The Thomson summer league girls' softball team is as hot as any prep team in Georgia right now. And their impressive 19-1 record proves it.
"Our mission every inning is to win," Thomson Head Coach Jason Osborn told his players during the first portion of their game against Heritage of Conyers, Ga., at the Thomson field last Saturday afternoon. 'I want us to have lots of intensity every inning."
As he spoke, it was apparent that his players listened.
And when everything had been said and done, Thomson had notched victory No. 19 in summer ball, 12-1.
Thomson was scheduled to have played Washington-Wilkes on Monday and Harlem on Tuesday.
Hannah Wilson turned out to be Thomson's big hitter in the game against Heritage. The rising junior collected a double and a triple and drove in three runs. And for the first time in her prep career, Wilson played first base. She injured her right shoulder, which is her throwing arm, about five weeks ago and hasn't been able to play of her regular shortstop position.
Her father, Wayne Wilson, said she should be able to resume her shortstop position in about a week.
Wilson drove in Thomson's first run in the bottom of the first inning. After right fielder Tasha Seals led aoff with an infield hit, Wilson drilled a RBI double over the left fielder's head allowing Seals to race home. Second baseman Brooke Herkel followed with a RBI double into left center field that scored Wilson and gave Thomson an early 2-0 lead.
Thomson went on to score two more runs. Herkel later moved to third base on a steal, while catcher Hannah Pereda reached after getting hit by a pitch. Herkel and Miranda Barker, the courtesy runner for Pereda, later scored on two-run single by Chelsea Reeves.
In the second inning, Thomson scored two more runs on their fifth and sixth hits of the game. Left fielder Shannon Chalker led off with an infield single and later stole second base before Seals drew a walk. Center fielder Heather Shivers followed with another infield hit to load the bases with no outs. Herkel later grounded out, as Chalker scored. Seals eventually scored, too, on a miscue by the Heritage shortstop.
Thomson starting pitcher Maegan Bentley, meanwhile, rendered a walk to a Heritage leadoff hitter in the second, who came around later to score her team's only run of the game. Bentley worked three complete innings, yielding just two hits, while striking out five batters and walking only one.
Heritage retired Thomson in order in the third before Chelsea Reeves took over the pitching duties for Thomson and returned the favor during the next two innings. Reeves, a rising senior, didn't give up a hit, struck out two hitters and allowed just one runner on the base path during that time. The runner reached on a walk.
Thomson bounced back in a big way in the bottom of the fourth inning tallying six more runs on five hits. The hits came from the following players: Heather Shivers, Hannah Wilson, Brook Herkel, Charlette Farmer and Molly Dwyer.