After a pair of losses to begin the season, the Dawson County baseball team went on an offensive tear to win 21-1 against Johnson High School on Friday, Feb. 18.
The Tigers came into the game against Johnson with an aggressive mindset, having shown offensive power in the first two games despite the losses.
“I feel like we are going to swing the bats pretty good and the pitching is going to be solid [this season],” head coach Dwayne Sapp said. “I’m proud of the guys…and it’s nice to end the week on a win.”
The Tigers opened the scoring with two runs scored by stealing home plate on wild pitches.
Three consecutive doubles would extend the lead to 5-0, followed by three consecutive singles to further the lead to 8-0.
After another run scored on a Johnson error that could have been the second out of the inning, Davis Glass made the Knights pay a heavy price with a bases-clearing double to give the Tigers a dozen runs.
After further runs scored on a combination of singles, walks and hit-by-pitches, Dawson County finished the first inning with 21 runs.
In the bottom half of the inning, Joshua Priest took the mound for the Tigers, striking out two batters and giving up a solo home run. The game was called after the single inning played.
Glass led the way for the Tigers with four RBI while Nick Mullinax drove in a pair of runs.
The Tigers had dropped their first two games of the season to Pickens County, falling 12-7 at home before coming up just short 6-5 at the Dragons.
Dawson County had taken the early lead in the home game, leading 3-0 after the first inning.
While Pickens County would gradually take the lead, the game remained a close 5-4 in favor of the Dragons after the fifth inning. Seven runs in the final two frames would allow them to run away with the victory.
Mullinax went 3-for-3 in that game and scored four runs, while Glass had three RBI.
In the away game, Dawson County rallied late but could not find a run in the final inning.
Trailing 5-2 after four innings, the Tigers scored three runs in the next two innings but could not find one last offensive push in the seventh inning.
Luke Mulberry and Colton Rucker both had two RBI in that game.
Next, the Tigers will play in a three-game tournament at the LakePoint sports complex in Emerson over the weekend.
Dawson County will open against Oglethorpe County on Friday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. before playing Sprayberry and St. Francis on Saturday. Those games will be at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively.