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Thomson racks up big wins over Aquinas and Oglethorpe County in summer softball

APPLING - Hannah Wilson hit back-to-back inside the park homeruns, while teammate Mary Catherine Finnerty also drilled a three-run inside the park homerun to pace Thomson's summer league fast-pitch softball team to an 11-0 victory over Aquinas in the first game of the Greenbrier High School Slugfest played at Patriots Park last Friday.

Thomson bounced right back in the second game to defeat Oglethorpe County 12-2.

"We played pretty good softball in both games, especially when you consider that we've just started summer league play," remarked Thomson Head Coach Jason Osborn. "I thought we hit the ball well in both games and had some pretty good pitching."

In the first game, Wilson, a transfer student to Thomson High from Briarwood Academy, got her debut off to a fine start, hitting two inside the park homeruns in her first two at-bats. Wilson, the lead-off hitter, who played third base in the first game, later hit a triple in the third inning, scored three times and accounted for three of her team's runs.

Thomson opened up the summer league season with a bang, scoring five runs on four hits in the first inning against Aquinas. Aside from Finnerty's big hit, the other two hits during the uprising came from shortstop Casey Brooks and catcher Whitney Hillman.

During the second inning, Thomson scored two more runs before adding three more in the third to take a commanding 10-0 lead.

After Wilson's second homerun, Brooks walked and then moved to second base when first baseman Chelsea Reeves reached on an error. Brooks later scored on a RBI sacrifice fly to left field By Hillman.

In the third, Thomson struck for five more hits. Wilson tripled, while four other players had singles. They included Reeves, Hillman, Finnerty and Chelsea Jones.

The winning pitcher in that game was Amber Overton, who recorded four strikeouts, walked one and gave up only two hits. Overton was relieved in the top of the fourth By Sarah Blasingame, who worked the last two innings. She fanned two batters, walked one and didn't allow a hit.

The second game saw Thomson breeze past Oglethorpe County 12-2.

Again, the Thomson team hit the ball well - collecting nine hits in the five-inning game, which was cut short By the 10-run rule.

Brooks got Thomson on the scoreboard in the first inning By lining a RBI double to score Wilson. She later scored to give Thomson a 2-0 lead on a RBI ground out By Reeves, who pitched against Oglethorpe.

Reeves allowed the opponents just two runs on just two hits - both of which came in the fourth inning. She struck out four batters, including the side in the fifth. She yielded three walks.

Three of Thomson's last runs scored in the bottom of the fourth. Shannon Chalker, a rising ninth grader at THS, drove in one of those runs with a single to right center field, while Hillman laced a two-run double over the head of the Oglethorpe left fielder.

Reeves also helped her own cause during that inning, hitting a single and driving in another run.

Web posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007

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