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Strong pitching leads Dogs to no-hitter win

Posted: March 20, 2012 - 10:43am  |  Updated: March 21, 2012 - 5:13pm
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SPECIAL/DAVID M. FORD      \NJARED HOLLIMAN PITCHED FOUR INNINGS TO FINISH THOMSON'S NO HITTER AGAINST WASHINGTON-WILKES  SPECIAL/DAVID M. FORD      \NJARED HOLLIMAN PITCHED FOUR INNINGS TO FINISH THOMSON'S NO HITTER AGAINST WASHINGTON-WILKES
SPECIAL/DAVID M. FORD \NJARED HOLLIMAN PITCHED FOUR INNINGS TO FINISH THOMSON'S NO HITTER AGAINST WASHINGTON-WILKES
SPECIAL/DAVID M. FORD \NJARED HOLLIMAN PITCHED FOUR INNINGS TO FINISH THOMSON'S NO HITTER AGAINST WASHINGTON-WILKES

Thomson pitchers Hunter Bragg and Jared Holliman combined efforts for a no-hit shutout against Washington-Wilkes Saturday to give the Diamond Dogs a 4-0 victory.

Bragg started the game for the Dogs, facing only six batters in the first two innings before being relieved by Hollimon.

“Bragg had a problem with one of his fingers in the Harlem game, so I wanted to get him in for a couple of innings and see how he was,” head coach Aaron Hall said after the game. “Then I brought Jared in to relieve Bragg, and had planned to bring a couple of other guys in after him, but that didn’t work out and Jared was able to finish it. And any time you’re able to combine to no-hit somebody it shows you had a great pitching performance.”

Between them, Bragg and Holliman faced only 25 batters, only four more than the minimal that would make a perfect game. The only base runners for the day came off two errors, one base on balls, and one hit-by-pitch.

Offensively, the Dogs put their runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Hank Doupe reached first on a walk, which he stretched out by rounding first and stealing second. A single by Austin Whitehouse put runners on first and third. A single by Austin Cooper drove in both runners to put two on the board. Andy Grimaud followed with a double to right field that drove in the runner, and Holliman helped himself, driving in Grimaud with a single to right. Chad Austin moved Grimaud to second with a single to center field, but those runners were stranded when Washington-Wilkes finally got the third out needed to end the inning with Thomson up 4-0.

Those four runs would prove more than sufficient, though, as Holliman only faced three batters in the top of the seventh to bring the game to a close.

“It’s my first no-hitter ever,” Holliman said after the game. “I mean, anybody would be glad to get a no-hitter. It feels great.”

In addition to being part of the no-hitter, Holliman had two singles and a double with his bat.

“I was just trying to put the bat on the ball,” he said. “We go over that every day. I wasn’t trying to knock it over the fence or anything, just wanted to put the bat on the ball.”

Hall says he feels things are starting to come together for his young team.

“The win against Westside was a big morale booster for us,” he said, referring to March 15’s 3-2 victory. “But I’ve been telling our guys that they can’t let themselves get up on a mountain top and then get knocked down. We’ve still got some things we’re working on and have to get better at.”

The Diamond Dogs faced Grovetown at home Tuesday, and traveled to GreenJacket Stadium in Augusta to face Evans on Wednesday. They then have away games against ARC and Harlem before their next home game on March 30, vs. Westside at 6 p.m.

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