The Dawson County Tigers' baseball post season came to an end Thursday in the Sweet Sixteen round of state playoffs after a loss in the deciding game against Westside High School in Augusta.
"I am extremely proud of how this team developed this year," said Coach Dwayne Sapp. "We were one game away from the Elite Eight and one run down going into the 7th of game three."
Games one and two were played May 4 in Augusta and the Tigers split with the Patriots winning 7-1 and losing 7-4. Game three came on May 5 and the Patriots were just too much.
"This group of young men played their hearts out and everyone should be real proud of them. They served the Tiger family proud," Sapp said.
Pitcher Noah Davis had a strong performance from the mound in game one with nine strikeouts and only one earned run in six and two-thirds innings.
In the first inning Connor Bearden had an RBI single that brought in two to give the Tigers a lead they would not lose.
Tucker Maxwell had four RBIs on three hits. He singled twice and hit a grand slam in the sixth.
Game two swung the other way with Westside going up in the first inning scoring two. They never trailed.
Austin Young homered in the fourth, Palmer Sapp got on base in the sixth and Maxwell brought him in on a home run but it was not enough to put the Tigers up.
Nathan Sorrells was able to steal home in the seventh, but it was too little too late.
During game three, rain delays interrupted play and the Tigers got on the board early after a Sapp single and a Maxwell single. Young also singled to bring Sapp in.
Westside went up in the second inning off a solo home run and a two-run single.
Dawson scored again in the fourth on a Sorrells' groundout.
The Tigers closed the gap to 5-4 in the sixth on an RBI single by Kolton Brumbelow, but Westside went back to work in the seventh and garnered four more runs. The Patriots won 9-4.
Dawson County ended the season at 22-9 overall and 13-5 in region AAA.