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Comeback comes up short
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Pinch runner Kaselynn Martin is tagged out late in the seventh inning last week against Greater Atlanta Christian. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Lady Tigers softball team lost a close one last week when Greater Atlanta Christian traveled to Dawsonville.

"It was one of those soul-crushing defeats," said Head Coach Jimmy Pruett.

Dawson County lost 2-1 after a momentum shift late in the game that looked as though it would lift the Lady Tigers past the Lady Spartans.

"I am not talking about anything to do with records. That loss just hurt," he said.

An early error allowed GAC to get the upper hand and put a run across in the first inning.

"That's kind of been our story. We have been getting in a hole early," Pruett said. "It's really been frustrating, but I was proud of the girls because they never quit. They fought back."

The Lady Tigers stranded two in the third inning and during the fourth a sacrifice bunt put the Lady Spartans on top 2-0.

GAC then quickly retired the side in the fourth and fifth innings.

Maggie Schandera struck out one out to get out of the fifth before the defense proved effective in the sixth when it was three up and down for GAC at the plate.

The turning point for Dawson County came when Brandi Williams put down a bunt just inches in front of home plate and then ran it out, beating the ball to first. The base umpire called her safe.

The dugout and crowd went wild just before the home plate umpire called it the other way.

He overruled the safe ruling, saying that the runner was hit by the ball.

With Williams out, Natalie Glass, Kaila Billingsley and Sydney McGinnis proceeded to get on base.

Glass hit a single to right center field and Billingsley brought her in on a hard double to center.

McGinnis hit and Billingsley was out on a fielder's choice.

McGinnis was able to steal second before the inning ended.

With one run on the board, the momentum had changed.

The Lady Tigers defense again retired the side with the third out coming when first baseman Allie Phillips ran down a popped up foul ball.

When the offense went back to work, Micaiah Jenkins singled with a hard hit down the third base line.
Ashton Bryant produced her own single and with two on in the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Tigers looked like they would bring it home.

Mary Beth Farris, who had a diving catch in right field in the first inning, was thrown out at first.

Skylar Caine hit a single with runners on second and third. Pruett sent pinch runner Kaselyn Martin for home, but she was tagged out.

A fly out to center by Williams ended the game.

The Lady Tigers move to 4-6 overall and 1-4 in the region. Dawson County will take on Chestatee at 5 p.m. today at Chestatee High School.

The junior varsity team lost to North Hall, 7-3 on Aug. 23. The team will play White County at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 in Cleveland.