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Dawson softball season ends after late surge
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Kaila Billingsley tags a Fannin runner out at third with Natalie Glass backing her up. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

For the Lady Tigers varsity softball team, things came together at a great time.

Dawson County hosted North Hall on Sept. 20 and came away with a decisive 12-4 win against the top team in the region. Though they posted losses to Greater Atlanta Christian and Lumpkin County on Sept. 22 and 27, they got an essential win last Thursday.

"I think all the stars in the universe were perfectly aligned. We finally played up to our full ability," said Head Coach Jimmy Pruett about the win over North Hall.

The home play-in game against Fannin on Sept. 29 gave Dawson County a shot in the regional tournament. Though they were unable to move past East Hall on Oct. 1, Pruett was pleased with the progression through the end of the season.

The Lady Tigers won 7-4 over the Rebels with senior Natalie Glass leading the way from the plate. Glass went 3-for-4 with 5 RBIs .

She also ended the game with a great defensive play at short stop.

"She had a big day. She has been swinging the bat well," Pruett said. "Our team has been swinging the bat well since we beat Fannin two or three weeks ago. Ever since then we have been playing a lot better ball."

Maggie Schandera posted six strikeouts in the matchup.

Dawson County scored first in the first inning after Skylar Caine led off with a single on the ground to center field. During Kaila Billingsley's at bat, Caine was able to steal home on a passed ball after having advanced on a sacrifice and a ground out.

The Lady Tigers added two more runs in the third inning after Mary Beth Farris and Caine reached base before Glass doubled to score them both.

Glass also singled in the fourth inning to bring in Caine who reached on another single.

Dawson made quick work of the Fannin offense during the fourth and fifth innings.

In the sixth, the Rebels got two runners on and added a third with an RBI on a hotly contested single. The umpires conferred as neither seemed clear on whether the runner reached first in time.

Pruett made his way to the mound for a talk before Allie Phillips caught the next line drive hit for the final out in the sixth.

The Lady Tiger offense went back to work on a Ferris walk, a sacrifice bunt from Caine and a Brandi Williams single before another Glass double to score two more.

"We ended up playing better towards the end of the season. The girls finally started doing what we asked of them," Pruett said. "I feel like we only had one bad inning over the last five or six games of the season. We got better as it went along and that is something to build on for the future."

The Lady Tigers faced East Hall on Oct. 1 for the best two out of three series.

They lost to East Hall 7-1 in game one and 9-0 in game two. They end their season at 8-15 overall.

East Hall advanced along with Lumpkin County. North Hall and Union both had byes in the first round as they sit at the top two spots in the region.