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Staying alive
Tigers 2-3 during Spring Break
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Senior Zack Buchan readies for a pitch during a recent game. - photo by File photo

The Dawson County High School Tigers baseball team needed to win two out of three games during Spring Break to keep them in the playoff hunt.

Head Coach Thad Burgess' team did just that, winning on April 9 against Fannin, 12-5, and Banks County on April 10, 5-2, while losing to Lumpkin County, 18-3, on April 8.

All games were played in Dawsonville.

Dawson County currently stands in fifth place with a 5-8 Region 7-AAA record and a 7-13 record overall.

"Beginning the week, we knew that we had to win two out of three games to stay in the playoff picture. After dealing with weather and spring break schedules, we finally were able to get in all our games by Friday," Burgess said.

The week started poorly for the Tigers with an 18-3 loss to Lumpkin County.

"We had to take one on the chin in this game due to pitching," Burgess said.

Lumpkin led 11-3 after two innings, before scoring five more runs in the third and two more in the fourth inning.

The game was called after four innings because of the mercy rule.

Burgess' team managed just three hits in the contest.

Those hits came from Brody Chester and two by Dylan Heller. One of those two hits was a homerun by Heller in the third inning.

Defense and pitching did not help the Tigers.

The team committed six errors, hit two Indian batters, walked six batters and gave up 11 hits.

The Tigers rebounded in the game against Fannin County.

Fannin got on the board with a single run in the top of the first inning.

The Tigers answered in the bottom of the second inning with seven runs to take a commanding 7-1 lead.

The second inning began with a single by Chester followed by a walk to Logan Crumley.

With runners on first and second, Heller stepped to the plate and deposited a ball over the outfield fence for a three-run homer.

Later in the inning, Zack Buchan mimicked Heller with a two-run homer driving in Levi Whitmire and Connor Bearden.

Dawson County added four more runs over the next three wins to capture the big region win.

Getting multiple hits for the Tigers were Austin Martin, Bearden, Chester and Crumley.

Heller tallied three RBIs while teammates Buchan and Martin each had two RBIs.

The long ball was the theme in the game against Banks County.

J.T. Eggert hit two homeruns, in the third and sixth inning, and Crumley slammed a homer in the fourth inning to help Dawson County to a 5-2 win.

Banks took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the third inning.

The homerun by Eggert cut the Leopards lead in half at 2-1.

The Tigers took the lead in the fourth inning.

A leadoff single by Luke Martin set the table for Crumley's homerun giving Dawson County a 3-2 advantage.

Dawson County added a run in the fifth to extend its lead to 4-2.

The single homer by Eggert in the sixth sealed the victory.

Crossing the plate for the Tigers were Whitmire, Luke Martin, Crumley and Eggert twice.

The weather could be an issue for all teams this week. Rain is predicted for each day, which could make next week a sprint to the finish.

"We have to win three of our last four games to get into the playoffs. We have to play our best baseball of the year to keep our goal alive.

It will be whoever is able to get enough quality innings on the mound to give you a chance in the different matchups that will take place," Burgess said.

Dawson County is scheduled to play East Hall at home today before traveling to first place Franklin County on Friday.