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Lady Tigers advance to Elite Eight
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Lady Tiger Emily Hunsucker takes a big swing in Thursdays game against Cedartown. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

Class AAA 2014 State Softball Playoffs

Dawson County

Region 7-AAA No. 1-Seed

Record: 21-5-1

Coach: Jimmy Pruett

Path to Elite Eight:

First Round - East Jackson, 7-9; 4-3; 10-9

Second Round - Cedartown, 3-2; 1-6; 9-2

Pierce County

Region 1-AAA No. 1-Seed

Record: 29-7

Coach: Robbie Spires

Path to Elite Eight:

First Round - Peach County, 21-1; 13-3

Second Round - Blessed Trinity, 8-6; 5-0



Region 4-AAA No. 2 Seed

Record: 20-8

Coach: Brent McGuire

Path to Elite Eight:

First Round - Washington County, 9-0; 22-0

Second Round - Appling County, 10-2;

4-8; 5-3



Region 6-AAA No. 1 Seed

Record: 30-7; 14-2

Coach: Diane Smith

Path to Elite Eight:

First Round - Callaway, 9-1; 8-0

Second Round - Oconee County, 9-0; 5-2


Dodge County

Region 1-AAA No. 1 Seed

Record: 27-8; 13-3

Coach: Amanda Mullis

Path to Elite Eight:

First Round - Central Macon, 13-1; 27-0

Second Round - Decatur, 8-3; 14-1


Central Carrollton

Region 5-AAA No. 1 Seed

Record: 33-2; 13-0

Coach: Dave McKenna

Path to Elite Eight

First Round - Murray Co. 3-1; 2-10; 2-1

Second Round - Morgan Co. 3-2; 7-2

2013 State Runner-up - Lost to Buford 4-0 in 2013 championship game


Tattnall County

Region 1-AAA No. 2 Seed

Record: 26-14; 12-4

Coach: Sherry Richards

Path to Elite Eight:

First Round - Jackson, 10-2; 10-1

Second Round - Westside, Augusta,

10-1; 2-0



Region 6-AAA No. 2 Seed

Record: 26-6; 16-0

Coach: Shane Pendley

Path to Elite Eight:

First Round - Rockmart, 11-3; 9-3

Second Round - Jackson Co., 11-2; 5-4

2012 Class AAA State Runner-up


Joy Lewis fielded the final out from the pitchers circle and fired the ball over to teammate Brooke Wende at first base Thursday afternoon.

Lewis then put her hands to her face as tears flowed. The Dawson County Lady Tigers had defeated Cedartown, 9-2, to advance to the state tournament in Columbus.

"Our main goal was to get to Columbus," Lewis said. "I feel great. This has been our team goal all season. We came out ready to play today."

With the win, The Lady Tigers (21-5-1) advanced to the Class AAA Elite Eight. Dawson County will face Pierce County tomorrow in the first round. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m.

"We jumped up early on them (Cedartown)," said Lewis, a senior that has already committed to continue her playing career at Pennsylvania next season.

Lewis pitched a great game. She gave up just three hits.

She also contributed with the bat as well, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Dawson County split with the Lady Bulldogs on Oct. 22. The Lady Tigers won the first game 3-2 before losing the nightcap 6-1.

This will be the first trip to the state playoffs since Dawson County began fast pitch in 2001.

"I'm so happy for these girls. They have worked so hard to get to this point. Our goal was to get to Columbus and now that has come true," said Head Coach Jimmy Pruett.

"I thought Joy did a great job on the mound for us," he said. "Natalie (Glass), Tabitha (Morrison) and Heather (Brady) really had a good series and all three of them hit the ball today."

Morrison, Glass and Brady each had three hits apiece in the 14-hit attack by Dawson County. Morrison connected on two doubles with an RBI. Glass and Brady each had 2 RBIs.

Dawson County lost the coin flip and had to be the visitors at Jack Waldrip Field. But the Lady Tigers were ready and scored four first inning runs to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

The big hit of the inning was a bases clearing single to right center by Katelynn Simpson.

"Scoring those four runs early really took the pressure off of us," Pruett said.

Pruett's team added a single run in the third inning.

The Lady Tigers sealed the game with three runs in the fifth inning on four hits. Heather Brady drove in two of those runs on a single to right center.

"We just came out ready to play today," said Lewis. "Getting those four runs in the first inning really helped. Even though we got those runs, I still had to pitch like the game was 0-0."