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Anderson throws perfect game on way to 14-0 win over Tigers

Bulldog Phillip Anderson threw a perfect game April 5 on the road against the Washington-Wilkes Tigers.

Anderson improved his mark to 8-0 for the season in the 14-0 victory.

Anderson, backed by a stout defense, pitched seven shutout innings with no hits and no walks, striking out 12 Tigers along the way.

The first four innings were dominated by pitching. Tigers pitcher Trey McAvoy held the Bulldogs scoreless until the fourth inning. With Dontavus "Juicy" Brown on third base and two outs, cleanup hitter Will Tankersly was allowed on first by instructions from the Tigers' coach. Brown then scored Thomson's first run off of a Tigers wild throw.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the fifth inning and got a four-run blast from leftfielder Tankersly. His third home run of the season was his first grand slam of the 2011 campaign.

The Bulldogs did the most damage in the seventh inning, scoring eight more runs to secure the win.

When Anderson was asked whether he realized he was on his way to a perfect game, he said no, that teammate Josh Jones brought it to his attention. He said he wished Jones hadn't mentioned it because it might make him nervous.

Anderson said coach Jason Osborn would always meet him as he was coming off the mound at the end of an inning and talk to him. Anderson said Osborn would tell him "something funny to make me laugh and help keep my mind clear."

Evidently it worked.

The perfect game was Anderson's first.

The Bulldogs also played at home April 6 against Washington-Wilkes.

Pivotal games this week will decide the Bulldogs' playoff assignment.

The Diamond Dogs were scheduled to visit Josey at 5 p.m. Tuesday, then return home to play host to Harlem at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Grovetown at 6 p.m. today. Next Tuesday, the Dogs will enter the playoffs, at a location to be announced.

Web posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011

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