HINESVILLE, Ga. -- Just three days after capturing the Region 3-AAA baseball title for the second time in as many years, the Thomson High Bulldogs lost their last regular season game of the year. The 2-0 loss came at the hands of the Richmond Hill Wildcats -- the only team to hand Thomson a pair of region defeats during the season.
Earlier this season, Richmond Hill defeated Thomson 6-4 in a game played at the Thomson field. The latest loss happened last Friday night on the Richmond Hill field.
"We didn't play bad," lamented Thomson head coach Jason Osborn during a telephone interview immediately following the game with The McDuffie Mirror .
"We pitched well and played good defense. We just couldn't get any hits."
The Bulldogs only had one hit against Richmond Hill pitcher Kevin Matthews, who went the distance. Matthews dominated Thomson batters, striking out the side in each of the first four innings of play. Matthews ended up recording 14 strikeouts -- a career prep performance for him.
Cody Crow closed out the game in a relief for the Wildcats.
Thomson, now 20-4 overall and 10-2 in Region 3-AAA play, will now play host to LaGrange in the first round of the Class AAA best-of-three series.
Coach Osborne said three of his pitchers, Abram Cartledge, a junior southpaw, Andy Grimaud, a sophomore and Korey Austin, a senior, tried to get the job done. Cartledge worked three innings, while Grimaud and Austin each worked two innings in relief.
"All three of them did a good job of pitching," said coach Osborn, noting that the trio of players only yielded four hits in the game. One of the Richmond Hill's runs came on a solo-homer in the bottom of the fifth inning by Cody Rushing, while the other run crossed home-plate on what was described as "a bad call" by an umpire, according to coach Osborn.
"The Richmond Hill pitcher did a good job against us," confessed coach Osborn.
"We just couldn't hit him. We had a lot of strikeouts."