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Baseball looks to final season series after North Hall sweep
Nick Mullinax throws a pitch during Thursday’s game against North Hall. He and the Tigers will look to rebound next week against Lumpkin County, - photo by Rio White

Just one more regular season series remains for the DCHS baseball team, who are in a tight race for state playoff seeding in Region 7-AAA with Cherokee Bluff and East Forsyth.

This past week, the Tigers faced the fury of region leaders and defending state champions North Hall, who racked up the runs to sweep DCHS. After that series, DCHS has a 16-11 overall record this season.

As it stands, the Tigers are third in the region with an 11-7 record — just a half game behind Cherokee Bluff and a half game ahead of East Forsyth. Both teams play games tonight that could affect the standings.

The final series of the season for DCHS will be against the bottom team in the region, Lumpkin County. Regardless of the Indians’ record, head coach Dwayne Sapp is not taking anything for granted.

“We are going to prepare for them like we have every other series,” Sapp said. “We will worry more about us than the opponent. If we throw strikes and swing the bats like we are capable of, we will have a chance to [win].”

Players look on from the dugout during Monday’s game against North Hall. - photo by Rio White

Despite the position Lumpkin County is in, they have had recent wins that could give the Tigers an idea of what their strengths are. 

The Indians managed a 6-1 victory over East Forsyth last week and then pulled off consecutive wins over Gilmer County this week, with a chance to sweep the series tonight.

Next week, the DCHS offense will have to get back to its form before the North Hall series. The Trojans have allowed only 74 runs in the 27 games they have played this season — or just 2.74 runs per game.

In the previous series against Gilmer County, the Tigers combined for 31 runs and showed the full capabilities of the offense. 

On the mound, the trio of Trey Harvey, Davis Glass and Nick Mullinax will have the chance to rebound after facing the hot North Hall bats. Each of those pitchers will also be important for the team’s success at the state playoffs.

The Tigers will visit Lumpkin County on Monday, April 18, and Friday, April 22. The final home game of the regular season will be on Wednesday, April 20.