Last week was an up and down one for the Dawson County varsity softball team as they picked up a big win on the road and then dropped two at home.
On Aug. 14 the Lady Tigers traveled to West Hall and soundly defeated the Lady Spartans 10-1 behind the hitting of junior Carol Drake.
“We came out and took care of business early. I think we scored in every inning except for one,” said Coach Jimmy Pruett.
Drake finished with three singles and a double on the day.
Dawson took the lead in the first when Kaitylnn Bennett stole home after entering as a courtesy runner for Maggie Schandera who doubled.
Kendall Martin tripled in the second inning and one of Drake’s singles drove her in.
After Brandi Williams picked up a walk and stole second, a Skylar Caine single scored Drake and advanced Williams to put Dawson up 3-0.
The Lady Tigers added two more in the top of the fourth on a Williams double that brought in Drake and a Williams steal at home.
In the fifth, a Drake single scored Bella Henson who reached on a walk and Kaselyn Martin scored on a Williams walk.
West Hall’s only run would come in the bottom of the fifth from a Dawson fielding error.
Dawson County added three more runs in the top of the seventh.
“We played great, pitched great, played great defense,” he said.
The Lady Tigers only got one run on the board when they hosted the Chestatee War Eagles on Aug. 15 at home.
We just have to raise our level of play against better competition,” Pruett said about the 7-1 loss.
The lone run came courtesy of a Henson RBI to score Schandera who had reached on a single and was advanced by a Micaiah Jenkins double in the fourth inning.
The Lady War Eagles had 18 hits in the game and did not commit any fielding errors. Their play was spot on as they took down Dawson in the Lady Tigers home opener.
On Aug. 17, Dawson County again played host, this time to the Lady Panthers of Union County.
Union got on a early hitting roll in the third inning and continued the pattern on their way to a 14-0 win over Dawson in four innings.
“Going into the third inning it was 0-0. We made every play,” Pruett said. “Then we made one error and we couldn’t recover from it.
The Lady Panthers scored six in the third.
“[It’s the] the old snowball effect. When the other team starts hitting, it’s contagions, boom, boom, boom. But when you are on the other end of that and the negative momentum starts, if you can’t get it stopped, you are going to get embarrassed.”
Union would go on to add eight more in the fourth, while the Lady Tigers were unable to generate any offense.
“Errors are, unfortunately, part of the game,” Pruett said. “You have got to get over it. …That’s what beat us.”
The week takes the team to 3-3 on the season. The team traveled to Fannin County on Tuesday but results were unavailable as of press time.
Next up for Dawson County is North Hall. The Lady Tigers will play at 4:30 p.m. (junior varsity) and 5:55 p.m. at home.