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Blue Devils are tougher in teams '2nd meeting

The latest baseball game between the Thomson High Bulldogs and Elbert County Blue Devils was a lot closer than the first one. Thomson had no problems defeating Elbert County 14-2 in the first game, but it was much different when the two teams clashed at the Thomson field on March 9.

The end result: a 6-4 victory by the Bulldogs, who managed only seven hits.

In notching the win, Thomson used four pitchers to get the job done. They were junior Abram Cartledge, who started the game and worked one inning; sophomore Andy Grimaud, who pitched three innings; senior Korey Austin, who worked the fifth and sixth innings and junior Nick Rau, who closed in the seventh.

Combined the four pitchers gave up seven hits and allowed four runs. Grimaud yielded three of those runs, while Austin gave up one on a solo-homer by Trenton Allen over the right centerfield fence in the fifth inning. Together, quartet of pitchers combined to strike out seven Blue Devil batters, while walking only one.

Thomson went up 1-0 in the first inning. Junior centerfielder Dontavis Brown got things started with a leadoff single into left field. He later raced all the way around to third on a two-base throwing error by an Elbert County player. Brown later scored the Dogs' first run when Grimaud doubled to centerfield. The only hit in the first was by Rau, who reached on an infield single.

In the top of the third inning, the Blue Devils tied the score at 1-1. They later took a 3-1 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth before Thomson bounced back, though, with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to reclaim the lead, 5-3.

The four-run outburst came on a lone hit -- a leadoff double by Rau, coupled by four miscues by the Blue Devils. Scoring those runs were Rau, Josh Jones, Jesse Usry and Brown. Over the next two innings, Thomson was held to just a couple of hits -- a ground rule double by junior leftfielder Will Tankersley and Usry, who got his first hit and scored his second run of the game.

Web posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010

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