The Lady Bulldogs of Thomson High School continue to assault Region 3-AAA softball opponents. Last week, they collected victories over the Washington County Lady Golden Hawks and the Burke County Lady Bears to remain in second place behind West Laurens in region play.
One of their latest wins came against Burke County in Waynesboro last Thursday. Thomson won that game 23-1. The day before, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Washington County 13-3 at the Thomson field.
Thomson, now 18-3-1, remained the No. 6 team in the latest Class AAA state polls. They have a 4-1 Region 3-AAA record.
In the game against Burke County, Thomson wasted no time establishing that they had hit the road to Waynesboro to take care of business.
Freshman third baseman Jada Lawson belted a three-run homerun over the left center field fence in the first inning that got things under way for the Lady Bulldogs. It marked Lawson's first varsity career homer. Lawson also singled in the game.
Later in the third inning, sophomore second baseman/pitcher Brooke Herkel drilled a three-run homer in almost the same area as Lawson's homer. Herkel left second base to assume the role of relief pitcher in the third. During that brief time on the mound, Herkel struck out two batters.
Several other Thomson players also had a good day at the plate. They included: senior center fielder Heather Shivers, who went 2-for-2 with a single, a double and 2 RBI; junior shortstop Hannah Wilson, who went 1-for1 with a double, three walks, three stolen bases and 3 RBI; Miranda Barker, a stolen base; Caitlin Carpenter, who went 3-for-3 with a pair of singles, a double and 5 RBI; Shannon Chalker, who went 2-for-2 with two singles and a RBI; and senior first baseman/pitcher Chelsea Reeves, who went 1-for-2 with a single and a RBI.
In the game against Washington County, the Lady Bulldogs of head coach Jason Osborn did what they do best -- hit the ball, score runs and play solid, defensively.
"I'm pretty pleased with our program at this point," coach Osborn said. "These girls have really worked hard and I'm very proud of them."
Prior to every game, coach Osborn places a quote on his lineup board in the dugout. Generally, the quotes are from famous people. The latest saying was from Terrell Owens, a pro football star: "Good, better, best never let it rest till your best is better and your better is best."
As it turned out, his Lady Bulldogs did just that against Washington County -- the game ending because of the 10-run rule after five innings.
Washington County head coach Rose Brett, whose team fell to 6-8 overall and winless in region play at 0-3, had said before the game it would take her team hitting the ball, scoring runs and playing good defense to beat Thomson.
None of it happened.
The Lady Golden Hawks were held to just three hits in the game -- all three of them singles that came in the first inning when they managed to score two of their three runs.