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Here's where DCHS softball lands in the region tournament
Layne Bailey hits a home run against Sonoraville on Monday, Oct. 3. She will be an important part of the team’s run at the Region 7-3A tournament. - photo by Rio White

Note: DCN will be updating this article as other results come in.

After the final regular season game for the DCHS softball team — a 6-0 win at Gilmer on Tuesday, Oct. 4 — the Lady Tigers have secured the fifth seed in a new Region 7-3A tournament that will give them a chance to play in the postseason. 

The tournament is set to begin Saturday, Oct. 8, at Coal Mountain Park.

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What we know:

Tuesday's results around Region 7-3A confirmed that Dawson finished fifth out of seven teams in the region standings with a 3-9 record. In previous seasons, the top four teams in the region had an automatic bid to the state tournament, with no region tournament to pass through. 

With a win at Gilmer, the Lady Tigers won the season series against the Lady Bobcats and became become the fifth seed, facing fourth seed Lumpkin County at the tournament.  Dawson has split its two games against the Lady Indians this season. 

Another factor that affected Dawson's placing was the game between West Hall and White County. An upset win by the West Hall would have given them the fifth seed and pushed Dawson down a spot. But White County would win 11-2 to help Dawson's cause.

According to the double-elimination tournament bracket, the Lady Tigers will face Lumpkin Saturday morning. If Dawson wins the game, they will face top-seeded Wesleyan on Monday afternoon.

If the Lady Tigers lose the first game, they will move to the loser's bracket and face the loser of the game between Gilmer and West Hall — the sixth and seventh seeds. That potential matchup would be Saturday at noon. 

Of those potential opponents early in the tournament, Dawson has yet to defeat West Hall or Wesleyan. The Lady Tigers have been more competitive against West Hall, falling short 3-2 in their most recent meeting. 

How the team can win games at the tournament:

A steadily improving offense will need help ace pitcher Layne Bailey for the Lady Tigers to get a strong start at the region tournament. 

In the team’s home finale, a 12-8 loss to Sonoraville, the offense kept the team competitive. Bailey, Sadie Dotson and Micah Burruss — three of the strongest bats on the team — each had multiple hits against the Lady Phoenix.

Dotson went 4-for-4, Bailey hit a home run and Burruss brought in pair of runs. Those three players have combined for 63 hits this season. 

“I thought we had great at-bats, even in the first three or four innings when we were down,” head coach Justin Rickett said. “We did a good job of clawing back into it and thought a time or two that we were a big hit away from really getting back into it.”

Against Gilmer, it was freshman Bryce Greenwood who continued her strong season, going 3-for-4 with a home run. Dotson also homered and drove in three RBI to help Dawson clinch the fifth seed.

The Lady Tigers begin their region tournament run at 10 a.m. Saturday against Lumpkin.