What a softball season it's been for the Lady Bulldogs of Thomson-McDuffie Middle School.
The team, under the direction of first year head coach Danny Farrell and assistant coach Ashley Lunceford, had compiled an impressive record of 8-1 through last Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs' latest win came against the Louisville Middle Lady Eagles by a score of 21-5. The game was played at Sweetwater Park near Thomson last Thursday.
Thomson was scheduled to have played Louisville in an away game on Tuesday and will play the Wrens Middle Lady Colts today (Thursday) in their season finale.
"I'm definitely proud of them," said coach Farrell. "This team has made tremendous improvement since the beginning of the season. They have improved 100 percent. They have improved in the areas of hustle, mechanics -- everything."
Coach Farrell, a former baseball star at Westside High School in Augusta, said he hoped his team would finish the season strong with two more wins this week.
"I want this team to finish on a strong note," said coach Farrell. "I want us to finish on a strong note. I want us to keep progressing and not to regress."
Even though coach Farrell was disappointed in the fact that his team made several mental mistakes in the game against Louisville last week, he still was pleased with the outcome.
"I was glad we won the game, but we made too many mental mistakes and mental mistakes drive me nuts," said coach Farrell.
The Louisville game was a relatively quick one and ended after 2 1/2 innings due to the run limit.
Thomson batted around in both of the first and second innings. They sent a total of 29 batters to the plate during that time.
During that time, the Lady Bulldogs collected five hits. The following players delivered hits: Casey Black, a double and a single; Amber Spivey, a single; Kayla James, a single; and Disiah Williams, a RBI double.
Louisville, meanwhile, scored all five of their runs in the top of the second inning. Three of them scored on walks, while the other two scored on a fielder's choice and a double. The lone hit was the only allowed by Thomson starting pitcher Bryanna Neal, who worked the first two innings.
Neal was relieved in the top of the third by Dasiah Williams, who retired the Lady Eagles in order to conclude the game. She struck out one batter and got the other two batters out on ground balls hit to third baseman Neal.
Other than the players already mentioned in this story, the Thomson team also consist of the following members: Amber Spivey, DeAnna Grissom, Jalessa Jones, Kellie Crawley, Tora Finch, Chamique Belton, Dianna Ray, Kerry Vo, Kasey McTier, Hannah Allen, De'Maibah Cheatham and Alexis Pinkston.