Considering it was Coach Jason Osborn's first year at the head of the Thomson High softball program, the team experienced considerable success last season.
Frank Locklear installs a speaker at the press box at the THS softball field.
Regardless, Coach Osborn said that not even a state playoff berth would completely satisfy the goals he and this year's team have set.
"We set our goals high, but I think that's how we'll reach them," Coach Osborn said. "We're shooting for a region title."
One thing this team will have in its favor is the players' work ethic.
"We went into the weight room in November, and the whole team committed to it," Coach Osborn said. "It has been making a difference, and the girls have really started to see it themselves."
In addition, pitching and fielding have been solid, but Coach Osborn said the team as a whole will have to hit better to win a championship.
"I think consistency with the bats up and down the lineup is the biggest thing we need to work on," he said.
The team's facilities have been improving recently, as well, with the addition of a new press box that recently received a new public address system.
To help pay for the PA system, the team held a modified 50-inning game with a rib eye dinner fundraiser. Tickets were $10, and the event raised enough to help in the purchase the sound system. It was installed last week.
Despite the success of practices and fundraisers, Coach Osborn said his team is ready for games that carry some meaning. He didn't have to wait long for that wish to come true. The Lady Bulldogs won three of their first four games of the season that started last week.
Thomson defeated Burke County 13-0 and Jefferson County 5-4 on Aug. 15. Coach Osborn's team won the rematch with Burke on Aug. 18 by the score of 10-2 but fell in a close rematch with Jefferson the same day 3-4.
The Lady Bulldogs play host to Washington-Wilkes today at 5 p.m.