Prep Baseball: Bulldogs fall to Jackets
Emotional high one night, discouraging low the next.
That was the feeling in the Thomasville dugout last week in a pair of games with rival Lexington.
On Thursday, head coach David House put together a special evening for his seniors and the team responded, bouncing the Yellow Jackets 15-14 in front of the largest crowd to witness a THS game at Finch Field in a long time. A little more than 24 hours later, the Bulldogs could not sustain the momentum in a disappointing 12-5 losing effort Friday at Holt-Moffitt Field.
“I just think what you saw tonight was an emotional letdown from last night's win,” said House, who had several members of his church attend Thursday's game to support a team that averages around seven fans a game. The kids played their hearts out in that game and I was worried about us coming out flat tonight.”
The Bulldogs actually started quite well, holding a 3-2 lead with three innings completed. Ja'hare Taylor-Thomas (4-for-4) had scored in the first inning on an error for a 1-0 THS lead. Lexington snatched the lead away with two runs in the home half, until Dominick Hinson scored on a wild pitch and Thomas raced home on a passed ball.
It was not until the fourth inning where it all began to unravel for the Bulldogs. The host Jackets rallied for six runs on only three hits, using a pair of hit batsmen, two walks and pair of errors to punish Thomasville.
Luke Bess delivered the biggest blow, smoking a triple to right field that drove in two runs. Logan Wicks added an RBI single later in the inning.
“Walks and errors will beat us against anybody we play,” House said. “Not to take anything away from Lexington because their kids just wanted it more tonight than we did. We just do not help ourselves out.”
Thomasville got one of the runs back in the fifth. Hinson struck out to open the inning, but reached first when the ball scooted away from the catcher. A Thomas single moved him over to second and Skylar Barnes was plunked by a Jalain Charles fastball to load the bases. Zack Anderson would bring in Hinson on a grounder to first base to make it 8-4.
Charles allowed only one more run the remainder of the evening to get the victory.
Note: Sixth-seeded Thomasville competed in the first round of the Central Carolina Conference tournament Monday and lost a 13-3 decision to No. 3 seed North Rowan. The Bulldogs end the season with a 2-14 record.
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