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Dawson County falls to East Hall
Vikings 7-6 victory came after Dawson lost lead in sixth inning
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Dawson Countys J.T. Eggert (18) pitches during last weeks game in Dawsonville. East Hall won 7-6 in eight innings. - photo by Erin O. Smith DCN regional staff

Dawson County was able to get just one game in last week due to the rain.

The Tigers will play four games this week, once again dependent on the weather, to complete their regular season.

The April 15, 8-inning loss to East Hall, 7-6, secured the Vikings a place in the Region 7-AAA playoffs.

The Tigers held a 5-4 lead going into the top of the seventh inning.

Viking Jack Hagwood legged out a hustle double to lead off the inning.

Jesse Cooper laid down a bunt on the third-base line.

Tiger pitcher J.T. Eggert's throw was wide of first allowing Hagwood to score from second base, tying the game at 5-5.

In the bottom of the seventh, Dawson County's Zach Buchan singled and reached second after a botched rundown by East Hall. But it was for naught as Buchan was stranded at second, sending the game into extra innings.

With two outs in the top of the eighth, East Hall's Ronnie Peebles and Jeremy Walls singled.

Hagwood then stepped to the plate and launched a two-run double to center field for a 7-5 East Hall advantage.

Dawson County kept fighting.

In the bottom of the inning, Eggert reached on a fielding error, took second on a wild pitch, and scored on a two-single up the middle by Dillon Heller. But a game-ending groundout ended the game.

The Tigers fought all game.

Eggert blasted a three-run homer over the scoreboard in the sixth inning to give Dawson County (7-14, 5-9) its first lead, 5-4.

"I like the way we're competing," said Dawson County Head Coach Thad Burgess, whose team is battling with Fannin County and West Hall for the final Region 7-AAA playoff spot. "The last two weeks we've competed and we've been right there. East Hall has won a lot of these one-run games."

Hagwood reached on an error and scored on a Hunter Strange single to give East Hall a 1-0 lead in the first.

The Tigers tied it 1-1 in the second with singles from Luke Martin and Eggert and an RBI fielder's choice by Logan Crumley.

The Vikings' Levi Crocker and Cole Smith both singled in the fourth, with Levi Crocker scoring on a Walls single and Smith on an errant pickoff attempt for a 3-1 edge.

Jonah Crocker reached on an error, stole second and moved to third on a groundout before scoring on a Levi Crocker sacrifice fly for a 4-1 lead in the top of the fifth.

Stuart went the final two innings on the mound to pick up the win for East Hall, allowing an unearned run on two hits with one strikeout and no walks.

Jonah Crocker started and went six innings in a no-decision, surrendering five earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

Reed McAllister took the loss after pitching the eighth for the Tigers.

Eggert pitched twice for a total of four innings with five strikeouts, one hit batsman and no walks while allowing one hit and being credited with an unearned run allowed.

Heller allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits with one strikeout and no walks in three innings of relief for Dawson County.

Hagwood, Smith and Walls each totaled two hits for East Hall.

Heller posted a game-high three hits for the Tigers, while Buchan and Eggert tallied two hits apiece for Dawson County.