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SPRING PREVIEW: Dawson County baseball is ready to begin the Logan Burt era, pitching set to be a strength
Head coach Logan Burt talks with his team before the scrimmage game against Chestatee on Monday, Feb. 6. Burt is starting his first year as head coach of his alma mater. - photo by Rio White

Dawson County Varsity Baseball 

Head Coach: Logan Burt, first season

2022 Record: 19-13 overall, third place in Region 7-3A, made first round of state playoffs

Key Returners: Colton Rucker (Sr.), Trey Harvey (Jr.), Davis Glass (So.)

Dawson County’s varsity baseball team is ready to begin a new era under head coach Logan Burt — a DCHS alum and assistant coach under Dwayne Sapp.

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While the departure of six seniors from last year’s 19-win group will make this year’s squad much younger, that won’t stop Burt and his staff from working hard to make a repeat appearance in the state playoffs happen.

In contrast to last year’s big-hitting team led by seniors Brandon Cramer, Luke Mulberry and Nick Mullinax, the 2023 season is set to be led by a strong core of pitchers.

Contributions from the mound will be led by junior Trey Harvey, who finished last season with a 5-3 record, 3.81 earned run average and 44 strikeouts.

Harvey’s steady improvements during his sophomore year have set him up for a role as the team’s ace this season.

He made his first appearance of the season during the team’s scrimmage game at Chestatee on Monday, Feb. 6, throwing four strikeouts in two innings of relief pitching. The Tigers beat the War Eagles 7-4. 

Harvey will be joined by sophomores Davis Glass, Joshua Priest and Jacson Rickett as tentative starters for the Tigers rotation this season.

The trio of sophomores come into this season with plenty of experience from last year and will all seek to become important assets for a Tigers team facing a challenging non-region schedule.

Glass, one of the team's best two-way players, will be one of the leaders of a youthful Dawson offense. He had a strong freshman campaign at the plate in 2022, racking up a .305 batting average and 25 runs batted in.

Other key hitters for the Tigers this season will be senior Colton Rucker and juniors Julian Horner and Sawyer Bearden. 

Rucker had a productive 2022, finishing with 26 hits and 32 runs — eventually being selected as an All-Region honorable mention. 

He got off to a strong start in the scrimmage game against Chestatee, belting three doubles and scoring twice in the win. 

The regular season will begin on Monday, Feb. 13, with the Tigers hosting Mt. Pisgah at 6 p.m. 

Dawson will later make the trip down to Johns Creek for a rematch with the Patriots on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game before traveling to North Hall on Friday.