The final game of the three game series between the Trojans of North Hall and the Tigers of Dawson was played at North Hall on Friday with the Tigers falling short in a 5 inning mercy rule game. The Trojans would take the sweep of the series.
The Trojan bats struck first in the bottom of the first with 3 runs and added 9 in the 2nd, 2 in the third and 4 in the fifth to take the GHSA mercy rule win in 5 innings over the Tigers of Dawson. For the Tigers, the offense wouldn’t give it and Dawson battled for 7 runs in the third to make it a 12- 7 game heading in to the bottom of the inning. North hall answered with 2 of their own to extend their lead to a 7 run margin. The tigers added 1 in the fifth to end their scoring on the day. To reach the 10 run requirement for the mercy rule, the Trojans added 4 in the bottom of the fifth to take the game and the series.
Dawson sent four Tigers to the mound on the day throwing 133 total pitches with 69 being strikes. Thirteen of the eighteen runs for the Trojans were earned and they had eight walks. The Tiger fielders committed 2 errors on the day but overall played a very solid game.
The Tigers regular season came to a close on Friday and the coaching staff are preparing to right the ship from a disappointing 10-17 season.
The Tigers of Dawson County hosted the Trojans of North Hall in Game 2 of the three game region series on Wednesday at the home of the Tigers. Dawson put one run up on the board on six hits in the game with 9 strikeouts. The Trojan hurler went all seven getting the complete game victory in a dominating performance.
The Tiger were held scoreless until the third. Palmer Sapp, 3-4 on the day, stepped to the plate with 2 outs and down by six to the Trojans. On a 1 ball and no strike count, Sapp took the North hall pithcer deep over the center field fence for a solo homerun for the only run in the game for Dawson. Only three other Tigers would reach base by hit. Hudson Sapp(1-2), Nathan Sorrells(1-3) and Hunter Barron added one hit each for Dawson.
Defensively for the Tigers, Palmer Sapp, Nathan Sorrells and Cameron Moore to the hill and in 7 innings the three combined for 16 hits, 10 runs all earned, 4 walks and had 8 strikeouts. Dawson played solid defense behind their hurlers committing only 1 error on the day. In the 10-1 win for the region champion Trojans, 6 runs in the third, 1 in the fourth, 2 in the sixth and 1 in the seventh. In the field, the Trojans committed no errors.
Next up for the Tigers will be a trip to North Hall on Friday to face the Trojans in game three of the series and last game of the regular season. Game time is set for 5:55 P.M.
The Dawson Tigers traveled to the northern side of Hall County on Monday to hit the diamond against a really good North Hall Trojan Baseball team. The Trojans, sitting atop the region and needing a victory to help clinch the region title, would not give up. The Tigers gave all they had but fell short at the hands of last inning rally by North Hall.
Dawson struck first putting a run on the board by way of a lead off walk by Hudson Sapp and was forced out at second base on a fielders choice. Brother and teammate Palmer Sapp reached on the fielders choice and advanced to second on a wild pitch , the to third on a sacrifice by Connor Bearden. Sapp scored on a passed ball by the Trojan catcher giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Dawson added single runs in the second and third innings as the Trojans put three of there on up in the bottom half of the second and one in the third to carry a 4-3 lead in to the top of the fourth inning. The bats for both teams were silent in the fifth setting up and exciting finish for the fans that gathered. In the top half of the sixth, Dawson struck for three runs on hits by Browning, Bo Lewis with a walk by T.J. Allen. The Trojans helped with the Tiger runs committing a couple of errors in the inning. The Tigers carried a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth and yet the Trojans didn’t lay down. North hall tied the score at six each with two doubles and a single in the inning. Going quietly in the top of the seventh, the Tigers and their fans were not ready for what was to happen next. With the opportunity to steal a victory, the Trojans needed one run and that they would get. Two singles and a sacrifice fly sealed the win in walk off fashion giving the Trojans the last inning win by a score of 7-6.
Next up for the Tigers of Dawson Co. will be at home as they face these same Trojans in game two of the three game series on Thursday.
The junior varsity Dawson County High School Tigers have laid claim to the 2016 Mountain League championship, after winning a tournament at Gilmer High School last Friday and Saturday.
Dawson toppled Lumpkin 10-0 and the number-one seeded Pickens Dragons 5-2 to advance to the championship game against the number-three seeded White County Warriors.
