The Dawson County Tigers baseball team dropped both games last week, one at home to Chestatee and another on the road at Morgan County.
The Tigers lost to Chestatee 6-3 on March 2 after the game had been rescheduled from March 1 due to thunderstorms. The team traveled to Madison for the March 3 game where they lost a close one late in the game, 3-2.
"We didn't hit well and we made some mistakes. I don't know if we are a team that can always bounce back from a mistake," said Head Coach Dwayne Sapp about the Chestatee loss.
Senior Austin Young had a solo home run in the first inning for the Tigers to take an early lead, but in the third inning the War Eagles took advantage of Dawson mistakes in the field.
Tiger errors allowed two RBIs and the batter to reach second.
On the following play, a Chestatee double brought in another run and the War Eagles took the lead. They would score five runs in the third.
"Anytime there is a five run score in an inning you have like a 25 percent chance of winning that game," Sapp said.
Dawson answered with one run on a Kolton Brumbelow solo homer in the bottom of the inning.
Connor Bearden took the loss for the Tigers throwing three innings and giving up five runs and four hits while striking out four.
Chestatee would score again in the sixth on a home run of their own.
The Tigers' only other score came on a Brumbelow sacrifice grounder that brought in Jacob Gloeckner who reached on a double in the seventh.
Brumbelow went 1-for-3 and had two RBIs.
The Tigers traveled to face a Morgan County team that they lost to 20-6 on Feb. 25.
"When you a play a playoff-type team or a really, really good team that has potential to be a deep playoff team, you get one shot at them," Sapp said. "There is usually one inning where you get one killer shot and you have to take it. If you don't, you let that opportunity go by it usually doesn't come again."
The Tigers stranded two in the first.
"We have second and third and no outs in the first and we don't advance a runner," Sapp said. "We could've scored five runs which would've been enough to win the game.
Dawson scored in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead on a Hudson Sapp double. Clint Garrett reached after being hit by a pitch and Gloeckner reached on a single before Sapp brought them in.
"There were a couple of little things in there that we have got to get better at. This was one of those tight games where we had a lead and we had to protect it. We haven't had that," Sapp said.
The Tigers came away with only three hits in the game, courtesy of solid pitching from the Morgan County pitching staff who struck out the Tigers 12 times.
"They threw a really good kid at us, their ace. He's there best pitcher which is good going into region play," Sapp said.
On the Dawson side, the pitching was also solid according to Sapp.
Noah Davis was able to strike out seven over four and two-thirds innings, surrendering only one run and one hit.
"I was pleased with the pitching. Noah threw the best game up to this point which was very encouraging. Going into region play I feel better," Sapp said. "We want to be playing our best baseball later in the year than early in the year."
The Bulldogs were able to score a run in the fifth off a fielder's choice and then again on a walkoff single in the bottom of the seventh to clinch the 3-2 win.
The losses bring the team's record to 5-3 overall. The Tigers open region play this week with a series against Fannin County.
The first game was March 7 but results were not available as of press time. Dawson will travel to Fannin for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. on March 10.
The junior varsity Tigers traveled to Gilmer County on March 2 and defeated the Bobcats 8-6. It was the team's fourth league game of the year.
On March 4 the team played a doubleheader against Chestatee and was able to get wins in both: 15-4 and 12-11.
The three wins last week bring the JV record to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Mountain League.
"I'm really proud of these young men as they continue to develop as players and create a habit of winning as a team," said Head Coach Kevin Grigsby.