The Thomson High Bulldogs junior varsity baseball team had no troubles whatsoever in winning their third game of the season on Monday afternoon at the Thomson field.
They defeated the visiting Jefferson County Warriors 15-0 in a game that went only three innings due to the mercy rule.
Thomson's record improved to 3-5 on the season. They were scheduled to have played the Washington-Wilkes Tigers on Tuesday. Coverage of that game will be included in next week's sports section.
The Bulldogs of second year head coach Wes Harrell wasted no time establishing a lead, as they pushed across four runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning. The hits -- all singles -- came off the bats of sophomore shortstop Josh Jones, junior catcher Nic Wood, freshman right fielder Austin Whitehouse and freshman pitcher Hank Doupe'. Whitehouse drove in a run with his hit, while Doupe' aided his own cause by driving in two the four runs.
In the second inning, Thomson exploded for 10 runs on six hits, while sending 17 batters to the plate.
The hits came from the following players: Jones, a single; Wood, a RBI double; Whitehouse, a single and a bases-loaded double; second baseman John Holloway, a single; and left fielder Brett Jenkins, a two-run single.
After two complete innings of play, the Bulldogs led 14-0.
Thomson scored their game-winning run in the bottom of the third inning. Jared Holliman, a pinch-hitter laced a double down the left field line to lead off the inning. He eventually scored on a RBI single by center fielder Matt Conner, which led to the Bulldogs winning the game on the run-rule. The other hit that inning came from pinch-hitter Trevor Stephens.
Doupe' was most impressive on the mound, pitching all three innings in getting the win. He allowed just one hit to the Jefferson County team of head coach Ty Meeks, whose Warriors remain winless on the season with an 0-6 record. The lone hit for the Warriors came from first baseman Josh McNair -- a single into right field during the top of the first inning.
Aside from his one-hitter, Doupe' struck out five batters and walked none. In the second inning, he fanned the side.
The last time Thomson played Jefferson County earlier this season, the game went into extra innings with the Bulldogs winning 14-8.