The THS Lady Dogs defeated the Washington Lady Hawks by a score of 13-5 in softball action Aug. 25.
Washington County took advantage of early errors by Thomson to go ahead 4-0 in the top of the first inning. Thomson responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first to come within one. A two-RBI double in the second by Haley Poss put Thomson up 5-4. An RBI double by pitcher Brooke Herkel in the third and an RBI single by Brianna Poss in the fourth put Thomson ahead 7-4.
The Lady Dogs blew the game wide open in the sixth inning, when a two-RBI double by Brianna Poss, an RBI double by Jadah Lawson, and a three-RBI homer by Herkel drove the score to 13-5. After their initial success in the first inning, the Lady Hawks were never able to generate any more runs, and the game was called after six innings with the score at 13-5.
"We hit the ball today," community coach Tye Poss said after the game. "We knew we'd be facing a slow pitcher, but it's hard to prepare for that -- you can't set a pitching machine that slow. But we got a lot of hits, including several doubles and a home run, and some of the girls that don't normally hit got hits today. I'm proud of all of them."
A change in the batting lineup moved shortstop Brea Boutwell into the No. 2 slot.
"We need someone to back up Brooke (Herkel) in leadoff," Poss said. "The other teams have been pitching around Brooke to get to the No. 2 slot, and they can't with Brea there. She's probably going to be our permanent No. 2 hitter."
Brianna Poss went 4-for-4 at the plate, with one base on balls, two singles, and a double for the game, and drove in three of the Lady Dogs' thirteen runs.
"They were playing to the left side," Poss said of her two-RBI double. "So Coach told me I could just hit what I wanted. But the pitch came right down the middle, and I just hit it where it was pitched."
"The whole team played good today," said head coach Ayasia Hampton. "We got off to a rough start, but Herkel pitched good and we got a lot of hits. I give the whole team credit."
The Lady Dogs next faced ARC at home Tuesday.