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Lady Tigers pick up first win in softball
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With a very talented, although inexperienced, team, the Lady Tigers were suffering through a five game losing streak.

That is until a broken water pipe at Jack Waldrip Field forced Head Coach Jimmy Pruett to change the venue for what should have been the team's first home game of the season against rival Lumpkin County Aug. 13.

Most teams would have been rattled, but not Dawson County. The team came away with a 6-3 win, the team's first of the season. More importantly it was a Region 7-AAA victory that made the team 1-1 in region play.

"We hate not being able to play our first home game, but it all worked out," Pruett said. "It feels great to get the first win. We have been practicing and playing better. Some things are starting to come together. Lumpkin County is a good team, and it was good to get a win at their place. Hopefully, we will get our confidence back and continue to play well."

Dawson County put runs on the board in each of the first three innings against the Lady Indians.

In the first inning, with one out, Skyler Caine walked and moved to second base on a passed ball. Tabitha Morrison singled scoring Caine and giving the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Tigers followed that with two runs in the second inning.

Once again, with one out, Brandy Torres singled, followed by a walk to Katie Brady.

Natalie Glass reached on an error by the shortstop from Lumpkin County that loaded the bases.

Sydney McGinnis singled scoring Brady to make the score 2-0.

Morrison finished the scoring with a base hit that scored Glass and increased the advantage to 3-0.

Lumpkin County had six errors in the game.

Pruett's team added a single run in the third inning on a single by Kaila Billingsley that drove in Caine and pushed the score to 4-0. Billingsley reached base on an error.

The Lady Tigers extended its lead to 6-0 in the sixth inning.

Morrison singled with one out and was followed by a single by Billingsley, who was forced out on a ball by Katelynn Simpson.

The big hit of the inning was a two-out double by Heather Brady that drove in both Morrison and Simpson.

Glass started the game in the circle for Dawson County. She surrendered only one hit until the sixth inning when the Lady Indians struck for two runs, which cut the score to 6-2.

"Natalie (Glass) really has come a long way, in a short time. She has given us a chance to win every game that she pitched," Pruett said.

Lumpkin County added another run in the seventh inning, but it was a little too late as the Lady Tigers came away with their first win of the season.

Morrison had a great day at the plate. She went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Billingsley added two hits, followed by teammate Heather Brady with a big double.

"All three of those girls have been playing well for us all season. We really depend on the middle of our order," Pruett said.

Earlier in the week, the Lady Tigers dropped a 6-3 decision at East Hall on Aug. 11.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Dawson took a 2-0 lead.

With two outs in the fifth, Glass doubled and scored on a single by Caine. McGinnis added a second run after an error by the Lady Viking defense off the bat of Morrison.

The two run lead was short lived as East Hall scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-2 advantage.

The Lady Tigers gave up two more runs in the sixth to fall behind 6-2.

Pruett's team added a run in the seventh inning, but it was not enough. McGinnis led the inning off with a single. Morrison reached on an error and Billingsley singled in McGinnis to pick up the RBI.

Morrison led the offense. She went 2-for-4.

Also picking up hits were McGinnis, Caine, Billingsley, Heather Brady, Torres and Glass.

"We just have to get used to playing with one another. A lot of girls are playing different positions, but we are getting better," Pruett said.

The Lady Tigers are currently 1-5 on the season with a big week ahead.

Dawson County played Aug. 17 at White County and Aug. 18 against Chestatee High School at home.

Results for either game were not available as of press time.

Thursday, the team will host Fannin County in a region matchup.

First pitch is set for 5:55 p.m.

"Fannin is always tough," Pruett said. "White has a new coach so I don't know much about them. Chestatee is a much better team than they were last year, and it's going to be difficult."

 

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