Jason Osborn thinks his Lady Dogs are in the driver's seat.
The Thomson High School softball team caps off three straight region games this afternoon, with a home contest against Glenn Hills. Game time is 5 p.m.
"Right now, I'd say we control our own destiny as far as the sub-region goes," Thomson's head coach said. "I'm confident that our team will be successful the remainder of the season."
The Lady Dogs found themselves in second place in the sub-region after a last-inning victory at home against Washington County last week.
After being held scoreless and limited to just a pair of singles by Washington County senior pitcher Ashley Adams, the Lady Bulldogs chased her from the mound after she gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
With the bases loaded, a relief pitcher then walked in a fourth Thomson run that tied the game 4-4. Junior catcher Whitney Hillman then reached on an infield RBI single that allowed senior shortstop Casey Brooks to race home with the winning run. The final score was 5-4.
Thomson's rally was partially-fuelled by a raucous cheering section inside the home dugout. It started with sophomore center fielder Heather Shivers, who began beating on the bottom of a cooler. Teammates Gloria Rowland, Chelsea Reeves and Chelsea Jones quickly joined the rhythm section.
"I was real proud of the way the team fought back to win the game," said Coach Osborn. "We had a big emotional win against Cross Creek the other day and I guess we were just a little down for the Washington County game."
The Lady Dogs also recorded their first ever victory against Cross Creek last week.
But it wasn't all marks in the win column for Thomson last week. The Lady Dogs lost all five games during a tournament against some of the best talented girls' fast-pitch softball teams in Georgia - including Greenbrier's Lady Wolf Pack, the No. 1 ranked team in Class AAAA fast-pitch softball.
"Even though we didn't win a game out of the five games we played last Friday and Saturday, we learned a lot and matured a lot as a team," said Coach Osborn.
Thomson played without the services of three of their starting players in several of the games. They included senior right fielder Gloria Rowland, who is nursing a separated shoulder; senior shortstop Casey Brooks, who is recovering from being sick; and Heather Shivers, the sophomore center fielder, who was injured when a ball hit her last Friday.
"We hope to have all three players back in the lineup soon," Coach Osborn said. "I know that Brooks and Shivers will be back this week, but I'm not sure when Rowland will return."