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Thomson splits games, plans for Diamond Day this Saturday

Thomson may have split a pair of games on the diamond last week, but baseball coach Terry Holder said his group of young players is starting to show signs that they can put it all together.

The Bulldogs fell to Burke County 9-1 on March 7 and then beat Washington-Wilkes 8-6 the next day. Coach Holder said despite the score against Burke County, his team played well to start the game.

"Our pitcher, Drew Usry, pitched real well, and we played a little defense behind him," he said. "Then there somewhere around the sixth inning...he got a little bit tired, and we kicked the ball a few times playing behind him. From there it kind of got out of hand a little bit, but for five or six innings we played pretty well."

Against Washington-Wilkes, Evan Howard took the mound and also put up a solid pitching performance to lead the Bulldogs to a win. Coach Holder said four of the Tiger's runs resulted from homers over their short outfield fence that would have remained in play on a regular field.

"I thought he pitched real well and really competed well," Coach Holder said. "I thought, probably, we played our best overall game, for the most part, against them."

But that doesn't mean he's satisfied. Four games into the season, the coach has higher expectations for the team.

"I think we can really play better than we've been playing. I know we can," he said. "It's just a matter of putting offense and defense together and get clicking at the same time."

Both the Thomson varsity and junior varsity teams will have a prime opportunity to "click" in front of a home crowd this Saturday at the Diamond Day event.

During the full day of high school baseball action, the JV team will face Harlem at 9 a.m. and Greenbrier at 4 p.m. The varsity team will have a chance for revenge against Burke County at 1 p.m.

There will be barbeque chicken plates available for lunch during the event.

All of the proceeds will go toward helping the baseball team. Anyone wanting to purchase a plate can contact parents of Thomson baseball players.

Coach Holder said the Diamond Day is an event that helps bring the community and the baseball program together, something he said can't be bad.

"It gets all the parents and grandparents an opportunity to be able to come out to an all-day type thing and just enjoy baseball," he said. "The whole community can get behind the team and come out and support and create a lot of interest. I think that's one of the things that we've got to do is create interest in baseball starting with the younger kids right on up and really give them something to look forward to doing."

Web posted on Thursday, March 16, 2006

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