A trio of strong offensive performances last week led the Dawson County baseball team to a series sweep of Gilmer County and brought the Tigers closer to clinching a state playoff spot.
Wins of 10-0, 9-3 and 12-1 helped put DCHS at second place in Region 7-AAA behind only North Hall, who the Tigers will play in a crucial three-game series this week.
“I thought our approach was very good,” head coach Dwayne Sapp said. “Our guys were aggressive in situations to do damage against Gilmer.”
The hot hitting week of DCHS was highlighted by eight runs batted in by senior Brandon Cramer and several hits by senior Nick Mullinax.
During the first game of the series, the Tigers were led by a five RBI performance by Cramer as the team managed to score all 10 runs in the first five innings to shorten the game.
On Thursday, a torrid fifth inning pushed DCHS into a large lead, led by a three-hit day from Mullinax and three more RBI from Cramer.
Friday’s closing game included a six-run second inning highlighted by a bases-clearing double by Elijah Odom and a solo home run by Mullinax.
While the bats gave the Tigers consistent leads during games, pitching was also a strength for the team throughout the week.
Sophomore Trey Harvey continued his strong season on the mound during Monday’s series opener, shutting out the Bobcats in five innings.
Senior Ryley Moore went six innings in Thursday’s game, giving the Tigers another solid foundation for a win.
Wrapping up the sweep on Friday was Mullinax, who threw six strikeouts in five innings and limited Gilmer to a single run.
This week’s matchup with North Hall will include home games for DCHS on Monday and Thursday with a trip to the Trojans on Wednesday.
The Tigers are up against a North Hall side that boasts a 20-4 record this season and who are the defending class AAA state champions.
“We realize we need to play sound defense and pitch well,” Sapp said. “You cannot make mistakes or they will capitalize. Our kids believe in themselves and what we have been teaching all year.”