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Lady 'Dogs get wins against Eagles, Tigers

The Thomson High Lady Bulldogs got back to their winning ways in softball with victories over T.W. Josey and Washington-Wilkes last week at the Thomson field.

Against Josey's Lady Eagles, it wasn't much of a contest, as the Lady Bulldogs walloped them 19-0 last Tuesday. It marked an easy sub-region win for Thomson.

Thomson bounced right back last Wednesday and defeated the visiting Washington-Wilkes Lady Tigers 4-2 in a non-region game.

Prior to the game against Washington-Wilkes, the Thomson coaching staff honored its four senior players.

They included Hannah Wilson, Shannon Chalker, Sharlette Farmer and Caitlin Carpenter.

"It felt good to win again," remarked Thomson head coach Jason Osborn, whose team had been on a losing skid of late. "We've got to start taking it seriously here on out because we're nearing the playoffs."

One of the Thomson players pleased with last week's wins was pitcher Brooke Herkel.

"I think we're starting to come around and play Thomson softball again, which is great," said Herkel.

Lately, it's been Herkel on the mound for the Lady Bulldogs and it appears she will keep those duties for the remainder of the season since she's doing so well.

Against Washington-Wilkes, Herkel tossed a four-hitter and managed to keep the Lady Tigers from scoring until the top of the fifth inning when they pushed across a couple of runs.

"My best pitch was my fastball," said Herkel following the win against Washington-Wilkes.

Thomson senior shortstop Hannah Wilson got things going quickly for the Lady Bulldogs when she led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple into right field. Wilson eventually scored on a miscue by the Lady Tigers' shortstop.

The Lady Bulldogs added their second run of the game in the bottom of the second inning.

Breanna Poss drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on a RBI double by senior centerfielder Shannon Chalker.

Already up 2-0, the Lady Bulldogs scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead.

After Chalker lined out to the pitcher, Wilson smashed a double and later stole third base to put herself in scoring position. Herkel followed by reaching on a walk.

Christan Marsh, a courtesy runner then spelled Herkel before sophomore third baseman Jadah Lawson delivered a two-run double into the left centerfield gap.

Web posted on Thursday, September 30, 2010

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