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Baseball team hold annual banquet
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Seniors pose at the baseball banquet after receiving their shadow boxes and jerseys. Left to right are Jake Gloeckner, Noah Davis, Reed McAllister, Clint Garrett, Sam Stowers, Luke Martin and Kolton Brumbelow. - photo by Amy French

The Dawson County junior varsity and varsity baseball teams were honored last week during the end of season banquet at Rock Creek Park.

Players, coaches, families and friends gathered on May 24 for a catered dinner and one last chance to celebrate the two teams.

Before starting Head Coach Dwayne Sapp thanked parents and volunteers for their efforts to make everything run smoothly throughout the season-from the concession stands to the press box to needs on the field.

Sapp introduced and thanked Kevin Grigsby who for the first time coached the JV team that finished at 12-5.

"I have always loved the game, but I didn't really know what I was undertaking until I got it," Grigsby said. "Coaching these boys I've really had a good time."

The football and basketball coach and middle school teacher presented the players with certificates and talked about how much he enjoyed his first chance to coach baseball and how bright the future is for the program.

Sapp then introduced the varsity players and talked about the success the program has experienced the last two years.

"I don't know how often ya'll had a lot of success year after year, but for two years now I believe we have won 43 games, been runner-up in the region twice, two very, very successful seasons," he said.

Sapp said he believes that Dawson County has turned a corner and made a name for itself in baseball.

"Now when people beat us, they are actually excited and thrilled...that's a sign you are a good team," he said.

He thanked the team for always showing up and working hard and doing what they were asked to do.

This season the Tigers finished with a 21-10 overall record and 14-4 record in region play. They were able to beat North Hall High School who won the state championship in Class AAA.

The team had five players recognized on the all-region team: Kolton Brumbelow, Noah Davis, Jake Gloeckner, Hudson Sapp and Palmer Sapp. Connor Bearden was honorable mention.

The Tigers were eliminated in the first round of state playoffs by the Lovett High School.

Though Sapp does not give individual awards, he recognized the team leadership in this year's 11 seniors.

Each of the graduating players was given a shadow box with a jersey in it.

This year's seniors were Brumbelow, Davis, Clint Garrett, Gloeckner, Colin Glover, Brise Henson, Luke Martin, Reed McAllister, Josh Morley, Sam Stowers and Austin Young.

One senior, Davis, has already signed to play Division I baseball with Garner Webb University.

Sapp also thanked his two other assistant coaches for all of their time and effort-Gary Wilson and Nick Bradshaw.