Rising freshman first baseman Phillip Anderson was a hero for Thomson's junior-varsity summer league baseball team last Wednesday, smashing a bases-loaded triple in the last inning to help his team to a thrilling come-from-behind 12-11 victory over Westside of Augusta.
Thomson had trailed Westside 11-6, going into the last inning.
The victors put together a six-run, five-hit assault during the bottom of the fifth inning to capture the win.
Charlie Barmore led off the attack, reaching on a walk before Jesse Usry struck out. The inning was kept alive when Andy Grimaud singled into right center field. Grimaud, who pitched both the third and fourth innings, later was forced out at second base for the second out.
That's when the Thomson team erupted for six runs on four hits. Shortstop Zack Washington drove in a pair of runs with a two-run single to left center field. Two other players, Will Tankersley and Nick Rau, both followed with singles, too. Anderson, the number four-hitter in the lineup, then delivered the big hit of the game.
Westside scored their first two runs of the game in the top of the first and then added another six runs in the second. At that point, Thomson found themselves down 8-0.
The team never gave up, though.
Thomson got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Second baseman Cody Corbitt hit a two-run bloop single into right field that allowed Anderson and Trevor Allen to score. That made an 8-2 game.
During the next two innings, Thomson managed to put themselves back into the game with three runs in the third and another in the fourth to cut Westside's lead to just two runs, 8-6. The four hits during those two innings came from Anderson, Allen, Matt Stephenson, who had a two-run double and Will Tankersley, who doubled in the fourth.
Thomson's rising freshman Nick Rau pitched the last inning, yielding Westside three more runs on three hits. In facing nine batters, Rau, who had played third base earlier, walked three batters and struck out two in the time worked on the mound.