As the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers round out their summer with a mixed scrimmage of middle school, JV and Varsity players, all the hallmarks of good softball make their appearance. The crunch of cleats on clay, the seemingly endless chants and chatter of the infield and the distinctive ring of aluminum across the infield are telltale sounds of a team gearing up for play. Though this game doesn’t count towards stats or standing, the stakes are just as high. The losing team must “run the poles” for each run scored by the winning team. When “running the poles,” the team musta sprint the distance of the outfield from the first base line to the third base line and back again. It makes for some stiff competition.