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Tigers win against Gordon Central Warriors, game sealed by grand slam
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The Dawson County Tigers baseball team mercy-ruled the Gordon Central Warriors on Thursday night, scoring 11 unanswered runs against the Warriors in five innings. 

Thursday night was a dominant performance on the mound for starting pitcher Kristian Kelley, who struck out eight Warrior batters and only allowed one hit to the first batter of the game. Kelley, a senior, pitched all five innings of the game. 

Shortstop TJ Allen also had a nice day at the plate, going 2-2 with a double, two runs batted in (RBI), and two stolen bases.

But the majority of the Tiger’s runs came from senior and University of Mississippi baseball commit Hudson Sapp, who ended the game with 5 RBI, four coming from a walk-off grand slam that finalized the mercy-rule for the Tigers. 

“I’m glad he got a hold of one tonight, so he could feel a little bit better before he goes home,” Head Coach and Hudson’s father Dwayne Sapp said after the game.

Dawson County improves to a 4-0 record for the season, outscored their opponents 55 runs to 6. 

Following the game, Coach Sapp said that the team has been pitching well and hitting well, but they still want to try to rotate a few more players into the starting lineup. 

“We’re still very young in a lot of spots, so there’s still a lot more growth left to do,” Sapp said. 

The Tigers will get a chance to continue their winning streak during a doubleheader at home on Saturday, Feb. 22, when they face off against the Coosa High School Eagles out of Rome, Ga.