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Tigers take 3 from Indians
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Right fielder Kolton Brumbelow celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam home run against Lumpkin County during Fridays double header. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Dawson County High School varsity baseball team secured the second seed in the region with a win in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against Lumpkin County.

The Tigers swept the Indians in the three game series last week beginning with the away matchup on April 19.

The wins secured their place as region runner-up as well as home field for the first round of state playoffs.

Dawson County's productive fifth inning in the first game led them to an 8-2 win.

Austin Young started things off in the first with an RBI single had a two-run double in the fifth. He managed four RBIs for the game.

The Tigers scored three in the fifth.

Connor Bearden and Brise Henson both added an RBI.

From the mound Noah Davis was able to strike out six, walk one and only allowed two earned runs over seven innings.

"We continue to swing the bats real well," Coach Dwayne Sapp said. "Hopefully, we can stay hot at the plate for the next series."

In the first of the two April 22 games, Dawson County won 13-3 in six innings.

During the first inning, Dawson put on a hitting clinic with three home runs from Young, Brody Chester and Henson.

Young's homer over the left field wall scored Tucker Maxwell who reached on a walk.

Chester hit straight over center for a solo home run.

Sound defense took Tigers quickly back to bat in the second. Jacob Gloeckner hit a double on a shot to center.

Palmer Sapp followed with a single down the third baseline and then Tucker Maxwell had an RBI single.

Young came through yet again with a sacrifice fly to score another taking Dawson County to 7-1 after two innings.

Bearden and the Tiger defense retired the side and the offense went to work again.

Bearden reached on a hard grounder and Henson doubled in the third.

Noah Davis reached on a walk to load the bases.

Kolton Brumbelow promptly hit a grand slam to put the Tigers on top 12-1 after only three innings.

Bearden went on to strike out two in the fourth and another pitching change for the Indians helped to stop the bleeding and get out of the inning.

Lumpkin County generated some offense at the top of the fifth on three walks and three singles that scored two to make it 12-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, Maxwell put a double off the center field wall and soon after stole third base.

Chester hit a sacrifice fly to score Maxwell and secure the 13-3 win as well as the No. 2 spot in the region.

Between the games, the four Tiger seniors-Maxwell, Chester, Brandon Monkus and Drew Barnes-were recognized on the field with their parents.

Game three of the series began with a similar feel to the first.

Sapp reached on a single and Maxwell did the same.

Then Young continued to show his reliability from the plate as he hit his second home run of the night, scoring three.

Chester's double to center field looked like it was going to be the sixth home run of the night.

As Bearden reached the plate, a lightning delay of 25 minutes was called. It was instead a one hour 58 minute delay.

During the delay, players and parents were able to enjoy cake and ice cream for the senior night celebration.

The delay did not deter the Tigers as Young hit another single and Bearden had an RBI single before Monkus hit a home run over left center field that plated two more. After three innings Dawson had a 6-0 lead.

"Austin Young has been playing really well and we had a great performance by Hunter Ramey on the mound," Sapp said.

Hunter Ramey pitched a shutout.

The Indians went down in order in the fourth and Bearden doubled for two more RBIs.

Dawson County stayed on top 9-0 until a sacrifice fly by Bearden scored Young for the win.

The Tigers finished the regular season at 19-7 overall and 13-5 as region runner up. They will face Adairsville in a double header beginning at 4 p.m. Friday at home for the first round of state playoffs. If necessary there will be a third game on Saturday at 1 p.m.