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Summer League success

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Four games and four victories in a week.

But perhaps more importantly is who those wins came against for the Thomson Summer League baseball team, comprised of prep-aged players.

The Thomson team, which is coached by Jason Osborn and Aaron Hall, compiled wins over Grovetown, Evans, Westside and Greenbrier within a three-day period that stretched from last Thursday through Saturday.

"The kids really played some good baseball," said coach Hall, who guided the Thomson team to those four wins during the absence of coach Osborn who was away at summer camp with the girls' softball team.

In the first game June 3 against Grovetown at the Grovetown field, Thomson won 7-1 behind the impressive pitching of Hunter Brinkman. The next night the Thomson team won a doubleheader against Evans, 8-3 and defeated Westside 8-4.

Thomson's Nic Rau was the winning pitcher against Evans, and Andy Grimaud was the won over Westside.

In the Greenbrier game on Saturday, Thomson lefty Abe Cartledge, a rising senior at Thomson, fired a four-hitter in six innings. Cartledge struck out nine batters and walked six. Thomson won, 10-1.

Cartledge pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the fourth and fifth innings.

The only run given up to Greenbrier came in the bottom of the fifth after back-to-back hits by Rex Davis, Price Rogers and Tyler Fourmier. Despite the run, Thomson still held a 5-1 lead.

Thomson got their first run in the top of the first inning.

Center fielder Dontavis Brown lined a triple into the right field corner to get things started. Brown soon scored to give Thomson a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice RBI fly by left fielder Will Tankersley.

In the second inning, Thomson went up 2-0. After Grimaud was fanned by Greenbrier starting pitcher Hunter Boose, catcher Austin Cooper roped a double into right field -- the first of three big hits he had in the game. Designated hitter Nic Wood followed with a RBI double into center field that scored Cooper.

Thomson got two more runs in the top of the third inning to increase their lead to 4-0.

Boose walked Brown to lead off the inning. Brown later stole second base and later scored when Tankersley reached on a throwing miscue by shortstop Tyler Fourmier. Tankersley later scored on a RBI sacrifice fly to right field by Rau.

Cooper hit a leadoff solo homer in the top of the fifth that gave Thomson a 5-0 lead.

With the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, Tankerlsey blasted a grand slam off relief pitcher Spencer Duffie to put the game out of reach.

Web posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010

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