The Dawson County Tigers baseball team finished up their next-to-last series last week when they defeated East Hall on three separate outings.
"Really proud of how our guys have been playing," said Head Coach Dwayne Sapp. "East Hall had some injuries and they battled those throughout and our pitching was outstanding again with everyone who stepped on the mound. Hitting has been timely and that is what you need at this point in the season."
The first win against the Vikings came on April 10 when the Tigers traveled to Gainesville and opened up a significant lead during the fourth inning of play on the way to an 11-2 victory.
The Tigers scored in the first inning on a Connor Bearden single that scored Palmer Sapp who had also reached on a single.
The Vikings responded with an RBI double in the first, but would not do much more after that.
During the second inning, Kolton Brumbelow reached on a single and was advanced by a Clint Garrett sacrifice bunt before Jacob Gloeckner brought Brumbelow home on an RBI single.
Dawson County added eight runs in the third inning, seven of them coming after there were two outs.
Luke Martin singled and Austin Young reached on an error before Nate Sorrells hit a hard grounder up the middle for his own RBI single.
Garrett then doubled to score two more and Gloeckner reached on a walk.
A Palmer Sapp single scored one and Hudson Sapp also singled to load the bases just before a Bearden triple brought in three more.
The Vikings changed pitchers, but Martin blasted a double to right to score one more before the East Hall got out of the inning.
The only other Viking run came on a double.
The Tigers final run came when Sorrells singled for another RBI in the sixth. He finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Noah Davis pitched just over six innings with six strikeouts, three walks and only two hits.
Reed McAllister relieved Davis in the seventh and finished off East Hall with two strikeouts.
"I believe we allowed less than six hits in the whole series and two runs over three games," Sapp said. "I believe we have seven shutouts this season and 11 games of allowing three runs or less."
The Tigers hosted the Vikings on April 12 and picked up an 8-0 win.
In the first inning Palmer Sapp led off with a long hit to the left field line for a double before Hudson Sapp brought him in on his single.
Bearden picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice as did Young on a sacrifice fly and Sorrells on a ground out.
Brise Henson garnered five strikeouts through four innings from the mound with only one hit and no runs.
Dawson added one in the second inning after Gloeckner reached on a single and stole two bases. Hudson Sapp brought him home on his RBI double.
Another Tiger run came in the third after Martin reached on a walk and Sorrells on a fielder's choice prior to Brumbelow hitting a double to score Sorrells.
Bearden picked up another RBI in the fourth on a ground out and a Palmer Sapp homerun would make it eight runs for the Tigers.
Dawson earned another shutout victory on April 14 when the team beat the Vikings 7-0 in an error-free game from the field.
With two outs in the first, Bearden singled to score one and take an early lead.
Young singled in the second but was left stranded.
Bearden's sacrifice fly in the third added a second run for the Tigers. Palmer Sapp's sacrifice fly would bring in another in the fourth.
Dawson scored three runs in the fifth inning. Bearden reached on a single as did Sorrells.
Viking errors allowed two of the runs and a passed ball brought Young home after he reached when he was hit by a pitch.
One more run was scored in the seventh to give Dawson the 7-0 win.
Bearden and McAllister worked from the mound with no runs and only one hit. Bearden had five strikeouts and McAllister added four.
The wins take the Tigers to 19-7 overall and 13-3 in the region.
Head Coach Dwayne Sapp had said going into the East Hall series that he felt the team was capable of winning out and still being in contention for a region championship.
To do that, the Tigers would need help from Greater Atlanta Christian, in the form of two losses. Dawson would also have to sweep their upcoming series against North Hall.
"I hope we peak this week," Sapp said. "Playing well can be contagious. Hopefully we rise to the challenge and play our best."
This week Dawson County faces the North Hall Trojans who are coming off a week of defeats by GAC. The series winner will be region runners-up or better and have home-field advantage for the state playoffs which begin on April 28.
The first game of the series was on April 17 at home and the Tigers won 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh after a weather delay.
Dawson will travel to East Hall today for a 5:55 p.m. start and will host the final game at 5:55 p.m. on April 21 at home.