The Thomson High Bulldogs are starting a baseball tradition.
For the second year in a row, the Bulldogs have won the Region 3-AAA Championship. Before last year, winning a region title in baseball had never been achieved in school history.
Now that Thomson has repeated as region champions, it's bound to have a lingering positive affect on the baseball program for years to come.
If you're a Thomson baseball fan, that's a good thing, because that's how sports traditions start.
It's an accomplishment long overdue.
Finally, Thomson High School is getting recognized for a sport other than football or basketball. Being a THS graduate of many moons ago, I can tell you that it's a great accomplishment -- one that didn't come easy.
There was much hard work, determination and commitment on the part of each player to actually make this a reality.
I'm very proud of where our baseball program has come in just a few short years.
The best part about this season is that it's not over -- no, not by a long shot. And that's even greater!
Thomson has now made it to the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs. The Bulldogs played Cairo in a doubleheader on Wednesday at the Thomson field. The outcome of that best-of-three game series will be covered in stories in next week's edition.
A week ago, the Bulldogs swept a pair of games from the LaGrange Grangers at the Thomson field by scores of 9-8 and 11-7.
Thomson's overall season record climbed to 22-4 following the victories over LaGrange last week. That in itself is most impressive considering the Bulldogs have never won that many games in a season.
This year's team has accomplished thus far what they have on the diamond under the leadership of first year head coach Jason Osborn, assistant head coach Aaron Hall and junior varsity coach Wes Harrell.
Those three men deserve a big-round of applause from all of us for the job they have done in grooming these players to get better and better with each passing game.
Coach Osborn took the place of former head coach Terry Holder, who retired after last season following four years with the Thomson program. Since he took over as the new skipper of the baseball program, he's simply done a fabulous job! And so have coaches Hall and Harrell!
The Thomson High baseball program is starting to get recognized as one of the best baseball teams in Class AAA and that's pretty special, too.
Imagine what kind of baseball teams Thomson can continue to have in the future, if players continue to work hard and listen to their coaches.
The Thomson program has come a long ways, but there's always room for improvement.
Let's hope the success of Thomson baseball grows and grows over the next few years.
With a feeder program at the recreation level and with continued support from a community of baseball fans, good things are only bound to happen.
Thanks Bulldogs for a GREAT season thus far.
I hope this season continues to yield only good things!