Coach Thornton Reaches Historic Milestone
Submitted on April 12, 2019
Georgetown College Softball coach Thomas Thornton joined elite company Wednesday evening. In his 17th season at the helm of the Tiger softball program, an 8-2 win over No. 13 Campbellsville University, gave him career win 500. Only Men's Basketball coach, Jim Reid, Volleyball coach, Donna Hawkins and Women's Basketball coach, Susan Johnson, have that many wins at Georgetown College.
"I am honored to be considered among such coaches as Reid, Hawkins and Johnson, three of my mentors when I was a student at Georgetown," Thornton said. "These wins, however, belong to so much more than me. I recruit the right players, but my volunteer assistants and every player to come through our program make this moment possible."
He currently sits at 500-275 in 16-plus seasons. Georgetown has won three Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament titles in that time frame with two national tournament appearances.
The historic day started with a tough 5-2 loss where GC stranded nine baserunners. Campbellsville scored four of its five runs off three home runs, two solo and one a two-run shot, in the fifth and sixth innings.
"You can't strand that many against a team like Campbellsville and expect to get the job done," Thornton said. "We talked about that after the game and really got refocused before game two."
Georgetown did not waste early baserunners, as Corrin Robinson cleared them in the top of the second with a three-run home run. Cassidy Janes did the same in the top of the third for six of the visitor's eight runs.
"Those are two of my senior leaders, but they have struggled at times this season," Thornton said. "It was a good day to get back on track."
Audrey Dodd closed the door from the circle from there, scattering six hits in seven full innings of work. She had three strikeouts and allowed two runs with 106 pitches.
The Tigers are back in action hosting University of the Cumberlands Friday and Saturday. Game one of Friday's doubleheader is set to start at 3:00 P.M. Game one of Saturday's doubleheader is set for noon.