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Lucky penny didn 't help Bulldogs

Even the penny for good luck didn't work this time around.

I was hoping the penny that I found not far from home plate at Randy Jordan Field in Columbus last Monday might help give the Thomson High Bulldogs the luck they needed to get past Columbus in the semifinals of the Class AAA state baseball playoffs.

Unfortunately, such wasn't the case.

I walked around the field hoping to find a heads-up penny. As it turned out, I found one, just like I did several years ago when I traveled to the same school and field for the state baseball series between the Evans High Knights and Columbus Blue Devils.

Back then, coach Terry Holder coached Evans. He later guided the Thomson baseball program to prominence. Columbus, meanwhile, was coached back then by the same man who serves as their skipper today -- coach Bobby Howard.

Prior to the series between Evans and Columbus, I had informed coach Holder about the penny -- knowing that he would like to know that a little luck just might be on the side of his team.

It apparently was. For the Knights upended Columbus and went on to win the state title that year.

It was an era that saw Evans claim three consecutive state championships.

When I found the penny a week ago, Terry Holder was the first person I told about it. He, too, thought it most ironic.

"Maybe it will bring Thomson a little luck, too," smiled the retired legendary coach, whose baseball teams won eight state titles at Evans and Greenbrier high schools in Columbia County.

It actually did bring Thomson a little luck, I guess.

For Thomson defeated Columbus 6-2 in Game 1 of the series that went three games last Monday and Tuesday. Instead of Thomson advancing to the championship series, it was Columbus, as they won Games 2 and 3 against the Bulldogs.

Honestly, I don't know if the penny really brought the 'Dogs any luck or for that matter even the Knights years ago. I'd like to thank that it did.

Aside from the lucky penny, I recalled many other fond memories when I walked onto the baseball field at historic Columbus High School.

I remembered Todd Greene from Evans High School socking one of the longest homeruns ever hit out at Randy Jordan Field. It was a towering shot over the left field wall and over two school buildings.

What a shot!

Greene, who became a Major Leaguer, was one of only three prep players to ever hit homeruns that far at Columbus High School. One of them was Frank Thomas, now retired from Major League Baseball and destined to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame someday.

Web posted on Thursday, June 03, 2010

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