In a game to determine who would get the home field in the first round of the region playoffs, the Thomson Lady Dogs fell to the Lady Patriots of Westside, 3-2, on Oct. 5.
"That was a heck of a good ball game," said community coach Ty Poss after the game at Westside. "Win or lose, I got no complaints with how our girls played tonight."
Thomson, the visiting team, scored early, earning a run off an RBI single to left field by catcher Haley Poss.
"I don't really remember what the pitch was," Poss said after the game.
Holding up her thumb and index finger to indicate a fractional measurement, she said, "But the hit was inside the third base line by that much, and rolled out to left field, and a run was able to score."
Westside responded with a run in the bottom of the first when an RBI single to center field by Toree Gaddy drove in a runner, tying the score at 1. Westside put two additional runs on the board in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead.
Thomson got one of those runs back in the fifth inning, again off the bat of Poss. With two runners on base, she slammed a fly ball that seemed to clear the left field fence but was ruled a double, holding Poss at second and another runner at third.
"I do remember that pitch," Poss said. "She threw it low and inside, and that's my favorite spot to hit it. I thought it went out of the park actually, but they said it bounced out or something, so it was only a double."
The Lady Dogs tried to mount a rally in the seventh inning but were unable to generate any more runs and the game ended with the score at 3-2.
The Lady Dogs lost one of their starters early in the first inning, while still at bat. A foul ball connected with the side of left fielder Samantha Sims' head while she was looking for her helmet in the dugout.
"One of our batters decided to foul a ball off my head, but it was by accident," Sims said with a laugh after the game.
"If I had just stayed where I was two seconds before that, I would have seen the ball coming and dodged it. But I had turned my head to look for my helmet, and the next thing I knew the ball was bouncing off the side of my head."
The accident took Sims out of the game and brought in Deshia Dunn. Dunn made several excellent catches in left field that helped keep the game close up to the very last at-bat.
The loss meant Thomson would face Harlem Thursday in the third- and fourth-place spots of the region playoffs.
Thomson closed region play with an admission to the state playoffs.
The Lady Dogs were scheduled to play at home at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, playing host to Locust Grove.