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Legion Post 247 aims to improve
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Austin Martin, at third base, applies a tag for an out after a strong throw from left field. - photo by Pam Jacobs Dawson Community News

American Legion Post 247 seems to be in a slump. Head Coach Kasey Wilson's team has lost the last three games and are sitting at 3-5 record.

"We just can't stop the wheels from falling off," Wilson said. "We just made too many errors. If you score 10 runs you should win."

Dawsonville jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after one inning of play in the team's recent game against Rockdale, but then things started falling apart.

Rockdale, the defending state champions, posted seven runs in the third to take a 7-2 advantage. The defending state champions never looked back rolling to a 27-10 win.

Most of the 27 runs were due to the 12 errors that Post 247 committed.

"There are players going to college that just didn't make the routine plays," Wilson said. "We had throwing errors. We failed to field routine ground balls. It was just a comedy of errors. It really puts a lot of pressure on our pitchers. A good team like Rockdale will take advantage of all those errors."

Offensive highlights for Dawsonville included home runs by Tony Papale in the fifth inning, Brett Westmoreland and Holden Brown.

Marlin Hensley also had a good day at the plate. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles.

After the game with Rockdale, the team made a long road trip to play Peachtree City.

Post 247 came out on the wrong end of a 7-3 score. The three runs posted was the lowest output for Dawsonville this season.

Blake Thomas started on the mound and pitched a great game for Post 247.

Thomas pitched six innings, the longest for any Dawsonville starter this season, and gave up just three runs.

"Blake pitched a great game. He threw strikes and was around the plate all day," Wilson said.

Hunter Sears and Jeffrey Partington came on in relief of Thomas.

"Hunter just had no luck," Wilson said. "He gave up a couple of dinkers and walked a couple of batters."

Papale and Brown homered again for Dawsonville. For Papale it was his sixth home run, to lead the team, this season.

Brown was 2-for-3 with a single and a walk.

Post 247 managed just seven hits for the contest.

"We have to pick up some wins if we hope to make the state tournament. As of right now, only four teams from the North Region will go and we're not one of them," Wilson said.