Yesterday afternoon, the PHS varsity baseball team once again hosted the Southeast Whitfield Raiders at Dragons Field for the 3rd and final game of their series, & the final game of the region schedule. Prior to the game, the seniors on the 2018 PHS baseball team were honored for their contributions to PHS during their time.
In the top of the 1st, senior starter Isaiah Payne, had it working early. Payne needed just 10 pitches to get out of the top half of the 1st. Pickens, got a lead off single from senior Joseph Gossett, but Gossett would be left stranded at 3rd, & we would head to the 2nd, tied at 0. In the top of the 2nd, Payne continued his good early work by striking out two Raiders in the frame. In the bottom of the inning, A 1-out single from Colby James, a walk drawn by senior Lucas Headrick, and a single from Payne, would lead to a 2-out, 2-RBI base hit from Gossett as the Dragons took a 2-0 lead over Southeast Whitfield, heading to the 3rd.
Payne, now working with the lead, continued giving the Raiders trouble as he got out of the inning, using 16 pitches. In the bottom of the 3rd, a lead off walk drawn by senior Dylan Huffman, came back to bite Southeast Whitfield as Brady Moore drove Huffman in with a 1-out double. Moore would go on to steal 3rd, then come into score after a pitch got by the catcher. Pickens took a 4-0 lead, into the 4th. In the top of the 4th, the Raiders got their first hit of the game, but that would be all. In the bottom of the frame, Gossett, got a 2-out double, but would be caught trying to steal 3rd to end the inning. Going to the 5th, the Dragons held a 4-0 lead over Southeast Whitfield.
In the top of the 5th, Payne would throw one more pitch, then would be replaced with fellow senior, Clate McArthur. McArthur, would collect his 1st K of the day, & get out of the half inning on 11 pitches. In the bottom of the 5th, Huffman, got a 1-out base hit, Moore would be hit by a pitch, then James would get a 2-out RBI hit scoring Huffman to give the Dragons a 5-0 lead, going to the 6th. In the top of the 6th, Southeast Whitfield would plate 2 runs, cutting the Pickens lead to 5-2. The Dragons, got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning after Gossett hit a 1-out triple, & then came into score after Huffman drove him in after beating out a potential inning ending double play. The Dragons, held a 6-2 lead going to the 7th. McArthur was able to hold down the Raiders in the 7th, to preserve the Dragons win, 6-2.
Isaiah Payne: 4IP, 2K, 0R, 0ER, 1H, 54 pitches & 1-2 with a single
Clate McArthur: 3IP, 3K, 2R, 2ER, 48 pitches
Joseph Gossett: 4-4 with 2 singles, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Brady Moore: 1-2 with a double, a HBP, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Colby James: 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Tyler Vreeland: 1 run scored
Pickens, wins the series between Southeast Whitfield 2-1, & finishes the region schedule at 9-9. They are 14-14 overall with one more game to play in the regular season. There will be a makeup game today at PCMS as the Dragons will welcome the Wheeler Wildcats to Dragons Field for afternoon baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 2 pm.
Late Friday afternoon, the PHS varsity baseball team hosted the Creekview Grizzlies in a non-region contest. Pickens, was coming off of a hard fought, 2-1 defeat to undefeated Woodstock the previous night, & looked to gain some momentum heading into region play next week.
In the top of the 1st, Creekview got off to a quick start. The Grizzlies, scored 3 runs to take an early lead over the Dragons. In the bottom of the 1st, Pickens got a 1-out double from Senior Joseph Gossett, but that would be all for the home team in the 1st. We headed to the 2nd, Creekview ahead, 3-0. The top of the 2nd saw the Grizzlies stretch their lead out over the Dragons by plating 5 runs. Going to the bottom of the frame, Creekview held an 8-0 lead. Pickens, would go in order in the bottom of the 2nd, to send us to the 3rd, Grizzlies leading, 8-0.
Clate McArthur, came in for the Dragons in the top of the 3rd and pitched very well in relief. McArthur, threw three innings of scoreless ball for Pickens. Creekview, would add 5 more runs in the top of the 7th, to make it 13-0 over the Dragons. The Grizzlies, came away with the win, 13-0.
Pickens, is now 4-4 on the season. The Dragons, will now turn their attention to next week, as region play begins. First up in region, the Gilmer Bobcats. The 3-game series is slated to start on Tuesday, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:55 pm.
For the nightcap of our Wednesday, it was the 2nd game of the doubleheader between the Dragons & the Patriots of Paulding County. Unlike game 1, this game had offense early & often.
