KENNEBEC JOURNAL: Thomas armed for success

KENNEBEC JOURNAL: Thomas armed for success

Click to read original article – written by Kennebec Journal Staff Writer Matt DiFilippo

Thomas College has a young baseball team, but one thing the Terriers haven't practiced much is relaxing in the dugout during a blowout win. Thomas is 10-2 in the North Atlantic Conference, but six of those victories are by one run.

Coach Greg King says that's part of learning how to close teams out and not be satisfied with one big inning.

"We're doing a lot of good things, but we're also doing a lot of things that let teams hang with us," King said.

King has used seniors Cody Vigue and Thomas Cameron in the closer's role. They're doing well enough that the Terriers have five saves this spring. As a comparison, the team had one save last year, when Thomas won 25 games.

Entering Tuesday's doubleheader sweep of the University of Maine at Farmington, Vigue was hitting .462 and fellow senior Jeffrey Richardson was at .371. Freshmen Dillon Emerson and Derek Kane were both over .300.

The next five days are pivotal for the Terriers. They have today off, then face Husson (8-4 in the NAC) in a doubleheader on Thursday before taking on Castleton (12-2) in doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. That's after playing doubleheaders Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

"We're pitching-thin right now," King said.

But the Terriers seem to be able to find a way. Freshman C.J. Pendleton, who didn't pitch much in high school, threw two hitless innings Sunday, then came back Monday and went four innings of relief, allowing only two hits and an unearned run. Freshman Isiah Fleming, a Lawrence High School graduate, had an impressive outing Tuesday against UMF.

"We've had guys who have come in in tight situations," King said. "They've done such a good job in middle relief