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Thomson Lady Dogs get back on track with wins over Cross Creek and Harlem

Wow, what a difference a day can make.

Take last Thursday for example. The Thomson High Lady Bulldogs found themselves trailing the Cross Creek Lady Razorbacks 3-0 when a downpour of rain fell on the Thomson field, forcing umpires to halt play.

After the rain stopped, coaches attempted to get the field into playing condition. When it finally was determined that the game would have to be made up on another day - Cross Creek coaches, players and fans were more than just a little displeased. Some even vented their frustrations aloud to both school and game officials.

That same game had to be replayed from its entirety on Monday at the Thomson field.

And the Lady Dogs were a totally different team. They played outstanding defense and they hit the ball solid.

They ended up blanking Cross Creek 7-0 before a large crowd in another key region game.

Prior to the game, Thomson Head Coach Jason Osborn tapped on a sign in the dugout that reads: "I will give Thomson my best today."

As his team was preparing to take to the field Monday, he told them not to forget the meaning of the sign.

No doubt, his team did just what he asks them to do.

Sophomore pitcher Amber Overton, who defeated the Harlem Lady Bulldogs in a big game in Harlem last week, came back and pitched another terrific game against Cross Creek. She allowed the Lady Razorbacks just four hits - three of them infield singles.

Overton struck out four batters and didn't give up a walk. She fanned two of the four batters she faced in the top of the seventh inning.

Thomson, meanwhile, struck for all seven of their runs during the first four innings.

In the bottom of the first, third baseman Hannah Wilson drew a leadoff walk from Cross Creek pitcher Tarah Alexander. Wilson later stole second base and moved to third when Heather Shivers reached on a fielding error by the second baseman. Wilson eventually scored when Mary Catherine Finnerty grounded out to first.

The Lady Bulldogs increased their lead to 3-0 by scoring two more runs in the second on three hits. The hits included a double by Casey Brooks and singles by Nichole Usry and Wilson.

In the third, Thomson struck for three more runs to up their lead to 6-0 - once again getting three hits.

Finnerty, who led off with a double into the right center field gap, Overton and Hannah Pereda collected those hits. Pereda's turned out to be big - driving a RBI double into center and eventually scoring on the play when the Cross Creek outfielder made a two-base miscue.

Thomson's last run scored in the bottom of the fourth. Catcher Whitney Hillman led off with a walk and later was lifted for pinch-runner Liz Jenkins. She later scored when Pereda walked with the bases loaded. Chelsea Reeves, who played first base, also added a hit during that inning. The other two hits collected by the Thomson team were delivered by Wilson and Gloria Rowland - both doubles.

The Lady Bulldogs, who had not been playing well before they traveled to Harlem last week and beat the Harlem Bulldogs 6-4 for the first time in school history, seem to be in charge of their own destiny now.

"We've believed in them as coaches, but they haven't believed in themselves until now with their win over Harlem," said Thomson Head Coach Jason Osborn. "The team just has to build on that huge win, now."

The victory over Harlem has helped teammates believe in themselves and to realize that anything is possible.

"We're starting to believe in ourselves more and more," said Amber Overton, whose pitching performance again shined against Harlem. "We can go all the way."

Web posted on Thursday, October 11, 2007

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