One of the biggest celebrations in the history of the Thomson High School baseball program filled the Thomson Depot with players, parents and guests last Thursday night.
The team was recognized for their outstanding season -- one that earned them statewide recognition as one of the four best prep teams in Class AAA baseball.
Thomson Mayor Pro Tem Alton Belton also attended the banquet and presented the team and coaching staff with a proclamation, which saluted them for their feat on the diamond this season.
"They had a tremendous season and we're very proud of them," said Mr. Belton. "They represented both Thomson High School and the City of Thomson very well. I wish them even more success next year."
The Thomson Bulldogs, who have traditionally been known for their success in football and basketball, finished the season with an impressive 27-6 record. They made it all the way to the fourth round of the state playoffs before eventually falling to the Columbus Blue Devils, two games to one in a best-of-three game series in Columbus a little more than a month ago. Columbus went on to win the state championship -- the school's 10th baseball title since 1982.
"It really means a lot to us to have been so supported by this community this year," said Thomson coach Jason Osborn, who just finished his first season as the new skipper. "We had a tremendous run. We had a lot of fun."
Coach Osborn said he'd like to see the team return to the state playoffs again next year and bring home what would be the school's first baseball state title.
"I think they want rings next year," laughed coach Osborn.
Thomson High School Baseball Booster Club President Dick Williams presented coach Osborn a plaque for being selected Region 3-AAA Coach of The Year.
The head baseball coach then turned around and presented Williams with a plaque to his step-son, Cody Ewest, who was selected the 2010 Region 3-AAA Player of The Year.
Ewest, a starter all four years at Thomson High, was unable to attend the banquet because he was working a summer job.
At the time, Ewest, who played third base his junior and senior years, was crawling underneath a house while working with Duggan Heating and Air Service, said his mother, Cheryl Williams.
Ewest has an opportunity to play baseball at Gordon Junior College, but hasn't yet decided if he's going to or not at this time, said his parents.
The banquet was broadcast over WTHO Radio in Thomson by Ralph Starling, Gene Walker and Stewart Young, who have been become celebrities of sort since they have been broadcasting home baseball games for the past four years. Interviews were conducted with several guests, including former longtime football coach Paul Leroy.
He and others congratulated this year's baseball team on their outstanding season.