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One man's opinion

It's almost here -- prep and college baseball season!

And since I love America's favorite pastime sport so much, I couldn't be any more pleased.

The Bulldogs of Thomson High School, like other public prep teams across Georgia began official practice last week.

Just like players and coaches at Thomson High, I'm looking very forward to what promises to be another terrific season. Last year, the Bulldogs won the Region 3-AAA Championship -- a feat never before accomplished.

Already, Jason Osborn, who has become the new skipper following the retirement of head coach Terry Holder, is hoping his team can repeat as region champions.

Although the team still is young, several infield and outfield players gained much experience being on the championship team a year ago. I believe the Bulldogs will again be the team to beat in Region 3-AAA.

Working closely with the varsity players will be Aaron Hall, who will serve as assistant head baseball coach. The two share vast knowledge about the game and already have formed a good relationship with each other, as coaches and friends. That relationship is bound only to grow.

And then there is second-year assistant coach Wes Harrell, who did a fine job in his debut season as head coach of the junior varsity team. He will have another fine season this year, I predict, as a lot of younger kids have come out to play the sport. That's how we grow championship teams.

Several of those players were starters as sophomores and with a year of experience, you would expect that they only would have gotten better.

Many of the players at THS have been working out on their own before coaches began taking active roles last week. That shows their desire to play this game and be the best they can be.

It's just another sign of commitment to the sport on their part. And believe me it will be evident when they begin the season. Another big plus for the Bulldogs this season will be the fact that they have worked out a lot in the weight room and gotten much stronger.

Thomson High School is on the right track when it comes to baseball. And under the leaderships of Osborn, Hall and Harrell, the program is only going to get better and better.

Let's all make a commitment to get behind our Bulldogs and attend as many games as possible this season. Players and coaches really appreciate the support they receive. As a community, that's the role we need to play.

Web posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010

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