Strong pitching from Thomson senior Phillip Anderson and the hot bats of his teammates overwhelmed the Palatka Panthers as Thomson powered to a 13-3 victory Saturday in a nonregion game at the Grovetown High School athletic complex.
With a cold, steady drizzle threatening to stop the game at any time, Thomson scored early when Nick Rau's line drive to left field drove in Anderson from third in the first inning.
But Palatka answered quickly, scoring a run in the first off a mishandled drive to second base, then adding two more on a homer in the bottom of the second inning.
It didn't take long for Thomson to tie the score, as Andy Grimaud's single deep into center drove in center fielder Dontavis "Juicy" Brown, and Phillip Anderson's double deep into left scored Austin Whitehouse, who was in running for catcher Austin Cooper in the third.
The score then remained tied at 3-3 into the fifth inning, when the rain cleared up and Thomson's bats warmed up. Brown started the rally with a single to center, and promptly scored on a two-run homer over the left-field fence by starting pitcher Anderson. Thomson scored twice more in the inning when Cooper drove in left fielder Will Tankersley and short stop Rau with a double into center right, putting Thomson up 7-3.
But the Bulldogs were just getting started, adding six runs in the sixth inning, and causing the game to end because of the 10-run rule. The inning began with third baseman Josh Jones smacking a single to left field. He was driven in by Brown, who later scored on an Anderson single. Also earning RBI in the inning for Thomson were Tankersly, Jesse Usry and Josh Jones.
Palatka failed to score in the bottom of the inning, and the game was called on the 10-run rule.
"It's good to bounce back and get a win after Friday night's loss to Lakeside," said Coach Jason Osborn. "We did come out a little flat at the beginning, but then our guys settled down. We've had good pitching the last couple of games. Abe (Cartledge) pitched good last night against Lakeside, and Phillip pitched real good today. We were swinging the bats good today, but we still have a long way to go with that. We're not keeping our hands back, and we're not hitting the off speed stuff as well as we can, but we'll fix that in practice Monday."
"I feel pretty good about today," said Tankersley, who went 2-for-3 at the plate. "I didn't do as well as I could, but I did all right. We did pretty good coming back from that loss against Lakeside. I really don't like it when we lose to one of those Augusta teams."
Pitcher Anderson said he was happy about going the whole game.
"My arm feels good," he said. "They had some good hitters, but we did what we had to do. And hitting that home run felt amazing."
Thomson began region play against ARC on Tuesday in Augusta and travels to Harlem on Friday. The next home game is against Westside on Tuesday.