The Tigers and Warriors quickly found themselves immersed in a pitching duel. Dawson finally broke through in the top of the third, when Nate Sorrells drew a leadoff walk and later scored with two outs after Zach Prichard singled off Warriors starter Jace Johnson. A groundout prevented Dawson from extending its lead.
The duel pressed on, with the Tigers adding a bit of insurance in the top of the seventh. Hudson Sapp and Sorrells both singled to begin the frame, with Sapp scoring on an error to give DCHS a 2-0 advantage. White County reliever Trevor Morgan managed to get out of the jam by recording a strikeout and inducing two groundouts.
The Warriors provided some late-inning drama in the bottom of the seventh. Just one out away from losing the championship game, a pair of singles paid dividends as Johnson doubled off Sorrells to tie the game, 2-2. Johnson was then caught stealing, to send the game into extra innings.
Dawson wasted little time reclaiming the lead in the eighth. Hunter Barron singled to start the inning, then later scored with one out after Wyatt Haase garnered a hit. A strikeout and groundout kept the Tigers from adding to the advantage.
White County got two runners on base with one out in the bottom portion of the eighth, but were unable to get a runner across the plate, giving Dawson the victory and the 2016 JV Mountain League championship.
“It’s amazing for us to come through like we did,” said Dawson JV coach Logan Allen after the tournament. “We played a great game yesterday and we came here today and got two wins. We had great pitching performances from Hudson Sapp, Nate Sorrells and then I brought in Austin Nix in and he did fine. Then, I brought in Hunter Barron and he had runners on first and third with one out and he kept them from scoring. It was just an amazing team effort. We started out a little slow this season, but we got better and better as the season went on. I knew it was building to this tournament. I knew as a team we were good enough (to win the championship), if we could put it together at the right time.”
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The Gilmer High School Bobcats started the 2016 season with a 11-6 home victory over the Dawson County High School Tigers.
But after dropping a 4-3 contest at home to the North Murray Mountaineers last Thursday, the weariness of playing three games in three days caught up with the Cats last Friday, as the Tigers picked up a six-inning, 14-4 victory over the Bobcats in Dawsonville.
“We’ve got to do a better job with our approach at the plate, whether it’s 3-0 or 2-1,” said head Gilmer coach Jeff Thurman. “We didn’t do a good job with our two-strike hitting. So I think our approach at the plate is a little off. But it’s a learning process, it’s early in the season and we have a good baseball team, we know that. We’ll get back after it, but three games in three days definitely played a factor.”
Much like the first two games of the year, Gilmer built an early lead. Chandler Sutton drew a one-out walk in the top of the first, swiped second, moved to third on a wild pitch and later scored on a sacrifice groundout from Chad Watkins.
The Bobcats then added their final three runs in the top of the second. With one out and the bases loaded, Dylan Hatcher drew a walk that brought Noah Ralston home. Drew Healan then walked to score Avery Sirmans, before Dawson made a pitching change and put Palmer Sapp on the mound. Watkins later drew a walk with two outs to plate Eric Turner, before a strikeout got the Tigers out of the jam.
Up to that point, GHS had yet to garner a base hit. That trend carried through the remainder of the game, giving Dawson the opportunity to pile on a 10-run advantage.
A one-out double in the bottom of the second from Connor Bearden got the Tigers momentum going. Austin Young followed with a single to score Bearden. Although Young was caught stealing, a pair of walks and a throwing error at shortstop plated Kolton Brumbelow. A wild pitch then brought courtesy runner Nathan Sorrells home to cut the Gilmer lead down to 4-3. Bobcat starter McKinley Chadwick prevented further damage with a strikeout to end the frame.
Dawson took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. After a leadoff single from Young and Brumbelow reached on a throwing error, Jacob Glocekner doubled to edge the Tigers ahead. Tucker Maxwell then walked, before Sapp singled to score Glocekner.
Chadwick was then pulled for Brooks Rosser. After a walk, original Dawson starter Brise Henson picked up an RBI on a sacrifice flyout to center. Bearden then grounded out to end the frame.
The Tigers added to their 7-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Young reached on an error to begin the inning and later scored. With two outs, Sapp doubled to score Glocekner and Maxwell. After another pair of walks, Tatum Chadwick took the mound for Gilmer. A walk gave Dawson the opportunity to send Drew Barnes home for the 11th Tigers run of the night. Tatum Chadwick then got Young to flyout to end the inning.
