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Irish jump on Thomson early

Posted: March 12, 2012 - 12:56pm
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Austin Cooper gets an RBI single in Saturday's game against Aquinas. The Fighting Irish won 10-5.  DAVID M. FORD/SPECIAL
DAVID M. FORD/SPECIAL
Austin Cooper gets an RBI single in Saturday's game against Aquinas. The Fighting Irish won 10-5.

The Thomson Diamond Dogs lost 10-5 to the Aquinas Fighting Irish of in a home game Saturday.

Starting pitcher Austin Cooper got off to a strong start in the first inning, retiring the first two batters he faced. A single into center field put a runner on first, who then stole second and third before stealing home for the first run of the game. Cooper struck out the final batter for his second strikeout of the inning.

Aquinas followed with three runs in the second inning, two runs in the third, and four in the fourth to bring the Fighting Irish’s total runs for the game up to 10.

Thomson remained scoreless through the first four innings of the game.

The fifth inning proved the Dogs’ most productive of the game. The inning started with designated hitter Jared Holliman reaching base when he was hit by a pitch. A double to right field by Trevor Stephens put runners on second and third.

Josh Jones drove those runners in with a double to left field. A Hank Doupe double to left drove in Jones for the third run of the inning. A 6-3 sacrifice by first baseman Andy Grimaud moved Doupe over to third, and he was brought home by an Austin Cooper single to right.

A single by Austin Whitehouse and a base-on-balls by Chad Austin loaded the bases, and a Brett Jenkins sacrifice to center field added an additional run to bring the total runs for the inning up to five.

A strong showing by relief pitcher Jared Holliman held the Irish scoreless after the fourth inning, but the lead proved insurmountable, and the game ended with Aquinas leading 10-5.

Aquinas had 10 runs, two hits and one error for the game. Thomson ended the game with five runs, four hits and sox errors.

The Diamond Dogs traveled to Westside for a game Tuesday, and played at Josey on Friday.

They face Washington-Wilkes at home Saturday as part of Thomson Diamond Day. Game time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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