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Thomson hammers Warriors for 17 runs

GROVETOWN, Ga. --- Thomson High pitcher Abram Cartledge and designated hitter Austin Copper each drove in four runs as the Bulldogs defeated Grovetown 17-4 last Tuesday.

The Bulldogs, 17-3 overall and 7-1 in Region 3-AAA, are the No. 6 team in Class AAA in the latest Georgia High School baseball poll.

It marked the second time this season that Thomson had beaten Grovetown.

The pitching performance of junior left-hander Cartledge, combined with his home run, helped the Bulldogs in their latest win over the Warriors, who are in their first season as a new school in neighboring Columbia County.

Cartledge worked five innings, giving up just two runs on two hits, striking out three batters and walking six.

Senior Korey Austin worked the last two innings. He allowed two runs on two hits, striking out one batter and walked one.

The game started much different than one might imagine, as the Warriors struck for a run in each of the first two innings to take a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs tied the game at with a run in the top of the third.

Thomson then exploded for 15 runs over the next four innings -- its biggest being the seventh, when the team erupted for seven runs.

The Bulldogs, who had clobbered five grand slams coming into the game against Grovetown, tallied another one when Cooper, a sophomore who normally plays catcher, launched his first prep varsity grand slam. Junior outfielder Will Tankersley leads the Thomson team in that department with three grand slams this season -- a school record.

Senior third baseman Cody Ewest hit his eighth homer of the season and drove in three runs.

The 11 hits compiled by Thomson were delivered by the following players: Ewest, three hits and two RBI; Cartledge, two hits and four RBI; Cooper, three hits and four RBI; Nic Wood, a hit; Jesse Usry, a hit and two RBI; and Austin, a single.

Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010

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