The Dawson County Lady Tigers softball team took great strides forward in their quest to make the postseason for the second year in a row after winning two out of three games against region 7-AAA opponents last week.
The week opened with a 15 – 3 loss to regional rivals the Lumpkin County Lady Indians Aug. 19 after Dawson County gave up 10 runs in the third inning alone, despite having taken an early lead in the game after junior Bella Henson stole home in the bottom of the second inning.
The loss marked the fourth in a row for the Lady Tigers and was the longest losing streak for the team since September of last year, but the team’s strength and resilience was on full display the following night, Aug. 20 when the GAC Lady Spartans came to town for their second meeting of the season.
Sparked by Henson’s first home run of the season, a deep shot to center field, the Lady Tigers orchestrated a dramatic last inning comeback capped off by an RBI single from Kaselyn Martin that gave Dawson County a huge 5 – 4 walk-off victory in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Freshman pitcher Reese Moore was tapped for her first start of the season and delivered a complete game performance, allowing eight hits and four runs, while gathering in five strikeouts.
Riding their momentum, Lady Tigers traveled to Cherokee Bluff High School to face the always dangerous Lady Bears Aug. 22 in the final game of the week and quickly jumped out to an impressive lead as the team put up 13 points in the first two innings on the way to a 14 – 5 final score.
Moore once again got the start for Dawson County, and pitched all but two outs of the run shortened game as sophomore Olivia Martinez came in from the bullpen to face the final three batters. Moore picked up her second win of the season while holding Cherokee Bluff to five runs on five hits.
Martinez was also instrumental on offense as she reached base in all three at-bats, with two hits and a walk, and scored each time. Henson, along with sophomore Annsley Kirby led the team from the plate with three hits each, and a combined 5 RBIs.
With the victories the Lady Tigers moved squarely into the middle of the regional field, just outside of fourth place, with a 2-3 regional record and a 3 – 5 record overall which puts the team on track for the pre-season expectations of Head Coach Jim Pruett.
“I think its pretty clear that Lumpkin and East Hall are the number one and two teams in the region,” Pruett said. “But there is no reason that we can’t be in one of the final two playoff spots.”
The regional action continued Aug. 26 with a visit from the North Hall Lady Trojans, who also entered the game on the crest of a two-game winning streak. Results were unavailable as of press time.