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Early lead pays off for Bulldogs

Thomson High's Cody Ewest broke out of a hitting slump in a big way March 23.

The senior third baseman drilled a double and hammered a grand slam home run, while driving in five runs as the Bulldogs defeated the visiting Grovetown Warriors, 14-1, in a nonregion baseball game.

"It felt pretty good," exclaimed Ewest, talking briefly to a reporter after he returned to the dugout following his big homerun over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the third inning.

The grand slam was the fourth one of the season by Thomson players. Junior leftfielder Will Tankersley leads the way in that department with two, while junior shortstop Nick Rau and Ewest each have one to their credit.

Ewest wasn't the only player with a big day at the plate.

Andy Grimaud, the sophomore pitcher who started the game, was perfect with the bat -- hitting a pair of doubles and a single while driving in three runs.

Tankersley also got in on the hitting assault against Grovetown as he drilled a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.

Thomson put together a six-run barrage in the first inning and never let up. The Bulldogs scored a lone run in the second inning and seven additional runs in the third en route to their seventh consecutive win. Thomson's overall win-loss record climbed to 9-2.

The only run scored by Grovetown came in the top of the fourth when third baseman Blake Lane led off with a single and eventually scored on a two-out RBI double by catcher Jose Taitague.

The run was scored off Thomson senior pitcher Korey Austin, who came in to relieve Grimaud, who worked the first three innings, allowing the Warriors just two hits. He struck out three batters and gave up a walk. Austin rendered two hits, struck out three and gave up no walks.

The Warriors used four pitchers to no avail against Thomson hitters, who banged out 13 hits. Grovetown senior starting pitcher Chris Elliot was tagged for six runs on four hits in the first inning, as the Bulldogs sent 10 batters to the plate. The relief pitchers included Phillip Dukes, Michael Cornett and Garrett Haskins. Dukes replaced Elliot who wasn't able to make it through the first inning.

Thomson went up 7-0 when Ewest doubled down the left field line to score Rau, who earlier had reached on a walk.

In the third inning, the Bulldogs erupted for seven more runs on six hits. The hits came off the bats of: Austin Cooper, double; Corbitt, single; Grimaud, double; Rau, single; Ewest, grand slam; and Tankersley, single.

Web posted on Thursday, April 01, 2010

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