The Lady Tigers varsity softball team held off a late charge from the White County Warriors on Sep. 12 to snap a three-game losing streak and gain critical ground in region 7 – AAA as the end of the season approaches. With only three regional games left on the schedule Head Coach Jim Pruett acknowledged the importance of building momentum heading into the final weeks.
“Obviously, the final three region games are important for seeding in the region tournament,” Pruett said. “Hopefully, we play well over the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs.”
Dawson County reignited a powerful offensive line-up, racking up 13 runs on 15 hits in the win over the Lady Warriors with ten of those runs coming in the first two innings. Combined with an almost error free defensive effort that held off a late inning push from White County, the Lady Tigers stayed the course for the 13 – 8 victory.
Senior Kaylee Hamilton and junior Laney Taylor led the way with three hits apiece as every member of the line-up either scored a run or tallied a hit during the rout. Freshman Reese Moore started in the circle for Dawson County, picking up her fourth win of the season while sophomore Olivia Martinez threw two flawless innings of relief to close the game.
The win moved the team just outside the bubble for the regional tournament as they now sit in fifth place in region 7-AAA with a regional record of 4 – 5 and an overall record of 6 – 8.
“I feel that we are more tough mentally, and we are improving every game,” Pruett said. “I am really proud of the way that our team has grown as the season has progressed.”
Dawson County will begin their final stretch of regular season games with a pair of games starting Monday, Sep 16 when the team hosts the Chestatee War Eagles for a non-regional battle, followed Tuesday by a visit from the 7-AAA Cherokee Bluff Bears.