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Ladies mow down competition
Qualified for state tourney
Varsity Softball pic
Nine softball players were honored on senior night last Monday against North Hall. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

The Dawson County High School varsity Lady Tigers softball team is on a roll at just the right time.

The Lady Tigers entered the Region 7-AAA tournament at East Hall with a win over North Hall, 4-2, on senior night and then followed it up with a huge victory over Class AAA No. 1 ranked Buford by a 5-3 score.

Coach Jimmy Pruett's team continued its winning ways in the region tournament with two big wins on Saturday.

Dawson County entered the tournament as the No. 1-seed.

The Lady Tigers made easy work of West Hall by an 8-2 margin in the team's first game.

In the second game of the tournament the Lady Tigers trailed by four runs to Banks County and had to fight back to come away with the 10-8 win.

Up next for Dawson County was a rematch against Buford.

The game was originally scheduled for Monday. However, due to rain, the game was rescheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. Scores were unavailable at press time.

The long week began with senior night activities at Jack Waldrip Field in Dawsonville on Sept. 24.

Before the varsity game, Pruett and his staff honored nine seniors for all their hard work over the last four years.

This year's seniors are: Jenna Abbott, Samantha Moulder, Becca Monkus, Gracie Hovan, Carly Gilreath, Taylor Shirley, Taylor Willoughby, Kenna Seitz and Natalie Burt.

On Sept. 25, the team traveled to Jasper to face an inspired Pickens team.

Errors doomed the Lady Tigers as the team recorded its only loss of the week, 4-1.

The atmosphere was electric at Buford High School on Sept. 26. The Lady Wolves came into the game boasting a 20-2 overall record.

Abbott pitched her first complete game of the season. The senior fanned 11 Lady Wolves hitters to pick up the win.

Abbott also helped herself at the plate. She had four hits during the game, one of which was a first inning triple that drove in two runs.

Joy Lewis followed with a single that drove in Abbott from third and gave Dawson County a quick 3-0 lead.

Buford seemed stunned by the scoring onslaught.

The Lady Tigers padded their advantage in the fifth inning on a 2-run double by Carly Gilreath.

Dawson County roughed up Buford's ace pitcher Bria Bush.

Bush pitched six innings and allowed 12 hits. All five Lady Tiger runs were earned.

"As far as the regular season games go, it ranks right up there as one of our best wins ever," Pruett said. "Jenna played great both from the mound and at the plate. Right now Jenna is a little tired and sore after going seven innings for the first time this season."

Pruett added the win was a team effort.

"Joy Lewis played a great shortstop and contributed with two big hits. The double by Carly was huge at the time. I thought our entire team played great defense."

"Buford puts so much pressure on you with their team speed. They (Buford) make very few mistakes," Pruett said.

The Lady Tigers pounded out 15 hits overall against Buford.

Getting multiple hits were: Abbott, Moulder, Gilreath and Tabitha Morrison. Also contributing at the plate was Burt with a hit, Martie Rogers with two walks and a run, Emily Hunsucker with a walk and Kenna Seitz who got hit with a pitch with bases loaded.

Going into the region tournament, Pruett said: "Well the bull's eye just got bigger. We have to compete against every team that we play, and cannot have a let down."

Against No. 8-seed West Hall on Saturday, the Lady Tigers erupted for four runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. Dawson County never looked back and cruised to an 8-2 victory.

Martie Rogers picked up the win on the mound. Rogers threw six innings and picked up six strikeouts and three walks.

Hitting well for Dawson County was Rogers, who went 1-for-4 with a run. Abbott had only one hit, but it was a blast. The senior connected on a two-run homer. Lewis was 2-for-3, and Moulder went 1-for-3 with a run.

It was a different story in the second game of the day against Banks County.

The Lady Leopards played a good game and took a four-run lead into the fourth inning.

Dawson County's bats came alive and pounded out eight straight hits. With two errors committed by the Banks County defense, the Lady Tigers took the lead.

Pruett's team fought hard and came away with a 10-8 win.

Dawson County has an overall record of 17-6-1.

With the two region tournament wins, the Lady Tigers have qualified for the state tournament.