It was a busy week for head coach Jimmy Pruett and his Lady Tiger softball team.
The Lady Tigers seem to be peeking at the right time with a 5-2 record for the week. Dawson picked up key Region 8-AA wins over Jefferson, Oglethorpe County and Rabun County.
The team also participated in the Milton Softball Tournament in Alpharetta. The Lady Tigers were 2-2 until the rains came on Saturday afternoon.
Dawson is currently 14-6-1 on the season.
Tuesday, the Lady Tigers traveled to Jefferson. Dawson came out on top with a 5-1 win.
The team collected 10 hits with Cheyenne Bennett leading the way with three hits and two RBI’s. Kimberly Wallace and Jenna Abbott also added two hits.
Bennett was also dominate on the mound, pitching a complete game. Bennett had five strikeouts, while only giving up five hits.
Oglethorpe County traveled to Dawsonville on Wednesday. It took nine innings, but the Lady Tigers prevailed with a 4-3 win. Sydney Cox picked up the win on the mound with a complete game. Cox also pushed across the winning run, scoring Katie Pulley from second base.
The Lady Tigers scored three runs in the third inning on hits by Wallace, Pulley, Cox and Abbott to take a 3-1 lead. The Lady Patriots scored in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game and send it to extra innings.
Sydney Crumbley had a big day at the plate with three hits.
The Lady Wildcats from Rabun County paid a visit to Jack Waldrip field on Thursday afternoon in a big Region 8-AA game.
Freshman Jenna Abbott was sensational on the mound, pitching a complete game 5-inning no-hitter to pick up a big 9-0 win. The game was stopped after five innings due to the GHSA mercy rule.
Abbott had 10 strikeouts of the 15 possible outs in the game. She was also 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI’s.
The Lady Tigers wasted no time getting on the board, scoring four runs in the first inning. Wallace led off the inning with a bunt single. After one out, Cox tripled, Abbott doubled, Bennett and Tiffany Rowan singled to jump out to a quick 4-0 lead.
Dawson added another run in the second inning and four more runs in the third inning.
The Lady Tiger bats were on fire, picking up 14 hits in the game.
Wallace went 3-for-3 from her leadoff spot, scoring three runs. Cox was 2-for 2 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Pruett and his squad played North Springs in the first game of the tournament on Friday. Once again, the offense was dynamic with 12 hits in the three-inning game with the Lady Tigers coming out on top, 12-0.
Bennett allowed only one hit and tallied five strikeouts.
Bennett was also 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Also getting multiple hits were Wallace, Pulley, Cox, Abbott and Nikki Dean.
The Lady Tigers four-game winning streak came to an end with a 6-5 loss to a powerful John’s Creek team in the nightcap.
John’s Creek jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Dawson fought back and took a 3-2 lead in the third inning.
Morgan Huber and Nikki Dean walked to lead off the inning. Both Huber and Dean scored on a double by Wallace. Wallace scored on a fielder’s choice.
Dawson extended its lead to 4-2 in the fourth inning. Abbott would score on a single by Rowan. The Lady Tigers added another run in the sixth inning to give them a 5-2 advantage.
The wheels came off in the bottom of the sixth, as John’s Creek scored four times to take the 6-5 win. A leadoff hit and three walks spelled the end to the Lady Tiger chances.
Under threatening skies on Saturday morning the Lady Tigers squared off with West Hall. Abbott pitched another great game, but came up on the short end of a 2-1 loss.
Fielding errors killed Pruett’s team. West Hall scored two runs in the sixth inning on two errors and a wild pitch.
The Lady Tigers answered with one run of their own in the inning. Bennett doubled to start the inning and scored on a double off the bat of Rowan.
Dawson managed only three hits in the contest.
The Lady Tigers squeezed one more game in on Saturday before the rains came with a 5-2 win over Camden County. Dawson scored four runs in the second inning to put the game out of reach.
Sydney Cox and Huber led the offense with two hits each. Cox also picked up two RBIs.
Cheyenne Bennett limited a powerful Camden team to only two hits while striking out four.
The team will be back in action Thursday with an important Region 8-AA game with Fannin County.
Dawson will also host the first round of the Region 8-AA tournament beginning on Oct. 6.