Dawson County High School's varsity baseball team came away with three wins last week over the reigning Region AAA champs Jefferson High on Friday night and then both Pickens County and Apalachee on Saturday.
The Tigers capitalized on their scoring chances Friday night as they started off strong with senior Tucker Maxwell leading off with a double. Connor Bearden brought him home on a double near the bottom of the inning.
The Tigers scored three runs in the second inning, including a two-run single by Maxwell. They never trailed.
The Dragons came up with runs in the second and third innings and again in the fifth. At the end of the fifth, however, the lights over the first base line went out and did not come back on. The game was called and the Tigers took the 4-3 win.
"I told the team before the game that this is a playoff team year in and year out," Coach Dwayne Sapp said of the Jefferson squad. "Beating them would show our guys what we could be capable of. I am not saying we are at that level yet, but we can play with some of the best in the state on any given night."
Noah Davis got the win on the mound allowing three runs over five innings. He struck out two, walked one and surrendered seven hits.
In the Tigers win over Pickens County on Saturday, Bearden went 2-3 on singles in the second and seventh innings. Dawson County won the outing 4-1.
Palmer Sapp pitched seven innings, allowing no earned runs, six hits and one walk. He struck out five.
The Tigers scored three runs on a two-run double by Sapp and an RBI single by Kolton Brumbelow in the second.
Travis Huffman was the losing pitcher for Pickens County, lasting four innings. He walked one, struck out seven and allowed three runs.
In the Apalachee contest on Saturday, the Tigers came from behind late in the game to take their third win in less than 24 hours.
It was not a great outing for the pitchers on either side with the teams combing for 19 runs. There were 24 hits between them, as well as five for extra bases.
In the top of the seventh, the Tigers were down 4-1 with two outs. The Tigers rallied and won 10-9 in nine innings after multiple lead changes.
Palmer Sapp had three RBIs on three hits including a single in the first and seventh innings as well as an eighth inning homerun. He also came away with a win on the mound, striking out six, walking one and surrendering seven hits.
"The comeback was great for the kids' confidence," Sapp said. "Hopefully we can build on this weekend and believe we will have the opportunity to win every time out."
The Tigers scored on an RBI double by Maxwell in the third bringing in Brumbelow. Apalachee matched the Tigers with a run in the third scoring on an RBI single by Hayden Hubler. Hubler singled in the second as well.
"Winning three games in less than 24 hours was a great accomplishment for us. I am very proud of the start of the season and how the guys are playing," Sapp said.