For the second time in two weeks, the Dawson County Tigers baseball team swept their opponents in a series-this time the victims were the Lumpkin County Indians.
"I like the way we have been playing," said Head Coach Dwayne Sapp about the wins. "We are getting good pitching and timely hitting."
The first game of the series was at Tiger Stadium on March 26 and Dawson got the win in the fifth inning on a walk-off home run by senior Reed McAllister. The Tigers won 12-1.
Pitcher Noah Davis struck out 11 Indians on the way to getting the win. He pitched four and two-thirds innings only allowing a single run and two hits.
The Tigers first run came after a Kolton Brumbelow bunt that resulted in a fielding error and Palmer Sapp crossing the plate. Sapp had also reached on an error.
A Luke Martin single would score Connor Bearden who had been hit by a pitch in his first at bat.
In the second inning, Davis quickly disposed of three Lumpkin batters, all by strikeout.
The Tigers second time on offense saw Jacob Gloeckner reach on a single and Brumbelow on a double that brought him in.
Brumbelow then stole home for another run during Martin's at bat.
Dawson was up 6-0 after two innings.
In the third, Davis again retired three batters in a row and Gloeckner reached again and a Hudson Sapp sacrifice fly scored him.
The Indians only run came in the fourth on an RBI double to left field.
Dawson added three runs in the fourth after a Bearden double, a Brise Henson ground out and a Gloeckner RBI single.
The Tigers went to the fifth with a 10-1 lead and Brumbelow was hit by a pitch to reach before McAllister's home run scored them both for the walk-off win.
For the away game on March 29, Dawson picked up a 12-0 shutout in Dahlonega scoring seven runs in the second inning.
Bearden earned the win from the mound when he only allowed two hits and no runs over four and a third innings. He also struck out four.
Martin reached on a walk to start the second inning and Austin Young hit a ball over the left fielder's head for a triple that scored Martin.
Clint Garrett singled and scored Young before Palmer Sapp scored two on his hard hit single to center.
Hudson Sapp would also drive one in on a single before Brumbelow reached on a walk.
Brumbelow stole second, third and then home to add another run.
The Tigers had a 7-0 lead heading into the third.
In the fourth, Martin and Young both added RBI singles.
During the fifth and final inning, Bearden smacked a triple to the wall that brought in Palmer and Hudson Sapp who had both reached on singles of their own.
The final game of the series was also senior night for the Tigers on March 31.
The team honored 13 players on the roster that is laden with seniors.
"I told the seniors after the game that I was proud of what we have accomplished in the last two years," Sapp said. "Already had a successful 2016 and 2017 is shaping up to be a good year. They have been a part of 36 wins already. That is a pretty good two year run and probably up there with some of the best in school history and we still have eight games left.
"We really want to bring a championship to Dawson."
Family and friends filled Tiger Stadium to see the players recognized on field prior to the first pitch.
Dawson County defeated Lumpkin on Friday 13-0 in five innings.
Palmer Sapp quickly retired the side in the second. He struck out six and walked one in just over three innings.
Once again the Tigers got things going in the second inning when Young led things off with a double hit hard to center field.
Henson reached on a single and McAllister's sacrifice fly brought Young home.
Garrett picked up an RBI single and Gloeckner scored another on his single.
Brumbelow doubled to score one and then stole third base and home yet again for another run.
During the fourth inning, Sam Stowers reached on a single as did Garrett.
Bearden and Martin both added another RBI single and Bearden and Young both got steals.
Henson added an RBI single and a steal at home for a run.
Stowers added an RBI on his walk before Josh Morley gained two RBIs of his own off a single.
The win brings the Tigers to 14-6 overall and 9-3 in region play.
"Every win is important for us to continue toward our goals of making the state playoffs and winning a region championship," Sapp said.
Dawson County plays twice this week. The Tigers play at 5:55 p.m. today at North Forsyth and at 5:30 p.m. on April 7 at White County.
The junior varsity Tigers finished up their season over the weekend with a tournament at Lumpkin County High School.
Dawson County faced White County in the first round and lost what Coach Kevin Grigsby called a heartbreaker, 11-10.
The season finale for the Tigers came against Pickens County and the team won 6-3 taking them to a final record of 12-5.
"Looking back on the season, I am proud of the progress these young men have made," Grigsby said. "I believe the goal of any JV team should be to develop and prepare for success at the varsity level. After coaching these young men, I'm excited and optimistic about the future of DCHS baseball."