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Dawson gets win on road after tough games at home
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Kaila Billingsley puts the tag on a runner trying to make it back to third base during last weeks game against the Chestatee War Eagles. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

After a rough stretch at home last week against Union County and Chestatee High School, the Lady Tigers softball team traveled to Fannin County and came away with a big win.

Dawson County lost to Union (11-2) on Sept. 13 and lost again on Sept. 14 to the War Eagles, 10-1. They played at Fannin on Sept. 15 and defeated the Rebels 12-0.

"We decided we were tired of losing apparently, tired of not playing well," said Coach Jimmy Pruett after the Fannin win. "We just dominated every phase of the game. We made no errors defensively. We had, I don't know probably, 12 to 14 hits and only gave up one hit."

The Lady Tigers led off with three singles in a row and Kaila Billingsley had a sacrifice for an RBI to get Dawson on the board.

Defensively in the first it was three up and three down for Fannin including a strikeout from Maggie Schandera.

Dawson went back to work in the second with a single by Mary Beth Farris and another by Skylar Caine before Brandi Williams had a sacrifice to put another on the board.

Schandera pitched an almost perfect game with the Rebels only picking up a single in the third inning.

During senior night on Sept. 14 at home, Schandera was injured when she got hit on the hand by the ball while batting and was unable to return to the mound.

Pruett was pleased to have her return Thursday with a successful outing.

"Maggie nearly had a perfect game," he said.

The fourth inning saw another single by Caine and a triple by Williams.

The Lady Tigers finished after five innings on the run rule.

"It meant a lot to me on a personal level just to see my team respond after being down," Pruett said. "We talked about sports doesn't build character, it reveals it and I think it shows a lot about my teams' character. I was just proud about how my team played together."

In the Chestatee game several things went awry early, starting with Schandera's injury.

"I think that when Maggie went out it took a toll on some of the girls."

Pruett changed over to Natalie Glass for inning three.

"Natalie had pitched the day before and she was kind of stiff and sore," he said.

In the third, errors began to plague the Lady Tigers when multiple runners for the War Eagles reached base and they were able to bring two home.

Chestatee then loaded the bases, but Glass was able to get out of it with a strikeout.

In the fourth inning, Chestatee put two more on the board after a hard driven ball down the right field line.

Another RBI single for the War Eagles put them up 6-1 heading to the bottom of the fourth.

Pruett made some changes in both the infield and outfield during the course of the game.

Williams was hit by the pitch and reached first before Glass had an infield hit that she was able to beat out to reach base.

Sydney McGinnis had a single over the head of the third baseman into left for an RBI to score the Lady Tigers only run of the night.

Dawson County moves to 6-11 overall and 2-7 in region play.

The Lady Tigers also hosted North Hall on Sept. 20 but results were not available as of press time.

They travel to Greater Atlanta Christian to play at 5 p.m. on Sept. 22.