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Bulldogs end summer league with loss

The Thomson Diamond Dogs dropped a game to Silver Bluff in summer league play Friday by a score of 11-6.

Silver Bluff took an early lead, jumping ahead 3-0 in the first inning.

Thomson remained scoreless until the top of the third inning, when Trevor Stephens crossed home plate before Josh Jones was tagged out in a rundown between first and second, bringing the score to 3-1.

Silver Bluff responded in the bottom of the third with an additional four runs after knocking starting pitcher Jarard Holliman out of the game. Austin Cooper was the relief.

"Jarard's been throwing well," assistant coach Craig Chapman said after the game. "He just wasn't hitting his spots today, so we brought in Cooper."

With Silver Bluff leading 7-1, Thomson battled back in the top of the fifth when Josh Jones hit a two-run double to left field, followed by a single to right field by Andy Grimaud to drive in an additional two runs. Thomson took the field in the bottom of the fifth, having pulled within two runs, with Silver Bluff leading 7-5.

"We battled back," head coach Aaron Hall said after the game. "We just need to keep working on some little things."

Silver Bluff scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to increase its lead to 11-5. Thomson continued to fight back, however, scoring a run in the top of the sixth off a Hank Doupe sacrifice, driving in Chad Austin. That would be Thomson's final scoring opportunity, though, as the game was called in the middle of the sixth by the summer league two-hour time limit per game.

"It's a two-hour time limit because they have so many games," Chapman said. "We started making a comeback late in the game, but we just ran out of time."

Last week's games brought summer league play to an end. Designed to give coaches a chance to try their players at a variety of positions and to give multiple hitters times at bat, summer league doesn't have a playoff schedule.

Web posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011

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