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Better play despite losses
varsity softball
Sophomore pitcher Maggie Shandera had 17 strikeouts over two games on Aug. 5 in Gainesville. The Lady Tigers defeated Rabun and Towns County to open their season. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County varsity softball team traveled last week to Gainesville and Greater Atlanta Christian.

Though the early season has meant wins on the road, the Lady Tigers lost both against solid competition.

“Even though we lost, we played better,” said Coach Jimmy Pruett. “We played better. We competed harder.”

Dawson lost on Aug. 28 at Gainesville, 5-4. Against GAC, the Lady Tigers lost 8-3.

“We had Gainesville 4-0 at one time. Obviously, when you are up 4-0 you think you are going to win,” said Pruett.

At Gainesville, Dawson got the lead early with a Micaiah Jenkins single to Skylar Caine who reached on a single and managed a steal.

In the second, the Lady Tigers continued their offensive attack with a double by Carol Drake to advance Kendall Martin who reached on an error.

A Brandi Williams double scored Martin and Drake and a single by Caine scored Williams to take the 4-0 lead.

The Red Elephants would answer in the third by scoring three runs of their own.

In the bottom of the fifth two doubles for Gainesville gave them the lead and eventually the win.

Dawson finished the day with 10 hits to Gainesville’s 9.

At GAC, the Lady Spartans scored early, putting up two runs in the first and another in the second to take a 3-0 lead.

Dawson got on the board in the top of the fourth after Bella Henson doubled, stole third and scored on a Lauren Tow line drive.

GAC added another in the bottom of the fourth to make it 4-1.

A Jenkins single scored Williams in the fifth. She went 2-for-4 on the day, but the Lady Tigers did not have enough to come back.

“There’s not a lot of things to say when you lose,” Pruett said. “I think maybe in the two games we may have made one error each.”

Dawson County is currently 4-6 overall.

The Lady Tigers will play again at 5:55 p.m. on Sept. 7 at home against White County.