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Thomson High makes it to playoffs, falls to Benedictine

The Thomson High School Bulldogs bowed out in the Region 3-AAA Playoffs Tuesday evening to end their season.

The 6-2 loss at the Thomson field came at the hands of Benedictine Military School of Savannah.

"You can't get much done when you only get six base runners in a game," lamented Thomson Head Coach Terry Holder. "Their pitcher was by far the best pitcher we have seen all year. He cooked our goose."

Coach Holder was speaking of Benedictine senior right-handed pitcher Michael Patton, who fanned 13 Thomson batters, walked only two and allowed the Bulldogs just four hits. Patton, now 7-3, will help his team, 12-12 overall, into the Class AAA State Playoffs.

For Thomson, meanwhile, whose only offensive surge came on a two-run homer over the left center field fence by senior left fielder Evan Howard in the bottom of the second, it brings to a close another season. The Bulldogs finish the season with an overall record of 15-8 and 7-5 mark in sub-region play.

Thomson's road to the playoffs was a little rocky late in the season, as the Bulldogs lost two of three. But the win was a big one: the 11-5 victory over Cross Creek's Razorbacks last Tuesday put THS in the playoffs.

In that game, Coach Holder, who is in his second year at Thomson, praised the performances of junior right-handed pitcher Stephen Krepps, as well as senior third baseman Phillip Bonner and freshman right fielder Cody Ewest.

Krepps worked six complete innings, allowing five runs on six hits, while striking out six batters and walking three.

"He (Krepps) gave us a gutty performance, considering he played with a strained muscle in his back," Coach Holder said.

In the bottom of the seventh, sophomore first baseman Will Anderson was called upon for relief pitching duties. He retired the side in order - two of the batters on fly balls and one on a ground-out.

Bonner, meanwhile, who anchored third base, made three fine defensive plays, including two back-to-back ones in the bottom of the seventh inning. He also had a single.

On the offensive side of things, Ewest went 3-for-4. He had a pair of singles and a double to drive in two runs.

"Bonner and Ewest both played well in the game against Cross Creek," Coach Holder said.

The Bulldogs, who finished the regular season with an overall record of 15-8 and a 7-5 sub-region record, held a 7-1 lead after four innings.

Thomson didn't fair well in their second back-to-back trip to Augusta in as many days last Wednesday, as they lost to the Richmond Academy Musketeers 10-5 in a non-region affair.

Richmond pitcher Rick Chandler picked up the win, while Thomson's Justin McCorkle suffered the loss. The Bulldogs collected nine hits in the game - all singles with the exception of Aaron McCorkle's pair of doubles. He went 3-for-4 at the plate, with two RBIs.

In a separate game last Friday night at the Thomson field, the Bulldogs suffered a 9-7 loss to the Washington County Golden Hawks of Sandersville. It marked Thomson's second loss of the season to the Golden Hawks.

Washington County pitcher Ryan Dixon got the win, while Thomson's Drew Usry, now 1-1, suffered the loss. Usry worked five complete innings, allowing six runs on just four hits. He struck out five batters and walked two. After giving up a lead-off walk in the sixth, Anderson came into the game in relief.

Aside from being unable to get key hits, the Bulldogs also committed six errors during the game.

Web posted on Thursday, May 03, 2007

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