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Mulberry homer helps Tigers avoid sweep against East Forsyth
Luke Mulberry celebrates with the team following his solo home run during the team’s win against East Forsyth. - photo by Rio White

A home run by Luke Mulberry highlighted a 13-4 win for the Dawson County baseball team over East Forsyth on Thursday, March 24, as the Tigers avoided a series sweep and improved to a 12-6 record on the season.

Mulberry’s solo shot encapsulated a high-energy performance from Dawson County, who scored nine runs in the first two innings. After a string of runs scored on singles and doubles, the team celebrated the emphatic home run that contributed to an already successful day.

“It felt great,” Mulberry said. “I haven’t been hitting too good recently, [so] I just calmed down, swung and it went out.”

Despite dropping the first two games of the series, the Tigers began Thursday’s game with a confident mindset that worked to their advantage early on.

The offense used a strong hitting day combined with their strength at drawing walks to build baserunners consistently throughout the game.

While Mulberry led the way with three hits in the game, three other batters had three RBIs each. The team combined for six walks.

Not only was the offense firing on all cylinders, but starting pitcher Nick Mullinax put in a complete-game performance with six strikeouts and three earned runs.

Nick Mullinax pitches during Thursday’s game against East Forsyth. He threw a complete game with six strikeouts. - photo by Rio White

His steady pitching was only interrupted with occasional defensive mistakes that allowed runners on base. In the seven innings, he would give up just five hits.

“[My pitching] today was pretty good,” Mullinax said “Some calls didn’t go our way, but all I had to do was keep my head on straight so I could keep throwing strikes and help the team win.”

In the first two games of the series against East Forsyth, the Tigers fell 4-2 and 9-4. In the first game, Trey Harvey threw six strikeouts over five innings. Elijah Odom had both RBI in the opener.

The second game saw Davis Glass and Jacob Pass split pitching duties as the Broncos had their strongest game of the series. Andrew Burt had a pair of hits in that game.

The win in the third game gives Dawson County a dozen wins on the season and puts them at a 7-2 record in Region 7-AAA, just behind next week’s opponent Cherokee Bluff.

“It gives us momentum going into a big series against Bluff next week,” Mullinax said. “If we can just keep this momentum, I think we should be good.”

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