Bulldogs fall in first round of state tournament
By Jim Wallace

Devin McNair smacked a home run for the Bulldogs in game one Friday.
The Thomson Bulldogs fell in both games of a double-header Friday, April 28, in the first round of the Class AAAA State Baseball Tournament.
The Bulldogs traveled to Columbus to take on the Blue Devils in the best-of-three series.
The Dogs played tough in the first game, before bowing 5-4. In the second game, the Devils shut out THS 16-0.
“We competed very well in the first game and had a good chance to win, but it was not meant to be,” said Bulldog head coach Brad Smith.
“Chase Smith pitched his tail off, and we played well behind him. We hit the ball well and led most of the game until Columbus tied it up in the 5th inning. We answered in the 6th inning going up 4-3 on a home run by sophomore catcher Devin McNair. They tied it up in the bottom of the 6th, and pushed across the winning run in the 8th inning.”
It was then that controversy reared its ugly head, according to Smith, who did not hold back his comments.
“Columbus had a runner on second base with one out in the bottom of the 8th,” he said.
“They hit a fly ball to center that we caught for the second out. The runner at second clearly left early when he tagged up and went to third. On the appeal the field umpire called him out which would have ended the inning and sent us into another extra inning.”
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