The long ball continues to be one the big weapons in the arsenal of the Thomson High School baseball team this season.
In last Friday's 10-0 Region 3-AAA victory over the visiting Baldwin Braves, the Bulldogs hit their 21st and 22nd homers of the season. The damage was lighter than usual because no one was on base when junior shortstop Nick Rau hit a line drive over the left field fence in the bottom of the third inning. One batter later, senior third baseman Cody Ewest drilled a solo shot over the left center field fence. Their homers put Thomson up 6-0.
It was Ewest's sixth homer of the season. For Rau, it was his fifth.
Again, it was a game that was never in doubt from the start for the Bulldogs, who climbed to the No. 7 spot in the latest Class AAA state baseball standings. It was a three-spot jump for the team since beating West Laurens in a key region game, 13-0.
The Bulldogs of first year head coach Jason Osborn tallied nine hits off two Baldwin pitchers.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs, once again, got a nice pitching performance from one of their starters -- sophomore Andy Grimaud, who pitched all five innings. Grimaud gave up only one hit while facing 20 batters. The lone hit was a single, which was hit between Thomson first baseman Abram Cartledge and second baseman Cody Corbitt in the top of the fifth inning. Grimaud struck out three batters and walked two.
The Bulldogs scored their first three runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning.
Junior centerfielder Dontavis Brown led off by smashing a double into center field. Grimaud followed with a walk and then was replaced on the base path by Jesse Usry. Rau then hit a line-drive double into left field that easily scored Brown with Thomson's first run of the game.
Cartledge then hit a RBI sacrifice fly to center that scored Usry and gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. The lead increased to 3-0 when Rau eventually scored on a two-out RBI single by junior left fielder Will Tankersley.
The Bulldogs scored another run in the second. Senior right fielder Drake Smallwood drew a one-out walk and later scored from first base when Brown smashed his second double of the game. Solo homers by Rau and Ewest in the third inning boosted Thomson's lead to 6-0.
The last four runs were scored in the fourth inning on hits by Smallwood, a single; a bases-loaded double by Ewest and a RBI single by Tankersley.