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Dawson County Amateur youth sports back in full swing
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#33 Hannah Walden at the plate in her 12u softball tournament this past Saturday. - photo by Jacob Smith

After a long season of waiting, live sports are back in Dawson County. 

Over the weekend, travel baseball, softball and basketball teams played teams from across the North Georgia area

“It’s nice to have some sense of normal again,” local travel ball parent Logan Bell said at the tournament this past weekend. “All we wanted was to be able to come back out on the field and play again.” 

Rock Creek Park hosted its own travel ball tournament on June 27 and 28 with multiple Dawson County teams playing in them. 

The 13u Dawson Anglers, led by Head Coach Kurt Tangel, won one game and lost one game during Saturday’s pool play games to see how they would be seeded. 

Having to face the team they had already beaten, the 13u Dawson Anglers came up short in their first tournament back from quarantine. 

Dakota Bennett went 2-2 at the plate and also pitched three innings in relief after starting the second game on Sunday. The team stole nine bases in the loss, four of which came from Logan Sawyer. 

The 12u North Georgia FastPitch travel softball team won two games and lost two games during Saturday’s tournament at Yahoola Creek Park in Dahlonega. They made it all the way to the semi-finals before they lost to the eventual winners of the tournament, 5-2. 

The team advanced to the semi-finals in dramatic fashion. Down 1-0 in the last inning, Aubree Smith and Ava Abernathy were both on base when Willow Mooney stepped up to the plate. 

Facing adversity in her first 12u tournament ever, Mooney doubled, scoring Smith and Abernathy, walking off and winning the game for North Georgia FastPitch. 

Travel basketball was back this weekend too. Dawson County girls 2023 Peak National Team lost in the semi-finals in a tournament in Canton. Upcoming Dawson County 9th grader Morgan Chester scored 14 points in the game. 

Rylien Talley and Addison Smith, both rising 8th graders, stood out for their ball-handling and defensive play respectively.