It was another tough outing for the Dawson County High School varsity softball team last week as the team played Lumpkin County at home before facing off against Chestatee High School on the road.
The Lady Tigers fell 3-0 to Lumpkin on Aug. 27 and 8-7 in extra innings to Chestatee on Aug 28.
"We have been in every game this year, except for North Hall. Every one," said Head Coach Jimmy Pruett. "That game yesterday [Lumpkin], the first team that scored was going to win. If we had scored early, we would have won."
Like most of their outings as of late, the opponent got on the board first.
In the first inning, the Lady Indians loaded the bases but pitcher Natalie Glass was able to strike out the batter. On the next play she caught a hard driven ball and threw out the runner at third to get out of the jam.
Dawson County went down in order in the second and then the defense was able to retire the Lumpkin side in the top of the third.
At the end of the third, the Lady Tigers stranded three runners after Skyler Caine reached on a single and Brandi Williams was walked. Glass reached on a single.
"When you can't score, you are not going to win. It's a prolonged team slump. It's not one person. It's not because the girls aren't trying," Pruett said about the Lumpkin matchup.
In the fourth inning, both teams went three up and down.
Lumpkin County loaded the bases again in the fifth and got an RBI on a walk. A fielding error allowed another score to put the Lady Indians up 2-0.
Lumpkin scored its final run in the sixth inning after a triple by Kadie Chambers to right center field and a sacrifice bunt by Skyler Chester brought her in.
The Lady Tigers traveled to Chestatee on Aug. 31 where they again got behind early, but were able to get some hitting going midway through the game.
Dawson County was able to get back in it and take the lead in the fourth when they went up 4-2 after Glass and Billingsley singled and Maggie Schandera brought them home with a sacrifice fly.
Micaiah Jenkins hit a double and a fielding error on an Ashton Bryant hit brought the run in.
The Lady Tigers held the lead until the seventh when Chestatee rallied with an unearned run.
The momentum stayed with the War Eagles and they picked up the 8-7 win.
Dawson County moved to 4-8 overall and 1-5 in region play.
The team will play at White County at 5:55 p.m. today and at home against East Hall at 5 p.m. tomorrow.