On Saturday, March 20, the Thomson Middle School Diamond Dogs split two games against Burke County.
In the first game, the Dogs were victorious, winning 5-4.
The winning pitcher was Clint Rushing; he gave up four runs on six hits while striking out two and walking one in the complete game victory.
Leading hitters for the Bulldogs included Will Anderson who was 2-3 with a triple and a double. Jonathan Talkington was 2-2 with a double as well.
Coach Brett Chalker talked of how his scrappy team fought for the win.
"We pushed across two early runs in the first inning to take a 2-1 lead, but ... we had a mental lapse in the middle of the game which allowed Burke County to take the lead," he said.
But the Dogs stormed back in the bottom of the fifth, when Patrick Cooper had a two-strike hit that scored Ben Barmore. Austin Phillips followed with a hit back up the middle to score Cooper and then Will Anderson singled to left to score Phillips for the winning run.
"I was extremely proud of the heart our guys showed in the last inning, coming from behind to win the game," Coach Chalker said. "But I was disappointed with our defensive effort. We didn't make the routine plays that we have to make in order to win."
In the second game, Jake Unokur took the mound for the Bulldogs and pitched 4 1/3 innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits, did not walk any batters, and struck out two. Phillips provided the relief and gave up two runs on two hits with no walks or strikeouts.
But the Dogs' bats turned cold in the second game.
"Offensively, Burke's pitcher kept us off balance the whole game by mixing up his pitches," Coach Chalker said. "I have to give him credit because he showed a lot of poise on the mound."
Earlier in the week, the TMS Diamond Dogs had the luck of the Irish on their side as they defeated the Washington County baseball team by a score of 24-3 on March 17.
The winning pitcher, Austin Phillips, recorded five strikeouts, no walks, two hits, and one earned run while pitching three innings. Will Anderson pitched two innings in relief, striking out one batter and allowing two runs on three hits.
Thomson's leading hitters were Unokur, who went 3-5 at the plate. Phillips was 4-5 with two triples; Justin McCorkle added a 5-5 performance with three doubles and two triples. Will Anderson was 3-5 with a double and Talkington was 3-4 with a double and triple. Other TMS contributors were Josh McCorkle and Clint Chalker with two hits each.
The Bulldogs, hoping to repeat the St. Patrick's Day results, are back in action Thursday, March 25, at home against Washington County.