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Offensive struggles ongoing
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Tiger Luke Williamson lays down a perfect sacrifice bunt against Union County. In the third inning, Williamson slammed a 2-run homer that led to Dawsons only runs in the 7-2 loss. - photo by Pam Jacobs Dawson Community News

The Dawson County High School varsity baseball team continued it’s offensive woes last week. The Tigers dropped two Region 8-AA games last week to Union County, 7-2, on Tuesday, and fell 9-2 to Banks County on Thursday.

 

“We are having a tough time pushing runs across the plate,” said Head Coach Jimmy Pruett. “It seems like every time we make a mistake the other team takes advantage of it.”

 

Dawson managed only four hits against starting pitcher Brock Gordon from Union County on Tuesday.

 

One of those hits was a two-run blast to left center field off the bat of Luke Williamson.

 

Williamson drove in Logan Burt who singled with one out in the third inning.

 

The Tigers recorded only two more hits the rest of the contest. Those hits were registered off the bats of Tyler King, double, and a single by Williamson.

 

Williamson finished the game going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI’s and a beautiful sacrifice bunt in the first inning.

 

Union took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning off Tiger starter Josh Harper.

 

The inning began with a leadoff error at third base. Panther batter Zach Odom then turned on a fastball and deposited it over the outfield fence.

 

The Panthers scored two more runs on two singles and a walk.

 

The Panthers put the game away in the fourth inning. The team scored three runs to take a commanding 7-2 lead. After a leadoff walk and a single, Panther Phillip Stubbefield doubled to left to drive in two RBI’s. An error by the Tigers in right field resulted in the final run.

 

Control problems by the Tiger pitching staff against Banks County led to nine runs by the Leopards last Thursday. Dawson pitchers hit four batters and walked six, while allowing nine hits to lose their third consecutive game.

 

Banks County jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning before Dawson scored.

 

Tiger starting pitcher Tyler Thurmond had control issues in the second inning.

 

Thurmond hit the first two Banks County batters to start the second inning. Two singles later the Leopards had scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead.

 

The Leopards added two more runs in the third inning off of Thurmond. Another hit batsman and two singles scored two more runs to result in a 4-0 lead.

 

A single run in the fifth inning gave Banks an insurmountable 5-0 advantage.

 

Dawson scored its only two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

 

Tigers Cody Smith and Jacob Anglin both singled to lead off the inning.

 

A walk to leadoff hitter Logan Burt loaded the bases. Williamson then singled to drive in Smith and a walk to Tyler Thurmond resulted in Dawson’s lone two runs in the game.

 

Williamson went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Tigers’ offense.

 

The Tigers will host East Hall (0-6; 0-2) on Wednesday and Rabun County (2-2; 1-1) on Friday.

 

Wednesday’s game will begin at 5:55 p.m. and Friday’s game will start at 5 p.m.

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