Back-to-back homeruns by Will Tankersley and Jesse Usry in the bottom of the sixth inning helped the Thomson High Bulldogs to a 6-3 win over the Westside Patriots in a scrimmage baseball game played at the Thomson field last Saturday.
It also marked a time for Thomson Head Coach Terry Holder to renew his long friendship with Westside Head Coach Gerald Barnes. The two have opposed each other on the baseball field on many occasions during their remarkable prep coaching careers.
Thomson's regular season doesn't begin until Wednesday, March 4, when they play host to the Washington-Wilkes Tigers in a 6 p.m. affair.
In the game against Westside, Thomson tallied three runs in the bottom of the third inning before the Patriots came right back with three runs of their own in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3. Earlier, Thomson had gone up 3-0 with some help from Westside in the bottom of the third.
The second pitcher of the day for the Patriots had control problems. He walked three Thomson batters, Zack Washington, Cody Ewest and Will Tankersley, while hitting Nick Rau with a pitch. Rau had Thomson's first hit of the game in the first. Phillip Anderson then smashed an RBI double into the left center field gap that scored Ewest. Earlier, Washington, the second baseman, had given the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead when he raced home on a wild pitch. Anderson eventually scored when his older brother, Will Anderson, lined a single into right field, which the outfielder miscued allowing Phillip Anderson to score.
Facing a third new Westside pitcher in the bottom of the fifth in a 3-3 game, Thomson center fielder Dontavis "Juicy" Brown drew a walk to lead off the inning. Third baseman Cody Ewest then grounded out before Rau hit a bloop single into center that allowed Brown to score and give Thomson the lead again, 4-3.
The Bulldogs tallied a couple of big insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on the homers by Tankersley and Usry. Tankersley, who played right field in the game against Westside, hit a shot deep and high into center field that drove the outfielder to the fence. As the fielder was attempting to rob him and make what would have been a terrific catch, the ball fell over the fence. Anytime that happens, the batter is credited with a homerun. Usry followed, hitting a ball high and over the left center field fence.
Thomson received excellent pitching from starter Phillip Anderson, who worked the first two innings. Anderson struck out five batters. H
e yielded those duties to Abram Cartledge, who ended up pitching the third and fourth innings. Cartledge, like Anderson, didn't give up any hits or runs. He fanned one and walked one while on the mound.
Will Anderson, Andy Grimaud and Hunter Brinkman, a transfer student from Hephzibah High, also pitched for THS.