With opening day about a week away, high school baseball season is right around the corner and the Dawson County Tigers will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 campaign where the team failed to make the post-season for the first time in Head Coach Dwayne Sapp’s tenure.
“We have around 22 players that are expected back that were in the entire program," Sapp said. "Lots of young players gain experience last year and we hope that will translate into a more mature team.”
After graduating only a handful of seniors at the end of the school year, this year’s version of the Tigers features the return of nearly every member in the starting line-up, including powerhouse hitters Bo Lewis and Hudson Sapp.
“We are still trying to find out who can step up and help the team,” Sapp said. “Offensively we should be better, I believe we will be able to score runs.”
Although starting pitcher Cameron Moore was among the few graduates from last year’s team, the Tigers will also see a solid trio of pitchers in Sapp, Kristian Kelley and Gabe Gutierrez who all recorded multiple wins in 2019.
“We gained experience, but we are still very young in key spots,” Sapp said. “Pitching is always a premium to winning. Hopefully, some of the young pitchers and less experienced guys will use the playing time from last year to elevate their game.”
The Tigers take to the road for their first test of 2020 on Feb. 6 when they travel to Gainesville High School for a scrimmage game against the Red Elephants. Dawson County then heads to Athens on Feb. 13 for an opening day battle with the Cedar Shoals Jaguars.
Local fans will have their first chance to see the Tigers in action when they begin a five-game homestand on Wednesday, Feb. 19, starting with the Golden Central Warriors.
2020 Dawson Co Tiger Baseball Schedule
Date Day Opponent Time Home/Away
2/6/20 Thursday Gainesville 5:55 Away
2/13/20 Thursday Cedar Shoals 5:55 Away
2/15/20 Saturday Murray Co 12:00 Away
2/15/20 Saturday Dade County 3:00 Away
2/19/20 Wednesday Gordon Central 5:55 Home
2/20/20 Thursday Cedar Shoals 5:55 Home
2/22/20 Saturday Coosa 12:00 Home
2/22/20 Saturday Coosa 3:00 Home
2/25/20 Tuesday White Co 5:55 Home
2/28/20 Friday Gordon Central 5:30 Away
3/2/20 Monday North Hall 5:55 Home
3/4/20 Wednesday North Hall 5:55 Away
3/6/20 Friday North Hall 5:55
3/9/20 Monday Cherokee Bluff 5:55
3/11/20 Wednesday Cherokee Bluff 5:55 Home
3/13/20 Friday Cherokee Bluff 5:55
3/17/20 Tuesday Fannin Co 5:55 Away
3/20/20 Friday Fannin Co 5:00/7:30
3/23/20 Monday Lumpkin co 5:55 Away
3/25/20 Wednesday Lumpkin co 5:55 Home
3/27/20 Friday Lumpkin co 5:55 Away
3/28/20 Saturday Jonathon Alder/Ohio 10:00 a.m.
3/28/20 Saturday Jonathon Alder/Ohio 12:30
3/31/20 Tuesday Pickens Co 5:55 Away
4/3/20 Friday Pickens Co 5:55 Home
4/6/20 Monday East Hall 5:55 Home
4/8/20 Wednesday East Hall 5:55 Away
4/10/20 Friday East Hall 5:55 Home
4/13/20 Monday GAC 5:55 Away
4/15/20 Wednesday GAC 5:55 Home
4/16/20 Thursday GAC 5:55 Away