In game 2, Paulding County struck early. The Patriots tacked on 7 runs in the top of the 1st. The Dragons had a nice answer in the bottom of the frame as Dominic Stephens drove in 2 & Zack Moore drove in 1 to cut the Paulding County lead to 7-3, going to the 2nd. In the top of the 2nd, Andrew Hasbrouck, who came on in relief of starter Will Lawrence, needed only 11 pitches to get the Pickens bats back up to the plate. The red hot Dragon bats struck for 8 runs in the bottom of the 2nd to take an 11-7 lead going to the 3rd.
Hasbrouck continued his short inning work as he only needed 12 pitches to end the top of the 3rd for the Patriots. The Dragons however, would go in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 4th. In the 4th, Paulding County cut the Pickens lead in half as two runs came across to make it 11-9 going to the bottom half of the inning. An RBI from Brady Moore, Joseph Gossett, & Stephens, & 1 unearned run scored by Z. Moore, stretched the lead out for the Dragons to 15-9 going to the 5th.
The Patriots would score two runs on relief pitchers Clate McArthur & Jackson Jones in the top of the 5th to once again, cut into the Dragons lead at 15-11. The bottom of the frame saw Pickens tack on three more runs to make it 18-11 going to the 6th. Jackson Jones was able to get out of the top of the 6th without giving up any runs. Stephens, in the bottom of the inning, sent a shot over the left field wall to make it 19-11. Wyatt Gooch would then drive in Z. Moore to make it 20-11 going to the 7th. After scoring one run in the top of the 7th, Damian Watkins was able to shut the Patriots down and seal the win for the Dragons, 20-12.
With the win, Pickens is now 2-3 on the early season. The Dragons will be back in action in a busy filled week next week with all the games at home. First up, a rematch with the Wolverines of Woodstock on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The first meeting between these two teams went into extra innings with Woodstock winning 1-0.
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS JV Baseball team hosted the JV Rebels of Fannin Co. for baseball action. These two teams went back & forth in Blue Ridge on Tuesday with the JV Dragons coming away with a narrow 9-8 victory. This game, turned out to be a nail bitter as well.
Brady Moore got the start for the Dragons and was very effective. The JV Rebels got two on the board in the 1st to take a 2-0 lead going to the bottom of the inning. Pickens left a runner on second in the bottom half of the 1st, sending us to the 2nd with Fannin ahead, 2-0. Moore and the Dragons were able to strand a Rebel at 2nd, but had their own potential scoring chance ended as Pickens stranded two in the bottom of the 2nd to send us to the 3rd, JV Rebels still leading, 2-0.
Moore got things working well in the top of the 3rd, as he struck out the side to send his team up to bat in the bottom of the frame. Will Lawrence brought in Moore with an RBI hit to cut the Fannin lead in half, 2-1 going to the 4th. In the 4th, Clate McArthur came in to relieve Moore and had an impressive outing. McArthur needed just 8 pitches in the top of the 4th to sit the JV Rebels down. In the bottom half of the inning, McArthur brought in Adam Massey to tie things up at 2 a piece.
The tie did not last long however as Fannin took the lead right back in the top of the 5th, leading it, 3-2. The Dragons had a chance of their own to tie or take the lead in the bottom of the inning, but left two on as we headed to the 6th. McArthur struck out the side in the top of the 6th, to bring the Dragons up to the plate, looking to get something going. Moore brought in Michael Burrell to tie it up at 3, then Gabe Groover gave Pickens their 1st lead of the game with a 2 RBI single. Dragons held a 5-3 advantage going to the 7th.
Fannin refused to go quietly as they had a scoring chance with one out. as one run came across the plate, a second potential run was sent around 3rd, when the left fielder Lawrence loaded up, and threw the runner out at the plate. Pitcher Isaiah Payne then got a ground out on the next pitch to seal the win for the Dragons, 5-4. The win improves the JV’s record to 8-1 on the season.
Brady Moore went 3 innings, gave up 2 R, (1 ER), walked 3, K’d 5 on 54 pitches & went 2-4 with 1 RBI & 2 runs scored
Clate McArthur went 3 innings, K’d 3, gave up 1 run on 44 pitches & went 1-2 with 1 RBI
Michael Burrell went 2-3 with a single, a double, & 1 run acored
Isiah Payne went 1-4 with a single & a run scored
Josh Holbert drew two walks
Will Lawrence went 1-4 with a single & 1 RBI
Gabe Groover went 2-4 with 2 singles & 2 RBI
Tyler Vreeland drew a walk
Adam Massey went 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored