Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Northwest Whitfield Bruins to Dragons Field to begin their 3-game set. Pickens, came into this game 8-5 overall, but more importantly, 3-0 in region play after sweeping the Gilmer Bobcats to start region play. The Bruins, went 2-1 against Southeast Whitfield, & dropped all three games against Heritage in close fashion.
Caswell Smith took to the mound to start for the Dragons and pitched very well. Smith would strikeout 2 Bruins batters to begin the game. Pickens, had an early chance to put some runs on the board, but would leave two runners stranded to send us to the 2nd, still scoreless. Smith would add to his strikeout total in the top of the 2nd, giving him 3 in two innings. Smith then led off the bottom of the frame with a single, but the Dragons would not be able to score as we’d head to the 3rd, still tied at 0.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Pickens broke through and broke the tie after a 2-out RBI single from Jace Franklin brought in Dylan Huffman. Going to the top of the 4th, the Dragons held a 1-0 lead over the Bruins. Smith, struck out 2 in the 4th, bringing his total to 7 for the game, & keeping the lead at 1-0 in favor of Pickens. In the bottom of the 4th, the Dragons again did damage with 2-out as Brady Moore had a 2 RBI triple, & Joseph Gossett would follow that up with an RBI single to stretch the lead to 4-0 over Northwest Whitfield, going to the 5th.
We pick up the action in the top of the 6th, as Northwest Whitfield got on the board, and cut the Dragons lead in half. Isaiah Payne came on in relief of Smith, & needed 1 pitch to get out of the 6th. In the the top of the 7th, Payne was able to end any potential game tying threats by the Bruins, and sealed the win for Pickens, 4-2.
Caswell Smith: 5 2/3rd innings, 9K, 2R, 2ER, 110 pitches, & 1-3 with a single
Isaiah Payne: 1 /1/3rd innings, 1K, 20 pitches
Brady Moore: 1-3 with a walk, a triple, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Joseph Gossett: 1-2 with a HBP, a single, & 1 RBI
Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a walk, a single, & 1 RBI
Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single, & 1 run scored
Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a double, & 1 run scored
Evan Jones: 1 run scored
These two teams will play again tomorrow at Northwest Whitfield in game two of the three game set. First pitch set for 5:55.
On Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Gilmer Bobcats at Dragons Field for game 3 of their 3-game region set. Pickens, had already secured the series win with 7-5, & 11-4 victories, & looked to complete the sweep of their rival.
Colby James was started the game for the Dragons, and had a strong outing. Pickens, got things going early in the bottom of the 1st as Brady Moore would come around to score after leading off with a walk. The Dragons, held a 1-0 lead going to the 2nd. James, would continue his good work from the 1st inning into the 2nd as he needed 13 pitches to get the offense for Pickens back up. In the bottom of the frame, the Dragons had a good chance to add to their lead as Pickens began the 2nd with a walk from Chad Pacas, & a double from Caswell Smith. However, the Bobcats were able to get out of a no out jam to keep the Dragon lead a 1-0, going to the 3rd.
James, again needed 13 pitches to end the top of the 3rd, and get the bats for Pickens back up to the plate. In the bottom of the inning, Joseph Gossett, would send the ball over the left-center wall for a solo home run, giving the Dragons a 2-0 lead, as we’d head to the 4th. Gilmer, got on the board & cut the Dragons lead in half in the top of the 4th. Pickens, got a 2-out double from Tyler Vreeland, but that would be all as we’d head to the 5th, Dragons still leading the Bobcats, 2-1.
Both teams had chances in the 5th & the 6th innings, but things would start to get good in the 7th. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the 7th, with 1 down, Gilmer was able to plate two runs to take a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Gossett, sent the 2-2 pitch over the left-center wall for his 2nd homer of the game to tie things up at 3, and sent us to extra innings. Both teams had shots in the 8th inning, but nothing came about for either side, & we’d head to the 9th, still tied at 3 a piece.
