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Thomson girls' softball team remains 'red-hot'

The Thomson girls' softball team notched six more wins in summer league play last week to remain one of the hottest teams in the CSRA.

The team's latest wins came over Nathanial Greene, a team made up of players from the Greensboro area. Thomson defeated that team 12-0 in the opener of a double-header and managed to pull out a 6-2 win in the second game - both games played at the Thomson field last Wednesday.

Thomson is now 26-1-1.

In the first game, Thomson demonstrated why they are one of the best girls' softball teams this summer, as they scored eight runs on six hits in the first inning. The early uprising was sparked by a three-run homer by catcher Hannah Pereda. It marked Pereda's fourth homerun of the summer.

Second baseman Brooke Herkel also delivered a big hit in the first inning - a two-run double to left field. Five other players singled. They included Hannah Wilson, Tasha Seals, Caitlin Carpenter, Shannon Chalker and Maegan Bentley.

Thomson pushed across three more runs in the second and their last run in the bottom of the third. During that time, the team collected six more hits. Those hits came off the bats of: Carpenter, a two-run single; Chelsea Reeves, a pair of RBI singles; Sharlette Farmer, a double; and Pereda, a single.

The winning pitcher was Maegan Bentley, who pitched the first two innings. She gave up just one hit - a single to the third batter that she faced. She struck out one and got the other four batters out on ground balls - three of which were nicely fielded by third baseman Jada Lawson.

Reeves came into the game to relieve Bentley in the top of the third and pitched the rest of the way. She allowed three hits. Reeves struck out three batters and gave up no walks.

In the fifth inning, Thomson turned a double-play from the outfield. Seals made a terrific basket catch in shallow center field and then quickly fired the ball to reserve first baseman Brianna Poss to get the runner there.

The second game was a lot closer.

But again, Thomson wasted no time posting runs on the scoreboard. After Nathanael Greene scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning, Thomson returned in the bottom of the frame with back-to-back homeruns from center fielder Heather Shivers and extra hitter Hannah Wilson.

Nathanael Greene made it a 2-2 game in the top of the third. Thomson again stormed right back with a vengeance, tallying four runs on just two hits in the bottom of the third. The two hits were delivered by Samantha Sims and Chalker, a bunt single.

The only other hit in the game by Thomson came on a leadoff triple off the right center field fence by Carpenter.

Herkel pitched three complete innings, allowing two unearned runs and yielding three hits. She struck out four batters and walked three. Bentley worked the last two innings in relief. She gave up no runs, no hits and struck out two batters.

Thomson's defense again sparkled. Brea Boutwell, a reserve shortstop, made a spectacular backwards catch of a ball hit her way in the top of the third.

Web posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009

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