A complete-game pitching performance by Trey Harvey and a three-RBI effort by Julian Horner highlighted a weekend tournament for the Dawson County High School baseball team, who won two of three games at the LakePoint Sports Complex in Emerson.
Harvey took the mound for the first game of the tournament on Friday, Feb. 25, as the Tigers took on Oglethorpe County and won 2-1.
“We needed a big win…I’m proud of [Harvey] and he ate some innings [for us],” said head coach Dwayne Sapp. “We’re just trying to get better each time out.”
A recurring theme for Harvey in this outing was his ability to close out innings with men on base, which he first showcased in the opening frame.
The first two batters he faced drove line-drive doubles through the outfield gaps, putting Oglethorpe on the board first. Harvey settled in quickly, inducing a groundout and striking out the next batter before the remaining runner was caught stealing third base.
Dawson County’s deficit did not last for long, as they scored two runs in the top of the second inning by stealing home plate on a wild pitch and forcing a walk with the bases loaded.
Harvey would not allow another run during the game but did allow at least one baserunner every inning except for the third.
In the face of this recurring pressure, Harvey ended each of the final four innings with a strikeout, including back-to-back strikeouts to end the fifth and sixth innings.
In the final seventh inning, a two-out error by Dawson County put the winning run up to bat, but Harvey closed out the game to give his team the victory.
The Tigers played twice Saturday, defeating Sprayberry 6-2 in the early matchup before falling 6-3 to St. Francis in the later game.
In the first game, leadoff man Horner led the way for Dawson County. His 3-for-4 hitting performance included a double, triple and three RBI.
Leading the way from the mound in that game was Davis Glass, who gave up one run in five innings with five strikeouts. Closing out the game in the final two innings was Jacob Pass, who also gave up one run with a pair of strikeouts.
The Tigers led 3-1 after five innings but placed a firm grasp on the game with a three-run sixth.
Dawson County closed out the weekend with a loss to St. Francis, who scored four runs in the final inning to break a 2-2 deadlock.
Nick Mullinax and Luke Mulberry led the way offensively for the Tigers with a pair of hits each, including a home run by Mulberry.
Mullinax pitched the majority of that game, giving up one run in five innings. The relief pitching and defense struggled late in the game, as St. Francis took advantage of four walks and four errors to help them win.
With the two wins over the weekend, Dawson County tied for first place in their pool group.
The Tigers will play twice this week, traveling to Rabun County on Wednesday, March 2, before coming back home to face Johnson on Thursday, March 3.