In the top of the 9th, the Bobcats retook the lead, 4-3. In the bottom of the inning, Gossett got things started by beating out a grounder to put him at 1st. Jace Franklin would bring him in on a sac fly to tie things up at 4. Pacas, got on base, & found himself all the way at 3rd after the left fielder misplayed the ball. With 2 out, Smith came up to the plate and sent a fly ball right in front of the center field wall. The center fielder, had the ball in his glove, but then dropped it, allowing Pacas to come in and score the game winning run, giving the Dragons the sweep, 5-4.
Colby James: 6IP, 1R, 1K, 87 pitches & 1-3 with 1 single
Brady Moore: 1-4 with a double, a walk, & 1 run scored
Joseph Gossett: 2-5 with 1 single, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, & 2 RBI
Jace Franklin: 2 walks, & 1 RBI
Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a single, 1 walk, & 1 run scored
Caswell Smith: 1 double
Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single & 1 HBP
Tyler Vreeland: 2-4 with a double & a single
Dylan Huffman: 1 walk
Pickens, is now 7-4 on the season, which is the best record of all of the 6-AAAA teams, & tied with the Heritage Generals for 1st in the region at 3-0. The Dragons, will be in out of region action this week, as they will play 4 games. Their busy week starts tomorrow as they will host the Flowery Branch Falcons at 5:55 pm.
on a cold, somewhat windy night, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team made the short trip up 515 to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in game 2 of the 3 game set. On Tuesday, Pickens used a late inning rally to get the win in game 1, 7-5, & looked to carry the momentum built in that dramatic win, over to this road game.
In the top of the 1st, Pickens got off to a quick start. Joseph Gossett & Jace Franklin had an RBI each in the top of the 1st for the Dragons as they raced out to an early 2-0 lead. The starting pitcher for the Dragons, Dylan Huffman, got out of an early jam in the bottom of the frame as Gilmer would leave runners at 1st & 3rd stranded. We headed to the 2nd, Pickens up, 2-0. The Dragons, had three runners come around to score in their half of the 2nd as Gossett & Franklin again provided an RBI each. Pickens now held a 5-0 lead over the Bobcats. Huffman, worked through the bottom of the 2nd, collecting his 2nd & 3rd K’s of the game, & sending us to the 3rd, Dragons leading Gilmer, 5-0.
Both teams were quite in the 3rd inning. Action picked up in the bottom of the 4th inning, when Gillmer loaded the bases with 1 out after two hits, & a walk. Huffman, was able to calm himself down, & strikeout the next two Bobcats he faced, to get out of the inning without giving up any runs. Pickens, still held a 5-0 lead, going to the 5th.
The Dragons, added another run in the top of the 5th, after Colby James came around to score after drawing a walk. In the bottom of the inning, Gilmer was able to get on the board, making it 6-1 Pickens, going to the 6th. The scoring, picked back up in the 7th inning as the Dragons batted around in the top half of the frame, plating 5 runs in the process, to stretch their lead to 11-1. Gilmer, plated 3 runs in the bottom half of the 7th, but it would not be enough as Pickens took this one, 11-4.
Dylan Huffman: 5IP, 7K, 2BB, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 96 pitches & 1 run scored
Isaiah Payne: 1IP, 1K, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 12 pitches & 1-1 with a single, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Brady Moore: 1-3 with a single, 2BB, 2 runs scored, & 1 RBI
Joseph Gossett: 2-4 with 2 singles, a HBP, 2 runs scored, & 2 RBI
Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a double, 1BB, & 2 RBI
Caswell Smith: 1-1 with a single & 1 RBI
With the win, Pickens takes the series. These two teams will meet for the 3rd and final time this week as the Dragons will look to complete the sweep when they host the Gilmer Bobcats at Dragons Field. First Pitch set for 5:55 pm.
Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted their rival, the Gilmer Bobcats, for the 6-AAAA region series opener. Pickens, came in on a tough two game skid, while Gilmer came in with their bats on fire after a 15-0 win over Murray County last week. This, was game one of a three game set. If the other two turn out like last night’s, this will be a fun series.
