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Softball: Lady Tigers eliminated from state playoffs after loss to North Hall
Layne Bailey makes contact with a pitch against Lumpkin County on Wednesday, September 30. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Lady Tigers went 1-2 throughout the week, with a loss against North Hall on Thursday, Oct. 1, dropping the team from the state playoffs.

Bella Henson tips her helmet to the crowd after a home run against Lumpkin County on Wednesday, September 30. It was Henson’s fourth home run of the season. - photo by Jacob Smith
Dawson County vs Cherokee Bluff 

The Lady Tigers won big at Cherokee Bluff on Monday, Sept. 28, winning 11-1 in five innings. Layne Bailey pitched all five innings, allowing only three hits and striking out four players. 

The score was 4-1 headed into the top of the fourth inning. The Lady Tigers scored seven runs, led by a grand slam from Bella Henson. Rylie Erickson, Brea Crane and Bailey drove in runs too, finishing the victory off for the team. 

Dawson County vs Lumpkin County

Lumpkin County took the lead early and never let go of it, winning the game 8-5. Olivia Martinez started the game on the mound and threw six innings, allowing five earned runs and striking out two players. 

Henson led the offense again for the Lady Tigers, sending another ball over the fence for a homerun, her fourth of the season. Bailey, Martinez and Lauren Kurtz all had a RBI as well. 

Dawson County vs North Hall 

It looked as if the Lady Tigers had already won the game with a 7-1 lead headed into the bottom of the sixth inning. Henson hit a triple and Brea Crane had a double plus two RBIs. 

The Lady Trojans would decrease the deficit in the bottom of the sixth, bringing home two runs to make the score 7-3. The defense would unravel in the bottom of the seventh, with a team total of 11 errors for the game. Bailey was on the mound again and only two of the eight runs the Lady Trojans scored were earned. 

The loss on Thursday officially eliminated the Lady Tigers from qualifying for the state tournament. In years past, the regular season was used to seed all region teams for a tournament, where the top four seeds would move on to represent the region in the state tournament. However, all region teams agreed to play each other three times during the season to eliminate a region tournament at the end of the season. 

The Lady Tigers will play on Monday, Oct. 5 against White County and at Gilmer County on Tuesday. Their final game of the year, a home game, will be against Cherokee Bluff on Thursday, Oct. 8. 

Ainsley Allen rounds third to score a run against Lumpkin County on Wednesday, September 30. - photo by Jacob Smith