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.
Yesterday evening, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team were back home at Dragons Field as they hosted the Woodland-Cartersville Wildcats out of the 5-A classification. Pickens, came into the game 3-2 on the season, & looked to get back on the winning track after a tough weekend.
In the top of the 1st, Dragons starting pitcher, Colby James, got off to a good start to his day. In the bottom half of the 1st, Pickens got a two out walk, but that would be it as we would head to the 2nd, still deadlocked at 0. In the top of the 2nd, the Wildcats, made James work. James, with a little help from the defense behind him, did a great job getting out of trouble as Woodland would only plate a single run. In the bottom of the 2nd, Pickens answered the Wildcats run with 2 runs of their own to take a 2-1 lead to the 3rd.
The top of the 3rd saw the Wildcats plate two runs themselves as they would retake the lead from the Dragons. James, in what would be his final inning of work, did a good job of settling down and getting out of another high pressure situation. Pickens, had it’s chance to tie the game in the bottom of the frame, but Woodland was able to get out of a tough spot of their own, to send us to the 4th, Wildcats leading the Dragons, 3-2. In the top of the 4th, Dylan Huffman came in to pitch for Pickens & needed only 10 pitches to get out of his first inning of work. The bottom of the inning saw the Dragons retake the lead from Woodland after scoring two runs. We would go to the 5th, Dragons on top, 4-3.
In the top of the 5th, Huffman worked out of a jam after the Wildats had threatened to either tie it or take the lead. Pickens, would go down in order in the bottom of the 5th, to send us to the 6th, Dragons still leading Woodland, 4-3. As was the case in the 5th, the 6th saw the Wildcats threaten to score. Huffman and the Dragons were able to escape it, & send us to the bottom of the frame. Pickens, again went in order in the bottom of the 6th, to send us to the 7th, Dragons clinging to a 4-3 lead.
Brady Moore came on in relief of Huffman in the top of the 7th. Moore, was able to settle down after walking the 1st two batters to strike out the final two batters he faced to close this one out & seal the Dragons win, 4-3.
Colby James: 3IP, 2K, 80 pitches, & 1-2 with a single
Dylan Huffman: 3IP, 5K, 45 pitches, & 1 run scored
Brady Moore: 1IP, 2K, 19 pitches, & 1-3 with a single & 1 run scored
Tyler Vreeland: 1-2 with a single
Joseph Gossett: 1 RBI
Pickens, will take to the road on Thursday afternoon as they will head to Woodstock to take on the Wolverines out of the 7-A classification. 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 afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, took to the road and headed to Chatsworth to take on the Murray County Indians. Through two games so far this season, the Dragons have been scoring runs in bunches, and looked to continue that trend against the Indians.
The bats were working for the Dragons early in the top of the 1st, as two runs came across to give Pickens the early lead. Starting pitcher for the Dragons, Colby James, pitched well during his outing & it started in the bottom of the 1st as he struck out two, & needed 13 pitches to work in the 1st. We would head to the 2nd, Pickens leading Murray County, 2-0. In the top half of the 2nd, Pickens added to their lead. Scoring 6 runs on 7 hits, & batting around in the frame. The Dragons, would lead it 8-0 going to the bottom of the 2nd. In the bottom of the inning, James added to his strikeout total by getting two more, & sending us to the 3rd, & the hot bats of Pickens back to the plate.
In the top of the 3rd, the Dragons had two more hits, & 1 run come across to score after a balk was called. Making it 9-0 Pickens, going to the bottom of the 3rd. In the bottom of the 3rd, the Indians got on the board after plating a run. James did not let that rattle him as he would strikeout the side to bring his total to 7 on the day. A 2-out double is all the Dragons would come up with in the 4th as it would be the only inning on the night where they did not score. In the bottom of the 4th, Isaiah Payne would come in for James & needed just 4 pitches to send us to the 5th, Dragons ahead, 9-1.
Two walks, & crafty baserunning plated Pickens a run in the top of the 5th, to give them a 10-1 lead over Murray County. Payne would collect a strikeout, & needed only 9 pitches to end the Indians portion of the 5th. In the top of the 6th, the Dragons plated three more runs on 3 hits to stretch their lead to 13-1 going to the bottom of the frame. Payne needed 5 pitches in the bottom of the 6th to get the Indians. The 10-run rule after 5 innings came into play & the Dragons took this one, 13-1 in 6 innings.
Colby James: 3IP, 7K, 2BB, 1ER, 49 pitches
Isaiah Payne: 3IP, 1K, 0ER, 18 pitches
The Dragons scored 13 runs on 15 hits
Pickens, is now 3-0 on the season. So far they have outscored their opponents, 38-14. They will be back in action Saturday as they will take part in a tournament at Lakepoint. First up, the Roswell Hornets. First pitch for that one is scheduled for 1 pm. Pickens, will then take on the Vidalia Indians. First pitch for that game is scheduled for 6 pm.
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.
