The fourth game of last week's USSSA Girls' Slo-Pitch Softball World Series at Sweetwater Park near Thomson was one of the best games played by the T-Town Slammers, a Thomson team made up of girls 12 and under.
But the team couldn't muster a win and were eliminated from the tournament after four straight losses.
The last game against Mississippi Hurricanes resulted in a 20-10 loss - thus eliminating the local team, which was coached by Dewayne Poss, Ty Poss and Kelly Guy.
In the only other game of the world series, the T-Town Slammers lost to the Georgia Eclipse by a score of 18-8. The Slammers also played two games in pool action, but again weren't able to win a game. They were defeated 28-7 by the Montgomery County Hammers in the first game and ended up losing to the Oklahoma Sox, 15-3 in the second game.
Unlike the other teams, the Slammers were mostly made up of local All-Star players selected from other teams that helped form a league in the Thomson-McDuffie County Recreation and Leisure Services. Aside from the Slammers and the other local team that played in the world series, all of the other teams play traveling softball against other states and in national tournaments.
"We didn't win any of our games, but we all had a good time playing against top-notch caliber girls' softball teams and we had fun doing it," said Slammers Head Coach Dewayne Poss. "I thought we played our best in the last game against the Hurricanes."
Coach Poss went on to say that he was "proud" of the way his team fought back against the odds. "We got down early in each of the games, but we continued to fight back. I was real proud of them and the way they represented Thomson and McDuffie County."
At one point in the game against the Hurricanes, the Slammers only trailed by two runs, 11-9. That was in the third inning.
The Slammers had taken an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Right fielder Ke'onda Bradshaw and Jada Lawson, the pitcher, got things going for the Slammers with singles to left field. Shortstop Khadeja Fanning then smashed a ground rule double that bounced over the fence in left center and scored Bradshaw. Lawson later raced home, too, on an RBI single by Porche Grant.
The Slammers' lead didn't hold up long.
The Hurricanes roared back in the bottom of the first to collect eight runs on seven hits.
In the second inning, the Slammers scored three more runs to make it an 8-5 game.
Harley Poss led off with a single to left field, while Kylie Guy followed with a ground rule double to place runners at second and third with no outs.
Kiera Fountain then hit a hard grounder that got past the Hurricanes' third baseman, allowing both T-Town runners to race home. Fountain eventually scored on what was another miscue by the Mississippi team.
The Slammers were able to score only five more runs in the game.