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Softball team starts with mixed results
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Pitcher Natalie Glass works from the mound during last weeks home opener against White County. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Lady Tigers softball season got under way last week with games on Tuesday, Thursday and a trio of games over the weekend.

The team lost the first of the season 12-3 and the region opener against East Hall 7-0.

However, on Saturday the team was able to take two of three games by defeating Towns County and Gainesville. The team lost to Chestatee.

"Several girls, it was their first varsity action and nerves got the best of some of them," said Coach Jimmy Pruett about the opener. "Once that snowball starts rolling downhill, it just gains speed, and especially with errors."

In their home opener against the White County Warriors, the Lady Tigers got off to a good start allowing no runs and putting one on the board thanks to a leadoff double to left by senior Sidney McGinnis.

Dawson County was up 1-0 after the first and then White County got going in the second. They were helped by fielding errors.

After the second inning, Dawson found themselves down 7-1 and never fully recovered.

The team held the Warriors to one run in the third and were able to add another off of Maggie Schandera's single to left center for an RBI.

The fourth inning saw a pitching change from Natalie Glass to Kaylan Richards and the score stayed at 7-2.

The Lady Tigers were only able to add one more off a double by Kaila Billingsley in the fifth.

The Warriors loaded the bases in the fifth and Richards walked two runs before Pruett brought in Schandera.

"We did throw three pitchers yesterday... which is something we routinely don't do," Pruett said. "I wanted to see all three pitchers in live game situations."

White County scored two more runs in the seventh, but a diving catch by left fielder Brandi Williams ended the at bat.

Dawson County lost 12-3.

The Lady Tigers traveled to East Hall Aug. 11.

"We actually played much better," Pruett said. "It was tied 0-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. We made a couple of mistakes in the fifth and they took the lead."

McGinnis led off the game with a single, but the Lady Tigers were unable to bring her home. The game continued with no runs through the fifth inning.

Despite the lack of offensive production, Pruett was pleased with the effort.

"I feel a lot better," he said. "Don't get me wrong, I hate losing. We made some defensive changes. I moved a lot of girls around.

"Maggie Schandera pitched really well."

Over the weekend, Chestatee hosted the full day event where the Lady Tigers won over Towns County 8-3 and over Gainesville 12-10. The team lost the Chestatee contest 6-1.

Dawson County faces Fannin County at 5 p.m. on Aug. 18 at home.