Caswell Smith took the mound for Pickens in the top of the 1st. Smith, would surrender a 1-out single, but that’s all the Bobcats would manage in the top half of the 1st. In the bottom of the 1st, Pickens threatened early, but left runners stranded at 1st & 3rd, sending us to the 2nd, still tied. In the top of the 2nd, the Bobcats had runners at 2nd & 3rd, but Smith & the Dragons were able to escape it without any damage done. Pickens, would go down in order in the bottom of the 2nd, sending us to the 3rd, with no score so far.
In the top of the 3rd, Gilmer was the first to breakthrough as they were able to plate a run, & take their first lead of the ball game, 1-0, heading to the bottom of the 3rd. The Dragons, countered with 2 runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 2-1 lead over the Bobcats, going to the 4th. Gilmer, countered the 2 runs Pickens put up in the bottom of the 3rd, with 3 runs in the top of the 4th. All three runs in the 4th, came with 2 outs. The Dragons, went quietly in the bottom of the inning, & we would go to the 5th, Bobcats ahead, 4-2.
Gilmer, got a 2-out double in the top of the 5th, but new Dragon pitcher Isaiah Payne, was able to settle in & get out of the half inning. Pickens, again went in order in the bottom of the 5th, sending us to the 6th, Bobcats still leading, 4-2. Gilmer, added to their lead in the top of the 6th by scoring a run to make it 5-2. In the bottom of the 6th, the Dragons bats came alive. Leading the way for Pickens in the 6th was Brady Moore, who gave the Dragons the lead with a 2-out, 2-run double. Pickens, took a 7-5 lead going to the 7th.
In the 7th, Moore came in to try to close it out and close it out he did. Pickens, was able to hang on and get a 7-5 region opening win.
Pickens, is now 5-4 on the season, & 1-0 in region play. These two teams, will be back at it tomorrow afternoon in Ellijay. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 pm.
After falling to Roswell in the 1st game of the day, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team got a chance to rest up a bit, before taking on Vidalia late Saturday afternoon. Vidalia, fell 4-1 to Roswell prior to their game with the Dragons.
Will Lawrence got the start for the Dragons in the nightcap. Lawrence, were able to get out of early trouble in the top of the 1st, as Vidalia was only able to plate 1 run on 2 hits. Pickens, tied things up in the bottom half of the 1st after an RBI groundout by Joseph Gossett. We would go to the 2nd, all knotted up at 1. In the top of the 2nd, the Indians were able to plate a run to retake the lead, 2-1 over Pickens, going to the bottom of the frame. The Dragons, had a chance to tie the ball game up again in the bottom of the 2nd, but left two runners on, to send us to the 3rd, Vidalia leading 2-1.
Lawrence, needed 13 pitches to get out of the top of the 3rd as he & the Dragons kept the Indians from adding to their lead. Pickens, would load the bases full of Dragons in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to get a run across, & we would head to the 4th, Vidalia still ahead, 2-1. The bottom of the 4th, was another chance for Pickens to tie the game, but stranded a runner at 3rd.
Isaiah Payne, who came on in relief of Lawrence in the top of the 4th, needed just 9 pitches to get out of the top of the 5th, & send the Dragons back up for another chance at tying things up, or even taking the lead. In the bottom of the 5th, with 2 down, Pickens had a runner called out at the plate after he tried to score from 2nd after the Indians catcher, could not locate a passed ball. That, would send us to the top of the 6th, Vidalia still leading, 2-1.
Vidalia, scored three runs in the top of the 6th, to strech their lead out over the Dragons to 5-1. Pickens, would not go so easily as they would get right back into the game in the bottom of the 6th. The Dragons, scored 3 runs, highlighted by 2 triples in the frame to cut the Indians lead to 5-4, headed to the 7th. After getting out of the top of the 7th without any damage done, the dragons came up in the bottom of the inning, looking to win it. Vidalia, was able to hold on after surviving a scare from Pickens. The Indians got the win, 5-4.
