When a team faces the best pitching it has seen all season in a tournament, it's usually not a good sign of how the game will turn out.
Such was the case Monday night when the Thomson All-Stars clashed with Dublin in the first-round of the 2007 District 1 Class B Midget Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament being played this week at Sweetwater Park near Thomson.
The end result was a 12-1 loss for the host team, which is coached by Sidney Smith, Steve Shelton and Scott Shivers.
Dublin used two pitchers, Kayla Gay, who started the game and relief pitcher Faith Flanders to limit the Thomson All-Stars to just one run in the game, which was called after four innings because of the 10-run rule. The biggest feat for the duo, however, was tossing a no-hitter.
"Our girls have not seen that kind of pitching all season long," lamented Coach Smith. "Those two girls were the best pitchers, by far, that any of our girls have seen all season."
Coach Smith said he and the other coaches had worked with the Thomson team, using a pitching machine to get ready for the double-elimination tournament.
"We even had several current and a former member of the varsity girls softball team at Thomson High School help us in preparing for the district tournament," said Coach Smith.
Those who helped the 11-12-year-old girls prepare for this week's tourney from THS included: Hannah Pereda, Whitney Hillman, Heath Shivers and Megan Bentley. Mary Beth Blasingame, who recently graduated, also assisted.
"We really appreciated what they did for us," said Coach Smith.
The loss in the first-round placed Thomson in the loser's bracket on Tuesday night. A story about the outcome of that game and how the local team faired the remainder of the tournament will be included in next week's edition.
In the game against Dublin, it was all Dublin, as they struck for five runs on five hits in the first three innings, off Thomson pitcher Megan Smith.
Already leading 5-0, the Dublin team exploded for seven more runs in the top of the fourth, while sending 12 batters to the plate.
The only run Thomson was able to muster in the game came in the bottom of the fourth. Nicole Jones, who reached on a lead-off walk, eventually stole both third base and home.
Thomson threatened to score earlier in the game - Jada Lawson making it all the way to third after drawing a walk in the second. She was left stranded when both the second and third outs were recorded by strikeouts.