Thomson coach, player to miss today's game

Thursday, May 14, 2009 12:27 PM
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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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slicktop
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slicktop 05/14/09 - 01:40 pm
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Hey umps. This is a game

Hey umps. This is a game played by kids that fans are privileged to watch and you are charged to make sure the rules are followed. These contests should end with a kid making a great catch, great pitch, or a great hit. Not by some umpire making a game ending borderline call on a check swing!

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Riverman1 05/14/09 - 02:04 pm
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NO ONE puts more energy into

NO ONE puts more energy into coaching baseball than Terry Holder. He is the greatest coach this area has ever seen. Ask former Evans and Greenbrier, in addition, to Thomson players. If he said he had reason to complain, you better believe there was reason. This is from a former Lakeside parent and fan who competed against him often.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 05/14/09 - 02:25 pm
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i will dispute him being the

i will dispute him being the greatest coach around when you have Gerald Barnes and Jimmy Lewis still coaching, but I will agree, this was poor calling on the umps part. Umps over the past several years have been on an ego trip with little consideration of what they call. At most, they are mediocre and not very consistant. Fortunately these umps were from another region and probably will not see Thomson again.

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godogs 05/14/09 - 03:12 pm
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The umps in the rec

The umps in the rec department aren't much better either. Some of these umps in the North Augusta Rec Dept. other than Ed, Michael, Trey and a few other exceptions couldn't find a strike zone if it hit them in the face. But then they wan't to argue all day long that it was or wasn't a strike. One minute it is a strike if it is at your shoulders and the next minute it is if it is at your ankles. Then it changes the next inning to in inch wide at your belt buckle. Some of those umps are barely dry behind the ears and yet they want to argue with experience veteran coaches. Please train these guys or get rid of them. They all have big heads and it is almost comical some days as to what they consider a strike zone. Maybe they should check their vision before they are hired.

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Riverman1 05/14/09 - 03:24 pm
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Hey, my evaluation of Terry

Hey, my evaluation of Terry Holder comes from the teams he has coached that won region championships, plus state championships. The record speaks for itself. This is not knocking Jimmy Lewis or Gerald Barnes either. I love both of them.

gogbd
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gogbd 05/14/09 - 07:08 pm
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moving from program to

moving from program to program doesn't make you a great coach.
regardless of his opinion rules are rules

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 05/14/09 - 10:26 pm
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It is a high school sport,

It is a high school sport, act accordingly, show proper respect and follow the rules...pretty simple.

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r11mcbell 05/15/09 - 06:39 am
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Dear slicktop The game is

Dear slicktop
The game is played by the rules. Follow them and there is no problem. Blurr them and your kids will end up doing the same. Modelimg is very important.

shootamonkey
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shootamonkey 05/15/09 - 07:40 am
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The second game of the
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The second game of the Thomson-North Columbus series was the absolute worst officiated game I've seen in 35 years of watching high school baseball. Take nothing away from North Columbus. They seemed to be good kids with a fine coach. The first base ump in the second game was at second in the first game and called 3 balks on one of our pitchers who had not been called for a balk all year!!!! This same moron is the ump who called our batter out on a checked swing to end the second game. if it had been obvious the home plate umpire would have called it as he had done earlier in the game. The first base ump said our batter swung and he was at least 100 feet away because he was down the right field line. This guy obviously had something against Thomson. The home plate umpire also threw a tantrum and screamed at one of our kids because he tossed a ball to the catcher and not to him. He acted like an idiot. This was 4 bums who are nobody in the real world but for a couple of hours they had a little authority and they wanted everyone to know it. North Columbus may have won the game anyway but we'll never know because these incompetent clowns didn't let the kids decide the outcome.

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