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Tigers' baseball set to begin season with scrimmage
Baseball
Catcher Bo Lewis connects on a two-run home-run. - photo by Bob Christian

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