The baseball game between the Thomson All-Stars and the Statesboro No. 2 All-Stars came down to one thing: errors.
"We made way too many errors and we didn't hit the ball out of the infield enough," lamented Thomson Head Coach Ricky Bragg after his team's 10-2 loss on Monday in the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District Baseball Tournament at Sweetwater Park near Thomson. The loss eliminates the Thomson from this week's tournament action. The 9 & 10 District All-Star Tournament is played with the use of a pitching machine.
"We just didn't have it today," added Coach Bragg.
Nevertheless, Coach Bragg said he was "very proud" of his players.
It marked the 9 & 10 team's second straight loss of the tournament. In their first game, which was played last Friday, the Thomson All-Stars lost to Vidalia by a score of 13-1.
Monday's game saw the Statesboro No. 2 All-Stars push across three runs on just two hits in the top of the first inning. Their biggest problem was miscues - three of them during that period alone.
Over the next two innings, the Thomson All-Stars demonstrated abilities to make some fine defensive plays. Three such plays retired the Statesboro team in order in the third. Those defensive plays were turned by Thomson third baseman Quadrico Mance, Travis Pate, Rhett Bragg and Garrett McClure.
The Thomson team even made a game of it for a while by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, trailing 3-2 after three complete innings.
Thomson's Sam Webber reached on an error to get things started. Branson Parker followed by getting an infield hit that placed runners at first and second bases with no outs. Bragg followed by flying out to an infielder before Mance roped a two-run double into left field. He was thrown out at third, attempting to stretch his double into a triple.
The Thomson All-Stars managed to collect just two more over their next three at-bats. The hits came off the bats of Pate and Jackson Matthews.
Meanwhile, the Statesboro All-Stars tallied seven more runs on eight hits over the course of the last three innings.