The time has come for the Dawson County varsity softball squad to make all the hard work this season pay off.
At the Region 7-AAA Tournament on Saturday, the Lady Tigers (13-6-1) will either be the first or second seed, depending on the outcome of one very important regular season finale.
In fact, No. 4 ranked Dawson County has the opportunity to become the regular season Region Champion with a victory on the road today against No. 1 ranked Buford.
The Wolves are 18-1 and also sit atop the Region 7-AAA standings ahead of Dawson.
Its not an easy task, but the Lady Tigers are up to it.
Head coach Jim Pruett said he just has to make it a challenge to his players.
Not many teams get the chance to beat Buford, he said.
Although the regular season championship is up for grabs, Pruett added that the team would rather win the Region Tournament.
Last week, the team picked up another region win with a solid 8-0 victory over West Hall.
Any region win is a good win, Pruett said.
Playing on their home field, the Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead over the Spartans (9-14) in the second inning.
The second time through the batting order, Dawson County found much better results, exploding for seven runs in the third inning.
Senior Jenna Abbott led the offense, going 2-2 and just missing a home run with a hard-hit shot off the top of the wall.
In the pitchers circle, junior Martie Rogers threw all five innings as the Lady Tigers played error-free ball behind her.
With many of Dawsons games being close-scoring affairs this season, Pruett said it was a nice change to get a lead and be able to give many of the other girls some playing time.
As the Lady Tigers look forward to this weekends Region Tournament, they will begin with a 12 p.m. game and a 4 p.m. game on Saturday at East Hall Park near Gainesville.