The Diamond Dogs' season slid in at home plate last week. Their record for this year was 13-10 (3-7 Region 3-AAAA), leaving the Dogs out of the region playoffs.
"This has been a disappointing year overall. We didn't get to go to region playoffs, which was our goal. We just didn't win the region games that we needed," Coach Brad Smith said.
Thomson defeated Burke County in the last game of the season 14-4 on May 6. The offensive onslaught was led by Michael Harrison, who went 3-4 at the plate with three RBI, and Antwoine Johnson who went 2-4 with five RBI.
The Bulldogs also notched key wins against Hancock Central, Butler and Glenn Hills late in the season.
On April 15, Tyler Champion threw a no-hitter against Hancock Central, a game the Dogs won 17-1. At the plate, Thomson was led by Harrison 3-4 (triple), and Brock Hawkins 2-2 (grand slam).
A day later, the Bulldogs slipped by Butler 7-6, with Pat Finnerty picking up the win on the mound. Leading hitters included Champion 2-3 (triple), Johnson 2-3, Justin Callaway 2-4 (double), Harrison 2-4, and Hawkins 2-4 (double).
On April 20, Thomson faced a very tough Statesboro team and lost 14-1, with Champion as the losing pitcher. At the plate, Clay Dent 3-3, Callaway 2-3, and Rodger Jones 2-3, each had strong games.
Glenn Hills was up next for the Dogs on April 22. Thomson took batting practice on Glenn Hills pitching, led by Spencer Wyatt 3-4 (home run), Jones 2-3, Callaway 2-4 (2 home runs), Justin Unokur 2-2, Harrison 2-5 and Carrow 2-4. Ryan Carrow got the win in the 16-0 trouncing.
Most of this year's Junior Varsity team will become next year's varsity team because varsity is losing so many seniors. The coaches are expecting big things from Ryan Heacock, Aaron McCorkle and Drew Usry next year on the varsity team.