By DAVID M. FORD
Mirror Staff Writer
The Thomson Diamond Dogs fell to Harlem Friday in a home game by the score of 6-1.
“Harlem’s a good, well-coached team,” coach Aaron Hall said following the game. “They’re a team that, when they get the momentum, they’re able to take it and run with it.”
Harlem got that momentum early, scoring four runs in the first inning.
“Mental mistakes really came back to haunt us in the first inning,” hall said. “They hit a ball into a spot that we hadn’t covered, and that led to a run, and then a misplayed ball in the outfield led to another two runs. When you don’t make plays, things can snowball, and that’s what happened.”
Harlem scored another run in the second inning, and again in the fifth.
Thomson got on the board in the second inning after third baseman Chad Austin reached on a base on balls. Austin promptly stole second, and followed that with a steal of third. A 6-3 sacrifice by starting pitcher Hunter Bragg drove Austin in for the score, which would remain Thomson’s only run for the game.
Hank Doupe came in in relief of Bragg in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and two outs. Doupe limited the damage to one run before getting the third out of the inning. Doupe retired the side in the sixth and faced only four batters in the seventh.
Harlem ended the game with six runs, seven hits and one error. Thomson had one run, two hits and an error for the game.
“We had an opportunity there in the fourth inning, with runners on second and third, and we just weren’t able to make anything happen,” Hall said. “But that’s part of being a young team. We have a lot of young players who just haven’t had the chance to play a lot of baseball, so part of what we’re doing now is trying to get our younger players into the game early and get them playing time and varsity game experience so they get better.”