The Thomson High Bulldogs erupted for five runs in the first inning and breezed to a 10-0 victory over the visiting Jefferson County Warriors on March 16.
Senior starting pitcher Korey Austin and Andy Grimaud, a sophomore, who worked in relief, helped the Bulldogs to their first shutout game of the season. The first four innings were the result of Austin's impressive performance. During that period, Austin struck out a pair of Jefferson County batters and yielded two hits. Grimaud was called in the fifth to complete the shutout. He fanned one batter and gave up a single.
The Bulldogs continued their assault with the bats, as they have done against many of their opponents of late. Against the Warriors, the Bulldogs collected 10 hits. Four players had at least two hits for Thomson. They included: junior shortstop Nick Rau, who went 2-for-2; senior third baseman Cody Ewest, who went 2-for-3 and scored twice; senior Drake Smallwood, who was 2-for-3 and scored once; and Grimaud, who went 2-for-3 and scored a run.
Other Thomson players figuring into the offensive side of things included: junior centerfielder Dontavis "Juicy" Brown, who scored once; junior first baseman Abram Cartledge, who went 1-for-2 and scored; junior leftfielder Will Tankersley, who scored; and second baseman Cody Corbitt, who drove in a pair of RBI.