Thomson Middle School baseball coach Brett Chalker said he's just had a good group of kids for the past two years.
What an understatement.
Members of the Thomson Middle School baseball team pose with their trophy.
For the second year in a row, TMS has taken home the region championship. This year, they did it in extraordinary fashion beating Putnam County in the semi finals 12-3 and Wilkinson County in the championship game 16-0 after three innings.
"The eighth graders this year are a good group of boys, good baseball players, too," Coach Chalker said. "It's special, but it means more to the kids than anything."
The Bulldogs (12-3) were competitive even in their losses this season, Coach Chalker said. They lost to Swainsboro, Burke County and Washington Wilkes by a total of eight runs.
Leading the way at the plate all season were Will Anderson, Jake Unokur, Jonathan Talkington, Josh McCorkle, Clint Chalker and Danny Johnson. Unokur pitched five innings in the semi final win, and Anderson was on the mound for the championship game.
Coach Chalker said he was proud of his team and their accomplishments these past two years.
"They earned it, and they deserved it because of the hard work that we put in," he said. "We achieved the goal of the team, and it was for them."
And this year's seventh graders, who will make up the nucleus of next year's squad, have a message for the rest of the region.
"We're going for three in a row," Coach Chalker said. "Next year's team won't be quite as good, but we'll be solid. We won't have the power hitters that we had this year...
"The pitching won't be as fast," he added. "Next year we're going to have to rely more on hitting spots and location and things like that. As far as offensively we'll just have to play small ball and move kids along."