The Thomson Wildcats just keep finding ways to win baseball tournaments.
The traveling team recently added three more victories to their record. They now have won 18 games without a defeat.
The team's most recent wins came during the Nations Baseball World Series Qualifier, which now gives the Wildcats a berth in a World Series event that will be played between July 7 and 11 in Savannah. The Wildcats already had won a berth in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) World Series in Orlando, Florida later this summer, but because of economic woes, team officials have decided they will play in the one in their home state, instead.
In the most recent tournament, the Thomson Wildcats, who are guided by head coach Robert Brown, defeated three more teams, the Harlem Crush twice and the Georgia Sting.
The Wildcats' next tournament will be held on April 17 and 18.
Thomson defeated the Harlem Crush 6-5 in extra innings in Game No. 1.
The Thomson team got some fine pitching from Cody Brown and a dozen base hits to support him. Brown worked off the mound for five innings. He gave up five runs on six hits. He also struck out five batters and walked three.
Whit Newton, however, recorded the win, as he came on in relief to work the last two innings of the game. He gave up three hits, struck out a batter and gave up no walks.
Several Thomson players did well hitting the ball. They included: Cody Brown, 2-for-2; while Whit Newton, Brycen Taylor and Coven Smith -- all went 2-for-3.
With the game tied at 5-5 in extra innings, Cade Brown scored what turned out to be the winning run on a pass ball.
In Game No. 2, it the Wildcats defeated the Georgia Sting 12-2.
Morgan Hyde was the starting pitcher, working three innings. Hyde gave up three hits, struck out one batter and walked three. Austin Granger worked in relief during the last inning of the game. He didn't give up a run or a hit. He also recorded one strikeout and one walk.
The Wildcats erupted for 14 hits during the four-inning game.
Leading hitters included: Hyde and Kyle Edwards, both of whom went 3-for-3, along with Brycen Taylor, who went 2-for-2.
The championship game of the tourney saw the Thomson Wildcats pitted against the Harlem Crush, again. The end result was the same as the first time around -- the Thomson team again coming out on top, 14-6.
Starting pitcher Brycen Taylor was nothing less than superb, as he went the distance. Taylor struck out 11 batters, walked four and scattered five hits.
Thomson garnered 12 hits en route to another championship. They were led offensively by Granger, 3-for-4; Whit Newton, Cody Brown and Kyle Edwards -- all of whom went 2-for-3.
During the overall tournament, the leading hitters for the Thomson Wildcats were: Cody Brown and Brycen Taylor -- both of whom had a batting average of .625. Three other players, Morgan Hyde, Whit Newton and Kyle Edwards -- all compiled an impressive batting average of .555.