The THS Diamond Dogs dropped a scrimmage game to Greenbriar on Friday, 13-1.
“I don’t think the score was an indication of how we played tonight,” head coach Aaron Hall said. “We played a good game.”
Thomson took advantage of the scrimmage to get game time for the depth of their pitching roster. In addition to starter Andy Grimaud, the Diamond Dogs also gave mound time to Hunter Bragg, Austin Cooper, Chad Austin, Josh Jones, Jared Holliman and Hank Doupe.
The Wolfpack scored early with three runs in the first inning. They would go on to score four runs in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth, and one in the sixth. The Dogs would hold Greenbriar scoreless in the fifth and seventh innings.
Strong Wolfpack defense limited the Dogs’ scoring, but Thomson did get on the board in the fifth inning. Jones used his speed on the bases to stretch an outfield hit into a double, and was then driven home by a Grimaud single to right. It would be Thomson’s only score for the evening, and after a full seven innings of scrimmage play the final score stood at 13-1.
In addition to depth at the pitching position, Thomson let many play multiple positions. Trevor Stephens, for instance, spent time in the catcher’s position and his usual right field spot.
“We had a few mistakes that hurt us, but that’s part of being a young team,” Hall said after the game. “Our pitching did pretty well, though we still have some things to work out. We swung the bats well, with several hits deep into the outfield, but with the new bats they just don’t travel like they used to. But I feel this team has a bright future.”
Thomson began their regular season at home against Evans on Tuesday. They participate this weekend in Evans Diamond Day at Evans, playing Lakeside Friday at 5:30 and Effingham Saturday at 11:30 a.m.