EVANS, Ga. - Thomson's Abram Cartledge displayed a fine pitching performance against Southeast Bullock at Greenbrier High School in Evans last Friday with Thomson winning 8-2 in summer league baseball action.
Cartledge, a rising sophomore left-hander, kept Southeast Bullock at bay with the exception of a solo home run that was belted over the left center field fence by senior shortstop Cory Ward in the bottom of the first inning. Southeast Bullock was held scoreless until they struck for another run in the bottom of the seventh. The run was credited to another Thomson southpaw, Danny Johnson, who came in a relief performance after Cartledge worked six complete innings.
Cartledge struck out six batters, while walking none and giving up six hits. Johnson, meanwhile, faced six batters in the last inning, allowing a run on three hits.
Two nice defensive plays by Thomson second baseman Zack Washington during the last inning allowed Thomson Johnson and teammates to end the game without further damage.
Thomson took a 1-0 lead on a single to left field by leadoff third baseman Cody Ewest. He eventually stole second base before moving to third on a sacrifice fly to right field by center fielder Will Tankersley. Ewest eventually scored on a RBI sacrifice fly to center field by right fielder Phillip Anderson.
After the game became tied at 1-1, the Thomson team struck for two more runs in the second to go up 3-1.
Cartledge reached on a miscue by the third baseman before the next two batters, catcher Jonathan Talkington and Washington, each popped out to infielders. Ewest went a perfect 4-4 at the plate, then smashed a RBI double into right field that scored Cory Austin, who went into the game for Cartledge as a pinch runner. Ewest scored for the second of three times, on a pass ball.
In the fourth, Thomson tallied two more runs. After Cartledge flied out, Talkington reached on a walk and later moved to second on a bunt. Ewest then delivered a two-run double into deep right field, which allowed both runners to race home and increase Thomson's lead to 5-1.
The victors managed to score three more runs in the top of the sixth.
Jesse Usry led off the inning by flying out on a line drive catch by the right fielder before Washington returned laying down another exceptional bunt. The inning was kept alive when Ewest and Tankerlsey hit back-to-back singles. All three runners later scored - one of which came on a RBI single by Phillip Anderson.
Shortstop Nick Rau, who had been red-hot with the bat entering the game, kept the inning alive with a sharp single to left field before left fielder Jake Unokur flied out to put an end to any further problems for Southeast Bullock. In three different games of late, Rau hit homeruns against three different opponents - Washington-Wilkes, Midland Valley and North Augusta.