Though they didn't win the region tournament, the Thomson Middle School Lady Bulldogs still faired well, placing runners-up in fast-pitch softball. The team earned the honors during a game played against GMC in Milledgeville last Saturday.
In that game, GMC's Lady Bulldogs defeated Thomson 6-3; thus ending Thomson's season that saw them post an impressive 8-2 regular season record. The team's only two losses during the regular season came against Washington-Wilkes during a double-header earlier this season. The scores of those games were 9-5 and 5-3.
"We played real well against the GMC team, even though we didn't win," remarked Thomson Middle School Head Coach Jennifer Harrison, whose teams have made it into region finals the last five consecutive years. "I wish that we could have won, but I still was very proud of the girls and their accomplishments this season."
Thomson shortstop Jada Lawson, an eighth grader, fired up the Lady Bulldogs by blasting a two-run homer over the left field fence in the top of the first inning. Lawson's big hit came with eighth grade catcher Haley Poss onboard. Earlier, Poss had singled and later stole second base.
"It was great to be up 2-0 early in the game," said Coach Harrison, who was assisted this season by Aysha Hampton and Ty Poss, who served as a community coach and "was very instrumental in helping our team become more aggressive in their hitting." Coach Harrison praised the services of both assistant coaches.
Thomson produced their last run of the game against GMC with several base hits.
"We hit the ball pretty well against them, but we weren't able to score many runs," said Coach Harrison, noting that turned out to be the real difference between the two teams.
Morgan Mims, a seventh grade pitcher, who finished the season with a record of 8-2 "did a real good job for us this season," said Coach Harrison during an interview on Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to her return next year."
The team will lose seven eighth graders, as they move to the varsity softball level next year. Thomson Middle School expects to return six current seventh graders to their softball program next season.
Coach Harrison termed this year's softball season as "very successful. Our girls represented us very well in the region finals and I'm real proud of them. They did a fabulous job against GMC."
This year's Thomson Middle School Lady Bulldogs included the following players:
Morgan Mims, Haley Poss, Harley Shelton, Jada Lawson, Jasmine Shorty, Chia' Mance, Breanna Poss, Leslie Hampton, Dashia' Dunn, Porche' Grant, Shaniqua Frails, Samantha Sims and Allisea Collier. Serving as the team manager this season was Aaliyah Ivery.