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Tigers find will to win in final game of series
Dawson takes game three against GAC
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Jacob Gloeckner tags a Spartan runner out despite his evasive maneuvers during the Tigers March 17 doubleheader with GAC. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Dawson County Tigers' baseball team picked up a hard-fought win last Friday against Greater Atlanta Christian to prevent a sweep by the Spartans in the three-game series.

Dawson County once again came from behind, this time in extra innings, to climb back into the second game of the doubleheader on March 17.

The Tigers won the third game in the bottom of the 10th inning, 11-10.

"You have to have pride in what you do to get back off the deck when you have been knocked down," said Coach Dwayne Sapp. "We really needed that win after we lost one at Fannin that we should have won."

Dawson traveled to Norcross on March 16 after the first game of the series had to be moved multiple times due to weather.

The Spartans won that matchup 6-2.

Both sides went three up and down in the first inning thanks to the pitching of Noah Davis and the Spartans staff.

Still scoreless after two, the Tigers loaded up the bases in the third with a Jake Gloeckner walk, a Hudson Sapp single and a Kolton Brumbelow bunt.

A base running mistake ended up giving the Spartans a double play when two runners were caught up with nowhere to go.

That would hurt the Tigers as the Spartans had an RBI single and a three-run homer to put them up 4-0 in the bottom of the inning.

"Mistakes happen when you take risks," Sapp said. "Certain players will be allowed more leeway on risks than others. I take calculated risks."

Dawson's only runs came in the fifth when Hudson Sapp singled with two outs and Brumbelow homered to score them both.

GAC added two more in the sixth after a sacrifice and an error by the Tigers.

The Spartans came to Dawsonville on Friday for the doubleheader to complete the series. GAC won the first game 9-3.

In the first inning, GAC scored on a two-run home run to take an early lead and the Tigers put three runners on in the second, but could not bring them in.

In the third inning, a leadoff home run by the Spartans added one more and then an error let a man on base before an RBI double brought him home.

GAC added on in the fourth with a double and a homer over the right field wall.

In the fifth, Clint Garrett reached on a single that dropped into shallow left field. Gloeckner would also reach on a fielder's choice.

A Hudson Sapp single to right center field scored one for the Tigers.

Dawson would add two more runs in the sixth after Brice Henson and Luke Martin reached on singles before Gloeckner hit a hard grounder to center to score both runners.

The Spartans added another run in the ninth after an error in the field.

The final game of the series saw the Tigers get behind 3-0 after GAC scored in the first and then two more in the third after an RBI single and a passed ball that let another run in.

Catcher Logan Barnes threw out the runner stealing second to get out of the inning.

In the fourth, Barnes would throw out another runner before Palmer Sapp struck out another Spartan to get the Tigers off the field.

A Henson leadoff single and two stolen bases made room for Reed McAllister who reached on a walk and also stole a base.

Palmer Sapp then homered to tie the game up at 3 runs each.

Hudson Sapp walked and Brumbelow doubled to take the lead for Dawson County.

Connor Bearden picked up a walk followed by Martin and then Henson added his second hit of the inning with a double to bring in two more.

The Tigers led 7-3 after the fourth.

The Spartans fought back in the fifth with a two-run homer and a single that brought in two more to tie it back at 7.

GAC would take the lead back in the sixth after the Tigers could not get anything going. The Spartans RBI single gave them the lead.

McAllister came up with a strikeout with the bases loaded to get Dawson out of a jam.

Dawson held the Spartans in the seventh before scoring a run to tie the game again. It would stay that way until the 10th inning when the Tigers' defense came up big despite two runs.

"Hard to say defense made a difference in that game when you win 11-10 but our defense played real well," Sapp said. "Austin Young made a diving catch to save runs and Brice Henson looked like a hockey goalie saving a shot hit at him."

In the bottom of 10, Gloeckner reached on a single and Palmer Sapp walked before Hudson Sapp's single tied the game on his two RBIs.

Brumbelow reached on a walk and Bearden was hit by a pitch before a walk to Martin ended the game bringing one in.

McAllister earned the win from the mound with five innings pitched, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out two.

Dawson is now 8-6 overall and 3-3 in region play.

This week the Tigers take on Union County in a three-game series. Game one was scheduled for March 21 at Union, but results were not available as of press time.

They will play at 5:55 p.m. today at home and again at 5:55 p.m. on March 24 at Union.