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Dawson sweeps Banks
Tigers win three games over Leopards
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Pitcher Noah Davis confers with catcher Clint Garrett during the Tigers home game against Banks County last week. The Tigers won all three games against Banks County. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Dawson County Tigers were able to sweep Banks County last week with the help of strong performances at home and during a double header away.

Pitcher Noah Davis had seven strikeouts over seven innings in the 2-1 win on March 8. The Tigers faced the Leopards in a double header on March 11 and won decisively 7-3 and 12-0.

In the home game Senior Tucker Maxwell led off with a homerun over the right field wall on the second pitch of the night.

During the second inning the Tigers loaded the bases on a walk to sophomore Connor Bearden, a single on a grounder to left by Clint Garret and a beautiful bunt down the third base line by junior Jacob Gloeckner. The team was unable to get anyone across the plate after a fly out to center.

During the third inning, junior Palmer Sapp reached first base on an error and was eventually able to steal home for the Tigers second run of the night.

In a wild fifth inning, a passed ball at third led to the Leopards only run of the night. The runner scored despite questions from Coach Dwayne Sapp who disputed whether the runner was safe.

In the Tigers' at bat, Maxwell reached first on a walk and stole second. Sapp hit a hard grounder to left field and Maxwell appeared to jump over the ball as he made his way to third, headed for home. The umpire, however, called him out saying Maxwell was hit by the ball. The call drew protests from coaches and crowd alike.

The Tigers' defense along with Davis' solid night from the mound held Banks County scoreless the rest of the game.

During the 7-3 victory, Sapp had a strong game both hitting and pitching with three extra base hits including a triple in the first and a double in both the third and fifth innings. On the mound, he allowed two earned runs, three hits, one walk and struck out three.

The Tigers kept the lead after the first inning when Brody Chester had an RBI single that was followed by the triple from Sapp.

The Leopards fought back in the sixth, scoring two but it was not enough to catch up with the Tigers.

During game two of the double header, the Tigers exploded on offense including a seven run sixth inning. Maxwell had a two-run double. Chester produced on a sacrifice fly and Brise Henson had an RBI single before Bearden brought home three with his homerun.

Sapp scored three runs and had two RBIs including a triple in the third inning.

From the mound Henson only allowed one hit and no earn runs. He walked two and struck out five in his four innings. Maxwell took over with two shutout innings including six strikeouts, one walk and one hit.

The Tigers moved to 9-1 on the season following last week's action.

The team plays against White County at 1 p.m. Saturday at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves.