Scrimmage, BBQ start off high school softball season
Amelia Cranford steps up to the plate at the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers softball scrimmage July 27. - photo by Allie Dean

The Dawson County High School Lady Tigers softball team last week held an intrasquad scrimmage where new and seasoned players got a chance to warm up before the season as well as raise funds for the team.

The scrimmage was held at 6:30 p.m. July 27 and was the finale of a week of fundraising events for the team.

The Lady Tigers and coaches also held a camp July 24-26 for younger girls from kindergarten through eighth grade to help hone skills as well as garner interest in the sport.

There were 45 participants, with a registration fee of $70 each.

Another fundraising effort was held the night of the game with a BBQ dinner provided by Dawsonville Tavern. Tickets were $8 each and the team sold 250 tickets.

According to Sandy Jenkins, president of the team booster club, the money will go towards food for away games and upgrades in the team’s uniforms.

Fundraising efforts last year raised enough money for a brand-new windscreen for the field at DCHS.

“The community has definitely rallied around the girls this year,” Jenkins said. “And Dawsonville Tavern we owe a big, big thank you- we wouldn’t be able to do this without them.”

Some who bought plates, which had to be picked up at the school, stuck around to watch members of the junior varsity and varsity teams begin to work more cohesively as a team.

Entrance to the scrimmage was $5 a person.

The team is made up of 27 girls and is currently coached by Jimmy Pruett, Megan Waters, Allen Logan and John Lundy.