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Winning on the road
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Carol Drake snags a ground ball and tries to beat the runner with her throw to first on Aug. 24. - photo by Amy French

In what has developed into an early season trend, the Dawson County Lady Tigers softball team picked up another win on the road last week and then lost their home matchup.

“It’s just more of the same old, same old,” said Coach Jimmy Pruett who is looking for ways to change the pattern. “We are 4-4 and we have won all four games on the road and that is backwards.”

Dawson defeated Fannin County 4-1 on Aug. 22 and then lost to North Hall at home on Aug. 24, 8-0.

During the game against the Lady Rebels, Brandi Williams led off with a single and managed two stolen bases before a Skylar Caine line drive brought her in.

Maggie Schandera reached on a single and Micaiah Jenkins hit a hard double that scored Kaitlyn Bennett who was on base for Schandera.

A Bella Henson single scored Jenkin’s courtesy runner Ashlynn Anglin to give the Lady Tigers an early 3-0 lead.

The score remained until early in the third inning when another Henson RBI scored Caine who reached on a walk putting Dawson up 4-0.

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Maggie Schandera pitches in what Coach Jimmy Pruett called her best game of the season from the mound against the Lady Trojans - photo by Amy French
The Lady Rebels only score would come from an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the third.

“We played well up at Fannin. We made some changes defensively. We made some changes in the lineup,” Pruett said. “We hit well, ran the bases well. We just played a complete game.”

Schandera got the win from the mound with six strikeouts and one earned run over seven innings.

Schandera continued her solid pitching during the Thursday home game with the Lady Trojans, but mistakes in the field again cost the Lady Tigers.

“Maggie pitched her best game of the season yesterday,” Pruett said. “In my opinion she had her best velocity, her best movement. She pitched great yesterday, in a loss. She may have given up one earned run. I felt bad for her. She was spot on.”

The first batter for North Hall struck out and the second grounded out before two batters reached on errors, the second resulting in a run to give the Lady Trojans an early lead.

Errors allowed North Hall batters on base again in the second, but two more Shandera strikeouts ended the threat.

North Hall was able to add two more runs with no outs in the top of the fourth before Pruett called a time and held a conference on the mound.

Following the break, the Lady Tigers picked up three quick outs including a Caine diving catch at second.

In the fifth, North Hall would score on a fielder’s choice and errors by Dawson County to take the score to 8-0.

The week takes the Lady Tigers to 4-4 overall. The team faced Gainesville on Aug. 28 and Greater Atlanta Christian on Aug. 29 but results were not available as of press time.

Next up for Dawson County is another road game. They will play at 5:55 p.m. against Lumpkin County on Aug. 31.


Junior Varsity

On Aug. 21, the Lady Tigers junior varsity picked up what Coach Logan Allen called a good team win at Johnson. Dawson won 15-5.

Pitcher Carley Lamb completed seven innings, walking only three and striking out nine.

“Solid game hitting including an inside the park grand slam by Laney Taylor,” Allen said. “Also solid defense in the game, only committing one error. Annsley Anglin did a great job catching all seven innings behind the plate.”

The junior varsity program also faced North Hall on Aug. 24 and lost 6-3.

Scoreless through two, The Lady Trojans put six on the board in the top of the third inning.

The Lady Tigers were able to answer with three of their own, also in the third, but the game was called due to time.

Lamb pitched well, according to Allen and Kaitlyn Bennett, Mia Cranford, Taylor and Lamb all had hits in the game.

The team is now 1-3 overall and will play Johnson High School at 5:30 p.m. today at home.