Thomson High may have ended its baseball season on a losing note, but according to Coach Brad Smith, the future looks bright for his young team.
The Diamond Dogs won three of the final five games of the season, but dropped the final two, giving Thomson a 6-14 record on the year.
After a rain-soaked spring, the Bulldogs had to make up several games in a short period of time near the end of the season. That bunched many of the games close together and caused problems for the young team, but Coach Smith was proud that his players stuck it out, despite the tough season.
"That's what I've told them all year, it's to never quit anything regardless of what anybody says," he said.
On April 26 Thomson beat up on Glenn Hills 15-2 and 19-4 in a double header for the team's fourth and fifth wins of the season. They also took down Hancock County 11-8 on April 27.
The final two games of the season were on April 29 and May 2. The Bulldogs fell to Richmond Academy 13-9 with 11 hits and nine errors. They then lost 6-2 against Washington-Wilkes with five hits and four errors to end the season.
The final game with Richmond Academy was canceled due to a conflict with ARC's playoff games. Thomson failed to make the top two in the Region 3-AAA North, which would have allowed the Bulldogs a spot in the state playoffs.
Coach Smith chalked up this season's showing to a learning experience for a team that will return much of its starting lineup next year. He said with a year of high school baseball under their belt, many of those players will have a strong showing during their junior and senior seasons.
"I've enjoyed working with these young men," Coach Smith said. "We did have a young team, played a lot of sophomores. We really had a JV team pitching wise, and had some position people that were sophomores. They're going to get better, but the reality of it is we had a young team playing a lot of teams that were loaded with seniors."