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Thomson finishes as runners-up in fast-pitch softball summer league

After getting behind 1-0 early, the Thomson girls' fast-pitch softball team came back with a vengeance, erupting for 17 unanswered runs to defeat Aquinas 17-1 in the final game of the summer season.

As a result, Thomson - made up of players who will don the gold and black uniforms of the Thomson High School Lady Bulldogs soon - finished runners-up and were presented the second-place trophy for their efforts this season. Monte Ashcraft, athletic coordinator of the Thomson-McDuffie County Recreation and Leisure Services, presented Thomson Head Coach Jason Osborn with the team trophy during a special ceremony following the game at Sweetwater Park near Thomson.

Individual trophies, meanwhile, were presented to players on the Thomson team by their assistant coaches Bennie Lee Hester and Jason Brooks.

Thomson lost only three games during the summer league season - twice to the Evans team, which won the championship and the other loss to Harlem.

In the game against Aquinas, Thomson starting pitcher Amber Overton gave up back-to-back singles in the bottom of the second inning, which led to the visitors scoring the first run of the game.

Overton worked three innings, yielding just a pair of hits, striking out one and walking three.

Sarah Kate Blasingame relieved her in the fourth. Blasingame allowed no hits, struck out three, walked one and hit two batters with pitches.

The Aquinas pitcher, meanwhile, managed to keep Thomson at bay until the top of the fourth when Thomson exploded for eight runs on seven hits.

Thomson's Gloria Rowland, the extra hitter, started the uprising with a triple into right field. Catcher Whitney Hillman then hit a one-out, infield RBI single to score Rowland and tie the game at 1-1. Natasha Seals later went into the game to pinch run for Hillman.

Heather Shivers followed with an infield single before she and Seals scored on a triple by second baseman Nichole Usry that put Thomson in the lead 3-1. The inning stayed alive as Hannah Pereda reached by way of an infield single. Caitlin Carpenter then walked before Amber Overton singled home Pereda.

Hannah Wilson, who started at third base and later moved to second, capped the big inning with a three-run, inside-the-park homerun.

In the fifth, Thomson struck for nine more runs on six hits. The hits came from the following players: Seals, Liz Jenkins, Hillman, Wilson, Mary Catherine Finnerty and Rowland. The biggest hits came from the bats of Rowland, a grand slam, inside-the-park homerun and Hillman, a triple.

Prior to the game against Aquinas, Thomson was scheduled to play Evans. That particular game, however, was forfeited by the Evans team, because they didn't have enough players.

Web posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007

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