Thomson High School senior catcher Jonathan Talkington drilled a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning that sealed the fate of the Jefferson County Warriors in a prep baseball game played at the Thomson field last Wednesday night. The Bulldogs won the game, 11-0.
It marked Thomson's third consecutive victory and evened their overall record at 4-4. They sport a 2-1 record in Region 3-AAA standings. The Jefferson County Warriors remain winless with a 0-10 record.
The Bulldogs were aided by the impressive performances of freshmen pitchers Andy Grimaud and Austin Cooper. Grimaud started the game and worked the first three innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out four batters and yielding two walks. Cooper, who started his varsity game behind the plate as starting catcher in a recent game, pitched the fourth and fifth innings. He gave up only one hit, while striking out four and walking one Jefferson batter.
"I was pleased with how well they pitched, considering how young they are," Thomson Head Coach Terry Holder said. "They both did a pretty good job."
Talkington's homer - his first of the season - was hit deep over the left field fence and gave the Bulldogs a commanding 11-0 lead going into the top of the fifth. The Warriors, who received a single and a double off the bat of starting pitcher Kyle Davis and a single from Cole Tiner, desperately needed to score two runs in order to keep the game going. After failing to accomplish such, the game ended after the fifth because of the 10-run rule.
Talkington's homer scored both Cooper and sophomore center fielder Will Tankersley, who hit back-to-back singles to start the fourth inning for the Bulldogs.
Earlier, Thomson put together a six-run rally on thee hits in the bottom of the second inning. It followed a strong showing from Jefferson southpaw pitcher Kyle Davis in the first, who managed to keep the Bulldogs scoreless and hitless in facing four batters.
Thomson's big uprising came after RBI singles by third baseman Cody Ewest and second baseman Zack Washington and a RBI double by Tankersley - his first of two hits in the game.
In the bottom of the third, Thomson went up 8-0 after tallying two more runs.
Talkington drew a walk to get things started. He was lifted for pinch-runner Drake Smallwood and went to second base after Washington followed with a walk, too, off Davis. Both runners eventually scored on miscues by the Warriors.