The Thomson girls' summer softball team split a double-header at Patriots' Park last Friday, defeating Swainsboro in a morning game before losing an afternoon game to Madison County.
Led by Head Coach Jason Osborn, Thomson had no problems, whatsoever, in defeating Swainsboro 10-6 on the second day of the Annual Greenbrier Slugfest that was held at the Patriots' Park Softball Complex. The second game of the day last Friday, however, was completely different story.
One of the biggest reasons: Madison County pitcher Megan Kesler, who gave up just four hits to the Thomson team in going the distance of the six inning game. Madison County ended up defeating Thomson 7-1.
The Thomson team played against Screven County in Sylvania on Monday night and played Washington-Wilkes on Tuesday night in league play. Glascock County traveled to Thomson on Wednesday night to play a pair of five inning games. Thomson will play tonight (Thursday) at home against Burke County and Westside. On June 23, Thomson will host Screven County beginning at 6 p.m. with two five inning games.
The game last Friday against Madison County got off to a bad start from the beginning when Coach Osborn got ejected after walking onto the field to address the base umpire about a call that had been made at first base. The ejection came in the top half of the first inning.
Emotionally, the Thomson team never managed to regroup, even though they mounted scoring threats in their last three at-bats. It wasn't until the bottom of the fourth inning that Thomson managed to score their first and only run of the game.
Thomson shortstop Hannah Wilson led off with a single into left field and later moved to second base when starting pitcher Chelsea Reeves reached on a miscue by Madison County shortstop Olivia Duncan. Wilson later was tagged out at third, while attempting to steal. Catcher Katie Bolin threw a perfect strike to third baseman Abby Atkinson to get the fleet-footed Wilson. Jada Lawson, who became the pinch runner for Reeves, eventually scored Thomson's lone run.
Reeves, meanwhile, pitched four innings for Thomson. She allowed seven runs on 11 hits before being relieved by relief pitcher Megan Bentley. During the last two innings that she worked, she gave up no runs and allowed no hits - retiring Madison County in order in both the fifth and sixth innings. Two of six batters that Bentley faced during that time struck out.
Aside from Wilson's two singles in the game, the only other hits delivered by Thomson batters were from Brooke Herkle, the second baseman and rising senior catcher Whitney Hillman. The Thomson catcher was replaced late in the game by Hannah Pereda after experiencing signs of being overheated, as temperatures drew close to the 100 degree mark.