The Thomson Middle School Bulldogs defeated the Warren County Screaming Devils 16-1 in three innings last Friday to remain undefeated this season.
Thomson set the tone early, scoring 15 runs in the first inning, 14 before Warren County could record an out. Warren County finally escaped the inning by bringing in center fielder Damien Clark to pitch the rest of the game. Clark was effective, striking out the side.
"We played pretty good," said Thomson coach Brett Chalker, whose Bulldogs are now 9-0. "We did good on our pitching, and fielding and hitting."
The majority of Thomson's runs were the result of a combination of walks, errors and three consecutive base hits coming off the bats of Trevor Stephens, Fisher Yates and Drake Widener. Thomson's Hunter Bragg also added a 2 RBI triple in the first.
While Thomson batters were supplying more than enough run support at the plate, Thomson starting pitcher Clay Blasingame controlled the Warren County batters before giving way to a relief pitcher. Blassingame, an eighth grader, struck out two, walked two, and allowed no hits in the one inning that he worked.
Warren County's first hit came in the second inning off the bat of second baseman Quartavis Cobb.
The Screaming Devils' lone run came in the third inning. Down 15-0, Warren County desperately needed to score to extend the game. Leadoff hitter, Rashaun Harris and Catavious Allen got things going with back-to-back singles before moving to second and third bases on a wild pitch. Clark then singled to center, which scored Harris and allowed the game to continue for another inning.
"Our guys never stopped battling," Warren County coach Joey Moon said. "A lot of teams would get their heads down when they are down 15-1. Our guys came out and kept battling like it was a tie game."
In the bottom of the third, Warren County's Clark got Thomson's first two batters to ground out before running into some trouble. A Thomson batter then tagged Clark for a triple in the left center field gap. A wild pitch scored that runner, which ended the game by way of the mercy rule.