The Dawson County varsity softball team won two of three games last week, moving its overall record to 8-8 in the process.
The Lady Tigers routed Banks County 8-1 last Tuesday, and then pulled off an extra inning win over Pickens County on Wednesday. The Lady Tigers came up with the win after 8 innings.
The team’s only loss of the week came at the hands of Jefferson, 4-0.
Dawson County High School Head Softball Coach Jimmy Pruett and his team have a 1-4 Region 8-AA record with one more game to play at Fannin County next Tuesday.
Cheyenne Bennett pitched a strong game against the Nettes in Jasper on Wednesday. Bennett finished the game with 8 strikeouts, while giving up only three hits in the contest.
Pickens jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.
With one out, right fielder Lindsey Hammontree lined a single to right center.
Freshman Mindi Mullins then smoked a double to right center field, scoring Hammontree. Mullins scored on a single by Kelli Johnson.
Dawson answered in the top of the third inning. Katie Pulley was hit by a pitch from Nettes pitcher Ericka Hutson to lead off the inning.
Kimberly Wallace then reached on an error, putting runners on first and second for the Lady Tigers.
Tiffany Rowan singled in Pulley from second base. Sydney Cox followed with a single, that drove in both Wallace and Crumley, giving Dawson the lead, 3-2.
Like a prize fight, Pickens fought back in the bottom of the third, tying the score at 3-3.
The score remained the same over the next four innings, sending the game into extra innings.
Dawson exploded for three runs in the eighth inning after several clutch hitting performances at the plate.
Crumley started the inning at second base, international tiebreaker rules, where she would advance to third on a single by Cox. After a courtesy runner for Cox stole second base, Bennett took a 2-2 pitch and hit a slow roller just out of the reach of the infield, scoring Crumley.
Singles by Kayla Grizzle and Amanda Gravitt knocked in two more runs, giving Dawson a 6-3 lead.
Bennett finished the game strong, as Pickens couldn’t muster a score.
On Thursday, the team honored their two seniors, Brea Haygood and Kayla Grizzle.
A pre-game ceremony allowed Pruett to present flowers to the players and their families.
“We are sure going to miss these two fine young ladies,” Pruett said. “It’s going to be hard to replace them next year.”
The game against state single A runner-up Jefferson didn’t quite go as planned.
The Lady Dragons took advantage of four Lady Tiger errors to score their runs and came away with a big 4-0 shutout.
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