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THS’ Henry Harbison goes headfirst into third as the ball gets away from the Bears third baseman.

The Thomson Diamond Dogs fell in the first round of the state playoffs to Pierce County April 29.

The Bulldogs traveled to Blackshear and lost the first of the best-of-three series 12-0 to the Bears. In the second game, the Dogs fell 15-3. In the first game, the Bears scored in every inning, knocking 15 hits to Thomson’s one.

In the second game, the Bulldogs managed a run in the second, third, and fourth innings, while the Bears scored four runs in the first three innings to put the game out of reach.

THS finished the season at 6-18 overall, a mark that Thomson head coach Sean Tiernan said was not what was wanted.

“We lost to a great team, and there is a reason they are ranked third in the state,” said Tiernan. “It was good for our young guys to get some playoff experience, even though it was short-lived. It’s a positive for our guys to get the experience.”

The coach said the team would have liked to have won more, but with various adversity, they players worked hard.

“With COVID, and shutdown, rain-outs and youth of the team, things were difficult,” Tiernan said, adding that with him coming in as a new coach late in the fall was another aspect that presented challenges.

“I am proud of what they overcame and their effort. The players dealt with a lot, but faced a tough schedule and learned some things that will prepare us more for next season.”

The coach said that the team will lose four seniors, but should be in good shape for next season.

“Everyone that is coming back has started or played significant time this year,” said Tiernan. “We will be a lot better off. .. From pitching to fielding, we got a lot of experience.”

With the season ending, the coach said the JV and varsity will playing games during June giving a chance for more experience.

“We will try and get them as much time playing games as we can,” Tiernan mentioned. “Then they will go through workouts. With the uneven schooling due to COVID, the players didn’t get down to a workout schedule. We will do much better with that this year and next.”