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Tigers open 2019 season with loss to War Eagles
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Hudson Sapp throws the first pitch of the 2019 baseball season against the Chestatee War Eagles on Feb. 13. - photo by Bob Christian

The Tigers opened the 2019 baseball season with a game against the Chestatee War Eagles at Dawson County High School Feb 13.

Despite solid pitching from a trio of Tigers, the War Eagles broke loose for four unanswered runs in the fifth inning and went on to ruin opening day for Dawson County by a final score of 4-0.

Senior Hudson Sapp fired the first pitch for the Tigers as he took the mound to open the game and shut down the War Eagles with five strikeouts over the first two innings, to include a 1-2-3 second inning.

Unfortunately, Dawson County’s offense was unable to capitalize on the effort and the game remained scoreless headed into the third inning when Cameron Moore took over the mound for the Tigers.

Moore opened his stint in the circle by retiring the side in the third inning and he held the War Eagles to a single base runner in the fourth as the Tigers continued to struggle at the plate to keep the score at zero at the halfway mark of the game.

Chestatee opened the fifth inning with a single that rattled Moore as he walked the next three batters to give the War Eagles a 1-0 lead with no outs before he was replaced by the third pitcher of the night for Dawson County, Kristian Kelley.

“We will be using multiple pitchers all year,” Head Coach Dwayne Sapp said. “We will do that to combat the lack of depth at pitching.”

Kelley fought his way through five more batters in the fifth inning, recording a strikeout along the way, before the Tigers retired to the dugout trailing 4-0.

Dawson County produced solid contact in the final innings of play as they recorded their only two hits of the game and threatened to score in both the sixth and seventh, but Chestatee’s defense held strong and the Tigers finished the day with little to show for their 22 trips to the plate and a 4-0 loss to open the 2019 campaign.

Chestatee pitcher Benson Miller recorded the complete game win as he allowed two hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts.

Moore picked up the loss for Dawson County, as all four Chestatee runs came from his four walks over two innings on the mound.