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SOFTBALL: Seventh inning comeback falls short for Lady Tigers against East Forsyth
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Rylie Erickson mid-swing against East Forsyth on Wednesday, Aug. 18. - photo by Jacob Smith

Despite a late seventh inning comeback, the Dawson County softball team were unable to capture their first victory of the season, losing 4-2 to East Forsyth on Thursday, Aug. 18. 

“They’re a good group of girls,” Lady Tigers head coach Justin Rickett said after the game. “We’re going to keep working and we’re going to break through at some point. I’m excited to see when that happens and we’ve got plenty of time for that to happen.”

Layne Bailey pitched for the Lady Tigers, allowing only three hits through the first six innings of the game and only one run in the first. She finished the game striking out three batters and only walking one, with three earned runs. 

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Layne Bailey mid windup against East Forsyth on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

“I thought we played hard,” Rickett said. “I thought Layne pitched a good game. I thought she did a really good job of missing barrels and getting soft contact. We played defense well for the most part. [East] took advantage of when they did square the ball up.”

Senior Rylie Erickson had the lone hit for the Lady Tigers through the first six innings of the game, running out an infield single. Down 4-0 headed into the bottom half of the seventh innings, the Lady Tigers refused to go away silently. 

Senior Ainsley Allen started the rally with a leadoff drug bunt down the third base line. With one out, Senior Annslee Kirby sent a single past the infielders. Erickson once again got on base with a line drive base hit to load the bases. Freshman Micah Burrus put the ball in play and drove in two runs off of an error by the East first baseman. 

Erickson was called out at the plate on the play. Rickett talked to the umpire with the crowd behind voicing their distaste for the close play, but the umpire did not ask for help from his opposite in the infield. The Lady Tigers were unable to gather another hit, ending the game. 

“We’ve got to find ways earlier in the game to scrap, score runs and put pressure on their defense,” Rickett said. 

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Olivia Martinez throws to first against Easy Forsyth on Wednesday, Aug. 18. - photo by Jacob Smith
The Lady Tigers (0-6) allowed the least amount of runs to a team all season in Wednesday’s game and committed only one error, something Rickett said the team had worked hard on during practice. 

Dawson County will look for their first win of the season against Cherokee Bluff (3-0) on Thursday, Aug. 19 at DCHS. The game starts at 6:30 p.m.