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Pitching could be key to series

The Thomson High Lady Bulldogs took on the visiting Locust Grove Lady Wildcats on Wednesday in the second round of the Class AAA girls' softball state playoffs at the Thomson Field.

The two teams played each other in a doubleheader. If needed, a third game of the best-of-three series will be played at the Thomson field today.

"I'm very proud of these girls and what they've accomplished so far this year," said Thomson head coach Jason Osborn. "Who knows what the rest of the season will bring. When you're in the playoffs, it's another season and it can bring about some big things if you work towards the goals you want to achieve."

One of the goals of the Lady Bulldogs is to make it back to the Columbus.

"That's where we want to end up again," said coach Osborn, whose Lady Bulldogs defeated Harlem in back-to-back wins to earn the school's first region softball championship this season.

A year ago, the Lady Bulldogs made it to the Elite Eight series before their season ended.

"This year, we want to make it even further into the playoffs," said coach Osborn. "I personally believe that this team can go as far as they want to go. It's up to them. They control their own destiny."

Last week, Thomson hosted Americus and swept them in two games. In Game 1, the Lady Bulldogs won 10-1 in five innings and in Game 2, 13-0 in four innings. Thomson got two more excellent pitching performances from Brooke Herkel.

Locust Grove, meanwhile, split the first pair of games against Rutland last Wednesday and thus forced a third and deciding game against each other the following day. Locust Grove rode the pitching of Amanda Winters to win that third game, 5-4 in an extra inning affair.

The series between Thomson and Locust Grove could boil down to pitching, as was the case between Locust Grove and Rutland. Both teams now find themselves in the Georgia High School Association Class AAA Sweet 16.

Locust Grove head coach Chris Davis said his team was fortunate to win against Rutland.

"We are a second-year program with eight freshmen and three juniors and one big time pitcher in Amanda Winters," coach Davis said.

Web posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010

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