Brady Moore: 2-4 with a single, triple, 3 RBI, 1 run scored, & 1 IP with 2K
Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a triple, a walk, & 1 run scored
Hunter Hermann: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored
Joseph Gossett: 1-3 with a single, & 1 RBI
Colby James: 1-4 with a single
Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a single, & a walk
Alex Snelgrove: 1 run scored
Pickens, will look to shake off a pair of tough played games over the weekend as they will be back home on Tuesday as they welcome the Woodland (Cartersville) Wildcats out of 5-A to Dragons Field. First pitch is set for 5:55 pm.
Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team traveled to Emerson, just outside of Cartersville, to compete in the Ga Dugout Club Tournament. This tournament, featured teams from different areas including the Dragons 6-AAAA region mate, Northwest Whitfield. Pickens, would be playing two games on this day. First up, the Roswell Hornets.
Caswell Smith got the start for the Dragons in game one of the day. Smith, gave up two hits in the top of the 1st, but that would be all the damage the Hornets would do to start this one off. Pickens, got on the board early in the bottom of the frame as Jace Franklin would deliver a 1-out RBI single to put the Dragons up 1-0 going to the 2nd. In the top of the 2nd, Smith, collected his 1st K of the day, & needed only 9 pitches in the inning. The Dragons, would go in order in the bottom of the 2nd, to send us to the 3rd, Pickens ahead of Roswell, 1-0.
The top of the 3rd, saw the Hornets plate two in the top half of the frame to take the lead, 2-1. Pickens, again went quietly in the bottom of the inning as we headed to the 4th, Roswell now on top, 2-1. Smith & the Dragons, would keep the defecit at a run after getting Roswell in the top of the 4th. Pickens, had a chance to tie things up in the bottom of the inning, but left a runner stranded at 3rd. We’d go to the 5th, Hornets leading the Dragons 2-1.
In the top of the 5th, Roswell added to their lead by plating 5 runs in the frame. The Hornets, held a 7-1 lead over Pickens going to the bottom of the 5th. The Dragons, had a good scoring chance in the bottom of the 5th, but would leave two runners stranded on base, as we headed to the 6th, Roswell up 7-1. New Dragons pitcher Chad Pacas, who took over for Smith in the 5th inning, collected his 2nd K of the day and held the Hornets scoreless in the top half of the 6th. In the bottom half of the 6th, Pickens, did not get a single hit, but used would capitolize on a couple of Roswell mistakes, to plate 3 runs & trim the Hornets lead to 7-4, going to the 7th.
Pacas, working his 2nd full inning of the game, kept the Hornets lead at 3, and sent us to the bottom of the 7th. Roswell, was able to hang on in the bottom of the 7th, to get the win, 7-4.
Caswell Smith: 4 2/3rd innings, 4K, 90 pitches
Chad Pacas: 2 1/3rd innings, 3K, 38 pitches, & 1-4 with a single & 1 run scored
Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a single, 2 HBP, & 1 RBI
Late yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Rabun County Wildcats of gthe 2-A classification for their 2018 home opener. Pickens, came into the game 1-0 on the young season after defeating the Wheeler Wildcats out of 7-A on the road 13-11 on Tuesday. Prior to the game, the Dragons honored the late Shawn Mask, who died late last year. Standing next to a picture of Shawn, Shawn’s little brother threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The starting pitcher for the Dragons was Will Lawrence. Lawrence, started off very well in the top of the 1st, striking out two batters. In the bottom of the 1st, the Dragons got on the board early after a 2-out, 2-run double by Chad Pacas. Pickens held a 2-0 lead over Rabun going to the 2nd. In the top of the 2nd, the Wildcats had a major threat developing. However, with the help of two more strikeouts from Lawrence, and a good defensive play at 3rd, Rabun was only able to score one run. Pickens would go down in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 3rd, Dragons ahead, 2-1.
