The Thomson High Lady Bulldogs continued their winning ways in softball last week, defeating two different opponents.
In their latest game, they upended the visiting Washington County Lady Golden Hawks of Sandersville 11-3 at the Thomson field last Thursday night. Two days earlier in Augusta, the Lady Bulldogs walloped the Lady Musketeers of Richmond Academy 15-0 to take their season record to 9-1.
"We had a great practice on Wednesday and talked a lot about playing with intensity," coach Osborn said immediately after his Lady Bulldogs defeated Washington County. "We talked about the importance of never letting up, too. That's always important -- never to let up no matter what."
The effort displayed by the Lady Bulldogs in both games last week was described by coach Osborn as "great."
He praised the pitching performance of Brooke Herkel, saying she's been a battler thus far this season.
"We're proud to have her on this team," coach Osborn said.
Against Washington County, Herkel struck out four batters, walked three and hit two batters, while yielding only three hits.
Today (Thursday), the Thomson Lady Bulldogs travel to Harlem to take on the Harlem Lady Bulldogs in a key region game -- the first one of the season for both teams.
Game time is set for 5 p.m. In a recent doubleheader played at the Thomson field, the Thomson team defeated Harlem in both non-region contests.
In the latest game played against Washington County, Thomson struck for nine runs during the first two innings and never had to look back.
Thomson was led by senior shortstop Hannah Wilson, who belted a pair of two-run homers in the non-region game. The homers were her first and second ones of the season.
Wilson's first homer was hit in the bottom of the second inning, while her second one was a line drive shot hit over the left center field fence in the bottom of the fifth. The blast ended the game due to the run limit.
Wilson, who scored three times, also made several fine defensive plays.
Other players getting hits for Thomson in the game included: Kadeshia Fanning, a single; Jadah Lawson, a double; Herkel, a single; Haley Poss, a pair of doubles; Sharlette Farmer, a single; Brianna Poss, a single; and Shannon Chalker, a single.
Washington County managed to score their three runs in the top of the fifth inning on three hits. One of the runs scored on a fielding error.