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Dawson softball in right mindset
'We are giving ourselves a chance to win now'
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 High School softball team struggled in the early season with errors in the field, but that is no longer the case and the Lady Tigers earned a win on the road against Union County last week.

Dawson traveled to Union on Sept. 14 and won 3-1 before making up their East Hall game on Sept. 16. The Lady Tigers lost that outing 4-1.

“Last Thursday we went up to Union and beat them 3-1. It was a well played game by both sides,” said Coach Jimmy Pruett. “We played really great defense. Our defensive play has really changed our season. We are making the routine plays now. We are giving ourselves a chance to win now.”

Dawson took an early lead at Union on a Brandi Williams single that drove in Lauryn Antoun who reached on a line drive single to right field.

That would be the only run until late in the game.

“It was 1-0 until the sixth inning. They scored on a close play at the plate. We thought the girl was out,” Pruett said.

The game would go into extra innings. 

Micaiah Jenkins hit a two-run inside the park homer to give the Lady Tigers the 3-1 lead that would become the final score.

Maggie Schandera had six strikeouts and one earned run in the game.

On Saturday, the team played a makeup game with region leaders East Hall after Hurricane Irma cancelled the regularly scheduled meeting.

“We played well against East Hall and they are the best team in the region in my opinion,” Preutt said. “They are 9-0 in the region. They beat us 4-1 Saturday but it was a closer game than the score indicated.”
The Lady Vikings scored three of their four runs in the first inning. The team added another run in the bottom of the third.

In the top of the fifth, Lauren Tow reached on an error and advanced on a Carol Drake grounder that also resulted in an error by the Lady Vikings.

Skylar Caine hit a grounder to short that would bring Tow in for Dawson’s only run. 

“We gave ourselves a chance. We hate to lose, but just the fact that we are playing better makes everything easier,” Pruett said. “It’s all about the team’s mindset. Right now we are just playing together and the girls really want to win.”

The Lady Tigers now have three region wins and move to 7-8 overall. 

The team hosted Fannin County on Sept. 19 for senior night, but results were not available as of press time.

Dawson will play again at 5:55 p.m. on Sept. 21 at North Hall. 

 

Junior Varsity

The junior varsity Lady Tigers also traveled to Union County last week where they lost 2-1.

Union took an early lead in the first and Dawson did not recover.

Brea Cane, Carley Lamb, Annsley Anglin and Alyssa Stroup all had a hit for Dawson.

The JV squad hosted Fannin yesterday, but results were not available as of press time.

The team is 1-6 overall and will play again at North Hall on Sept. 21.