Baseball practice is in full swing at Thomson High School.
The Bulldogs are preparing for a scrimmage game soon against the Westside High Patriots of Augusta before starting the season against the Harlem Bulldogs on Feb. 22.
Thomson first year head coach Jason Osborn already is anticipating big things from his players this season.
He has every reason to be high on them, because several of them were starters on last year's team that captured the school's first-ever Region 3-AAA championship -- a feat that coach Osborn would love to see his team repeat this season.
"We've been working hard to get ready for the season, but the weather hasn't been very cooperative," said coach Osborn during a recent interview.
"We've had to make the best of it; that's all we could do."
He said he has been pleased with his team's willingness to work hard and to do whatever he and assistant head coach Aaron Hall have asked of them during practices.
"We're working on the basics and grooming our infielders and our pitching staff right now," added coach Osborn.
"Our outfielders also are coming through with good workouts."
The Bulldogs will get tested when they play the Westside Patriots of longtime head coach Gerald Barnes in an upcoming scrimmage game.
Even though it's a scrimmage game, no doubt it will hold deep emotion for coach Osborn since he is a graduate of Westside High and played baseball under coach Barnes.
"We're looking forward to the game against Westside and our season opener against Harlem," said coach Osborn.