Marshall County head coach Mike "Monk" Reese said about the circumstances, "The first day we did not play very well. I think the heat got us. They had to shut it down after they got hit with all kinds of heat related problems."
The Dusters lost their first round game to Triangle, N.C. 13-3.
Marshall County got some rest, shade, and air conditioning before taking to the diamond the next morning versus a tough Harris County, Georgia squad.
After falling behind, the Dusters got a game tying homerun by Brandon Hollingsworth and one inning later, Thomason thrilled the travelling Marshall County fans with an eighth inning, three-run walk off dinger for an 8-5 win, giving the Dusters a 2-1 pool play record.
"That was a couple of dramatic ballgames," Reese. "We played really well and got some clutch hitting and our pitching really hung in there."
If the Dusters could beat a Northern Fairfax, Virginia team with an identical 2-1 pool play record the next day, Marshall County would advance to the championship round consisting of the two teams with the best pool records in the American and National Division Brackets.
It all looked good for an extended Dusters' stay as they jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, but the bottom dropped out late and they suffered a tough 8-6 elimination loss.
"We let that one get away," said Reese. "It was a pretty emotional ballgame, but in the end, I think we just ran out of pitching."
Reese commented about the overall experience for his ballclub, "It was great experience for the kids and overall I think we played real well and I am proud of the kids."
"I have to thank our sponsor, Mr. Bobby Walker," said Reese. "That family has always supported us and we really appreciate everything they did and have done for the program."