It took some time for the bats to warm up for the Dawson County High School baseball team, but they eventually caught fire late in a 10-3 seven-inning scrimmage match victory over Chestatee on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
On a night when the Tigers used different pitchers each inning to see who would be the most ready when the regular season begins next week, each player showed potential to play an
important role on the mound.
“I’m excited about this year. We’ve got more pitching than we’ve had in the past,” head coach Dwayne Sapp said. “I was pleased with our bats overall [tonight]. Defensively, we’ve got to shore up some things…but I’m excited about watching them play and develop throughout the year.”
Early on, the War Eagles took a 3-0 lead within the first three innings. They made timely hits with two outs to take the early advantage, but the Tigers would turn the game around in the
After Sawyer Bearden drew a walk, Nick Mullinax drove the ball deep and over the wall in left-center field just out of the reach of the leaping outfielder. The two-run home run instantly brought the Tigers within one run of tying the game.
As the pitching solidified for Dawson County, their offense improved as well. The fifth inning would prove to be the deciding frame in the game.
A single, double and a walk loaded the bases for Davis Glass. On the third pitch of the at bat, the Chestatee pitcher threw a wild pitch that would score the tying run.
Soon after that, Glass hit a sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a lead that would expand further in the inning.
After Trey Harvey walked and stole a base to put men at second and third base, Julian Horner hit an infield single that proved difficult for Chestatee to properly field, allowing the Tiger to score two additional runs.
Although Dawson County held the lead after the top of the final seventh inning, they were allowed to have one final offensive half inning.
They took full advantage of this, with Andrew Burt hitting an opposite field three-run double to widen the lead. The final run of the game would be scored on an RBI double hit by Glass.
Dawson County will begin their regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at home against Pickens County for a 5:55 p.m. matchup.