The Thomson Lady Dogs defeated the Academy of Richmond County Lady Musketeers 11-0 on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in softball action.
Thomson jumped out to an early start, scoring two runs in the first inning from steals home, the first by pitcher Brooke Herkel, and the second by third baseman Jadah Lawson. Thomson blew the game wide open in the second when a combination of poor pitching by ARC and aggressive base running by Thomson put the Lady Dogs up 9-0.
After a strong start on the mound, Herkel was relieved at pitcher by freshman Bryanna Neal who continued the shut-out for the remainder of the game. Multiple substitutions by Thomson left only three starters on the field; catcher Haley Poss, center fielder Samantha Sims, and Breanna Stephens at shortstop. A 2-RBI double to center field by Christan Marsh in the fourth inning increased the Lady Dogs' lead to 11-0, and the game was called after the fifth.
"We didn't think ARC could come back after we were up by nine, so we had the second string in there," Coach Ayasia Hampton said after the game.
"Neal did a good job pitching, and Christan Marsh did good getting that double her first time at bat in the game."
"I love pitching," Neal said after the game. "But I know I'm not going to get much time in 'cause Brooke's a senior and a good pitcher. But I also like playing left and right field."
"They had a tough pitcher to hit because she throws so slow," Community Coach Tye Poss said following the game. "But our girls hit real good today, especially the young girls. I was really happy with how they did when they came in. I had hoped to bring them in earlier, if we'd gotten more runs in the first inning. Neal did really well pitching, and it was (Breanna) Stephens' first time playing at shortstop. It was a last-minute decision to try her out there, and she did good."
The Lady Dogs returned to action Thursday, claiming a 6-1 victory at Washington-Wilkes.
"The girls did a great job all round," coach Hampton said, citing several individual achievements. "Although Washington-Wilkes had a couple of base hits, defensively we did a great job at keeping them to only one run."
The Lady Dogs' next game is home against Harlem at 5:30 p.m. today.