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Lady Dogs off to strong start

The softball season at Thomson Middle/Thomson-McDuffie Junior High got off to an exceptional start last week with the Lady Bulldogs collecting wins over Glascock County and Louisville.

"We're off to a real good start for the season, and that feels really good," said first year head coach Wes Harrell. "We're still learning of a lot of new things. We just need to keep our focus and play one game at a time."

Coach Harrell said he believes the secret to continuing their winning ways will be to "keep working hard and improve every day."

The Lady Bulldogs defeated Glascock County 10-8 in the season opener played at Sweetwater Park near Thomson last Tuesday.

Coach Harrell said even though Glascock played his team a close game, he was proud of the way his team kept their composure when things got close.

"They did a real good job," Coach Harrell said. "I was proud of them."

He expressed pleasure with three of his eighth-grade players -- Morgan Bentley, Kayla Garrison and Samantha Sims.

Bentley, the team's ace pitcher, recorded both victories on the mound last week.

"She's doing a real good job for us right now," coach Harrell said.

He complimented Garrison and Sims, too. "Both of them are doing a real good job for us, too," the first year head coach said. "I think all three of those players benefited greatly from having played summer softball."

Garrison, who plays center field, is the Lady Bulldogs' leadoff batter.

"She hit the ball real well in both games last week," coach Harrell said.

Sims, meanwhile, recently began catching duties.

Coach Harrell said Sims appears to be adapting well in her new position.

"She's doing an outstanding job for someone who doesn't have any experience playing catcher," he added.

The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to take on one of their strongest opponents of the season -- GMC -- on Tuesday.

Web posted on Thursday, September 03, 2009

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