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Lady Tigers softball team wins close game with last inning heroics
Senior Kaylee Hamilton positions herself under a fly ball in right field on Sep. 17. - photo by Bob Christian

Sophomore Annsley Kirby kept the Dawson County varsity softball team’s post-season dream alive on Sep. with a clutch solo home run over the center field wall in the seventh inning to give the Lady Tigers a one run victory over their regional rivals the North Hall Trojans.

The deep ball completed a perfect night at the plate for Kirby as she went 4-for-4 at the plate, driving in four RBIs and scoring the game winning run as the Lady Tigers held off a ferocious, late-inning comeback engineered by the Lady Trojans.

Fellow sophomore Olivia Martinez got the party started in the first inning with her first swing of the bat when she nailed a two-run home run over the left field wall to give Dawson County the early lead. The teams traded runs in the second inning, and North Hall added one run to their total in both the third and fourth inning to tie the game at three.

The Lady Tigers continued to swing the hot bats and loaded the bases twice in the fifth inning and, taking advantage of the single error committed by the Lady Trojans on the night, drove in five runs, three coming on a triple from Kirby, to take a commanding lead into the late innings of the game. North Hall responded with five runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth, tying the game once again, to set the stage for Kirby’s dramatic finish.

Freshman pitcher Reese Moore threw 109 pitches as she faced down 38 batters, striking out two, in a complete game performance to secure her sixth win of the season. North Hall’s Dowdy took the loss after going all seven innings as well.

The win moved the Lady Tigers into a tie for fifth place in the region with the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans and, facing only one regional opponent out of the three teams remaining on the schedule, it appears that Dawson County will face GAC in the opening round of the regional tournament with the location determined by the results of each team’s final games.

Dawson County will be on the road to start the final week of the season as they travel to Denmark High School to face the Danes on Monday, Sep. 23, followed by the last regional game of the season at home against the Fannin County Rebels on Tuesday, with the season finale taking place on Thursday versus the White County Warriors.