The Thomson Lady Dogs defeated the Lady Eagles of Josey by a score of 20-0 in softball action on Sept. 20.
"As far as practice goes, that's not the sort of game you get a lot of practice from," head coach Ayasia Hampton said after the game. "But it did give us a chance to bring in some freshmen and sophomores, and they did real well today."
The game was lopsided from the start. After a 3-up, 3-down top of the first, Thomson came to bat and got right to business, racking up runs, beginning with a 2-RBI homer by Jadah Lawson.
Working through nearly the entire rotation twice, the 13-run inning included two inside-the-park home runs by Haley Poss, and a third by pitcher Brooke Herkel.
"Those were really due more to fielding errors by Josey than anything else," Hampton said.
Poss agreed with her coach's assessment of the hits. "I don't know if you can really call those home runs," she said. "Especially since one was a pop-up to second that was mishandled and I was able to work my way around the bases and come home. The second one was a good hit, but probably would have just been a single if they'd fielded better."
In addition to poor defense, Josey was never able to generate any offense in the game, and Thomson pitchers Herkel and Bryanna Neal only faced nine batters in the 2.5 innings of play. Josey only had two base runners in the game. The first Josey runner reached base in the second inning when a batter was hit by a pitch. That was followed by a 4-3 double play to end the inning. Their second runner came in the third inning, when a batter received a base on balls. She was promptly thrown out on a steal to end the game.
"Our younger players got a chance to come in and play, and that's the best thing about a game like this," community coach Ty Poss said following the game.
One of those younger players was freshman Casey Black, who got a triple in the second inning, then stole home to score.
"It felt good when I hit it, but I wasn't really sure where it went, I just took off running," Black said after the game. "I'm happy about it, though, cause it shows that you can hit the ball even if you are just a freshman."
Thomson's game against Washington County Sept. 22 was canceled because of weather, and they faced Grovetown for Senior Night on Tuesday.