The Dawson County High School varsity Lady Tigers softball season came to an abrupt end last week in Calhoun.
Coach Jimmy Pruett's squad played one of the best teams in Class AAA and lost both games of a doubleheader, 14-2 and 12-0, in the first round of the state playoffs, Oct. 14.
"That was our goal all year to get in the state playoffs, we really expect to go every season," Pruett said. "Calhoun was as good as advertised. They have won two championships in a row, but we played pretty good."
The Lady Tigers were down 2-0 in the fifth inning in the second game before the wheels fell off.
In the first game, Dawson County got its first hit off the bat of Skylar Caine with two outs in the third inning.
Dawson County plated two runs in the fourth inning on back to back singles by Sydney McGinnis and Tabitha Morrison.
Both came around to score on an error by the Lady Jackets first baseman off the bat of Maggie Schandera.
That would be the only scoring Dawson County could manage the rest of the afternoon.
Dawson County completed the season with a 10-17 overall record.
Calhoun (29-3) advanced to the second round of state action, where they will host Jackson High School today in a doubleheader.
"I thought Sidney McGinnis had a good game, both at the plate, and in the field. Kayla Billingsley played well, as did Natalie Glass and Tabitha Morrison," Pruett said.
Pruett has been in charge of the Dawson County softball program for 20 years.
Fifteen of those years have been fast pitch. Out of those 15 years, the Lady Tigers have reached the state playoffs 11 times.
With the loss, Pruett said goodbye to five seniors: Tabitha Morrison, Heather Brady, Brandy Torres, Brittany Griggs and Katelynn Simpson.
"They (seniors) are a great group of young ladies. They have worked so hard over the past four years, I could not be any prouder of a group," Pruett said.