The Dawson County High School baseball team traveled to North Hall March 4 to begin their region 7-AAA schedule with a three-game series against the North Hall High School Trojans.
After putting up 17 runs of offense over the trio of games, the Tigers emerged with only one win and posted a total of 12 errors that directly made the difference between games one and two, according to Head Coach Dwayne Sapp.
“It came down to the errors,” Sapp said. “We didn’t make as many in the second game and we were able to come away with the win.”
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead in game one as they hit around the order and tallied three first-inning runs, but a pair of errors in the bottom of the inning allowed the Trojans to stay within one. Another pair of errors in the second inning put North Hall in the lead for good as the Tigers fell short by a final score of 6-4.
The three errors committed by Dawson County in the next game March 6 went unpunished as the Tigers went deep in the order and teed up 11 hits and 10 runs to overpower the Trojans by a final score of 10-6 and evened up the series 1-1.
Weather played a role yet again this spring season as the rubber match was moved up a day, from March 8 to March 7, due to the risk of lightning in the area.
Senior Hudson Sapp put Dawson County on top with his first swing of the bat as he unloaded a ball over the center field wall for a first inning solo shot, but then a combination of walks, wild pitches and errors gave North Hall a quick 4-1 lead.
Two more errors in the bottom of the second led directly to runs and the Trojans extended their lead to 6-2 after two innings and never looked back as they went on to win the game by a final score of 6-3 to capture the series two games to one over the Tigers.
The series presented the first true test for the Dawson County pitching staff this season as Sapp and fellow senior Cameron Moore were called on for multiple innings, while Brandon Cramer opened his season with a difficult start, and Payton Goodwin was tapped for a five-inning relief appearance.
“The starting pitching performed well enough to win games,” Sapp said. “We still walked too many people and need to do a better job of understanding game situations but overall last week went well.”
Dawson County continued their regional schedule as they hosted Cherokee Bluff March 11 for the first of a three-game series. The Tigers enter the series with an overall record of 3-3 and a regional record of 1-2 while the Bears currently sit at 7-3 overall and are the only undefeated team in region 7-AAA at 3-0.
“They are a brand-new school and we expect a solid well-coached team,” Sapp said. “Our goal each week is to win the series; that will not change this week. It is a long season, but this week would be a giant step for the playoffs if we can take this series.”