Senior Appreciation Night at Thomson High School was real special for right fielder Natasha Seals.
For she smashed a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the fourth inning to help lift the Lady Bulldogs to a 10-2 Region 3-AAA softball victory over the Baldwin Lady Braves at the Thomson field last Tuesday night. Thomson is now 19-4-1 overall and 5-1 in region play.
"It feels great to be hitting the ball so well right now," said Seals after the game.
Seals scored two of the Thomson runs and reached base three of four times against Baldwin. It was the second straight game that Seals has figured prominently in a game. The night before, Seals hit a solo homerun over the right field fence that helped the Lady Bulldogs to a 2-1 win over the visiting Lakeside-Evans Lady Panthers.
"I'm having a lot of fun; I just hope it continues," added Seals, noting that the region and state playoffs are just around the corner.
Thomson, still ranked sixth in the Class AAA girls' softball poll for the third straight week, played the Washington-Wilkes Lady Tigers in a make-up game on Monday. The Lady Bulldogs began region tournament play in Dublin on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Coverage of those games will be included in next week's edition.
In the game against Baldwin, Thomson tallied lone runs in both the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. Junior shortstop Hannah Wilson reached on a one-out walk and later stole second base. Wilson eventually scored the game's first run on an RBI double by senior catcher Hannah Pereda. Thomson's second run was scored by senior first baseman Chelsea Reeves, who led off the second inning with a single into left field. Reeves stole second base and later raced home when Seals got aboard on an error.
Thomson sophomore pitcher Meagan Bentley breezed through the first two innings before getting into a little trouble in the third when Baldwin tied the game at 2-2. Bentley gave up three hits, including a two-run double.
The game wasn't tied long before the Lady Bulldogs tallied two more runs in the bottom of the third to regain a 4-2 lead.
Back-to-back RBI doubles by Pereda and second baseman Brooke Herkel accounted for Thomson's third and fourth runs. The third hit of that inning was delivered by freshman third baseman Jada Lawson.
The Lady Bulldogs erupted for five more runs on five hits in the fourth inning and broke out to a 9-2 lead. The hits came off the bats of the following players: senior center fielder Heather Shivers, a double; Wilson, a single; Herkel, a single; Lawson, a single; and Seals, a bases-loaded triple.
Thomson's only other hit of the game came from junior right fielder Sharlette Farmer -- a RBI double in the sixth inning that ended the game, because of the eight-run rule.