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Softball looks to rebound at home after tough road slate to begin season
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Junior Layne Bailey takes a swing during the scrimmage game against Forsyth Central. Her offense will be a key component of the team’s success this season. - photo by Rio White

The Dawson County softball team will be looking to use a tough opening trio of games as learning experiences with the second full week of games starting up.

Head coach Justin Rickett and the Lady Tigers began the season with a home game against Forsyth Central on Tuesday, Aug. 2, before traveling to Hall County to face Jefferson and North Hall in a pair of Saturday games. 

A new-look Dawson County roster would have to wait to make its home debut after local lightning caused an hour-long weather delay.

After the game began, the visiting Bulldogs would get out to an early lead and prove to be a challenge for the Lady Tigers, with the hosts eventually losing 15-4.

Starting pitcher Reese Moore showed good speed on her early pitches but a couple of big hits by Forsyth Central and errors by the Dawson County defense gave the visitors seven runs in the first inning.

The hosts would later get the bats going and put up four runs before the end of the game.

On Saturday, the Lady Tigers would play a pair of 4A schools in Jefferson and newly reclassified North Hall. Jefferson, coming off an impressive 16-win season, defeated Dawson County 12-0 in the first game. 

Old region foe North Hall, who the Lady Tigers bested for a place in the state playoffs last season, also proved to be a tall order. The Trojans would win 11-0.

This week, the softball team will return home after having faced another challenging team on the road. The game against Lambert on Tuesday, Aug. 9, fell past the DCN print deadline and will be included in next week’s print edition.

The Lady Tigers return to Dawsonville to host Vidalia on Friday, Aug. 12, at 4:30 p.m. before hosting North Hall on Saturday at noon.

Next week, the Lady Tigers will begin competition in Region 7-3A with a home game against West Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 16, before traveling to region newcomers Wesleyan on Wednesday.