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Bulldogs had lots of support for trip to Final Four

This year's Final Four of the Georgia Class AAA state baseball playoffs featured Thomson, Columbus, Ringgold and Oconee County.

And for a school like Thomson, not noted for its baseball talent, the Bulldogs found a way to capture the hearts of those far from Thomson, too.

Take several baseball players from nearby Northside Columbus High School.

They piled into the back of a pickup truck and parked near the left field line where they could see all the action of Games 1, 2 and 3 of the series between Thomson and Columbus.

Since they happen to be rivals of the Columbus Blue Devils, they surely weren't there to support them.

Instead, it was the Thomson team they can out to root for during the Final Four last Monday and Tuesday at Randy Jordan Field at Columbus High School.

While in Columbus, the Bulldogs practiced at the Northside field -- some 15 minutes drive away from where they participated in the semifinals against Columbus. During the games, loud cheers could be heard coming from the area where the Northside players assembled.

"It was pretty special having them cheer us on" said Thomson junior shortstop Nick Rau. "It meant a lot to us."

Teammate Cody Ewest agreed.

"It was nice of them to be there for us," said Ewest, the Thomson senior third baseman, who was named Region 3-AAA Player of The Year.

The year before, Thomson and Northside played each other in the state playoffs.

Aside from Northside players, the Thomson team also was supported by a big crowd from McDuffie County.

"We really appreciate all the support we received during the regular season and throughout the playoffs," said Thomson coach Jason Osborn. "It really meant a lot to us as coaches and our boys."



Web posted on Thursday, June 03, 2010













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