EVANS - Clint Rushing had one of his best outings ever on the pitching mound at Evans High School last Friday afternoon, as he struck out eight batters and worked the entire seven-inning game. His impressive performance helped the Thomson Team #1 to a 4-3 victory over Morgan County Team #1 in the Westside Summer League Baseball Tournament.
Rushing, a southpaw, played baseball at Thomson High School this past season. Several other teammates playing in the summer league also played there or at Thomson Middle School and will be freshmen when school resumes.
"My fastball was really working for me today," Rushing said after the game. Through three innings, Rushing had recorded five strikeouts, including having fanned the side in order in the bottom of the third.
The night before, Rushing had been told by Thomson Head Coach Terry Holder he would be pitching against the Morgan County team and that he would have work the full seven innings.
Obviously, he prepared himself pretty good - so good, in fact, that he didn't allow the opponents a hit until the bottom of the fifth.
Meanwhile, the Thomson team, which collected eight hits during the game, put together a two-out rally in the top of the fourth that produced a pair of runs on three hits.
After Cody Ewest flied out and Westin Meehan grounded out, Stephen Krepps, who played designated hitter, followed by hitting a single up the middle. Nick Rau followed with the same results. Jonathan Talkington then walked to load the bases before first baseman Phillip Anderson smashed a two-run single to give the Thomson team a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Thomson team, who also are coached by Jason Osborn and Aaron Hall, tallied two more runs to increase their lead to 4-0.
After Jake Unokur grounded out, second baseman Ben Barmore reached on what was his first of two infield singles in the game. The first one came on a diving head slide. Barmore later went to second base on a wild pitch before Austin Phillips reached on an error. Ewest later loaded the bases with a walk before Meehan hit a RBI sacrifice fly to right field, allowing Barmore to race home with Thomson's third run.
Thomson scored again before the inning came to a close. Krepps kept things going with his second hit - that particular one a RBI - that allowed Phillips to race home with what turned out to be the winning run.
The last two innings saw the Morgan County team erupt for three runs and place themselves right back into the thick of things, including a chance to win the game in come-from-behind fashion.
Luckily for the Thomson team, the latter didn't pan out.
The night before, the Thomson Team #1 clobbered the Lakeside Team #1 by a score of 15-4 and last Tuesday downed Westside 6-2 in a game played in Thomson. The Thomson team also collected a win against Washington-Wilkes last week.
Prior to the Thomson-Morgan County game, the Thomson Team #2 defeated Jones County by a score of 4-3.