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Lady Dogs hit the diamond

If the Thomson High Lady Bulldog Varsity Softball team wants to contend for the region championship this year, several big vacancies from last yearıs squad must be filled.


Tiffany Davis, a Lady Bulldog 10th grader, catches a ball during warm-ups.  Click here for more photos
Photo by Jason B. Smith
However, Lady Bulldog Head Coach Lisa Cody is very optimistic about what lies ahead for her squad.

³We have about a half a dozen holes to fill from our graduating class of a year ago,² Coach Cody said. ³The majority of these positions are in our infield.² She said sheıs most concerned about the shortstop spot.

³Antoinette Anderson was our player there last year, and its going to be hard to fill the shoes of a player that led the team in RBIıs, steals and batting average,² she said. The other positions Coach Cody and her staff must work on to fill are at third base, first base and two outfield positions.

The job of finding these replacements began last week, as the varsity and junior varsity squads held a week-long tryout at the THS Athletic Complex. A total of 45 young ladies participated in the workout session to earn a spot on one of the Lady Bulldog rosters.

³During these four stressful days, we worked on many areas of softball,² Coach Cody said. ³The majority of the time, we taught the basic fundamentals of the game, such as catching, pitching, bunting, running and run-downs.²

Coach Cody added some harder tests later in the week in hopes of finding the best players.

³All our girls made it hard this week for us to make our decisions,² Coach Cody said. ³We threw in these harder drills at the end of the week to ease our decision-making process. But all of these girls had great ability.²

Finally, the completed list of team members was posted last Thursday night around 8 p.m. A total of 32 young ladies made the list for the varsity and junior varsity squads. Included in that list are 10 freshmen, seven sophomores, eight juniors and seven seniors.

The large group of freshmen includes Jerica Bell, Krista Belton, Casey Brooks, Mary Catherine Finnerty, Kambrey Hawney, Courtney Morey, Gloria Rowland, Ashley Sturgis, Nichole Usry and Jordan Barnes.

The sophomore class members are Mary Beth Blasingame, Callie Gilmer, Jennifer Keith, Samantha Key, Jessica Newsome, Dominique Reese and Becky Williams. The juniors include Tiffany Davis, Hope Harrison, Wy Wy Haynes, Kosha Hudson, Terra Rayford, Shannon Williams, Shaina Williams and Samantha Parker.

The senior Lady Bulldog players are Holly Coleman, Stephanie Gibson, Shakina Grant, Peaches Jones, Sarah Beth McAvoy, Nike Taylor and Tiffany Timmerman.

Managers for the Lady Bulldogs are Chelsea Jones and Ashley Inglett.

The Lady Bulldog varsity squad is returning only six players from the 2003 squad. They are Blasingame, Grant, Taylor, Timmerman, Shannon Williams and her twin sister, Shaina.


Tiffany Timmerman, a Lady Bulldog senior, catches a ball during warm-ups.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
³Based on last yearıs performances, this squad will be led in speed by Nike Taylor and the Williams twins,² Coach Cody said. ³Taylor is in her fourth year with us, and we are expecting great things from her. We are going to rely on her leadership ability on offense and defense to get us through our tough schedule.

³The power for our team will fall on the shoulders of three athletes, Taylor, Rayford and Parker, who is a transfer student from Tennessee,² she said.

This year, the Lady Bulldogs will face tough competition in the Region 3-AAA North schedule. Along with Thomson in this region are Harlem, Hephzibah, Cross Creek, Butler, Glenn Hills and Richmond Academy. The teams that make up Region 3-AAA South are Burke County, Jefferson County and four schools from the Savannah area.

³We are hoping to do better this year in region play than last season,² Coach Cody said. ³We had a below .500 record, and were eliminated in the region tournament after three games.²

The Lady Bulldogs will begin their 2004 season next week in a tournament at Jefferson County High School near Louisville. Thomson High will play its first game of the tourney on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

The first region game for the Lady Bulldogs will be Aug. 17 at Richmond Academy, while the teamıs first home game will be Aug. 24 against Glenn Hills.

Web posted on Thursday, August 5, 2004

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