The community came out in force on Saturday to support the Thomson High School baseball program at its Diamond Day event. Coach Terry Holder is very appreciative of all the encouragement and assistance.
"We'd just certainly like to thank all the people that helped out with Diamond Day. We'd like to thank the community for their support," he said.
Aside from the two junior varsity games and varsity team's 3-7 loss to Burke County, barbecue chicken dinners were sold to benefit the baseball teams. Coach Holder said despite the performance on the field, the event was definitely a success.
"Outside of us not winning, everything went well," he said. "...Attendance was good, so it really was a good affair. If we could have just won, it would have even made it a better affair."
The loss was the Bulldogs' second to Burke County this season, bringing their record to 3-4. Coach Holder said it wasn't that his team played badly but that it didn't play that well either.
"Pitching was not as good as it has been but OK. We didn't get any timely hits when we should have with people on base, and they got a few timely hits," he said.
According to Coach Holder, the team needs to work on tightening up because mistakes at the plate, on base and in the field have been a problem.
"Our biggest thing right now team-wise is - like when we played Burke County the other day - the pitcher didn't so much get us out, we got our own self out," Coach Holder said.
That same problem haunted Thomson at home against region rival Harlem on March 14. The black and gold Bulldogs built a 10-4 lead but watched it slip away at the end of the game, losing 10-12.
"We played well for six innings...and the pitchers did an outstanding job of pitching that day, Evan Howard and Drew Usry," Coach Holder said. "The last inning, we just kicked it around real bad and had three major errors that just cost us."
On March 17, Thomson defeated Butler - who is struggling to field a team - by a score of 15-0. Some of the Butler JV players were brought up to fill in the open slots so that they wouldn't have to forfeit against Thomson.
For Thomson's JV team, the Diamond Day double header on Saturday brought a 12-9 win over Harlem in the morning game and a 1-12 loss to Greenbrier in the afternoon game. Up through those games, the team's record is 4-2.