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Boys Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Logan Burt

Tigers pitcher had 16 strikeouts in relief against Fannin County

POSTED: April 7, 2014 7:30 p.m.

While Logan Burt patrolled center field against Fannin County on March 31, he knew he was about to be called on to pitch Dawson County out of a jam.

The Tigers were already trailing 4-0 in the first inning, and the Rebels still had the bases loaded with nobody out.

All season, Burt has been an ace for Dawson County (10-7, 5-7 Region 7-AAA) on the mound, and with the playoffs still in clear sight early last week, Tigers coach Thad Burgess made the call to put the ball in Burt’s hand under less-than-ideal circumstances for a reliever.

But Burt isn’t an average high school pitcher. He thrives under pressure, and nowhere has he shown it more than in Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Rebels.

Once the left-hander got the ball, he did the extraordinary by getting out of the inning with no further damage done.

Burt picked off the runner at first, then struck out the first two batters he faced to strand a pair of runners in scoring position and keep the deficit at 4-0.

“Logan’s been on a tear for us this entire season,” said Burgess, who took over as baseball coach this season.

Burt went on to toss seven shutout innings and rack up 16 strikeouts, while the Tigers rallied to win 5-4 on an RBI single by Levi Whitmire in the seventh.

In Game 2, Burt was just as impactful. He drove in five runs with the help of a pair of homers to lead the sweep of Fannin County with a 15-2 victory. For the season, Burt is now hitting around .480, Burgess said.

For his efforts, Burt is The Times Boys Athlete of the Week.

Burt has been so steady that he’s garnering attention at the next level with offers from Tusculum College and Georgia Highlands. He’s also been told that the University of North Georgia will have coaches come see him pitch before the season ends later this month.

Burgess had no hesitation to put Burt into such a pressure-filled situation against Fannin County last week. At the time, the Tigers were still in the thick of the playoff race in Region 7-AAA, before a pair of losses to East Hall later in the week put a damper on those hopes.

“I knew at the time, we had to win that game against Fannin County or the season would be over,” Burgess said.

Against White County on March 17, Burt threw a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts but took a 1-0 loss in Dawsonville.

The Warriors, who were throwing MLB draft prospect Spencer Adams, scored the only run on a passed ball in the seventh. Even though he pitched well enough to win, Burt didn’t pass the blame off to anyone else for the defeat.

“I blamed the loss against White County on myself since I walked the guy that came in to score the winning run,” Burt said.

Currently in sixth place in the region standings with eight games left to play, the Tigers are three games out of fourth place and a longshot for the postseason. Even so, Burt isn’t finished battling and showing what he can do on the high school diamond.

One of his priorities now is to start in one of Dawson County’s three remaining games against top-ranked Buford (16-0, 12-0).

“I really want to pitch against the best competition and continue preparing myself for my future,” said Burt, who has thrown 18 straight innings without allowing a run.


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