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS JV Dragons baseball team hosted the Grizzlies of Creekview at Dragons Field. Pickens, came in looking to get a big win over a school in a higher classification before facing their rival Gilmer next week.
In the top of the 1st, the Grizzlies struck early. Creekview managed to plate 3 runs on 2 hits, to lead the Dragons 3-0 going to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom half of the opening inning, Pickens scored 4 runs as Michael Burrell & Lucas Headrick knocked in 3 runs combined & 1 run came in after a wild pitch. Pickens led Creekview going to the 2nd, 4-3. A 12 pitch top of the 2nd for Isaiah Payne, & an 8 pitch top of the 3rd for Clate Mcarthur kept Pickens in front 4-3 as neither team found offense till the 4th.
In the 4th, the Grizzlies drove in 5 runs to take the lead back, 8-4. The Dragons went down in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 5th, Creekview ahead, 8-4. After a 9 pitch top of the 5th for Damian Watkins, the Dragons cut into the Grizzly lead in the bottom of the frame with 3 runs coming home on 4 hits to make it 8-7 Creekview going to the 6th.
In the 6th, Creekview would add to their lead. The Grizzlies scored 5 runs in the top of the 6th to stretch their lead on the Dragons out to 13-7. Haedrick drove in Burrell in the bottom of the 6th to cut the lead to 13-8 going to the 7th inning. Shawn Mask struck out two in the top of the 7th for Pickens and sent us to the bottom of the final inning. Creekview was able to come away with the win, 13-8.
Will Lawrence: 1IP, 2K’s, 3R 2H on 23 pitches, & 0-0 with a walk
Isaiah Payne: 1IP, 0R on 12 pitches
Clate Macarthur: 1IP, 1K, 0R on 8 pitches
Jackson Jones: 1IP 5R on 18 pitches
Damian Watkins: 1IP, 0R, on 9 pitches
Shawn Mask: 2IP, 4K on 27 pitches
Adam Massey: 0-2 with 2 walks & 1 run scored
Colby James: 1-4 with 1 single & 1 run scored
Michael Burrell: 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, 3 runs scored, & 1 HBP
Jay Jones: 1-2 with a sac RBI, 1 single
Lucas Headrick: 4-4 with 1 double, 3 singles, 4 RBI, & 1 run scored
Clayton Holland: 0-0 with 2 walks
Dalton Elrod: 2-2 with 2 singles & 1 RBI
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS JV Dragons baseball team hosted the White County Warriors at Dragons Field at PCMS. The JV Dragons, looked to kick things off in 2017 with a win at home.
Ben Miller, took to the mound for the JV Dragons and looked good in the top of the 1st. Miller K’d 2 batters in the top of the frame sending us to the bottom of the 1st. Pickens struck first as Jay Jones drew a leadoff walk and was driven in by Colby James on an RBI double. James then would be driven in by Adam Massey as the Dragons took a 2-0 lead going to the 2nd.
In the top of the 2nd, White County struck for 4 runs to take the lead over Pickens 4-2. The bottom of the 2nd saw the Dragons leave two stranded after Hunter Kalson led off the inning with a single. We would go to the 3rd, with the Warriors ahead, 4-2.
In the 3rd, Aiden Sanchez relieved Evan Jones and struck two Warriors out sending us to the bottom of the inning. Pickens cut the White County lead to 4-3 as Jacob Kirchoff drove in Lucas Headrick with an RBI single. In the 4th, the Dragons tied it up at 4 after Christian Chumley drove in Headrick with an RBI single.
The bottom of the 5th would be the turning point of the ball game. After Kirchoff & Bailey Truitt reached on errors, Jones drove them in with a single to give Pickens the lead back, 6-4. Headrick & Massey were able to draw back to back walks, then Chumley cleared the bases with a 3-RBI single to stretch the Dragons lead over the Warriors to 9-4.
After leading off with a single in the bottom of the 6th, Tyler Vreeland scored after a wild pitch to make it 10-4. White County would not go quietly as they started a rally in the top of the 7th. The Warriors scored two runs before Shawn Mask shut them down to seal a 10-6 win for the JV Dragons.
Ben Miller went 1 1/3 innings with 2 K’s, Evan Jones went 2/3 innings with 1 K, Aiden Sanchez went 2 innings with 2 K’s, Austin Plumley went 2 innings, & Shawn Mask went 1 inning
Pickens had 10 runs on 8 hits
Christian Chumley went 2-2 with 4 RBI
Adam Massey went 1-1 with an RBI, 1 run scored, & 3 walks
Jay Jones went 1-3 with 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, & 1 HBP
Jacob Kirchoff went 1-3 with 1 RBI, a single, & 1 run scored
Lucas Headrick went 1-3 with 1 single, 3 runs scored, 1 walk, & 1 HBP
Colby James went 1-4 with 1 RBI, 1 double, & 1 walk
Tyler Vreeland went 1-2 with 1 single, & 1 run scored
The JV Dragons will have a quick turnaround as they travel to White County to take on the Warriors this afternoon. First pitch set for 5:30 p.m.