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Thomson High deadlocks with Westside High in summer league play

With the bases loaded in the last inning and only one out, the Thomson summer league baseball team failed to produce the winning run, and thus had to settle for a 2-2 tie against Westside of Augusta last Wednesday night at the Thomson High School baseball field.

This past weekend, meanwhile, the Thomson team, which is coached by Terry Holder, Jason Osborn and Aaron Hall, played in the Lakeside baseball tournament. The team later left for Oxford, Mississippi to participate in a baseball camp on the campus of the Mississippi State University. They were to have returned on Wednesday.

The MSU Bulldogs recently represented the Southeastern Conference in the College Baseball World Series.

In the game against Westside, Thomson shortstop Dontavis Brown led off with an infield single before moving to second base when Austin Phillips reached on a throwing error by the Westside third baseman. Stephen Krepps followed by striking out before catcher Westin Meehan lined a sharp single into right field that loaded the bases.

The next two batters, Will Tankersley and Nick Rau, both rising freshmen at Thomson High School, both became victims of strikeouts, ending both the threat and the game.

Thomson, which had held a 2-0 lead through two innings of play, missed another opportunity to score in the fourth. First baseman Phillip Anderson led off by hitting a single into left field, but again Thomson wasn't able to produce the go-ahead run.

In the first inning, Thomson took a 1-0 lead after Phillips hit a one-out single. He went to second on a single by Krepps, one of four pitchers who worked against Westside. Phillips, a rising senior, eventually scored on an error.

Thomson scored another run in the second inning. Anderson led off with an infield single and later crossed home plate on Phillips' RBI sacrifice fly to left field.

Westside, which is coached by Gerald Barnes, tallied their first run of the game in the top of the third off Thomson southpaw pitcher Clint Rushing. He worked the second inning and part of the third before leaving the game with the bases loaded because of a sore arm.

Rushing was replaced by Danny Johnson, who faced three batters, fanning the first one he faced. He then walked a batter, which allowed Westside's first run. Johnson came right back and struck out another batter, ending any further damage.

Westside knotted the game at 2-2, collecting another run - this one off Johnson - in the fourth.

One of the better pitching performances in the game for Thomson came from Phillips, who worked the last inning. After walking the first batter that he faced, he got the next batter on an infield pop-fly before recording back-to-back strikeouts.

Web posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007

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