What a season it was for the Thomson High School Lady Bulldogs in fast-pitch softball.
The team accomplished two milestones - both being firsts in school history. They managed to capture the Sub-Region Championship and they made it into the Class AAA State Playoffs.
It was in the state playoffs where their season came to an end last weekend. In the first round of the double-elimination state tournament, it was the Lady Bulldogs falling to Westover by a score of 4-1 last Friday night in Dublin. Then on Saturday, Thomson lost a 3-2 game to Jackson High School in the bottom of the seventh inning.
"I was extremely proud of the way the girls played Saturday," said Thomson Head Coach Jason Osborn. "They came out of the dugout fired up."
The Lady Bulldogs, who finish the season with an overall record of 19-13, twice loaded the bases with two outs during the first four innings in their game against Jackson High School.
However, as a team, fly outs became a significant problem the entire game. They hit 14 fly balls.
"We just couldn't get a timely hit when we needed it," Coach Osborn said, noting he thought Thomson was better overall than the Jackson team. "That's just the way it goes sometimes."
Still, he pointed out, he told his team that they had nothing to feel bad about in losing their two games in state play.
"I told them they didn't have any reason to hang their heads - that we had a very successful season and that I was very proud of them for all of their accomplishments this season," Coach Osborn said.
On the way to Dublin to compete in the state playoffs, Coach Osborn told his players: "You deserve to be going to Dublin, because you belong there."
He explained that having beaten Harlem and Cross Creek this season were big highlights and clearly an indication that the fast-pitch softball program is moving in the right direction.
Coach Osborn also said he wished to thank a number of local businesses who donated money to the Thomson girls' softball program, "because it made it possible for us to go to Dublin without it costing a penny from athletic department funds. I can't say how much that meant to me, personally and our program."
He also applauded the support of the parents of those on the team, saying they did an "outstanding job" of supporting the team in any way they could this season. "I really appreciate everything that anybody did that helped us have a very successful softball season."