Tiger girls lose squeaker of championship softball game

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Tue., Jun. 12, 2012
The Thompson Tigers girls' softball team poses after the championship game. Photos by D. Coffey.
The Thompson Tigers girls' softball team poses after the championship game. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Thompson Tigers lost a squeaker of a Quinebaug Valley Junior Championship game on June 7, when the Brooklyn Bobcats scored two late-inning runs to beat them, 5-3.

“The game was a lot closer than anyone thought it would be,” said coach Dawn Poirier. “We weren't even supposed to be in the tournament.” In fact, the Tigers had lost to the Bobcats twice already this season, 12-2 and 10-0.

The Tigers fell behind 3-0, but tied the score late in the game with solid hits. Brooklyn scored two runs in the last inning and stayed ahead for the win.

Eight of 10 players in the field for Thompson were eighth-graders. Seventh-graders Madison Bodreau and Emily Vincent played second and first base, respectively.

Poirier switched players around for much of the season, trying to find combinations that would work. Her starting left-fielder was injured in the beginning of the season. Her pitcher was her third string from last year. “Middle school softball is all about pitching,” Poirier said. “I lost a lot of pitchers last year.”

She called on her short stop and catcher to pitch. And she was able to have her catcher play short stop and her short stop play catcher when she had to rotate her pitchers.

The only player who stayed in the same position all year was her first baseman. “I switched everyone else around almost every game,” Poirier said. “I tried to find something that worked and I finally did.”

It was a tough loss, but Poirier was proud of her team. “We played 100 percent and left everything on the field,” she said. “We're walking off the field with our heads high. I'm proud of them. You can either get beat or you can lose. I would much rather get beat. We got beat today. We didn't lose. There is a big difference.”

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