The Thomson High School Lady Dogs defeated Washington-Wilkes in softball action Wednesday, Aug. 17, by a score of 10-2.
"We hit the ball better than we have all year, including during summer ball," said community coach Tye Poss in an interview the following day.
"(Starting pitcher) Brooke Herkel had zero walks for the game, and only two hits against her. Our pitching was excellent last night, but their pitching left it up in the strike zone a lot, up around belt high, and we made them pay for it."
The scoring started early for Thomson, beginning with a two-run homer by Jadah Lawson in the first inning. "The pitch was a little inside, and high," Fanning said of her home run. "The hit was kind of ugly, it went high instead of straight like a line drive. But it went over the fence, so I was happy about that. A homer is a homer." Herkel and Khadeja Fanning also had home runs in the game.
"We started out hitting really well," said head coach Ayasia Hampton. "Brooke pitched really an almost perfect game. The girls did good on base running, including a couple of steals, and we played well
The victory over Washington-Wilkes came just five days after Thomson dropped a game to them in the Chick-Fil-A fall classic. "We just weren't ready for the pitching they showed us that day," Poss said. "We
hadn't seen anything like that from them all summer. But we were ready for them last night, and it showed." The Lady Dogs were next scheduled to face Washington-Wilkes again at home on Tuesday, and will be home at 5:30 p.m. today against Washington County.