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Poss 's bat helps Thomson win game in doubleheader

Catcher Haley Poss drove in four runs to spark the Thomson girls' softball team to a 10-1 victory and a split of a doubleheader against visiting Washington-Wilkes in summer league action last Wednesday.

In the first game, it was Washington-Wilkes prevailing with a 5-3 win, as Thomson was limited to just four hits -- two of which were off the bat of shortstop Hannah Wilson, a rising senior at Thomson High School. Wilson smashed a pair of doubles and scored a run. The other two hits by Thomson in the opening game came from Poss and second baseman Brea Boutwell.

Summer league softball continues with several more games on tap this week.

Thomson got behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning when a Washington-Wilkes batter worked Thomson pitcher Brooke Herkel for a single. The runner eventually scored when a teammate grounded out -- Herkel making the play and throwing over to first baseman Caitlin Carpenter for the second out.

The top half of the first inning came to an end when Herkel struck out the next batter.

Offensively, Thomson was held to a lone hit during the first two innings with Wilson drilling a double into left center field.

Washington-Wilkes forged ahead with another run in the top of the third to increase their lead to 2-0.

In the bottom of that frame, however, Thomson charged back with three runs to make it a 3-2 game. After leftfielder Deshia Dunn led off by grounding out to the pitcher, center fielder Shannon Chalker was hit by a pitch. Chalker later moved to second base when Wilson reached on an error by the Washington-Wilkes second baseman.

Third baseman Jadah Lawson, a rising sophomore at THS, drove in Thomson's first run of the game with a RBI pop-fly to shallow center field. Herkel then walked to put two more runners on the base path for the Thomson team, which is coached by Jason Osborn, Katie Southerland and Bennie Hester.

It was Haley Poss who came through with the big hit. Her two-run single which was lined into left centerfield, drove Wilson and courtesy runner Breanna Stephens in to knot the game at 2-2.

In the fourth, Washington-Wilkes scored two more runs to reclaim the lead, 4-3. The visitors, coached by Rob Jackson, added an insurance run in the top of the fifth and never had to look back.

The second game, however, totally belonged to Thomson, who saw Poss drive in four runs to lead the team to a 10-1 victory.

The winning pitcher was Meagan Bentley, a rising junior at THS.

Web posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010

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