GROVETOWN, Ga. - The Thomson Lady Bulldogs defeated the Evans Lady Knights 7-2 in summer league prep girls's softball action at Patriots Park in Columbia County last Friday night.
Thomson, who posted their third victory in four games, scored in all four innings of the game that was shortened due to a time limit.
After allowing the Lady Knights their only two runs of the game in the top of the fourth inning, Thomson Head Coach Jason Osborn had a little pow-wow with his players.
"You've got to play this game as hard as you can every single inning," Coach Osborn said. "You never allow the other team an opportunity to get themselves back into the game if you can help it."
The Lady Bulldogs got off to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Catcher Hannah Pereda drove in center fielder Heather Shivers with a RBI double into center after Shivers reached on an error.
In the second, Thomson scored three more runs to increase their lead to 4-0. First baseman Caitlin Carpenter started things off with a double into right center field. She then moved to third base on a beautiful bunt single by left fielder Shannon Chalker. Shortstop Hannah Wilson, a rising junior, then smashed a three-run, inside-the-park homer to give the Lady Bulldogs an added cushion.
Thomson got another run in the third. After third baseman Jada Lawson reached on a miscue by the Evans third baseman, she stole second base and eventually scored when pitcher Chelsea Reeves got on by yet another Evans error.
In the fourth, Thomson tallied three more runs. Shivers led off with a single. She later got to third base on a double by Pereda. Brooke Herkel, the relief pitcher for the Lady Bulldogs then reached when the Evans left fielder dropped a fly ball, allowing Shivers to race home. Lawson, a rising freshman, walked to load the bases. Reeves and Tasha Seals then hit back-to-back singles that allowed Pereda and pinch-runner Samantha Sims to score.