Thomson High School Baseball Coach Brad Smith may have found a solution to his young pitching staff's recent woes, but he's still searching for a way to catch the Bulldogs' bats on fire on a consistent basis.
The Diamond Dogs (2-5, 1-2 Region 3-AAA) fell to Harlem last Tuesday 4-1. After that loss, Thomson found its footing behind senior Ryan Heacock on the mound.
Thomson defeated Butler 13-1 behind 14 hits after jumping out to a five run lead in the first inning on Friday. Heacock was the winning pitcher for the Dogs, and Catcher Aaron McCorkle was the leading batter who went 4-5 with three RBI.
"In that game we hit the ball well, had good defense and had a good effort on the mound by Ryan Heacock," Coach Smith said.
On Monday, Thomson traveled to Richmond Academy and fell to the Musketeers 8-2 after putting up five hits and three errors.
Coach Smith said starting Heacock (2-3) at pitcher again was the right move, but that the team didn't produce enough offense to back him up. Leading Thomson at the plate was Pat Finnerty who went 2-3.
"We only had five hits, and they were scattered hits. We did not hit the ball well at all," Coach Smith said. "We hit bad pitches and were real inconsistent at the plate. We did not play a good fundamental game."
The next opponent for the Bulldogs is another region foe, Hephzibah. The Rebels will visit Thomson Friday at 5 p.m.
Heacock will be on the mound again for Thomson, pitching on three days' rest.
"He's the one I have the most confidence in right now," Coach Smith said.