Bulldog fans will be buzzing to Augusta for the Thomson McDuffie County Night at the Augusta GreenJackets game next Friday night. Special honorees for the night will be the Thomson High baseball team and their coach, Terry Holder. Coach Holder and Thomson Mayor Pro Tem Ken Usry will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. Mayor Bob Knox, Jr., will be out of town.
"I feel like that's certainly an honor to represent McDuffie County and the school system and our baseball program," the Coach said.
The event is sponsored by the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce and the Augusta GreenJackets. According to GreenJackets Account Executive Adam English, general admission tickets are $6. Groups of 10 or more will receive free programs, free hats and name recognition in the program and on the scoreboard.
Mr. English also said fans will enjoy a Summer Beach Blast at the front gate featuring the Jimmy Buffett cover band, Soul Kitchen.
"The chamber is getting nothing from this," said Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert. "It's just a community event to get people out ... and give them a chance to get their kids out and enjoy a good time."
Coach Holder said his team has not met since they dispersed after summer training camp in Mississippi. He said he planned to call them this week and tell them of the honor.
"The baseball team was winning when we planned it, and they did great," Mrs. Gilbert said. "And it's baseball, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to honor them."
The event is Friday, July 27. The GreenJackets will be playing host to the Columbus Catfish at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta at 7:05 p.m.
To get to Lake Olmstead Stadium from McDuffie County, get on Interstate 20 and take the Washington Road exit. Follow Washington Road past the Augusta National and veer right onto Broad Street. From Broad Street, turn left onto Milledge Road and follow the signs pointing toward the stadium.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Chamber of Commerce at 706-597-1000. For group tickets, call Mr. English at 706-736-7889 by Tuesday, July 24.