Thomson coach, player to miss today's game

Thomson Head Coach Terry Holder won’t be making the decisions in Game 3 of today’s best-of-three Class AAA state baseball playoffs against Northside-Columbus.

In fact, the legendary prep baseball skipper won’t even be at the ballpark.

One of the Thomson star players, Abram Cartledge, also won’t be playing in today’s game.

The reason: Both were ejected by umpires – Cartledge during the game for throwing the bat after striking out in a late inning of Game 2 and Coach Holder after the game had concluded for arguing with umpires over a controversial (and game-ending) called strike-three on a check swing by junior third baseman Cody Ewest.

Under Georgia High School Association rules, both Holder and Cartledge will have to sit out two consecutive games.

Should Thomson win today’s third game of the best-of-three game series against the North-Columbus Patriots, it would mean that Holder and Cartledge would also miss the first game of the series against Cartersville next week in the third round of the state playoffs.

Cartersville defeated Elbert County in a doubleheader on Wednesday to advance in the playoffs.

“I wish it hadn’t gotten to the point where I was thrown out,” Coach Holder said during a Thursday morning interview. “But I felt like I had to say something about the call.”

He contended that he did what he did to show his team that he would defend them.

Coach Holder said he had not decided who would oversee the team in his absence. That role is likely, however, to be shared by his longer serving assistant coaches, Aaron Hall and Jason Osborn.

Asked where he plans to be when the game is going on today, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Coach Holder replied, “I’m going to be somewhere where I can hear the game on the radio.”

WTHO, an FM radio station located in Thomson, will broadcast the game live, as the station has done all season for home games. The game will also be streamed live at www.mcduffiemirror.com.

As for Cartledge, the winning pitcher in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader, he will be replaced in the lineup by freshman designated hitter Andy Grimaud, who has had a pair of two-run doubles thus far in the playoffs.

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