A solid pitching performance by Davis Glass and an opportunistic offense led the Dawson County High School baseball team to a 14-2 rout of West Hall in five innings on Wednesday, March 9.
In the opening three-game series of region play, the Tigers won on the road earlier in the week with a 9-1 victory over the Spartans before hosting the second game on Wednesday. The Tigers then went on to win the final game of the series 7-2 at West Hall on Friday, March 11.
The Tigers were able to score 14 runs on just seven hits, due to a combination of walks and errors committed by West Hall.
“Good teams will take advantage of what teams are giving you,” head coach Dwayne Sapp said. “If they make mistakes you gotta capitalize and score on them…and we did tonight.”
Dawson County established momentum from the first inning by showing patience at the plate, forcing a pair of walks. With the bases loaded, Brandon Cramer hit a fly ball into right-center field that was dropped, allowing two runners to score.
That first inning would be indicative of the rest of the game, as the three West Hall pitchers combined for 10 walks and the defense had three errors.
On the mound, Glass would find success in his first three innings before running out of momentum in the fourth. He struck out seven batters and gave up two runs on two hits.
“I felt really good with the curveball…[West Hall] weren’t really touching it,” Glass said. “It was moving really good tonight and it’s been main pitch throughout the season.”
The second inning would see the Tigers offense expand the lead, with Cramer hitting a two-run single, Andrew Burt following up with an RBI single and Glass helping his own cause with a two-run hit of his own.
In the top of the fourth inning, Joshua Priest would come in to relieve Glass and would steady the ship with four strikeouts of his own in two innings pitched.
By the end of the game, Nick Mullinax and Colton Rucker led the Tigers by each having four runs, despite only having a single hit between them. This showed both their willingness to take walks and awareness on the basepaths.
With the wins, Dawson County moved to 8-4 overall on the season. This week, the Tigers will play White County and host two of those three games. The first game will be Monday, March 14 at home, followed by a game on the road Wednesday and the final game at home on Thursday.