On Thursday, Aug. 12, the Dawson County Lady Tigers softball team traveled to the Mill Creek Hawks, losing 10-1 in five innings.
However, head coach Justin Rickett said after the game that he was optimistic about how his team played against a “tough” Mill Creek team.
“I feel like we’re getting better,” Rickett said. “We’re making less defensive mistakes than we were the day before and we have to continue playing that way.”
The Lady Tigers threatened in the first inning after a two out double by sophomore Layne Bailey, but were unable to drive her in to score. Bailey started the game in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Tigers and started with a scoreless first inning. In the second, the Hawks proceeded to score four straight runners thanks to a base-clearing triple.
The Lady Tigers were able to get a run back after senior Rylie Erickson scored on a passed ball. Senior Olivia Martinez hit a double to left field later in the inning that ended up being the final hit for the Lady Tigers in the game.
Mill Creek scored five in the bottom of the third after a three-run homer. The Hawks tagged one more on in the bottom of the fourth, pushing the game to 10-1, the final score. The game was called after four and a half innings.
Rickett said his team just needs to keep working on their craft and positive things will come from it.
“We got to see a team that executes really well defensively and we got to learn and take some things from that to learn and get better on our defensive end,” Rickett said.
The Lady Tigers (0-3) take on Sequoyah (0-1) at home on Saturday, Aug. 14 as they continue their quest for the first win of the season. Dawson County begins region play on Tuesday. Aug. 16 against East Forsyth at home. Saturday’s game starts at 11 a.m.