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SOFTBALL: Lady Tigers fall to Lady Warriors in late-season matchup
On Monday night, the Dawson County Lady Tigers lost one of their final games of the season to the White County Lady Warriors. - photo by Corinne Thompson

In a battle of bunts and strikeouts, the Lady Tigers softball team fell to the White County Lady Warriors on Monday night.

Led by starting pitcher Reece Moore, the Lady Tigers played a nearly perfect defensive game on Oct. 5, 2020, giving up only four runs to the Lady Warriors.

“I think we played an errorless game defensively, had an opportunity to score some runs, but unfortunately we couldn’t get the big hit today,” Lady Tigers Head Coach Jimmy Pruett said after the game.

Moore and White County pitcher Liana O’Kelly each pitched complete games. 

Lady Tigers player Lauren Kurtz bats against the White County Lady Warriors on Monday afternoon. - photo by Corinne Thompson

After a scoreless first inning, White County struck first when two batters reached base on a shallow fly ball and a walk. Lady Warriors first baseman, Kaylie Holbrook, drove in two runs to give her team a lead over the Tigers. 

With multiple runners stranded on base and holding the visiting team to their two-run lead, the Lady Tigers were hungry to score, but couldn’t follow through.  

At the bottom of the fourth inning, Layne Bailey sparked momentum for Dawson County with a line drive single past second base. More base runners quickly followed suit after a bunt single by senior Brea Crane and another single to shallow right field by Moore to load the bases. With two outs and the bases loaded, Dawson County center fielder Emily Kurtz drew a walk to put the home team on the board, 1-2. 

However, the lone run was all the Lady Tigers could cash in from a big inning. White County came back in the top of the sixth innings with another two-run RBI, this time by Emily Anderson, extending their lead 1-4.

Base hits by Bella Henson and Olivia Martinez made a seventh-inning rally possible for Dawson County but the Lady Tigers were once again unable to bring any runs home. 

“We gave ourselves a chance to win,” Pruett said.“The effort is what I’m proud of.” said Pruitt, “We fall hard and I’m proud of the girls.

The Lady Tigers played at Gilmer County High School on Tuesday night, losing 3-1. This brings Dawson County’s overall record to 6-15. 

Their final game of the season will be at home on Thursday against Cherokee Bluff.