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Back on track: Thomson plate struggles wain in losses

Thomson's struggles at the plate may have ended after two close games in which the Bulldogs took both Butler and Harlem to extra innings.

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Sophomore Phillip Bonner unleashes a pitch against Harlem.

Thomson fell 7-6 to Butler on April 12 in an error-filled game. Then on April 14, the Bulldogs lost to a strong Harlem team 8-7 after having a much improved showing at the plate, according to Coach Brad Smith.

"This was our best game by far, and Harlem is probably if not the best, the second best team in the region," Coach Smith said. "We played well defensively, hit the ball good and had good pitching. We just came up short."

The seven runs for the Bulldogs came on nine hits. Sophomore Phillip Bonner was the losing pitcher, but he helped lead the way at the plate with a 2-4 performance. La'Brandon Hudson and Daniel Garcia also put up two hits each.

Despite the loss, Coach Smith was happy with the team's improvement over past games this season.

"We did a lot of good things," he said. "I was proud of their effort."

One of those games that Coach Smith would rather forget was the loss to Butler. Thomson racked up six errors and only six hits in the game. Sophomore Evan Howard was the losing pitcher while Bonner -- who also went 2-3 in the game -- came on in relief during the sixth inning.

A bright spot in the game was Ryan Heacock's hitting performance. He went 3-5 with two triples and a double. Also, Pat Finnerty's homerun in the bottom of the seventh tied the game at six.

After a 30 minute weather delay, the teams returned to the field in the tight game. Though the score was close, Coach Smith thought his team was capable of pulling out a win, but the bats weren't there.

"In this game we were still struggling at the plate and not hitting the ball well as a team. And errors hurt us," he said. "We had some throwing errors, and they had a lot of unearned runs that were due to errors on our part."



Web posted on Thursday, April 21, 2005











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