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Tigers bounce back
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Tyler Thurmond takes a cut at a fastball against East Hall High School on Saturday. Thurmond led an offensive attack by the Tigers as they collected 17 hits in the 18-3 win. - photo by Pam Jacobs Dawson Community News

After starting the week with a game the Tigers would like to forget, an 11-1 loss to Fannin County, the team bounced back with two convincing wins over Rabun County, 9-4, on Friday, and a thrashing of East Hall, 18-3, on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Tigers are currently 7-7 overall and 4-6 in Region 8-AA play.

 

Tuesday’s game in Blue Ridge saw too many errors, six for Dawson County.

 

“We made some really bad plays,” said Head Coach Jimmy Pruett.

In the first inning, the Tigers gave up a run on an error at first base. The play gave Fannin a 1-0 lead.

 

The Rebels (10-0-1; 9-0) exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning on two errors and two wild pitches by Dawson pitcher Logan Burt.

 

Burt didn’t get much support on the offensive end as Dawson managed only two hits in the contest, one by Kaleb Holbrook and the other by Tyler Thurmond.

Luke Williamson scored the only run for the Tigers in the third inning.

 

Dawson bounced back on Friday with a convincing 9-4 win over Rabun County (4-7; 3-5) at home.

 

The Tigers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after one inning of play.

 

Williamson led off the game with a double. Burt bunted him over to third base. Holbrook picked up a walk and stole second base, which put runners on second and third with one out.

 

Clean-up hitter Josh Harper hit a dribbler to short-stop that scored Williamson from third.

 

Right fielder Tyler King stepped up to the plate and took a fast ball deep over the outfield fence for two RBIs.

 

“The quick start really gave us a boost,” Pruett said.

 

Jacob Anglin homered in the second inning to push Dawson’s lead out to 4-0.

 

The Tigers scored three more runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth inning to round out the team’s scoring.

 

Dawson had 11 hits in the contest.

 

Williamson had a great day offensively for the Tigers. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs scored, and two RBI’s.

 

Holbrook also had a productive day for his team. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Jeffrey Partington started the day on the mound and picked up the win.

 

Partington pitched six scoreless innings before running into trouble in the seventh. Preston Adams came into the game in the seventh inning. He struck out two batters to close out the win.

 

Partington finished the day giving up only seven hits, while striking out four batters.

 

Saturday’s game with East Hall was a make-up game from Wednesday’s cancelation due to rain.

 

The Tigers’ bats exploded, pounding out 17 hits in an 18-3 rout of the Vikings (0-14; 0-9). The game was shortened to three innings due to the GHSA mercy-rule.

 

The first 10 Dawson batters scored before an out was made.

 

“I can’t recall ever seeing that happen,” said Pruett.

 

Williamson led off the game with a homer and Dawson never looked back.

 

Williamson batted three times in the first inning, collecting two hits.

 

Several Tigers had multiple hits, including; Williamson, 2-for-3 with three RBIs; Holbrook, 3-for-3 with a double and RBI; Harper, 2-for-3 and an RBI; King, 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs; Jacob Anglin, 3-for-3 with a double and a triple and Tyler Thurmond went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

 

Thurmond picked up the win on the mound. He went three innings and picked up two strikeouts.

 

East Hall scored three runs in the second inning for its only runs of the game.

 

The Tigers will play today at Banks County (5-5; 5-3) before taking the rest of the week off for spring break.

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