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Tigers drop series to Franklin County
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Brody Chester steals second base during last weekends doubleheader against Franklin County. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The undefeated Franklin County Lions were too much for the Tigers Saturday in blustery conditions at Dawson County High School.

Franklin won both games of the doubleheader 15-4 and 10-7 on April 2.

The Tigers dropped the first in the series to the Lions on March 29 at Franklin County 7-5.

"We did not take advantage of the day. Despite the losses, we still control our playoff destiny and what place we finish," said Coach Dwayne Sapp.

Saturday's games were moved from Friday due to rain and thunderstorms, but despite the sunshine it was still tumultuous on the field. The wind gusts were so strong at times the umpire had to stop play due to swirling dirt.

The wind only seemed to help the hitting as the Lions came out roaring in the first when they loaded the bases and hit a grand slam to go up 4-0.

Later in the inning, Palmer Sapp reached on a walk and senior Brody Chester was able to bring him in on a single.

In the second, Jacob Gloeckner hit a single to left to bring in Brise Henson who reached on a single. The Tigers made it 4-2.

The Lions hit another homerun in the third over the center field wall and then followed that with a big fourth inning including four singles in a row with an RBI. The next Lion's batter was hit by the pitch to reach base.

Junior Colin Glover took over for Palmer Sapp on the mound with the bases loaded. He walked his first which scored another run for the Lions. Franklin then hit a double to score two more before the Tigers got out of the inning with the score at 10-2.

Kolton Brumbelow had a solo homerun off the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth to add one more before the Lions went back to the plate.

Franklin County hitting allowed the Lions to open up the lead even more in the fifth.

Tucker Maxwell hit a solo homerun on the second pitch at the bottom of the fifth, but that would be all the Tigers could do. The game was called after six at 15-4.

In the second game of the afternoon, the Tigers looked like a different team as they fought their way out of a rough start in the first.

The Lions quickly loaded the bases, but the Tigers were able to escape on a force out and a double play.

Sapp hit a hard single to left and was brought in on a Henson homerun to put the Tigers ahead early.

In the third the Lions climbed back in with a run scored after a walk, a double and a balk. They also homered against Conner Bearden going up 3-2.

The Tigers seemed to have new life when Henson homered for Dawson again in the bottom of the third bringing in Chester who reached on a walk.

Noah Davis took over on the mound in the fourth with two men on and was able to strike out two to end the inning without any damage.

The Lions homered and doubled to tie it up in the top of the fifth and the Tigers fought back again with two more on an RBI single by Austin Young and another by Brandon Monkus.

Tigers' fans were irate over the Lion's pitching claiming he was not set and it was a balk on nearly every pitch.

In the top of the sixth the Tigers got two outs and then the Lions proceeded to load the bases and tie the game on a passed ball and stolen base. A single by Franklin County brought home two RBIs to go ahead.

Maxwell came in to pitch and the Lions put one more run up on an error in the field.

"Hopefully we will bounce back and continue to hit and pitch well," Sapp said.

Dawson County moves to 12-5 overall and 6-3 in region 7-AAA after the series losses.

The Tigers face West Hall in a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Friday away.