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Ladies drop two: Fall to East Hall and Fannin
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Lady Tiger Kayla Billingsley slides into third base against East Hall last week. Billingsley went two for four with a double and a triple. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

It was a tough week for the Dawson County High School varsity softball team. The Lady Tigers dropped games to East Hall, 8-2, on Monday at home and then traveled to Blue Ridge and lost 5-1 to Fannin County on Thursday.

Both were Region 7-AAA games.

With the losses Dawson County is currently 6-11 overall and 4-5 in region play.

It doesn't get any easier for the Lady Tigers.

Coach Jimmy Pruett's squad will play Banks County at home Thursday, then Franklin County on Sept. 29.

Banks County leads the region with a 9-1 record, while Franklin County is in second place with a 7-2 region record.

Currently, the Lady Tigers, are in fourth place.

Earlier in the season Dawson County lost 1-0 to Banks County and 9-8 to Franklin County.

Monday's game with East Hall saw the Lady Tigers fall behind 3-0 after three innings. Dawson County rebounded with a single run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 3-1.

Sydney McGinnis drew a walk with one out and came around to score on a ground ball to the pitcher by Brittany Griggs.

East Hall answered with two runs in the top of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 5-1.

The highlight of the inning was a homerun by Lady Viking Stephanie Redmon.

Pruett's team pushed across a single run in the bottom of the inning to trim the Lady Viking advantage to 5-2.

Natalie Glass reached first on an error by East Hall third baseman Kaitlyn Daniel.

Glass scored on another error by the East Hall pitcher.

There were seven errors committed by both teams in the game.

Four errors were committed by Dawson County and three errors by East Hall.

Coach Josh Joiners East Hall team added two more runs in the seventh inning to seal the victory.

The Lady Tigers picked up six hits in the contest. Three of those hits came in the first two innings.

Leading the offense was Kaila Billingsley who went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. Also getting hits were Tabitha Morrison, Brandy Torres, Katelynn Simpson, McGinnis and Griggs.

Morrison also had a stolen base.

"We need to get healthy. We have had a couple of girls to miss games because of injury. We also have to play better defense, and get some timely hitting," Pruett said. "We are not hitting, when we need big hits. We are getting girls on base, but we are not driving them in. We play great at times, and then we make mistakes, and they seem to snowball.

"I thought Maggie Schandera pitched well in both games. Sydney McGinnis hit her first homerun of the season and Kaila Billingsley played well."

Thursday's game with Banks County will begin at 5:55 p.m.

 

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