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Tigers baseball gets wins over White County and Clarke Central
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Palmer Sapp congratulates Hudson Sapp after he hit a home run to score Palmer in the first inning against Clarke Central. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Tigers baseball team hosted its home opener as well as two other home games last week and came away with wins over White County and Clarke Central before losing the final game to Morgan County.

"Even though Saturday did not go our way, we are still playing well," said Head Coach Dwayne Sapp about the first week of home games. "The team was disappointed with Saturday overall, but the first two weeks have gone well."

Heading into the home opener, the Tigers were 3-0.

On Feb. 22, the White County Warriors came to Tiger Stadium and were able to get the upper hand in the second inning after a single to center field and a passed ball at third that allowed a run.

The Warriors would hold that 1-0 lead through the fourth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Jacob Gloeckner reached on a walk and was able to steal second before making his way to the corner on a Palmer Sapp single.

Austin Young reached first after a dropped ball and picked up two RBIs, scoring both Gloeckner and Sapp.

Young was sent home to steal during Kolton Brumbelow's at bat, but was called out at home to end the inning.

In the sixth, Brice Henson came in to relieve Connor Bearden on the mound and after a fly out from the Warriors, a home run tied the game at 2.

Henson came up with two strikeouts to get off the field.

Senior designated hitter Luke Martin hit one out of the park with two outs and two strikes to take the lead back.

Palmer Sapp closed out the game from the mound for the save and the Tigers went three up and down to get the 3-2 win.

On Feb. 24, Clarke Central visited Tiger Stadium and Dawson got to work early opening up a 4-0 lead after one inning on the way to a 15-3 win.

Hunter Ramey earned the win from the mound, pitching four and a third innings. Ramey struck out five and surrendered three runs and three hits.

Palmer Sapp led off with a double to left center field and Hudson Sapp homered to bring him in and start the scoring.

A Martin double later in the inning scored both Brice Henson who reached on a single and Brumbelow who walked.

During the second inning the Tigers opened things up against the Gladiators with Gloeckner reaching on a bunt, Palmer and Hudson Sapp both getting on base and then a Young single that scored one.

Bearden doubled to bring in two more and Henson's single also brought in an RBI.

When the second inning ended, the Tigers had a 12-0 lead.

The Gladiators were able to score in the third, but were unable to generate enough offense to keep the game going beyond five innings.

On Feb. 25, Dawson County hosted Morgan County and was unable to get much of anything going against the Bulldogs, losing 20-6.

The Bulldogs had 18 hits.

Morgan County took an early lead at 4-0 before Brumbelow homered in the second inning to get the Tigers on the board.

By the third inning, the Bulldogs had extended the lead to 8-2 as Dawson changed to their third pitcher on the day. By the end of the third, the score was 13-2.

In the bottom of the fourth, Dawson was able to add four more runs, two of those on a Young home run.

"Sometimes you just have one of those games where nothing goes right," Sapp said. "Hopefully we will learn from our mistakes and move forward. These non-region games are exactly used for finding out what you do well and what you don't and improving in both areas."

The Tigers move to 5-1 overall. They will host Chestatee at 5:55 p.m. today.

On Mar. 3 the team will travel to Morgan County for a 6 p.m. rematch.