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Girls take two
Lady Tigers face Lumpkin, East Hall
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Lady Tiger Katelynn Simpson slides safely back into first base in Tuesdays 6-1 win over East Hall. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

Offensively, the Lady Tigers softball team is on fire.

Coach Jimmy Pruett's group pounded 29 hits in 66 official at-bats for a .439 team batting average in two Region 7-AAA wins last week.

"Our players are obviously hitting well right now," said Pruett. "Everyone on the team is contributing at the plate. [However], we must improve our base running. We are giving up to many outs on the base paths."

Dawson 6, East Hall 1

On Tuesday, Dawson County played host to East Hall and came away with an impressive 6-1 victory.

Dawson County fell behind early 1-0 in the first inning but the Lady Tigers battled back.

Emily Hunsucker led off the bottom of the first with a single to center on a 2-0 pitch. Lady Tiger Joy Lewis drove Hunsucker home on a double to left field to tie the score 1-1.

Senior Brooke Wende singled to left field scoring Lewis to give Dawson County a 2-1 lead.

Pruett's team added a single run by Lewis in the fourth inning.

In the fifth inning, Dawson scored again. Katelynn Simpson singled to left putting a runner on first base. With two outs Sydney McGinnis singled to left scoring Simpson giving the Lady Tigers a commanding 4-1 advantage.

Two more runs would cross the plate in the sixth by Lewis and Tabitha Morrison sealing the victory.

Hunsucker and Morrison picked up three hits for the Lady Tigers. Anela Melton and Wende each had two hits in the 15-hit offensive attack.

Joy Lewis picked up her fourth win with a complete game from the pitching circle. Lewis allowed six hits with four strikeouts.

Dawson 7, Lumpkin 3

Thursday the Lady Tigers traveled to Dahlonega to play Region rival Lumpkin County. After overcoming a rocky first inning Dawson came away with a 7-3 win.

"We never gave up after falling behind. Our players just keep supporting each other and good things keep happening," Pruett said.
Trailing 2-0 after an inning, Dawson County rallied. Tabitha Morrison singled to right field to lead off the second inning. Morrison then stole second base and advanced to third on an infield single by Brooke Wende.

Morrison finished the game going 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

Katelynn Simpson grounded to third scoring Morrison from second base making the score 2-1 Lumpkin. With one out Heather Brady singled to left sending Simpson to third base. Simpson would cross home plate on an infield grounder by Anela Melton tying the score 2-2.

Brady had a big game at the plate with three hits in four attempts, a double, and an RBI.

Lumpkin added a run in the third inning to take the lead back at 3-2.

Dawson County took over in the sixth inning scoring two runs on four hits and a walk. A double by Brady scored Morrison and a single by Sydney McGinnis scoring Brady gave Dawson County a 4-3 lead.

Pruett's squad put the game away in the seventh inning with three runs by Lewis, Morrison, and Wende to take the victory.

For the second consecutive game everyone on the Dawson County squad had a hit.

Senior Joy Lewis had a stellar game on the mound. She pitched a complete game seven-hitter with six strikeouts for her fifth win of the season.

The Lady Tigers are 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in region play.

This week Dawson County will host White County today and travel to Fannin County on Thursday. Both are region games and start at 5:55 p.m.

"I just think our players get along very well together," said Pruett. "When something goes wrong they pick each other up. This teamwork will carry them along way."