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One Man's Opinion

Prep baseball season is winding down at Thomson High and at Briarwood Academy. Soon, the playoffs will be upon us.

I can't wait to cover all the exciting action. The reason: Both schools have quality baseball programs and are well-coached.

Thomson is having another great season. Already, the Bulldogs of head coach Jason Osborn, who is aided by assistant head coach Aaron Hall and assistant coach Wes Harrell, have won as many games this season as they did all of last season when they captured the Region 3-AAA Championship.

It marked the first time in school history that a Bulldog baseball team had accomplished such a feat.

This season, the Bulldogs are on the verge of capturing the region title again.

It's certainly within their grasp. They are 8-1 in region play and have three more region games left in regular season. Thomson will play host to the Burke County Bears at 6 p.m. this Friday.

The following week, they play their last two region games against the Baldwin Braves and Richmond Hill -- the only team that has beaten the Bulldogs in region play this season.

Thomson could clinch its second consecutive region crown if the team defeats Burke County and Baldwin, and if Richmond Hill were to lose one of three key region games this week against West Laurens, Liberty County and Washington County.

"We've got to get serious about playing baseball here on out," coach Osborn said after his Bulldogs defeated West Laurens 6-4 last Saturday in Dublin.

Overall, Thomson sports an 18-3 record and was ranked No. 6 in the latest Class AAA baseball poll in Georgia.

I'm looking forward to covering the state playoffs again this season, because I believe Thomson will do well. The team has been there before, and now it has some idea of what it's all about. I wish them well.

As for the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers, I wish them much success, too, as they inch closer to the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class A State Playoffs.

Coach Cowart has done a wonderful job since taking over as the new skipper of the Bucs' baseball program.

The program is successful because of his dedication and commitment.

Coach Cowart has the Bucs performing well and believing in themselves again. After years of mediocre teams, the 2010 Bucs team is serious contenders to win the Region 1-A title and do well in the upcoming state playoffs.

I, too, believe in the Bucs.

They have a lot of spunk as a team -- a spark about themselves that they haven't had in recent years.

It's the kind of spark that could catch fire at any time. Once it does, opponents better be ready, because the Bucs could easily roll over them.

Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010

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