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The first two games of the season weren’t kind to the first-year softball team from defense contractor Thompson Gray.

Four players went down with injuries, three requiring surgery. But this 15-member team persevered in the Redstone coed league.

Thompson Gray (5-8) reeled off three straight wins in the Division B-3 tournament and advanced to this week’s final.

“We struggled (early) getting a healthy lineup,” player/coach Ashley Lipham, who recovered from knee surgery, said. “Now we have played a few games together and we’ve started jelling and putting hits together. That has resulted in wins.

“We hope to finish it out with a first-year trophy.”

Thompson Gray advanced from Thursday’s semifinal on a forfeit from the Swingers (4-8). After their first-round win over Yulista, they beat the Mudhens, 12-6 in round two. That game was completed Aug. 13 after it was suspended in the fourth inning because of weather Aug. 1. Thompson Gray’s Andrew Webb hit a two-run homer in the second.

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