Will Anderson, a senior at Thomson High School, recently was named Region 3-AAA "Player of The Year," while sophomore teammate Abram Cartledge was named Region 3-AAA "Pitcher of The Year."
Several other Thomson players, meanwhile, were named First Team All-Region, including Anderson and Cartledge. The other players included: Dontavis Brown, sophomore center fielder; Will Tankersley, sophomore left fielder; Cody Ewest, junior third baseman; and Phillip Anderson, sophomore right fielder/pitcher.
The players weren't the only ones recognized with honors. Thomson Head Coach Terry Holder was named Region 3-AAA "Coach of The Year." Coach Holder and his assistant coaches, Aaron Hall, Jason Osborn and Wes Harrell, helped guide the Bulldogs to their first region championship in 40 years.
Coach Holder announced to his players last Friday that he would not be returning for a fifth year with the team. He has decided to retire for the second time in his career as an educator, baseball coach and assistant football coach.
The Bulldogs finished the season with an overall record of 18-10 and played through the second round of the Class AAA state baseball playoffs. They were eventually knocked out of the playoffs by the Northside-Columbus Patriots.
Will Anderson, who played both first base and was considered the No. 2 starting pitcher, finished the season with a batting average of .380. He drove in 12 runs, while hitting in the No. 2 slot most of the season. He had 30 hits, 24 of them singles, three doubles and three homeruns. He also scored 35 runs in 27 games.
In the pitching department, Anderson compiled a record of 6-4 with an earned run average of 2.59.
Cartledge, meanwhile, the talented southpaw, finished with an impressive record of 8-2. He had an earned run average of 1.98.
In addition to his performace on the mound, Cartledge also was most productive with the bat. He finished the season with an average of .361. He had 22 hits, 17 of them singles, one double, two triples and two homeruns. He also drove in 15 runs.
Brown, who also is known by the nickname, "Juicy," along with Tankersley turned in exceptional defensive performances for the Bulldogs.
The two young players also turned in a fine offensive season.
Brown batted .294 as the leadoff hitter. He had six doubles, four homeruns and 16 RBI.
Tankersley, meanwhile, ended up with a batting average of .312. He collected 24 hits, 15 singles, seven doubles, one triple and one homer. He drove in 20 runs.
Ewest, a rising senior, was solid with the bat most of the season, ending up with an average of .394. He had 37 hits to lead the team. Those hits included 24 singles, nine doubles and four homeruns - he and Brown tied for long-balls. Ewest also drove in 33 runs to lead the team and scored 22 times.
Phillip Anderson, the younger brother of Will, finished the season with a batting average of .267. He had 11 singles, seven doubles and two homeruns. He also drove in 29 runs and scored 19 runs.