The THS Lady Dogs defeated the Washington-Wilkes Lady Tigers 6-5 in softball action Aug. 23.
Both teams were scoreless in the first inning, with Thomson putting the first run on the board in the second when Christan Marsh stole home. A three-run homer slapped over left field by Brooke Herkel put the Lady Dogs ahead 4-0 at the end of the inning. Following a scoreless third, Washington-Wilkes scored three runs to come within one. The Lady Tigers continued scoring in the top of the fifth, adding two more runs to take the lead.
"We just about gave that one away," community coach Tye Poss said after the game.
Thomson fell behind by two outs in the fifth inning before Jadah Lawson reached base with an infield single. Having struck out twice earlier in the game, Khadeja Fanning put the Lady Dogs back in the lead with a two-run homer blasted over the center field fence. That made the difference in the game, and the score held at 6-5 at the end of regulation play.
"The pitch was on the outside, and I don't usually like those," Fanning described her home run after the game. "But it was the right height, and I really didn't want to strike out again, so I swung and it went out.
"But I was really just trying not to strike out."
It was the second consecutive win over Washington-Wilkes for the Lady Dogs, having defeated them 10-2 a week earlier.
"They were more prepared for us this game," head coach Ayasia Hampton said. "We weren't hitting as well, and had some defensive errors. We had eight strike outs in the game, and our girls can hit better than that."
Starting pitcher Herkel had another strong showing, striking out four hitters for the day, and issuing no walks.
"We had several strikeouts and errors, but we are working to fix those things," right fielder Christan Marsh said. "I believe we connect well with each other, and will grow well as a team on the field and off."
That sentiment was echoed by catcher Haley Poss. "All of our hard work is finally paying off," Poss said. "We don't practice for three hours every single day to lose. We do it to make ourselves better than we were last year."
The Lady Dogs were next scheduled to play Washington County on Thursday.
"We still have a lot of work to do before then," coach Tye Poss said.
"We'll be working on defense and hitting, defense and hitting."