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How the Lady Tigers softball team can still make the state tournament
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Lady Tigers head softball coach Justin Rickett talks with his infield during the Thursday, Sept. 2 match against East Forsyth. Photo by Haelim Adle.

As of Monday, Oct. 4, the Dawson County Lady Tigers softball team are in fifth place in the Region 7-3A standings. 

Their region record (9-10) is equal to the fourth place team, North Hall, but Dawson County lost the best-of-three season series against North Hall, so they would have to finish with a better region record than the Lady Trojans. 

That being said, both teams still have two games left to play this week to finish the regular season. The Lady Tigers play White County High School (21-3) on Monday night and end their regular season at Gilmer High School (4-21) on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The Lady Tigers have won both games against Gilmer and lost both games against White County earlier this season. 

North Hall has a game against Cherokee Bluff (19-6) on Monday night and end their regular season Tuesday, Oct. 5 against Lumpkin County (7-16). The Lady Trojans have won each game against Lumpkin County and lost each game against Cherokee Bluff. 

If history repeats itself, both teams will go 1-1 this week and North Hall will advance onto the GHSA 3A state softball tournament. However, if Dawson County were able to win Monday night’s game against White County, their chances of advancing would increase dramatically. 

Like any race to the finish at a sports season, the best recipe to advance is to continue winning games. However, even if Dawson County goes 1-1, Lumpkin County could play spoiler against North Hall and beat the Lady Trojans Tuesday night, which would advance Dawson County onto the state tournament. 

Wednesday night’s game against Gilmer will be at Dawson County High School and start at 5:30 p.m.