Dawson County Baseball Spring Training Camp
Dawson County High School will host a premier baseball camp for kids ages 7-13 on Feb. 4 and Feb. 11.
The camp will run from 9 a.m. until noon on both Saturdays and players will learn drills that the high school players use.
Coaching staff and current players will assist campers as they work through drills.
Registration is available up until the day of camp and the cost is $60 per camper. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.
Tryouts for this year's Dawson County High School baseball team concluded last week and the new roster will be laden with seniors according to Head Coach Dwayne Sapp.
There are 13 to be exact.
Despite that, Sapp said that he will need them all to contribute if the team is going to have success both in region play and, hopefully, in the playoffs.
"It's basically the same bunch of kids, except for a couple of big ones that you are going to miss," Sapp said. "We are definitely going to miss those guys and what they contributed offensively."
He is turning to returning starters like Noah Davis, Brise Henson, Austin Young and Kolton Brumbelow to be leaders for the 2016-17 season.
The team is coming off a 22-9 (13-5 in Region 7-AAA) season as region runners up. The Tigers advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Class AAA state playoffs.
Though it will be a roster full of upperclassmen, players like Tucker Maxwell who will likely start as a freshman at the University of Georgia next month, will be sorely missed.
"Some of the things he did, I don't think we will replace," Sapp said. "He scored a lot of runs. I think he scored like 51 runs. You can't replace that... I think he had 38 walks and 44 hits. So doing the math, 82-- That's 82 times he reached base. That's a lot when you only bat 120, 115 times."
Senior Luke Martin is returning to baseball after taking a year off to focus on football and the team has added a couple of new players who moved in over the last year.
One freshman, Hudson Sapp, will play at the varsity level. Sapp recently gave a verbal commitment to play Division I baseball for the University of Mississippi.
Sapp hopes that Hudson will be able to contribute this year, though he is the first to say he is young and is not there yet.
"He's got a little bit different skill set then some of the other kids. He throws a little bit harder than everybody else. We will have that this year that we didn't have," Sapp.
With tryouts out of the way, Sapp and the team are in full practice mode as they await a couple of winter sports' participants and prepare for a Feb. 9 scrimmage at Athens Christian.
"For the most part, we have got to get ready now," he said.
On the mound Sapp will look to Hudson Sapp along with Davis who recently signed to play at Garner Webb University next spring.
Other returning pitchers include Connor Bearden, Brise Henson, Clint Garrett and Hunter Ramey.
Palmer Sapp is healthy this year according to Sapp who said he battled some issues with his back and mono through last spring.
"We have a couple of tweaks, things I am concerned about with injuries," he said.
Sapp said he will need everyone to be healthy just to get through the schedule in Region 7-AAA, particularly with the addition of Greater Atlanta Christian.
"You need them all to have their best year for us to have success because GAC is loaded," he said.
"If you get through the grind of region, then you are going to get a grind in the first round," Sapp said about the strength of programs like North Hall, Fannin, Lovett and Westminster. "It's not going to be easy."
This year's schedule has a slightly altered format with several programs agreeing to change from a Tuesday-Friday doubleheader schedule for a three-game series to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday format.
"The doubleheaders are brutal," Sapp said.
All things considered Sapp still has high expectations for this year's team.
"I expect to make region and I expect to make playoffs," he said. "That is my goal right up front. We will see what happens."
2017 Varsity Baseball Schedule
Feb. 9 @Athens Christian 5:30 p.m. (scrimmage)
Feb. 14 @Clarke Central 5:55 p.m.
Feb. 18 FPD @Strong Rock Christ 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 Hampton @Strong Rock Christ 4 p.m.
Feb. 22 White County 5:55 p.m.
Feb. 24 Clarke Central 5:55 p.m.
Feb. 25 Morgan County 2 p.m.
Mar. 1 Chestatee 5:55 p.m.
Mar. 3 @Morgan County 6 p.m.
Mar. 7 Fannin County 5:55 p.m.
Mar. 10 @Fannin County 5 p.m.
Mar. 10 @Fannin County 7 p.m.
Mar. 13 Greater Atlanta Christian 5:55 p.m.
Mar. 15 @Greater Atlanta Christian 5:55 p.m.
Mar. 17 Greater Atlanta Christian 5:55 p.m.
Mar. 20 @Union County 5:55 p.m.
Mar. 22 Union County 5:55 p.m.
Mar. 24 @Union County 5:55 p.m.
Mar. 27 Lumpkin County 5:55 p.m.
Mar. 29 @Lumpkin County 5:55 p.m.
Mar. 31 Lumpkin County 5:55 p.m.
Apr. 5 @North Forsyth 5:55 p.m.
Apr. 7 @White County 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 10 @East Hall 5:55 p.m.
Apr. 12 East Hall 5:55 p.m.
Apr. 14 @East Hall 5:55 p.m.
Apr. 17 North Hall 5:55 p.m.
Apr. 19 @North Hall 5:55 p.m.
Apr. 21 North Hall 5:55 p.m.