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Tough competition

Big games this week

POSTED: September 28, 2010 4:07 p.m.
Ryan Coker Dawson Community News/

Outfielder Carley Gilreath catches a fly ball in action against East Hall last Tuesday. Gilreath and the Lady Tigers defeated East Hall by a 2-1 score.

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Head Coach Jimmy Pruett’s Dawson County Lady Tiger softball team played some pretty tough competition last week. The Lady Tigers finished the week with a 2-2-1 record.


The stubborn East Hall Lady Vikings traveled to Dawsonville last Tuesday for a Region 8-AA game. The Lady Vikings haven’t won a game this season, but gave the Lady Tigers a good game on Tuesday.


Dawson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Three singles by Kimberly Wallace, Morgan Huber and Sydney Crumbley plated Wallace and Huber.


Wallace and Crumbley each had three hits for Dawson County High School.


East Hall answered with a single run in the fourth inning.


Cheyenne Bennett picked up the win with a complete game. Bennett had five strikeouts including the last three outs of the game.


On Thursday the team traveled to Blairsville for a game with #3-ranked Union County. Union came into the contest on a 17-game winning streak.


The Lady Tigers played hard, but dropped the 1-0 decision. The Lady Panthers scored their only run in the bottom of the seventh inning.


Wallace and Crumbley each had two hits as Dawson managed only five hits in the contest.


“We just couldn’t get the big hit,” Pruett said. “We had two long drives, but we just couldn’t score.”


The Lady Tigers also played in a tournament hosted by Milton High School in Alpharetta last week.


Dawson played several bigger schools in preparation for their region tournament in a couple of weeks.


On Wednesday the Lady Tigers lost to John’s Creek by a 8-1 margin before tying Milton 2-2.


Becca Monkus scored the lone Dawson run against John’s Creek. The Lady Tigers only had three hits, by Sam Moulder, Crumbley and Natalie Burt.


Pruett rested several of his regulars during the game.


Earlier on Wednesday the Lady Tigers tied AAAAA Milton 2-2.


Dawson picked up runs in the third and fourth inning by Gracie Hovan and Katie Pulley. Hovan’s hit was a long homerun off of the Milton pitcher. Offensively Dawson had only four hits in the contest.


Abbott pitched the complete game for the Lady Tigers and allowed only three hits while striking out six batters.


Friday, the Lady Tigers picked up a win over Shiloh, 6-0, before losing their last game of the tournament, 6-2, to Camden County.


The Lady Tigers scored two runs in the first inning against Shiloh on a 2-run homer by Abbott.


Dawson added four more runs in the seventh inning on three walks and two hits. The big hit was a double by Bennett that drove in two runs.


Bennett also picked up the win on the mound with a 7-inning complete game, in which she allowed six hits and tallied four strikeouts.


Crumbley and Hovan were the highlights offensively against Camden County. Crumbley lined a triple, while Hovan picked up a double for the Lady Tigers as they were the only two players to cross home plate in the loss.


Camden scored five runs in the third inning and one run in the fourth inning off of Lady Tiger starter Bennett.


The Lady Tigers have two huge region games this week.


Today, the Lady Tigers will play host to Fannin County. The winner of that game will secure a second place finish in Region 8A-AA.


The game also serves as senior night. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 p.m.


Thursday, the team will travel to Banks County for another region game. It will also have a 5:55 p.m. first pitch.


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