All teams in any sport need certain numbers of support personnel to help things run smoothly. In football you have the chain gang, videographers, and statisticians. Basketball and baseball do not enjoy free substitution so you need reliable people to keep up with who is coming and going into and out of the game. The Thomson High School baseball team has three such young ladies, all seniors, designated to handle these duties.
Connie Davis is the head scorekeeper or the "bookkeeper" in baseball lingo. Connie transferred to Thomson before her junior year and upon her arrival immediately sought out Coach Holder for a job.
"My brother played second base for Coach Holder years ago at Evans and followed him to Greenbrier where they won the state that first year," Davis said. "When I was a little girl I was drug around to lots of baseball games, so I love the sport."
Connie describes Coach Holder as "a great family friend" who has given her a chance to have more fun, with baseball. "I've had a lot of fun but now I look forward to college," she admitted.
I can personally attest that Connie has been well schooled in the art of scorekeeping. She is not generous when it comes to freely passing out base hits on balls that should have been fielded for an out. I can also easily sense that loyalty may be one of Connie's greatest virtues.
Connie's parents are Duncan and Marilynn Davis, and she plans to attend Augusta Tech to pursue a degree as a radiologist technician.
Callie Gilmer played first base for the softball team for four years and claims that Coach Jason Osborne "told her" that she was needed as a public address announcer for baseball. Callie says that she has always liked baseball and enjoys giving her services back to the school.
"I'll miss the guys and coaches next year when I'll be at Georgia Tech majoring in some area of science," Callie shared. She recalls that the only time she has missed a baseball game in two years was to visit the Georgia Tech campus.
Callie has also worked part time at McDuffie Animal Hospital. She is the daughter of J.R. and Marcia Gilmer. The Gilmers have done a fantastic job in raising a very levelheaded young lady that keeps the press box running smoothly. I look forward to hearing of her future success, even though she will be a "Techie" for life. I just had to say that, Callie!
Amber Guy is the daughter of Ray and Beverly Guy and operates the scoreboard and sound system at the home games and occasionally charts pitches. She played third base on the softball team for three years and declares that Coach Osborne "made me" do these baseball jobs.
"I'll miss everybody on the team," said Amber. "We even had fun on the bus rides when Coach Holder would not let us talk. Connie, Callie and I would just make faces at each other," she said, with her patented Amber laugh. As you might guess, Amber is the one in the group that keeps everyone from taking themselves too seriously.
"I really want to see Thomson win a state championship in softball and baseball one day," Amber declared. Her cohorts readily agreed with that sentiment.
Amber plans to enter the nursing field and will get her start by enrolling at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville after graduation. Amber is the proverbial people person with a knack for making folks laugh. She has the ideal demeanor to make you feel better about things, and nursing should be right up her alley.
Ralph Starling, Stewart Young and myself have really enjoyed the company of Connie, Callie and Amber when we were broadcasting the games on the radio. They are extremely polite, and unlike some teenagers, they are comfortable carrying on conversation with adults. It is easy to see why the coaches have confidence in them to do important jobs for the team. My bet is in whatever they choose to do, they will be team players for life.