Season ends for Thompson All-Stars girls’ softball team
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Tue., Jun. 28, 2011
The 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars of Thompson Little League softball lost to Norwich 10-0 on June 27. It was their second loss of the All-Star round, and it sealed their elimination from the games.
Coach Dan Durand was disappointed about the loss, but philosophical about it, as well. “It was disappointing - I won't say it wasn't,” he said. “But next year these girls are going to be ready. They've gotten the experience to see what it's like at this level of play. I told them in the huddle that I would take them any day against any team in the district and still smile if we got beat. They're a great group of girls to be around.”
Amber Dickson started off pitching for Thompson and held the Norwich bats at bay for a few innings. Eventually, the Norwich bats got going - something that did not happen for Thompson.
“We weren't hitting today,” Durand said.
Even though Thompson did not score, the girls made Durand proud of how they carried themselves on and off the field.
“They have good attitudes,” said Durand. “They don't display their emotions on the field. If a girl strikes out, she runs off the field. They know they won't always get a hit or get on base. What they cannot do is show their emotions. If they do, then the other team is already in their heads.”
Part of Durand's practice efforts were spent building the girls' confidence in themselves.
“We have this philosophy that no one is better than us,” Durand said. While the girls ran base-running drills during practices, he would yell out to each runner, “Who's better than you?”
“No one!” each runner would reply.
If a runner wasn't loud enough, Durand repeated the question until she was.
“I've seen them all grow with practice,” Durand said. “They had to get used to me. They warmed up quickly to me. They are a fun bunch of girls, just a great group of girls.”
Head Coach Dan Durand
Seasons: First as All-Star coach
Three seasons in Little League.
“All of the girls are spotlight players. They are selected to this team. It is a big accomplishment to be put on this team. Nine out of 13 girls played in the minor league division this season. When they came here, they had to step up a notch, and they did.”