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Baseball: Dawson County Tigers fall short against Cherokee Bluff Bears
Starting Pitcher Nick Mullinax in the middle of his windup during Wednesday’s game against Cherokee Bluff. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Dawson County Tigers baseball team lost at home against the Cherokee Bluff Bears 12-7 on Wednedsay, March 11.

After the first two innings, the Tigers led with a score of 4-1 thanks to starting pitcher Nick Mullinax pitching himself out of two situations with runners in scoring positions.

Mullinax and Bo Lewis also drove in runs during the first inning on singles.

The Tigers pitching staff went through four different relievers for the next two innings. Brandon Cramer was the last reliever used by the Tigers who allowed only two runs in 4 innings.

Coming to the plate down 10-4 in the bottom of 5th inning, the Tigers scored three more runs. Ole miss commit Hudson Sapp and Andrew Burt both had runs batted in off singles. The final run scored off a wild pitch.

Andrew Burt gears up to swing on Wednesday’s 12-7 loss against the Cherokee Bluff Bears. Burt went 1-4 with a RBI and a run scored. - photo by Jacob Smith

This loss by the Tigers will be the teams last game until March 31 at the earliest. Dawson County High School has decided to suspend all of their sports for the next two weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I hope we get a chance to get back on the field,” Head Coach Dwayne Sapp said. “I hate for all the players to not be able to play out the season but this situation is unprecedented. The sun will come up tomorrow and we just have to wait and see if we will get a chance to play again.”

If the Tigers season ends after Wednesday’s game, the Tigers would finish 9-4 on the year, with a 1-4 region record. However Sapp said that he has told his guys to stay safe and stay healthy because there will most likely be little practice time before games start back up again.

“Find a wall and play wall ball,” Sapp said. “Anything they can do is better than nothing at this point. I hope for a chance to get to finish [the season] on our own terms.”

If the season were to commence after the two week hiatus, the Tigers next game would be against the Pickens High School Dragons on Tuesday, March 31