EVANS - The Thomson Team No. 1 erupted for six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning at Greenbrier High School last Friday night to tie South Aiken 8-8 in prep summer league baseball action.
"I was proud of the way our team fought back there in the end," said Thomson Head Coach Terry Holder. "I thought it showed some character on the part of this team."
Thomson, who had been limited to just two runs on six hits, had trailed South Aiken 8-2 going into the last half inning of play. In summer league play, extra innings are not played to have a winner.
The rally, which occurred in the bottom half of the seventh, began with three straight hits By Thomson's Stephen Krepps, Nick Rau and Phillip Anderson - the latter being a RBI double that was lined into right field and scored Krepps, the right fielder, which made it an 8-3 game.
Catcher Jonathan Talkington then hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Rau to get to third base and placed Thomson in perfect position to get more runs with just one out. Patrick Cooper followed By hitting a single into left field to load the bases.
Another big hit - which allowed two more runs to score - came off the bat of shortstop Jake Unokur. Will Tankersley, a rising freshman at Thomson High School, then smashed his second triple of the game to drive in two more runs. At the time, Thomson still trailed By a run, 8-7.
Tankersley, however, later took advantage of a wild throw that led to him scoring and knotting the game at 8-8. The rally and game came to an end with back-to-back strikeouts By Ben Barmore and Westin Meehan.
Thomson's Danny Johnson, a rising junior at Thomson High, went the distance, giving up eight runs on 14 hits. Johnson struck out three batters and walked only one.
Defensively, Thomson committed three errors.