EVANS, Ga. -- It was another successful summer league baseball program for the Thomson team, as they defeated Lakeside of Evans 11-2 in one of the season's final games last Friday night.
For Thomson, it was the completion of a winning cycle against prep teams from Columbia County, including Lakeside, Greenbrier, Evans, Harlem and Grovetown.
The second game of the doubleheader that was slated between Thomson and Cross Creek of Augusta had to be called in the second inning Friday due to a severe thunderstorm at the Lakeside High field.
Thomson starting pitcher Andy Grimaud went the distance. Grimaud scattered just three hits during the six inning contest that was shortened due to the run limit. He struck out eight batters and gave up no walks.
It was one of his best outings of the summer season, according to coaches Jason Osborn and Aaron Hall.
Thomson took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Centerfielder Dontavis Brown led off with a double into the right field corner and later scored on pass ball.
Catcher Austin Cooper got things started when he smashed a double into the right center field gap. John Holloway took his place on the base path and moved to third base when Nic Wood grounded out hard to the Lakeside second baseman. Cody Corbitt kept the inning alive as he drew a walk. Holloway later scored on a pass ball to make it a 2-0 game.
Corbitt moved to third base when right fielder Matt Connor laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt. Brown then drove Corbitt in on a RBI single up the middle. Brown scored the second of his three runs in the game when he raced home on a throwing miscue by the Lakeside catcher.
Thomson scored two more runs in the third inning and another one in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead.
Corbitt drove home one of those runs with a RBI single into leftfield. The other two hits were delivered by first baseman Abe Cartledge and Cooper.
Grimaud gave up two runs to Lakeside in the bottom of the fourth on a lone hit.
Thomson's run in the fourth was scored by Connor, who had reached earlier after being hit by a pitch. He scored on a pass ball -- the third Thomson runner in the game to score in that manner.
The Thomson team scored four more runs in the top of the sixth. The biggest hit came from rising senior leftfielder Will Tankersley, who drilled a bases-loaded triple into the leftfield corner.