The Thomson High School Lady Dogs put a serious dent in their region playoff hopes with an 8-4 loss to Richmond Academy at home Tuesday afternoon.
Mary Beth Blasingame fires a pitch against Harlem.
Photo by Kristopher Wells
The loss extended the Lady Dogs' region loss streak to four. Coach Lisa Cody's Thomson High Lady Bulldogs lost their last three region games to fall into fourth place in the race for the coveted region championship.
The Lady Dogs currently own a 4-4 overall record and a 3-4 region mark, while trailing the first place Hephzibah Lady Rebels, who have an unblemished 6-0 region record. The Lady Bulldogs of Harlem are in second place at 5-1, with Cross Creek holding down third place.
"We have got to put a complete seven-inning game together against the bigger teams in our region, such as Hephzibah, Harlem and Cross Creek," said Coach Cody. "If we can do this, we will be very competitive in our region."
On August 24, the Lady Bulldogs slammed the Glenn Hills Lady Spartans 17-2. Mary Beth Blasingame was the winning pitcher for THS.
Stephanie Gibson was the leading hitter for Thomson with a one-for-two outing that included a triple. She was followed by Shannon Williams (one-for-one with a homerun), Blasingame (one-for-one with a single), Casey Brooks (one-for-one with a single), and Shakina Grant (one-for-one with a single).
The Lady Bulldogs of Thomson continued their winning streak on Aug. 26 with a big 10-3 win over another group of Lady Dogs from Butler High.
The bats for the Thomson offense were somewhat cool in this contest, as the team batted six for 25. Samantha "Tennessee" Palmer was the leading hitter for Thomson with a two-for-three performance that included two singles. Kosha Hudson went two-for-four at the plate.
Casey Brooks is tagged out as she slides into third.
Photo by Kristopher Wells
In the first of three consecutive region losses for THS, the Lady Razorbacks of Cross Creek slid past the Lady Bulldogs 4-3 in a heartbreaker.
Cross Creek led 4-0 before Thomson came back. The Lady Dogs scored one run in the fifth inning and two runs in the seventh inning, before falling one run short in the final inning.
Terra Rayford and Palmer both posted the onlt two THS hits -- both singles.
On Sept. 2, the first-place Hephzibah Lady Rebels soundly defeated the Lady Bulldogs 14-4 in a key region matchup.
Shannon Williams was the losing pitcher for Thomson, as she pitched four innings. Blasingame pitched the final three innings.
The Lady Bulldogs recorded seven of 25 hits at the plate. Shaina Williams was the leading hitter for THS with a three-for-four performance that included three singles. She was followed by Nike Taylor with a double and a triple.
On Thursday, Sept. 9, the No. 2 Harlem Lady Bulldogs slipped past Thomson 4-2 in a very close region contest. Coach Cody said the teams had the same number of hits, but Harlem took advantage of several Thomson errors.
"We have got to eliminate these mistakes and prevent our defense from making key errors that cost us chances to win games," she said.