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Ladies take two
Despite weather, team takes down Lady Warriors
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Lady Tiger Katelynn Simpson slides into second base ahead of the throw in last weeks game against White County. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

Avoiding the weather has been a recurring theme this softball season for Head Coach Jimmy Pruett's squad.

The Lady Tigers were able to avoid the weather and pick up two big wins last week.

On Sept. 9, Dawson County defeated non-region foe White County, 4-3, and on Sept. 10, the Lady Tigers picked up a huge Region 7-AAA win over rival Lumpkin, 3-1.

Both games were played at Jack Waldrip Field in Dawsonville.

In Wednesday's game the Lady Tigers scored three seventh inning runs to win 4-3 over the Lady Warriors from Cleveland.

Trailing 3-1 going into the inning things looked bleak for Dawson County.

Heather Brady led off the inning with a walk.

Brady advanced to second base when next batter Brandy Torres was hit by a pitch.

After a single by Brittany Griggs loaded the bases, Sydney McGinnis stepped to the plate and lined a 1-1 pitch into left field that drove in Heather Brady and Kati Brady, who came on to pinch run for Griggs, tying the score 3-3.

With two outs Tabitha Morrison was walked to set up a dramatic finish.

Katelynn Simpson took a 3-1 pitch and got a hit to right field that scored Kati Brady for the winning run.

"Our girls never quit," Pruett said. "We think that we can win every game that we play. Katelynn has been hitting the ball well all year, she likes the big moment."

Simpson went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Lady Tigers offense.

Morrison and Heather Brady also had doubles in the game, as the Lady Tigers picked up nine hits in the contest.

Natalie Glass picked up the win from the circle. She pitched seven innings and allowed just five hits.

Glass notched four strikeouts, while only walking two batters.

"She (Glass) pitched great both game," said Pruett. "She seems to get better each outing."

In Thursday's game against Lumpkin County the Lady Tigers scored single runs in the final three innings to get the victory.

Dawson County took a 1-0 lead in the fourth after Morrison reached first base on an error by the Lady Indian shortstop.

Morrison scored the game's first run on a single by Kaila Billingsley.

To start the fifth inning, a botched play by the Lady Indian third baseman allowed Kati Brady to reach first base. Brady eventually scored to make the score 2-0.

Lumpkin County cut the lead in half at 2-1 after scoring a run in the top of the sixth inning.

The Lady Tigers answered in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own.

Back to back to back singles by Simpson, Billingsley and Heather Brady started the inning. Simpson put Dawson County ahead 3-1 on an error charged to the Lumpkin County second baseman on a ground ball by Sydney McGinnis.

The game was full of errors.

Lumpkin County had five errors, while the home standing Lady Tigers picked up three errors in the contest.

Glass notched the win from the circle.

The junior allowed Lumpkin just three hits in seven innings.

The Lady Indians didn't get their first hit until the fifth inning.

The Lady Tigers managed six hits in the game.

"We are playing better, but still we are making some mistakes. I think the best is yet to come. We have to play all seven innings of every game," Pruett said.

Dawson County is now 6-9 overall, but the team is 4-3 in region 7-AAA play.

The Lady Tigers will travel to Fannin County tomorrow for a region matchup with the Lady Rebels.

First pitch will be at 5:55 p.m.