Jada Lawson belted a home run in the bottom of the sixth inning that sparked the Thomson High Lady Bulldogs to a 9-2 victory over the visiting Washington-Wilkes Tigers at the Thomson field Aug. 25.
Ironically, a week before, the Lady Bulldogs played the Lady Tigers in Washington and beat them by the same score. Thomson out-hit Washington-Wilkes 6-5.
"It felt great," said Lawson of the solo-homer that she hit over the left centerfield fence. "I knew I needed to make an adjustment. I kept my head and used the whole field."
Lawson, the Lady Bulldogs' sophomore third baseman, said knew she needed to come through, because she felt she might be pulled from the game if she didn't. "I didn't want to come out of the game," said Lawson. "I'm glad I got a big hit."
It was her first home run of the season and her first hit of the game.
Thomson's biggest inning came in the bottom of the third inning when they struck for 7 runs on a lone hit. That hit, a single, was off the bat of catcher Haley Poss.
She hit it down the right field line with the bases loaded which drove in two more runs and gave the Lady Bulldogs an 8-0 lead.
Poss, a sophomore, went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs to lead all Thomson players.
The Lady Bulldogs, whose record went to 5-1 with the win, took advantage of three Washington-Wilkes miscues and four walks off losing pitcher Cayla Gillard.
Thomson struck for their first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning.
Senior shortstop Hannah Wilson led off with a walk and eventually scored on a RBI single by Poss.
The Lady Tigers scored their two runs in the top of the fourth and fifth innings.
Aside from Poss and Lawson's hits, the only other Thomson hits came from junior pitcher Brooke Herkel and senior Sharlette Farmer, who smashed a lead-off double into left field in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Herkel was the winning pitcher. She struck out five batters and gave up only one walk. She recorded strikeouts in the first, second and third innings.
In the third, the Lady Bulldogs made back-to-back infield errors before Herkel walked the next batter to load the bases.
Herkel managed to thwart any trouble as she struck out the next three batters.
"That was a heck of a performance," said Thomson head coach Jason Osborn.