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3 games, 3 more wins

The Thomson Bulldogs baseball team finished the regular season with three wins in three nights last week.

They closed the regular season with an 18-2 mark overall and a perfect 10-0 record for first place in the subregion.

The Bulldogs were scheduled to begin their postseason campaign Tuesday, playing host to Hephzibah in a double header. A tie-breaker was to be held Wednesday evening, if necessary.

Results of the games will be available on the Augusta Chronicle and McDuffie Mirror Web sites, chronicle.augusta.com and mirror.augusta.com.

April 12

Thomson won 22-0 at T.W. Josey. The Bulldogs scored 22 runs off 14 hits in three innings of play. Junior Andy Grimaud returned to the mound and shut down Josey. Grimaud picked up his first region win, striking out five and allowing just two hits.

The Bulldogs took first place in their subregion.

April 13

Thomson won the Battle of the Bulldogs 5-4 in a makeup game at home.

The match-up between the Bulldogs and Harlem lived up to expectations. The excitement was just as intense as in their first meeting, which Thomson narrowly won 1-0, keeping the fans on the edge of their seats.

Harlem scored first, in the third inning to take a two-run lead, but Thomson answered with three runs in the bottom of the third. Dontavious Brown scored Thomson's first run when Jessie Usry hit a single up the middle. With Usry on base, senior Will Tankersly hit a two-run homer to help Thomson take a 3-2 lead at the end of the third inning.

Harlem scoreed two more runs to take the lead in the fourth inning.

After swapping the lead throughout the game, the Thomson Bulldogs tied it up 4-4 in the fifth inning. With one out in the bottom of the seventh, senior Nick Rau drove the ball deep into right field for a triple. Harlem's coach decided to put Thomson's next two batters, Abe Cartlege and Andy Grimaud, on with intentional walks to set up a double play. Catcher Austin Cooper came to the plate with bases loaded and one out. After an attempted squeeze play, Cooper drew a walk, bringing in the winning run.

Cartlege went the distance for the Bulldogs. The left-handed senior said it felt "great to win, especially against Harlem." He said he was confident and "knew we would win but knew it would be a close game."

Rau said he was "nervous and just looking for the right pitch to drive and found one" as he hit the triple that set up the win for Thomson.

April 14

Coming off of an exciting victory over Harlem, Thomson was only one win away from a perfect season subregion record. The Bulldogs were tested by a scrappy young team from Grovetown.

The Bulldogs got off to a 2-0 early lead. Grovetown battled back in the third inning to take a 5-4 lead. Nic Woods' single in the bottom of the third drove in Nick Rau to make it 5-5.

After a scoreless fourth inning, the Bulldogs took command in the fifth inning when Andy Grimaud led off with a double. Thomson scored two runs off five hits to take a 12-5 lead, then scored two more runs in the sixth.

Senior Night

Before the April 14 game the Bulldogs celebrated Senior night. Coach Jason Osborn and coach Aaron Hall presented each senior player a plaque. Parents of each senior were also there to congratulate them.



Web posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011













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