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Thompson pacing Tigers' potent offense

March 20, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

After a week of rained-out games, the Imperial High softball team got things going last week in explosive fashion.

In games Wednesday and Friday, Imperial outscored its opponents 46-1, giving it some momentum heading into Imperial Valley League play.

Leading the fireworks was 16-year-old junior Andrea Thompson.

On Wednesday in the Tigers' 21-1 shellacking of Vincent Memorial, Thompson finished with two hits, three runs and an RBI. She picked up the win on the mound, combining with teammate Lindsay Lugo on a one-hitter.

Thompson outdid herself Friday, going 3-for-5 with two home runs, four runs and four RBIs as Imperial beat the tar out of Antelope High of Welton, Ariz., 25-0.

"I don't think it was just me. The whole team played well in those games," said Thompson. "Our offense was really good and that made pitching easier."


Offensively, her performances could be the best she's had in her three varsity seasons. All that, though, she attributes to work during the off-season.

"During the off-season me and a couple of the other girls put in time working on our hitting skills," said Thompson. "I think all that time and preparation has really helped me out a lot."

Also contributing to Thompson's success is lack of pressure. In her freshman and sophomore campaigns, Thompson was called upon to immediately produce. She handled the pressure well, but this year, coach Kim Witte said, Thompson has elevated her play and seems to be playing with more ease now.

Thompson still has some pressure as the team's No. 1 pitcher and as cleanup hitter, but you wouldn't be able to tell by her demeanor.

"Andrea is a quiet leader and just does what she's asked," said Witte. "She just lets her performance speak for her.

"She had a great week last week, but I'm not really surprised because I know all that is a result of her working hard," added Witte. "Even though she's only a junior, she is definitely an important part of this team."

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