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Cartledge threatens on mound, at bat

Just how good is Thomson High ace pitcher Abram Cartledge?

That's a question many opponents already have found out for themselves this season.

The junior southpaw has been impressive on the mound in many games.

Cartledge, who sports an 8-2 record, has helped the Bulldogs win their second consecutive Region 3-AAA championship and a berth into the state playoffs again.

Already, Cartledge has sailed higher than ever as a pitcher.

He seems more relaxed, more confident, more determined and satisfied with himself. A year ago, such wasn't the case, as Cartledge seemingly placed a lot of pressure on himself and wasn't nearly as effective with his strike-ball ratio.

The latter is something he is most proud to have brought under control this season.

"I'm very proud of my strike-ball ratio," Cartledge said. "It's a lot better than it was last season."

Cartledge explained that that part of his game of his game has gotten much better simply because he has worked hard to make it happen.

"I wanted that ratio to be much better this year and so did the coaches," said Cartledge, noting that he also feels more confident on the mound than he did a year ago. "I don't feel as much pressure out there as I did last year. I'm more relaxed. I feel like I'm a much better pitcher than I was a year ago."

A week ago, Cartledge helped the Bulldogs sweep the first-round of the state playoffs against LaGrange.

Not only was he effective on the mound, he also proved his invaluable worth to the team with his bat.

Take his performance on the mound, first. He yielded seven hits, struck out eight batters and walked three and allowed two others a base after hitting them with wild pitches.

With the bat, Cartledge was solid. He belted a two-run homerun in Game No.1 and had recorded two hits in the Game No. 2, including a two-run double.

Cartledge was expected to get his second start of the state playoffs on Wednesday, as Thomson played host to Cairo.

Web posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010

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