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SOFTBALL: Lady Tigers fall to White County, remain in playoff hunt
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Sophomore Layne Bailey high-fives head coach Justin Rickett as she rounds third headed home after her third home run of the season. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Dawson County Lady Tigers softball team lost to White County 11-3 on Wednesday, Sept. 22 after the Warriors tallied six runs in the third inning off of four Lady Tiger errors. 

Wednesday night’s game lasted five innings, due to the GHSA mercy-rule of a time leading by eight runs after five innings. Head coach Justin Rickett said earlier in the season his team was the most successful when they were playing “sound defense.” The team totaled seven errors in the game. 

Layne Bailey was the starting pitcher, throwing 3 ⅓ innings, allowing just one earned run and walking one. Reese Moore pitched in relief for the remainder of the game, allowing two hits and one earned run in the 1 ⅔ she pitched. 

The Lady Tigers were able to gather seven hits, with both Layne Bailey and Lauren Kurtz leading the offense with two hits each. Bailey sent a solo home run over the scoreboard in right-center field in the bottom of the third inning and Kurtz drove in two runs on a single in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Bailey and Ainsley Allen. 

Despite the loss, the Lady Tigers (5-15, 5-7 in Region 7-3A) are tied for fourth place in the region standings with North Hall High School, whom Dawson County beat earlier this season 12-7, but then lost 8-0 in their second match. 

The season is far from over, with nine region games left to play for Dawson County. They will immediately start action again on Thursday, Sept. 23 against West Hall High School in a double- header. In their one game against each other this season, the Lady Tigers won 12-4. 

The double-header starts at 4:30 p.m. at Dawson County High School.