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Dawson softball gets first home win
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Micaiah Jenkins hits the ball in last week’s game against White County. The Lady Tigers picked up their first home win of the season. - photo by Amy French

The Dawson County varsity softball team earned its first home win last week in an exciting come-from-behind finish defeating White County.

“It was exciting,” said Coach Jimmy Pruett. “It was back and forth. Our girls just wanted to win, needed to win and they did it.”

Dawson then went on the road on Sept. 9 to make up a game with Lumpkin County. The Lady Tigers won that outing 6-3.

On Sept. 7, the Lady Tigers opened the first inning with a run off of a Bella Henson double.

Henson’s RBI hit scored Carol Drake who had reached second on a Warrior error.

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Skylar Caine crosses home plate for the Lady Tigers during their win over White County on Sept. 7. - photo by Amy French
Dawson held White County with solid defense in the second and then loaded the bases including Drake’s speed that got her on first after a well-placed bunt. The Lady Tigers, however, were unable to bring in the runners.

White County fought back in the top of the third with three singles and a bunt that resulted in three runs to take the lead. 

Despite another Henson hit in the bottom of the inning and a Lauren Tow single, the score remained 3-1 in favor of the Warriors.

Dawson proved themselves in the field in the fourth with three up and down including Maggie Schandera’s second strike out of the night.

The offense quickly went back to work with a Drake grounder to center and a single by Skylar Caine. Henson, who went 3-for-4 in the game, then grounded to center for a single to score Drake.

Micaiah Jenkins then doubled for Dawson to score Caine and the Warriors brought in a new pitcher. 

White County would fight back once more in the fifth scoring two with the help of a couple of fielding errors and get Dawson back in the field with a double play.

It was clear that the Lady Tigers were ready to get a win at home when Schandera garnered another strikeout and Tow made a diving catch in center to get off the field.

Schandera got things going in the sixth with a single to left and Jenkins followed up with another

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Maggie Schandera pitches for Dawson County High School on Sept. 7. - photo by Amy French
single before Lauryn Antoun picked up an RBI single.

Tow tied the game with another RBI and Kendall Martin continued the hitting with a single to center for the go ahead run.

Brandi Williams added yet another single and run to make it 7-5. 

The Warriors threatened again in the seventh when back-to-back hitters had hard shots for doubles scoring one, but Henson tagged the next runner on a bunt. 

Schandera then caught a shot straight at her before striking out the final batter for the 7-6 win.

“It made everybody feel good. You could tell that the girls were just genuinely excited about winning,” Pruett said. 

The team played again at Lumpkin on Sept. 9 to make up for the rained out game on Sept. 5. 

Drake walked in the first inning and scored after tagging up on a pop out in foul territory.

In the second inning, Lumpkin garnered two runs off a double three singles.

The Lady Tigers evened things out in the third win Caine singled to score Mary Farris who singled to reach base. 

The game stayed knotted at two until the sixth when Drake and Caine both reached on singles and Schandera reached on an error to score Drake. 

Lumpkin would add another, but Dawson would hold on for the 6-3 win.

The Lady Tigers were scheduled to play Gainesville on Sept. 11 and East Hall on Sept. 12 but results were unavailable as of press time.

The team is now 6-7 overall and will face West Hall at 5 p.m. today at home.