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Dawson boys 8U baseball heads to state tournament
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Coaches for the Dawson County 8U baseball team huddle up with their players during the district tournament. - photo by For the Dawson County News

For the second consecutive year, the Dawson County Tigers 8U boys all-star baseball team qualified for the state tournament.

Last year's team was unable to play in the state event due to vacations but this year's team will travel to Gordon County tomorrow for the first round where they will play at 8:30 p.m. against Powder Springs.

It is a double elimination tournament with 16 teams participating. The tournament will run through July 4.

"I love being around these boys and am proud to be their coach," said Coach Kasey Wilson. "It is a great group of boys and look forward to seeing them progress on the field."

Wilson, who coached an American Legion team and has coached this team for three seasons, said that he has coached most of the boys since they were 4.

The group began playing tournament baseball as 6-year-olds and have played teams from all over the southeast, according to Wilson.

"We have played four tournaments this summer this far and we came in runner-up the first three," Wilson said.

In the fourth tournament, the team finished third in the district to qualify for the state tournament.

The team suffered a 16-8 loss in the first game of the district tournament when they faced Fannin, but was able to come back with five straight wins through the elimination games.

"In those five games, we outscored opponents 83-12," he said.

The team has now played 18 games together and have accumulated 390 hits and have a team batting average of .688. They have scored 240 runs, averaging 13.5 a game.

Wilson coaches the team along with Woody Harvey, Derrick Bannister and Harley Cofield.