The Dawson County High School Tigers are playing great baseball. Not only is the team scoring runs, 38 in the last three games, but the team is playing great defense behind really good pitching.
Dawson County picked up three big Region 8-AA wins over Spring Break.
The Tigers began the week with an 18-3 clobbering of Rabun County on April 3.
The Tigers followed that victory with a come from behind, 8-6, win over the Union County team.
Varsity Baseball Head Coach Jimmy Pruett’s team finished the week with a 10-1 win over Banks County.
The Tigers are now back in the region playoff hunt with a 9-7 overall record.
Against Rabun County, the game was over in the first inning.
Dawson sent 19 batters to the plate, of which, 15 scored.
The first 10 batters for Dawson scored before Rabun recorded an out.
Luke Williamson led off the game with a towering homer. Williamson had a rare occurence happen as he batted three times in the first inning. He went 2 for 3.
Dawson had 17 base hits in the contest with several Tigers getting multiple knocks.
Caleb Holbrook and Jacob Anglin led the charge with three hits apiece. Anglin had a single, double and three RBIs for the game.
Getting the win on the mound with a 3-inning complete game, was Tyler Thurmond.
The game was called at the end of the third inning because of the 15-run Georgia High School Association mercy rule.
Tuesday, the Tigers played host Union County.
The Panthers jumped out to a first inning, 1-0, lead.
Union added a run in the third inning that gave them a 2-0 advantage.
The Tigers picked up a run in the bottom of the third inning.
Logan Burt singled with two outs. His hit scored Colton Chester. Dawson trailed, 2-1.
Things looked bleak for the Tigers when Union scored another run in the sixth inning to increase the lead, 3-1.
The game then began to get exciting as the Tiger bats finally came alive.
Burt homered to start the sixth inning. His blast cut the Union lead in half, 4-2.
However, the Panthers added two more runs in the seventh inning to extend their advantage, 5-2.
Tiger Colton Chester led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a homer.
With one out, Tyler Thurmond singled, Williamson walked, putting runners on first and second.
Caleb Holbrook delivered with a two-out single that drove in both runners and tied the score at 5-5.
The game went into extra innings.
Union scored first with a single run in the top of the eighth inning to make the score 6-5.
Tyler King opened the eighth inning with a double for the Tigers.
Tiger Cody Smith came on as a pinch hitter and delivered a single with no outs.
Colton Chester hit a sacrifice fly ball to right field that drove in Smith and tied the score at 6-6.
A fly ball to left field gave Dawson two outs in the inning as Tyler Thurmond stepped to the plate.
Thurmond turned on a pitch by the Union hurler and hit a homer that gave Dawson the 8-6 win.
Picking up the win for Dawson County on the mound was Tyler King.
King came on in relief of starter Jeffrey Partington.
On Wednesday, the Tigers jumped on Banks County quick.
The Tigers went up 7-1 after only two innings of play.
The Tigers coasted to a 10-1 victory behind the strong pitching of Logan Burt.
Burt pitched a 7-inning complete game. He recorded nine strikeouts.
Once again the Dawson bats were alive. The team tallied 13 hits.
Jacob Anglin hit a home run in the seventh inning that drove in two runs.
King also had big day at the plate. He went 3-for-4.
First baseman, Josh Harper, went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and two RBIs.
The Tigers will have a busy week. The team will face off against East Hall today, and will have Senior Night on Friday against Rabun County.
Wednesday’s game will start at 5:55 p.m. Friday’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m.