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Tigers take last game in West Hall series
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First baseman Connor Bearden tries to pick off a runner from West Hall during last weeks series against the Spartans. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

After a rough week against Franklin County, and dropping the first two games of the series, the Tigers were able to get a win over West Hall on the road last week.

The April 8 contest was a back and forth battle with the Tigers finally coming out on top at 10-6. The team lost the first game of the doubleheader, 5-2.

"We really needed this game going into the next to last series of the season," said Head Coach Dwayne Sapp.

Dawson County had a tough night April 5, coming off their series with Franklin County where they lost the first game of the series to the Spartans at home 15-5.

"We just need to learn how to play through adversity," Sapp said.

In the April 5 outing, pitcher Noah Davis walked the first three batters, allowing the Spartans to load the bases early. The Spartans went up on a single and then scored two more runs on passed balls at home.

Sapp replaced catcher Brandon Monkus with Palmer Sapp and the Tigers got off the field after a strikeout and groundout. The Spartans were up 4-0.

Brody Chester reached first at the bottom of one, but the Tigers were unable to bring him in.

In the second the Spartans were able to get in two singles and a double that bounced off the right field wall plating two.

"When we make mistakes, we need to not make more. We had too many errors and walks which will get you beat," Sapp said.

Offensively the Tigers had some spark in the bottom of the second when Connor Bearden started with a single on a hard grounder up the middle and Austin Young also reached on a single.

Reed McAllister hit a single past third that brought in Bearden and Jacob Gloeckner brought in Young on another single.

The Tigers got out of the third quickly with a great grab by Gloeckner to start the inning.

Chester hit a single into centerfield and Young brought him in on a homerun over the right field wall to tie up the game at 5-5.

What would have been a great defensive stop in the fourth was thwarted by a dropped third strike allowing the Spartans' designated hitter to reach first. That turned out to be a crucial moment as West Hall went on to score four runs off back-to-back doubles.

Dawson County would not score again while West Hall would continue the offensive display even after two pitching changes in the fifth with McAllister and Drew Barnes both taking turns on the mound.

The Tigers traveled to West Hall for a doubleheader to complete the series last Friday.

In the first game Palmer Sapp pitched six innings. He walked three, struck out one and allowed five runs.

Dawson started quick with an early two run lead off of a Sapp Single, a single by Tucker Maxwell and a Brise Henson double and RBI. Maxwell was able to score on a Bearden ground out.

In the second inning, West Hall took the lead back and would not relinquish it. The team had two singles and a fielder's choice that scored three runs. The Spartans came away with the 5-2 win.

During the last game of the series the Tigers got on the scoreboard early following a Maxwell single and a Young single.

Monkus reached in the second and Kolton Brumbelow brought him in on a homerun.

Young hit an RBI triple in the third inning that scored Maxwell who reached on a walk.

Maxwell tripled in the seventh to score Sapp and Brumbelow.

Bearden got the win from the mound in relief. He allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings.

The Tigers needed the 10-7 win. The team will face Fannin in a three game series this week.

"This series will determine playoff standings for us," Sapp said. "This week we really need to focus."

Dawson County holds a narrow second place lead in Region 7-AAA. The Tigers are currently 13-7 overall and 7-5 in the region. Results from the first game of the series against Fannin were not available as of press time.

The Tigers will host the Fannin County Rebels for the remaining two games of the series at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday.