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Thomson trio show skills

Three Thomson baseball stars got their chance to impress the college and pro scouts this past weekend. The trio of players that helped Thomson to its most successful season in a decade played in the Second Annual 2006 CSRA Prospect Showcase.

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Thomson pitcher Phillip Bonner (above) gave up one unearned run during two innings of work at the CSRA Prospect Showcase Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Michael Holahan/Morris News Service

Phillip Bonner, Anthony "Pooh" Erwin and Aaron McCorkle represented Coach Terry Holder's Diamond Bulldogs in the game at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Saturday. Playing with the area's best was an honor for which they all were proud.

"It's a good honor. It's a good way to get exposed," Erwin said. "I'm kind of excited about it. We haven't ever had anybody from Thomson do anything like this."

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Thomson's Anthony Irwin (right) waits on a pitch during the CSRA Prospect Showcase at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Michael Holahan/Morris News Service

"Coach Holder's always telling us when we go out to away games and when we go out as a group that we represent our school, community and team. So this was a good chance for us to do that," McCorkle said.

Bonner was the starting pitcher for the Georgia All-Stars in their 7-6 win against the stand outs from across the river in South Carolina. He gave up two hits, one unearned run and recorded two strikeouts in two innings.

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Thomson's Aaron McCorkle (left) was the starting catcher for the Georgia team during the CSRA Prospect Showcase at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta Saturday.
Photo by Michael Holahan/Morris News Service

Erwin started the game at center field where he showed off his defensive skill, throwing out a runner at home. At the plate, he went 1-2 with a run scored.

McCorkle also showed off his skill, but his was more from behind the plate. He started at catcher for Georgia's team.

The trio of seniors from Thomson will help lead a Bulldog team that only lost two seniors from this past year's team. The community support for the baseball team last season was a shock to Bonner, and he hopes it continues this year.

"Hopefully it will keep on growing," he said. "This year it actually surprised me how many people we carried to away games."



Web posted on Thursday, August 3, 2006













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