Thompson sweeps slate of games

Published 9:41 pm Saturday, March 12, 2011


The Thompson High School baseball team defeated Calera, LAMP and Charles Henderson in high school baseball action March 12.

In the opening game at 10 a.m., the Warriors defeated the Calera Eagles 12-2 in five innings.

Gus Williford led Thompson (12-6) both on the mound and at the plate. Williford pitched four strong innings allowing two runs, one earned, with five hits, five strikeouts and two walks. At the plate Williford was 2-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and three runs batted in. Chad Collum continued his hot week at the plate going 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored and two runs batted in.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Thompson sent a split squad to play Charles Henderson High School from Troy at the Bases Loaded facility.

Aron McRee ran his record to 4-0 on the season throwing a seven-inning complete game. McRee allowed four hits, one earned run with six strikeouts and three walks. Gus Williford continued his hot streak at the plate going 2-for-2 with a double, one run scored and three runs batted in. Matt Haskins went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, Taylor Bria was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Alex Henderson and Andrew Smith also had RBIs for the Warriors.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, the other split squad of Warriors beat LAMP of Montgomery 4-1.

Sophomore pitcher Mason MacDougall (1-0) earned the victory in his first varsity start with a seven-inning complete game effort on the mound. MacDougall scattered five hits allowing one earned run with four strikeouts and no walks. At the plate Michael Schofield was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Chad Collum was 1-for-3 with a run batted in, Clayton Jones was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Austin Markham was 1-for-2 with a run batted in. Blake Gruber was 1-for-2 with a run scored and made several outstanding defensive plays at third base.

In the night cap, all the Warriors came back to Peanut Davenport Field at Thompson High School and the team effort continued as four Warrior pitchers combined to throw a seven-inning no-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Charles Henderson. Mason Morris started and went two innings with one walk and two strike outs, Trent Harper pitched the third and fourth innings to earn the win with one walk and three strikeouts. Austin Markham pitched the fifth and sixth innings with one walk and three strikeouts and Jon Keller stuck out the side in the top of the seventh inning to preserve the no-hitter.

Alex Henderson, Skylar Estell, Andrew Smith and Chad Collum all batted in runs for the Warriors.