Thomson started off last week on the diamond just like they ended the week before. A one-run loss to Hephzibah on April 19 was the Bulldogs' third such loss within a week.
The Bulldogs (3-12) were able to ride that close game streak to a win the next day against Hancock Central, but on April 21 and 25 they met up with a couple of high-powered teams who proved too much in the form of Glascock County and Cross Creek.
Against Hephzibah, Thomson jumped out to an early lead but got caught quickly. They put up 13 hits and no errors in a 12-11 losing effort from sophomore pitcher Phillip Bonner.
"The last three games we've played well enough to win. We've just come up short," Coach Smith said.
Leaders at the plate for the Bulldogs were La'Brandon Hudson who went 4-5, Ryan Heacock with a 2-4 performance that included a double, Pat Finnerty who went 2-5 with his second homerun of the year, Bonner 2-4 including double and Daniel Garcia 3-5.
"In that game we started out like a house on hire," said Coach Brad Smith. "We hit the ball well and got up seven to nothing, and they came back in the second and got six on us. ... Defensively we played well, they just out hit us in the end."
Heacock started on the mound, but it was not his day, according to Coach Smith. He said Heacock didn't locate his pitches well allowing Hephzibah to "tee off on it."
In the Hancock Central game, Thomson put up 10 runs in the first and five in the second on the way to a 17-6 win. Freshman pitcher Austin Phillips rang up eight strike outs on his way to pulling out the win in his first varsity game.
Garcia and Finnerty both got on base every at bat with 3-3 performances, all doubles for Garcia. Phillips went 3-4 with a double, and T.J. Clary went 2-3 with a double as well. Heacock put up four RBI on a 2-4 performance that included a 370 foot HR to left field.
Glascock County tried to put the brakes on Thomson's stretch of good games with a 7-5 win after putting up five runs in the first inning against the Bulldogs. Thomson had 10 hits and five errors in that losing effort from sophomore pitcher Evan Howard.
Hudson led the way at the plate with three hits, including a double. Clay Dent went 2-4, and Clary added a triple.
Cross Creek also had too much for Thomson. The Razorbacks are ranked 5th in the state and showed why in a 9-0 shutout against the Bulldogs. Thomson only put up one hit but had three errors in the loss.
Bonner started on the mound, but by the fourth inning Cross Creek's hitters had figured him out. They put up five runs in the fourth inning which included three homeruns. Heacock came on in relief, but Bonner was credited with the loss.
"Phillip Bonner, as a sophomore, pitched real well up until the fourth inning. He left some pitches up, and they deposited them about 400 feet," Coach Smith said. "Up until that point he did real well locating his pitches."