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Legion wins 3 of 4

POSTED: July 24, 2012 5:52 p.m.
Pam Jacobs Dawson Community News/

Sawyer Thompson takes a big cut for Dawsonville Post 247 in a 17-10 win over Douglasville on Sunday.

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Head Coach Kasey Wilson's American Legion Post 247 team had a busy weekend. The team played four games in two days.

Battling the weather and humidity Dawsonville pulled out three big wins and lost the fourth game in a heartbreaker after leading the entire contest.

With the wins, Post 247 sewed up a first place bid in the North Division.

The team will play in the upcoming district tournament that is set to begin in Loganville on Thursday.

As of press time Wilson was unsure if the team would receive a bye.

Dawsonville is currently 10-8 on the season.

The team played a game against Buford on Saturday, but rain halted play after Post 247 took a four run lead after two innings of play.

"I'm not sure if we will be able to make this game up," Wilson said.

The team played host to Alpharetta in a doubleheader on July 14.

In the first game, Dawsonville came away with a thrilling 6-5 win.

Sawyer Thompson connected on a grand slam with Post 247 trailing 5-2 in the sixth inning to pull out the victory. It was Thompson's first homer of the season.

Thompson also picked up the complete game win on the mound.

David Chester had a big day at the plate in game one with a double and two runs scored.

There wasn't much doubt in the second game with Alpharetta, Dawsonville cruised to an 8-3 win.

Blake Thomas pitched six strong innings to get the win.

Chester, Thompson and Austin White had multi-hit games, scoring 7 of the teams 8 runs.

Weather was a factor in Sunday's game at Dawson County High School with visiting Douglasville.

Rain occurred periodically, but both teams agreed to play despite the inclement conditions.

Post 247 dropped the first game after leading 4-2 going into the final inning.

The team gave up 5 runs in the seventh inning to take a 7-4 loss.

"Walks and errors hurt us in that final inning," Wilson said. "We left a lot of runners on base, which ended up being very costly."

Dawsonville rebounded in the second game to take a 17-10 win.

Pitcher Shane Dale was great on the mound. He pitched six solid innings.

"Shane led the way on the mound for us," Wilson said. "He was recovering from some arm issues early on this season and pitched very well on Sunday. We are very happy to have Shane back on the hill. He is one of our starting pitchers coming into the season and this is the first game he has went deep into the game."

Dale had 10 strikeouts in the contest.

Offensively Dawsonville took full advantage of mistakes by Douglasville.

Austin White, David Chester, Sawyer Thompson, Clay McClure, Dale and Koby Rogers all contributed big hits in the win.

McClure and Rogers had homeruns in the game.

"This is the first time Dawsonville has beaten Douglasville in six years, Douglasville was 25-0 last season, winning state and then they went deep in regionals," Wilson said.

"We are starting to click a little. We have survived the summer storms, out of town vacations and beach trips. To be first on our side means a lot. I feel we have five solid starting pitchers in Jeffery Partington, Blake Thomas, Shane Dale, Edward Willemse and Sawyer Thompson."

 

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