The top of the 3rd, saw the Wildcats tie things up at 2 a piece after a passed ball. The Dragons would strand a runner at third in the bottom half of the frame, as that sent us to the 4th inning, tied up at 2. Pacas, came in for Lawrence in the top of the 4th & much like Lawrence, pitched very well. Pacas, was able to strike out two Wildcats in his first inning of work to keep us at 2 going to the bottom of the 4th. The bottom of the 4th was the key inning in this game. Pickens, batted around in the half inning, scoring 8 runs in the process. The Dragons, took a 10-2 lead over Rabun County to the top of the 5th.
Pacas, again struck out two batters in the top half of the 5th. He & Lawrence combined for 9 K’s on the night. RBI hits from seniors Dylan Huffman & Joseph Gossett in the bottom of the inning, gave the Dragons a 10-run lead and the win over Rabun County, 12-2.
Will Lawrence: 3 IP, 3 H, 5 K, 63 pitches, & 1-2 with a double & 1 run scored
Chad Pacas: 2 IP, 4 K, 36 pitches, 2-2 with 2 doubles, 4 RBI, & 1 HBP
Colby James: 2-3 with a double, a single, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Joseph Gossett: 2-4 with a double, a single, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a double, a walk, & 1 run scored
Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Caswell Smith: 1-1 with a single
Hunter Hermann: 2 runs scored
Alex Snelgrove: 1 run scored
Tyler Vreeland: 1 run scored
Pickens, will look to keep their winning ways going early on this season as they will be at Murray County this coming Tuesday to take on the Indians. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 pm.
On Saturday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted three teams for a set of afternoon ball games as they welcomed the Murray County Indians, & the Newton Rams to Dragons Field. Each team would get a chance to play each other & the two teams to kick the day off would be Murray County, & your Dragons.
Caswell Smith got the call in game one for the Dragons and he pitched very well against the Indians. In the top of the 1st, Smith sat down 2 Indians via strikeout as we would go to the bottom of the inning. Pickens, would get a single & 2 walks in consecutive at bats, but would leave the bases loaded as we would head to the 2nd, still tied at 0. In the top of the 2nd, Smith worked out of trouble by again striking out 2 Indians to send us to the bottom of the frame. Travis Huffman drove in Brady Moore with an RBI triple, then came in to score himself after an errant throw to 3rd to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead going to the 3rd.
In the 3rd, Smith needed only ten pitches & collected 2 more strike outs to bring his total to 6 through 3 innings. Pickens, would go quietly in the bottom of the 3rd as we headed to the 4th with the Dragons still leading Murray County, 2-0. Smith continued his impressive start in the 4th with another 2 strikeout inning, bringing his total up to 8 for the game. The Dragons left 2 stranded in the bottom half of the 4th and we’d go to the 5th with Pickens still leading the Indians, 2-0.
Smith’s last inning was the top of the 5th and he finished it off by not giving up anything to Murray County. In the bottom of the inning, Will Lawrence brought in pitch runner Isaiah Payne to stretch the Dragons lead to 3-0 going to the top of the 6th. In the top of the 6th, the Indians plated a run on 3 hits to cut the Pickens lead to 3-1. In the bottom of the frame, Dalton Presley added some insurance runs as he drove in T. Huffman & Joseph Gossett to make it 5-1 Dragons going to the 7th. In the top of the 7th, the Dragons used a combination of Jace Franklin, Andrew Hasbrouck, & Brady Moore to get the Indians out and seal the win for Pickens, 5-1.
Caswell Smith: 5 IP, 3H 8K, 0ER on 73 pitches
Jace Franklin: 1 1/3IP, 1K 1R on 28 pitches, & 1-1 with a single
Andrew Hasbrouck: 1/3IP 0R on 2 pitches
Brady Moore: 1/3IP 0R 1K on 5 pitches, & 1-1 with a run scored
Travis Huffman: 2-4 with 1 single, 1 triple, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Joseph Gossett: 2-4 with 2 singles & 1 run scored
Dalton Presley: 1-2 with 1 single, 2 walks, & 2 RBI
Dominic Stephens: 1-2 with a single & 1 walk
Will Lawrence: 1-3 with 1 RBI
Wyatt Gooch: 1-2 with a single
Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single
Isaiah Payne: 1 run scored