The Region 3-AAA playoffs turned out to be one big roller coaster for the Thomson High varsity baseball team.
After a dramatic come-from-behind win against Burke County last Tuesday to qualify for the state playoffs, the Bulldogs faced Benedictine to determine which team claimed the no. 3 seed. Thomson Coach Terry Holder said his team just didn't play well.
The Dogs fell to Benedictine 2-14 in Savannah last Thursday to take the no. 4 spot from the region. They will now travel to play Region 4-AAA champion Spalding County on Friday, May 12 in the state playoffs.
"They came out and hit the ball real well against us, and we never were really in the ball game after an inning and a half," Coach Holder said of the Benedictine loss. "After playing such a good game the other day coming back against Burke, then here we go on the road again and not play well. We've got to learn how to play well on the road."
The Cadets (17-7) scored four runs in the first inning, Coach Holder recalled. Then Anthony "Pooh" Erwin hit a two run homer to cut the lead in half. From there, Benedictine dominated the Bulldogs.
"We just didn't give ourselves a chance to be competitive," Coach Holder said.
After the loss, the Bulldogs (15-9) hope to rebound and play well against a strong Spalding County team (21-3) in the opening round of the state playoffs. Coach Holder said his team will work hard and find out as much about the new opponent as possible.
"There are a lot of different things that can happen in a baseball game," he said. "If they hit the ball to us, and that kind of thing, we happen to play good defense and we can swing the bats a little bit, good things can happen."