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Lady Tigers handle West Hall
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Kaila Billingsley goes after an infield hit last Monday when the Lady Tigers defeated the Spartans at home. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Lady Tigers easily handled non-region opponent West Hall last Monday when they run-ruled them after five innings.

Dawson County High School won the contest 9-1 on Aug. 15 after a walk-off double in the fifth by senior Natalie Glass that brought home Skylar Caine and Brandi Williams.

Pitcher Maggie Shandera posted three strikeouts and one walk in the win.

"We are getting better defensively now," said Head Coach Jimmy Pruett. "Hopefully now everything is going to start to balance out."

The Spartans only run came in the second inning after an infield pop-up was dropped allowing a runner on base. Aside from that fielding miscue, the Lady Tigers were solid on defense.

A sacrifice bunt brought the run in.

The Lady Tigers scored in the first after a double to left field by Sydney McGinnis.

McGinnis had four RBIs on two doubles and a sacrifice.

In the bottom of the third Williams appeared to be hit by a pitch, but the umpire said the ball hit her bat. She went back to the plate and was hit by the next pitch to advance to first.

Two batters later, Kaila Billingsley was also sent to first after being hit by a pitch.

Three walks and a bunt in the fifth loaded the bases and provided another RBI before Glass hit a long ball to right field that ended that game.

On Aug. 16, the team played a close region game against Union County in Blairsville.

"We played a really good team," Pruett said after the 1-0 loss.

The Union County pitcher, Laken Chambers, returned for her first game since an injury.

"Yesterday was her first day back, in the game against us. She's just a difference maker," Pruett said.

Though the Panthers shut out the Lady Tigers, Pruett was proud of the effort.

"We didn't make any errors on defense," he said.

"Natalie Glass pitched the best game I have ever seen her pitch. I don't think she walked anybody. She was dominant," he said about the four-year varsity starter.

During the Aug. 18 home game against Fannin County, the Lady Tigers won 8-5 in their first region win.

"We got down 3-0 early," Pruett said. "They scored three in the first."

Despite early errors, the team was able to come back in the bottom of the first and take the lead back, scoring four runs.

Schandera pitched for the entire outing and pitched great, according to Pruett.

"We just kept tacking on a few runs here and there," he said. "We played well all week."

The Lady Tigers are now 1-2 in region play and 4-4 overall.

The team will take on Greater Atlanta Christian at 5 p.m. tomorrow at home.