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Time runs out for Thomson High Lady Dogs in effort to keep win streak alive

Time was the culprit on Monday night.

And as a result, the Thomson Lady Bulldogs' fast-pitch softball team was handed their first loss of the summer league season. It came at the hands of the Evans team By a score of 6-5.

Thomson, now 7-1 in summer league play, was scheduled to play Aquinas on Wednesday night at the Thomson/McDuffie Recreation and Leisure Services' Sweetwater Park. The team will compete every Monday and Wednesday nights until about midway of July when area softball teams begin preparing for their start of regular season play.

"I was proud of the way our team fought back to try to win the game," said Thomson Head Coach Jason Osborn. "I thought the girls showed a lot of character in fighting back the way they did."

Coach Osborn also expressed pleasure with his team's hitting abilities of late.

"We're hitting the ball much better as a team, and I'm pleased from that aspect," added Coach Osborn, who is assisted By Coaches Bennie Hester and Jason Brooks.

After the Evans starting pitcher retired the first three Thomson batters in order during the top half of the first inning, Evans collected four runs and banged out five hits off Thomson pitcher Amber Overton. Defensively, the Lady Bulldogs also committed three fielding miscues.

"We just had a bad inning, but we came back and settled down the rest of the game," Coach Osborn said. "We had to play catch-up, though and could never quite get there."

Thomson was able to push across their first run in the top of the second after Mary Catherine Finnerty led off with a triple. She later scored on a RBI single By Gloria Rowland.

In the third, Evans collected another run to increase their lead to 5-1. Thomson came back in the fourth and scored their second run of the game. Catcher Whitney Hillman led off with a single to greet a new Evans pitcher before Finnerty lined another hit - this one allowing courtesy runner Shannon Chalker to race home.

Two more runs came across the plate for Thomson in the fifth, as the team sent eight batters up. They mustered only two hits, but took advantage of back-to-back errors By Evans. As a result, those two mistakes came back to bite the eventual winning team, as both Chelsea Jones and Natasha Seals went on to score. Jones crossed the plate on a RBI single to left field By shortstop Casey Brooks, while Seals scored on a RBI infield hit By Hillman.

The only other hit in the game for Thomson came off the bat of Hannah Pereda, who singled to right field in the top of the sixth, as the Lady Bulldogs scored another run. The hour and a half time limit ended the game.

Web posted on Thursday, June 21, 2007

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