DCHS finished the game off in the bottom of the sixth. With Austin Daman toeing the rubber for the Bobcats, Reed McAllister drew a leadoff walk and Hunter Ramey followed with a single. Later with one out, Maxwell singled to widen the Tigers lead to 12-4. Brody Chester later drew a two-out walk, before Henson doubled to bring Maxwell and Chester home to score. With the score 14-4, the game was then called due to run differential.
“At home, you should hit better than you do on the road,” said head Dawson coach Dwayne Sapp after the win. “A lot of things went wrong in that first inning over there (the season opener Wednesday) and it’s hard to get geared up and play (after that). Tonight, we played ugly early. We didn’t pitch well. But I knew when we broke the ice, we’d be ok. The energy on the team (picked up) and you could sense, ‘Hey, we could win this thing.’ I’m proud of the way our guys came through.”
Gilmer will look to rebound this week. Today, the JV will host Fannin at 5 p.m., before the varsity welcomes the Rebels tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. The JV then travels to Dawson Thursday for a 5 p.m. first pitch, before the varsity finishes the week at Lumpkin Friday at 5:55 p.m.
The Gilmer High School Bobcats started off the 2016 season in an appropriate manner, as the varsity Cats downed the Dawson County High School Tigers 11-6 at home and the junior varsity bested the Sonoraville Phoenix 8-1 on the road.
Gilmer inflicted early damage to Dawson. With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, Brooks Rosser was hit by a pitch to bring Drew Healan home to score. Later with two outs, a bases-loaded walk brought Chad Watkins across the plate. An error at shortstop during the next at-bat gave McKinley Chadwick and Rosser the opportunity to widen the lead to 4-0.
Following another walk, Dawson starter Noah Davis was pulled for Colin Glover. A fielding error at third opened Chandler Sutton and Austin Daman for a scoring opportunity, which they completed to build the Bobcats lead to 6-0. Glover then induced a flyout to prevent further damage.
GHS added two more runs in the bottom of the second. With two outs and Noah Ralston standing at third base, a fly ball to center from Avery Sirmans was bobbled on the catch, allowing Ralston to score. Courtesy runner Taylor Nolan then scampered home during the next at-bat after a errant pickoff throw at third, widening the Cats lead to 8-0.
The Tigers started chipping away at the deficit in the top of the third. A one-out walk from Bobcats starter Chad Watkins proved to be costly, as a two-out double from Brody Chester gave Tucker Maxwell the chance to plate the first Dawson run of the game. A flyout then temporarily cut off the Tigers rally.
Gilmer got the run back in the bottom half of the third. With Reed McAllister now toeing the rubber for DCHS, Daman drew a walk to begin the frame. Later with one out, Healan doubled to bring Daman home and make the Bobcats lead 9-1. A strikeout and groundout later ended the inning.
Dawson added two more runs in the top of the fifth. Back-to-back singles from Brandon Monkus and Kolton Brumbelow started things off, before a double from Maxwell brought Monkus home to score. Later with one out, a sacrifice groundout from Chester allowed Brumbelow to close the gap to 9-3. Watkins then ended his night for the Bobcats by inducing a groundout.
GHS pushed into double digits in the bottom half of the frame. With one out and two runners on, a fielder’s choice turned into an error that gave Ralston the chance to widen the Cats lead to 10-3. The third Dawson pitcher of the game, McAllister, then got a flyout to end the inning.
The Tigers continued to claw away at the Bobcats in the top of the sixth. Gilmer hurler Tatum Chadwick got two quick outs, before two walks and a single loaded the bases. Maxwell then drew another walk that scored Austin Young. Chadwick then turned the ball over to Rosser, who issued another walk to cut the Gilmer lead down to 10-5. Rosser got the Cats out of the jam with a strikeout.
GHS then scored its final run in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs and two runners on, Watkins smacked a single to score Dylan Hatcher.
Dawson did not go down without a fight. After a walk started the top of the seventh, the Tigers later plated Connor Bearden on an errant pickoff attempt at third. Following a strikeout and a single, Rosser induced a groundout to end the game.
“We got off to a fast start, which is good. That’s what we needed. You always like to get out to a fast start in the first game to get comfortable,” said GHS head coach Jeff Thurman. “But, we let them creep back in it a couple of different times. That’s what we talked to the guys about tonight (after the game): ‘When you’ve got them down, finish them off.’ We had a lot of guys that got their first varsity experience tonight, which is good for them to get under their belt. Overall, you couldn’t have asked for Opening Day to go any better.”
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