REIDSVILLE — Dawson County split with Tattnall County on Wednesday in the two teams' second round Class 3A playoff series.
The Lady Tigers dropped the first game of a doubleheader, 3-2, before rallying for a 7-6 win in the second game to force a decisive Game 3 on Thursday.
The winner on Thursday will advance to the Elite 8 tournament in Columbus and take on the Oconee County-Pike County winner in the first round of the double-elimination round-robin tournament.
In the second game, Dawson County rallied from a 4-0 deficit to take a 7-4 lead into the final frame. The Lady Tigers held on for the 7-6 win.
“This is as tough a team as I have ever been around,” Dawson County coach Justin Rickett said. “So proud of the fight they showed today and can’t wait to see them compete tomorrow.”
In the first game, Dawson County fell behind 3-0 but a seventh inning rally fell short behind a run scoring Reece Moore double and an Ace Cochran RBI single.
Lauren Kurtz had two RBI to lead Dawson County. Annslee Kirby, Olivia Martinez, and Moore each had two hits and an RBI for the Lady Tigers. Micah Burruss added an RBI and Ainsley Allen also had two hits and two runs scored for Dawson County.
Layne Bailey pitched both games for Dawson County with four strikeouts in Game 1 and seven in Game 2.
(Tim Whitmire of northgeorgiasportslink.com contributed to this story.)
LANIER COUNTY 9-6
The Lady Tigers staved off elimination against Lanier County after being routed in the first game of their Class A Public second round series on the road.
Anna Taylor had the only hit and RBI for Commerce in Game 1.
In Game 2, the Lady Tigers' offfense exploded for a 12-run fifth inning to erase a 6-2 deficit.
Carson Hobbs had three hits, including a home run, and 7 RBI while Paige Vickery also had three hits, including a home run, and knocked in three runs for Commerce. Both home runs came in the big fifth inning.
The two teams' will conclude their best-of-three series on Thursday in Lakeland.
APPLING COUNTY 10-8
CHEROKEE BLUFF 1-1
The Lady Bears for a first-ever trip to Columbus and the Elite 8 fell short on the road on Wednesday in the second round of the Class 3A tournament.
Izzy Herren took the loss for Cherokee Bluff in both games.
In Game 1, Stephanie Condland had a hit and an RBI and Sophie Goodballet and Emma Sundermeyer had one hit apiece for the Lady Bears.
In Game 2, Lauren Rule had a hit and an RBI and Condland, Clarissa McDaniel, and Sundermeyer each had one hit for Cherokee Bluff.