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BASEBALL: Tigers struggle continues through sixth straight region loss
Carter Turkett mid-windup for a pitch against White County on March 20. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Dawson County Tigers baseball team lost 13-2 against White County on Saturday, March 20. After winning six games in a row prior to the start of region play, the Tigers have now lost their first six region games in a row.

“We can’t throw strikes,” Tigers head coach Dwayne Sapp said after the game. “All we’re doing is walking people. Early in the year, we were throwing strikes. I don’t have any idea what I can tell them. I can’t explain it.”

The Tigers were losing 4-2 to start the bottom of the fourth inning. It took three Tiger pitchers to collect three outs with nine White County runs crossing home plate. 

“We’re working with our pitchers,” Sapp said. “And we’re doing it daily. They look good in the pen but when they take it to the mound...some of it is newer guys with more pressure on them. I just keep telling them ‘I don’t care if they keep hitting it.’ Our biggest achilles is free passes.”

After outscoring their opponents 67-24 through their six game win streak, the Tigers have been outscored 72-11 through their current six game losing streak. Though two other teams are winless in Region 7-3A, Dawson County currently has the worst run differential and are in last place in the region. 

“This series was huge for us,” Sapp said. “We needed to win some guys to get a shot at the playoffs but now we’ve really shot ourselves in the foot. It’s about playing spoiler now and getting some big upsets. All we can do is keep battling. We’ve got a lot more games to go.” 

The Tigers (6-8, 0-6 in Region 7-3A) will take a week off from region play this week and return to their next region series against Cherokee Bluff on Monday, March 29. Dawson County plays one non-region game on Wednesday, March 24 at Habersham Central.