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Young Bulldogs fall to Evans

The Thomson Bulldogs fell to Evans by a score of 10-0 in Summer League play on June 9.

"We've got a young team, and we're having to rebuild the team," head coach Aaron Hall said after the game. "When you lose eight seniors that have played together for years and you have to rebuild, it's a whole different ballgame. But we've got a good group of kids playing now, and we haven't done anything in a summer game yet that can't be fixed."

Evans got ahead early in the game, scoring one run in the first inning and continuing to add runs in the third and fourth innings before the game was called on the mercy rule in the bottom of the fourth.

Thomson's best chance to put some runs on the board came in the top of the fourth when a single by Andy Grimaud, a walk to Austin Cooper and a bunt by Brett Jenkins loaded the bases with no outs. But the Dogs were unable to drive in any runs against strong pitching by Evans, and the side was retired with the runners left on base.

"We've had good hustle and good attitude from our players, and as long as the hustle and attitude are good, everything else is fixable," Hall said.

Thomson showed promise early in the game when Josh Jones got on base with an infield single, and then reached second on a steal.

"I was just trying to protect with two strikes against me, but I was able to get a hit and get on base," Jones said. "Then coach gave me the sign to steal with the count 2-1 against Andy (Grimaud), and I was able to get the steal."

Summer League gives teams a chance to try players at different positions and help determine where they're strongest, both in the field and at bat. The rules even include an extra hitter in the lineup to give more players a chance to bat.

Despite the loss, Hall remained upbeat and positive.

"We've got a lot of young kids that haven't played baseball at this level before, but we're going to be fine," he said after the game.

Web posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011

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