While the rest of Thomson High School had spring break, the baseball team was hard at work. And that work paid off in the continuation of a five-game winning streak.
With a 15-5 win over Washington-Wilkes on April 5, the Bulldogs moved to 8-6 on the season. The mercy-rule shortened game represents a solidification of the team for which the coaching staff had been hoping.
Thomson first baseman R.C. Smith tries to pick off a Washington-Wilkes runner.
"We're not beating ourselves right now. That's a good thing to see," said Thomson coach Terry Holder. "These last few games we've hit the ball pretty well. ...For the most part, since the Cross Creek game (on March 28) we have played good defense. Hopefully we're getting it put together to the best of our abilities."
The Bulldogs built a lead quickly against the Tigers. The first three batters loaded the bases, and then Ryan Heacock sent a pitch over the outfield fence for a grand slam and a 4-0 lead.
From there, Thomson didn't let up cruising to victory behind starting pitcher Evan Howard. Heacock came on to pitch the fifth and final inning.
Coach Holder said the five-game winning streak is due to the team's determination.
"They've been working real hard, and they've kept a good work ethic," he said. "They're just determined to get better. Our attitude about getting better has been excellent."
Coach Holder said the team will need to continue that attitude as the schedule toward the end of the season toughens. He said if his players can continue to work hard, the playoffs will be in their sights.
"That's our goal, and we're still working real hard toward that goal. We're really hoping we can attain it," Coach Holder said.
The Bulldogs beat Butler 17-0 in Augusta Tuesday afternoon. Their next game is at Glascock County on April 13 at 5 p.m. The next home game is on April 15 at 11 a.m. against Richmond Academy.