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Thomson sweeps Harlem in Battle of Bulldogs

The Battle of the Bulldogs was what it was when Thomson High clashed with Harlem High in a doubleheader girls' softball game at the Thomson field last Saturday.

The end result: Thomson swept the doubleheader, winning the first game 4-1 and the second game 10-4.

"It's always nice to win, especially in front of a home crowd," Thomson head coach Jason Osborn said. "I thought we played pretty well. We're still young with a lot of inexperienced players."

The next time Thomson and Harlem meet, it will be for higher stakes with the games being sub-region ones.

The Thomson Lady Bulldogs, whose record rose to 6-1 with the Harlem wins, was scheduled to play the Richmond Academy Lady Musketeers in Augusta on Tuesday and will play Washington County's Golden Hawks at home today (Thursday).

In the first game against Harlem, whose record dropped to 6-3, Thomson scored all of their runs in the bottom of the second inning on a lone hit. The hit came off the bat of Brianna Poss, a RBI single that she lined into right field.

Thomson's run production was aided by three Harlem miscues.

Players scoring for Thomson that inning included: Brooke Herkel, Haley Poss, Caitlin Carpenter and Khadeja Fanning.

Thomson had only two other hits in the game. Senior shortstop Hannah Wilson lined a single into the center field in the bottom of the fourth, while Herkel, the junior pitcher, smashed a double in the fifth.

Herkel, who went the distance, struck out two batters, gave up no walks and allowed just five hits.

The losing pitcher for Harlem was Kristen Mills, a junior, whose record fell to 6-3 on the season.

The only run that crossed home plate for Harlem came in the top of the fifth inning. Shortstop Tori Poss, actually scored the lone run after reaching on an outfield error when a Thomson outfielder dropped a fly ball.

In the second game, Thomson defeated Harlem 10-4.

The Lady Bulldogs of Thomson erupted for 14 hits in Game No. 2. One of the biggest hits was a solo homerun by sophomore third baseman Jadah Lawson -- a blast over the left field fence in the top of the third inning -- was her fifth homer of the season.

Lawson's homerun broke open a 3-3 game and helped propel Thomson to another victory.

Thomson struck for three runs on four hits in the top of the first inning.

The hits were delivered by Wilson, Shannon Chalker, Herkel and Poss. Chalker had a RBI single, as did Poss, while Herkel drilled a RBI double during that at-bat.

Harlem, coached by Mike Leverett, stormed right back with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game at 3-3.

Following Lawson's homerun to get things started in the third, Thomson struck for three more runs to take an 8-3 lead. They never had to look back as Harlem managed only one run the rest of the game.

Thomson's other hits in the game came from the following players: Wilson, a single and 2-run double; Chalker, a single; Lawson, a single and a RBI double; Poss, a double; and Samantha Sims, a pair of singles and a bases-loaded RBI walk.

Thomson's Maegan Bentley was the winning pitcher, going the seven inning distance. She struck out five batters, walked five, hit two batters and allowed seven hits.

Web posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010

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