Thomson All-Star Head Coach Wayne Sims knew right from the start that his team would have their hands full.
He was right.
And as a result, the Thomson All-Stars, comprised of 14 & Under players, lost to the Lyons All-Stars by a score of 17-3 in Monday night's elimination bracket at Sweetwater Park near Thomson.
The Thomson-McDuffie County Recreation and Leisure Services is playing host to the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association District Baseball Tournament this week. The Thomson All-Stars were shut out 18-0 by Vidalia in the first game of the tournament last Friday.
"I hope winning the toss gives us a little luck, because we're going to need it," remarked Coach Sims after telling umpires that his team would claim home team status.
The luck he'd hoped for never materialized.
For the Lyons All-Stars erupted for six runs on four hits off Thomson starting pitcher Jordan Marshall in the top half of the first inning. Marshall lasted through the first inning and part of the second before being lifted because of nagging pain to his pitching arm. Taking over for him was relief pitcher Jordan Delaney who worked a portion of the fourth before getting into trouble. Delaney was relieved by Drake Widener, who had been playing second base.
Thomson managed to score two runs in the bottom of the second to make it a 6-2 game. Both runs crossed the plate following two outs. First baseman Austin Bailey, whose father, Tommy Bailey served as an assistant coach, drew a walk off Lyons' starting pitcher Jeremy Beasley. Bailey then moved to second base on a single to right field by Cory Miller. Delaney then showed everybody he could hit just as well as he could pitch - smashing a two-run double into left field.
During the next three innings, Lyons struck for 11 more runs.
Thomson's last run of the game crossed the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Widener reached after a throwing error by Lyons' catcher Logan Martin on a dropped third strike. Widener eventually scored on another miscue. The only other hit that the Thomson All-Stars got in the game was from Bailey, who drilled a double into right field.