The Thomson High Lady Bulldogs got their 2010 softball season off to a good start as they won three of four games in a tournament played last weekend in Griffin, Ga.
The Lady Bulldogs, who are coached by Jason Osborn, Katie Southerland and Bennie Hester, claimed victories over the following opponents in the Spalding County Softball Tournament:
Friday -- Thomson defeated Alcovy 3-2 in the first game of the tourney;
Friday -- Thomson blasted Lamar County 20-0 in the second game;
Saturday -- Thomson lost to Georgia Military 4-2; and
Saturday -- Thomson beat Brookstone High School of Columbus 11-0.
A fifth game, which had been scheduled for Saturday, was canceled due to rain.
In the first game against Alcovy, junior pitcher Brooke Herkel went the distance to earn her first win of the season. She struck out two batters, walked one and allowed five hits.
After finding themselves behind 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Lady Bulldogs struck for three runs to win in dramatic fashion.
Senior shortstop Hannah Wilson got things started when she walked. Wilson later scored on a RBI double by sophomore third baseman Jada Lawson, which made it a 2-1 game. The game became tied when Lawson scored on a RBI double by Herkel, who eventually scored what turned out to be the winning run when a ball got by the Alcovy catcher.
Thomson's second game of the tournament didn't last long -- only three innings because of the run limit.
Junior pitcher Maegan Bentley won her first game of the season. Bentley struck out one batter, walked two and fired a one-hitter.
The Lady Bulldogs hit the ball well against Lamar County, ran the bases well and took advantage of some defensive mistakes by their opponents to easily win the game.
Lawson belted her first homerun of the season -- a three-run shot over the left centerfield fence to lead the Lady Bulldogs to their second straight win.
Wilson, meanwhile, smashed a double, drove in two runs, stole a pair of bases and scored twice. Shannon Chalker, the senior centerfielder, went 2-for-3 with a RBI and scored three times.
Herkel went 1-for-2 with a RBI and scored twice; catcher Haley Poss singled and scored twice; Sharlette Farmer, a senior outfielder, went 1-for-3 with a single, a RBI and scored twice; Cadedria Fanning went 2-for-3, drove in a run and scored twice; Brianna Poss went 1-for-1 with a single, a RBI and scored; and Samantha Sims went 1-for-2 and scored three times.
A couple of miscues led to the loss that the Lady Bulldogs suffered against GMC.
The losing pitcher was Herkel.
Thomson was led in hitting by four players: Wilson went 2-for-4 with a single and a double, a RBI, a stolen base and scored a run; Herkel went 1-for-2 with a double; Lawson went 1-for-3 with a double and a RBI; and Sims went 1-for-3 with a double.
Thomson bounced back later last Saturday and won their third game of the tournament, as they defeated Brookstone 11-0.
Bentley was the winning pitcher -- her second one of the season.
Lawson led the Lady Bulldogs by blasting her second homer of the season -- another three-run shot. Lawson also singled and drove in a total of five runs.
Other leading hitters for Thomson included: Wilson, who went 3-for-3 with a pair of singles, a double, a RBI. She also scored three runs.
Thomson was to play the Washington-Wilkes Lady Tigers on Wednesday. See next week's edition for coverage.