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Tigers back in the swing
S-Varsity baseball
First baseman Noah Davis steps on the bag to get the out during Dawson Countys wins over Fannin County in last Fridays doubleheader. - photo by Photo by Emma French for the Dawson County News

The Dawson County varsity baseball team swept Fannin County last week to put themselves in contention for a strong finish in the region, as well as clinching a spot in the postseason.

"We also secured a state playoff spot with the sweep. Hopefully we can keep this going as we try to hold on to the second seed in the region," said Coach Dwayne Sapp.

During the April 12 away game the Tigers were able to grab an early lead and put the Rebels away by a score of 15-3.

The first inning offense included a two run double by Austin Young, an RBI single from Connor Bearden and an RBI double by Palmer Sapp.

In the second inning Tucker Maxwell had an RBI single on his way to a perfect day of hitting He went 3-3 from the plate.

Noah Davis had success on the mound, striking out 11. Davis allowed three runs over the six inning game.

Dawson County went on to a three run fifth inning and three more in the sixth before the game was called due to the run rule.

In Friday night's double header at home, Sapp's hitting propelled the Tigers to another big win in the first of two with Dawson County winning 11-2.

Fannin went up in the first inning after a missed tag on a runner and an RBI single.

Kolton Brumbelow hit a double that dropped in left center field and scored Jacob Gloeckner.

Brumbelow later stole home and Brody Chester hit a hard shot to center for a single that brought in two more runs.

After the second inning, the Tigers were up 5-2.

The defense made quick work of the Rebels in the top of the third and then Sapp hit a grand slam. The Tigers ended the third inning up 9-2.

Connor Bearden was solid from the mound as he struck out six hitters and allowed no earned runs. He had one walk and only four hits over seven innings.

The Tigers defense was stout through the end of the game.

In the last game of the series, Dawson County was able to outlast Fannin 14-13.

Dawson got on the board early, scoring two in the first inning on a sacrifice by Brise Henson and Maxwell stealing home.

The Tigers had a huge inning offensively in the fifth.

Sapp hit his second homerun of the night to lead off.

Chester reached on a walk and Henson hit a homerun to bring in Chester.

Gloeckner hit a single that led to two more runs.

Sapp was able to bat again after a Rebels pitching change and proceeded to hit another out of the park, scoring three.

The inning ended with the Tigers up 12-4 and it looked like the game was over, but the Fannin County offense came to life in the top of the sixth.

The Rebels had six singles, a double and three reach on walks to score nine runs.

The Tigers went back to work in the bottom of the sixth with Bearden hitting a hard grounder to center for a single and Nathan Sorrells coming in for a sacrifice bunt. Clint Garrett was hit by a pitch and Gloeckner reached base on a bunt.

Brumbelow had a long shot to center that dropped and brought in Bearden. Sapp followed with a sacrifice fly to score Gloeckner and put the Tigers back on top.

Maxwell took the mound at the top of the seventh to quickly retire the side securing the win.

Dawson County is 16-7 overall and 10-5 in the region. The wins secured a spot in the state playoffs.

The Tigers face Lumpkin County this week.

Tuesday night's results were not available as of press time.

The team will face off again at home during what will be Senior Night in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.