APPLING, Ga. -- It was supposed to be the kind of softball tournament whereby a team can measure where it is right now in the season.
If that truly was the case, then the Lady Bulldogs of Thomson High School are in deep trouble.
They lost all four games they played at Patriots Park in neighboring Columbia County last Friday and Saturday.
"We didn't even act like we wanted to be there," remarked a disappointed Thomson head coach Jason Osborn during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror following his team's 9-0 loss to South Effingham County's Lady Mustangs last Saturday afternoon. "I don't know what's wrong, but I'm sick and tired of players not giving their best."
The Lady Bulldogs later lost to Effingham County in the fourth game of the invitational softball tournament which brought out some of the best softball teams in Georgia.
"We should have played a lot better than we did," added coach Osborn. "There's no excuse why we are playing the way we are playing right now. It's just like we've given up."
The four losses dropped Thomson's overall record to 11-6 on the season.
"We haven't played real good in a while," said coach Osborn. "We've got to get back to playing the way we are capable of playing."
Last Friday, Thomson dropped back-to-back games to Walnut Grove, 7-5 and North Oconee, 7-0.
While playing South Effingham, coach Osborn reminded his players to lay it on the line and offer no excuses.
"We aren't doing those things," he said. "And we're making way too many errors. We've got to cut things out like that if we want to win games against good teams."
In the game against South Effingham, the Lady Bulldogs were limited to just four hits by Lady Mustangs' pitcher Whitney Parrish, who was nothing less than sensational.
Parrish struck out nine of the 20 batters she faced.
Those collecting the hits for Thomson were: senior shortstop Hannah Wilson, a single; senior first baseman Caitlin Carpenter, a single; second baseman Brea Boutwell, a single; and junior pitcher Brooke Herkel, a double.
South Effingham scored their first two runs of the game in the second inning and added five more runs on five hits the next inning. In the fourth, they put two more runs on the scoreboard and by that time, it was all over for the Thomson team.