The Thomson Bulldogs defeated Harlem 4-2 in an away game that went 10 full innings on March 27.
The game remained scoreless through the first three innings. Starting pitcher Hunter Bragg was perfect in the first three innings, facing only nine batters throughout.
Thomson was first on the board, getting a run in the fourth inning.
Harlem promptly tied the game in the bottom of the fourth.
Thomson regained the lead in the fifth. Harlem again tied the game in the sixth, and the score remained tied after seven, sending the game into extra innings.
Thomson broke the tie in the 10th. Lead-off batter Austin Whitehouse reached base on a walk and was moved over to third by an Austin Cooper bunt. A single by Andy Grimaud drove in a runner, and a single to center by Chad Austin drove in another to bring the score to 4-2.
Bragg took the mound again in the 10th. Bragg got one batter out on a fly, but after two walks he was relieved by Hank Doupé.
Doupé retired his first batter. With runners on second and third, the next batter was intentionally walked to load the bases to put the force play into effect. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Harlem batter slapped a ground ball between second and third. The ball made contact with the foot of the base runner, resulting in an automatic out and ending the game.
Thomson fell to Westside on Friday and faced Morgan County Monday. The Bulldogs’ final regular season game is away at Grovetown on Friday, April 13. Game time is 6 p.m.
Gatewood scored in each inning of play, putting up single runs in the first and second innings, three runs in the third innings, eight runs in the fourth innings, and two runs in the fifth.
Briarwood also got on the board early, scoring in the first inning. Starting pitcher Jarrett Keen reached second on a double, then stole third before being driven home by a Dalton Banks’ single.
The Buccaneers scored in the fourth inning when Bryce Sowell reached base on a single to left field and then stole his way around to third. A Jeb Blount single to left drove in the runner for Briarwood’s second run of the game. The Bucs were unable to make a substantial dent in the Gatewood lead, and the game was called on the mercy rule after five innings.
The Buccaneers play Tuesday vs. Brentwood at 4:30 p.m.