

Defense and hitting have not been problems for the Bulldogs, according to Coach Smith. But he said there's still work that the team needs to do.

"We've got a pretty sound defense," he said. "We have just got to do a better job hitting the ball against quality pitchers.

The next home game for the Bulldogs is today at 4:30 p.m. against Washington-Wilkes. They also plays against Harlem on Saturday.



Web posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004


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