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Dawson sweeps Union
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Second baseman Jacob Gloeckner makes the play at first for an out against Union County last week. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Tigers' baseball team got their first sweep of the season when they defeated the Union County Panthers three times last week.

The Tigers hosted the Panthers for game one of the series in what should have been game two as the first was rescheduled due to severe storms on March 21. Dawson won game one 11-6.

Dawson County got on the board in the first inning when Kolton Brumbelow walked, stole third and then stole home for the run during Luke Martin's at bat.

Noah Davis worked from the mound and posted three strikeouts in the first inning and the Tigers retired the Panthers quickly in the second.

Davis then hit a double in the second and Palmer Sapp scored him on a single of his own.

Union County went to work on the fourth when they put three men on and a double brought them in. Dawson answered when Austin Young stole home to tie it at three runs each.

Two RBI singles put the Panthers back on top in the fifth.

Hudson Sapp and Brumbelow both got on base and Connor Bearden singled to score them both to tie it again before a Nathan Sorrells RBI single put the Tigers back on top, 6-5.

The Panthers would not score again and Dawson County had five batters reach on walks during the sixth that scored three runs.

Bearden also added two more RBIs on another single in the sixth inning. He was 3-for-4 at the plate.

Davis struck out eight in the game, allowing five runs and seven hits.

The Tigers and Panthers finished the series in Blairsville on March 24 with a doubleheader. Dawson won those contests 3-0 and 17-1.

In the second outing, Bearden's pitching kept Union in check when he allowed only three hits and not a single run.

"Connor Bearden did a great job on the mound," said Head Coach Dwayne Sapp. "He held one of the best hitting teams at bay all day."

He threw for seven innings and struck out four.

In the first inning, Palmer Sapp and Bearden both reached base before Luke Martin doubled to score them both and put the Tigers up early.

In the field, Austin Young had a diving catch in right to start things off defensively.

The Tigers' only other run came after Jacob Gloeckner reached on a walk and a Palmer Sapp sacrifice scored him.

In the final game of the series, the Tigers had no trouble scoring behind Bearden who had five RBIs in the game.

Leading off for the Tigers, Palmer Sapp hit the ball out to take an immediate lead that would never be in question throughout the game.

Brumbelow reached on a walk and then stole two of the four bases he would get on the night.

Bearden's sacrifice fly to right field brought in Brumbelow.

Martin reached on a walk and Sorrells hard single to left brought him in, before Brise Henson would also single and Sorrells scored by stealing home during Clint Garrett's at bat.

Union went three up and down in the bottom of the first before the Tigers went back to work on offense.

"Brise Henson continued the great pitching as he blanked the Panther hitters for three innings also," Sapp said. "The early runs allowed Brice to relax and just pitch."

Henson earned the win only allowing one run, one hit and striking out four.

Gloeckner, Sapp and Brumbelow all reached before Bearden would drive in another.

Martin doubled again for another two RBIs.

Another Bearden single in the third drove in two more RBIs and a Sorrells walk scored another.

"The Panther pitchers struggled finding the strike zone and we took advantage of that in the second game," Sapp said.

The Panther staff walked nine Tigers during the third and fourth innings.

Reed McAllister and Sorrells both added RBI singles during the fourth.

Colin Glover closed out the game for the Tigers with three strikeouts and one walk.

The 17-1 win takes Dawson County to 11-6 on the season and 6-3 in Region 7-AAA.

The Tigers hosted Lumpkin County for the first of a three-game series on March 27, but results were not available as of press time.

Dawson County will face the Indians at 5:55 p.m. on March 29 in Dahlonega before hosting the final game of the series for senior night starting at 5:55 p.m. on March 31.