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BASEBALL: Tigers win first of season thanks to big freshmen performances
Trey Harvey pitches during the 5-1 victory over Cass High School on Friday, Feb. 19. Harvey threw five shutout innings with four strikeouts and the win in his first career high school start. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Dawson County Tigers’ baseball team beat Cass High School 5-1 on Friday, Feb. 19 for their first win of the 2021 season. 

Freshman Trey Harvey, Friday’s starting pitcher, threw five scoreless innings in his first ever high school start. He struck out four Cass High batters and allowed only two hits.

“It feels good but it feels even better to know that we got the win,” Harvey said after the game. “We needed that one. Adversity as a pitcher is everything. You command the game and when adversity comes, you’ve got to be in charge of it.” 

Offense was hard to come by early for either team. The game was scoreless through the first four and a half innings. After Kolton Rucker and Sawyer Bearden drew walks to start the bottom of the fifth, freshman Julian Horner drove in both runs on a single. Horner finished the game 2-4 with three RBI and a run scored after another RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

Luke Mulberry swings hard during the 5-1 victory over Cass High School on Friday, Feb. 19. - photo by Jacob Smith

“[Horner] is an absolute beast,” Tigers head coach Dwayne Sapp said after the game. “Give him a couple years in the program and the weight room and he’s gonna be a real problem in this region.”

Andrew Burt went 2-4 with a double and two RBI and Rucker scored two runs off of two walks. 

Jacob Poss took over pitching duties for the last two innings and allowed one run off of two hits and struck out four batters. The win is the 498th win in his high school coaching career. 

“I’m just glad we won,” Sapp said after the game. “These kids are battling.”

The Tigers (1-2) lost their first two games of the season earlier in the week, both to Pickens High School. Dawson County continues their season on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at home against Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School.