Dragons Battle In State Tournament Against Num. 2 Team In 4A

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team headed down to Atlanta to take on the Marist War Eagles in the 1st round of the GHSA 4A State Baseball Tournament. Coming into the game, the Dragons were the #3 seed out of region 6-AAAA, while Marist, came in as the #2 seed out of region 7-AAAA. Marist was also ranked as the 2nd best team in 4A coming into the state tournament.

 

Game 1:

In the top of the 1st, the Dragons got a 2-out walk by Tyler Vreeland, but that would be all they would manage to begin the game. The War Eagles, plated the 1st run of the game in the bottom of the first, taking a 1-0 lead.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Pickens struck for the first time as starter Colby James hit a 2-run, 2-out single, knocking in Hunter White & Brady Moore to give the Dragons a 2-1 lead over Marist. In the bottom of the inning, the War Eagles re-took the lead by scoring two runs over their own & now led, 3-2.

 

In the bottom of the 4th, Marist added to their lead by plating a run to make it 4-2 over the Dragons. In the top of the 5th, Pickens, never one to stop fighting, scored 2 runs as both Jacob Kirchoff  came to score on a passed ball, & Moore scored when James got walked for his 3rd RBI, tying the game at 4.

 

In this back and forth opening game of the series, the War Eagles plated 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th to re-take the lead, 6-4. In the top of the 7th, the Dragons got a 1-out double from Caswell Smith, but he was left stranded as Marist held on to take game one, 6-4.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-4 with 2 doubles, & 2 runs scored

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single, & 2 intentional walks

Tyler Vreeland: 1 walk

Colby James: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 3 RBI

Hunter White: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored

Jacob Kirchoff: 1 run scored

 

Game 2:

Game 2, saw Pickens as the designated home team & saw senior & College of Charleston signee Caswell Smith get the start. The Dragons, were looking to get a win here in game 2, to force a 3rd and deciding game.

 

Smith & the Dragons, were in a little bit of trouble in the top of the first as Marist had an early threat. Pickens, got out of it & we headed to the bottom of the 1st tied. Brady Moore, led the bottom of the 1st with a walk, but would be left stranded at 3rd, keeping the game scoreless.

 

In the top of the 2nd, the War Eagles plated the first runs of the game, taking a 2-0 lead. Marist added to their lead in the top of the 3rd, scoring 4 times to make it a 6-0 lead over the Dragons.

 

In the bottom of the 4th, Pickens broke through. The Dragons, socred 4 runs on 5 hits, getting a 2-RBI knock from Chad Pacas, and an RBI each from Jacob Kirchoff & Moore. Going to the 5th, the War Eagles lead was cut to just 6-4.

 

Marist, re-took the lead in the top of the 5th by scoring 5 runs. Pickens went quietly in the bottom of the frame, & we’d head to the 6th, with the War Eagles up, 11-4.

 

In the bottom of the 7th, now trailing 16-4, the Dragons would put up one last fight. Getting an RBI from Tyler Vreeland, Colby James, Austin Chester, & Hunter White, & scoring 6 runs before Marist was able to get the final out. Final score, Marist 16, Pickens 10. Pickens finishes the season at 19-13.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1-3 with a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & a run scored

Caswell Smith: 2-4 with 2 singles, & 1 run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1-4 with a single & 1 RBI

Colby James: 2-4 with a single, a double, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Will Lawrence: 3-3 with 3 singles & 2 runs scored

Austin Chester: 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 RBI. & 2 runs scored

Chad Pacas: 1-2 with a single, 2 hit by pitch, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Hunter White: 1 walk, 1 RBI

Jacob Kirchoff: 1-4 with a single, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

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Dragons Fall To Lumpkin In Non-Region Action

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, made the hour or so trip up to Dahlonega, to take on the Lumpkin County Indians in a non-region ball game. This game, was scheduled for earlier in the season, but was postponed due to weather. Pickens, was coming off of a tough 3-game series against Northwest Whitfield, & looked to strike gold against the Indians heading into their final series of the regular season next week.

 

The Dragons, got off to a good start early in this one as Caswell Smith led off with a hit, then Colby James followed with a hit, then Tyler Vreeland drove them in with a 2 RBI single to give Pickens a 2-0 lead over the Indians, going to the bottom of the 1st. The bottom of the frame saw Dragon starter Ben Miller need only 7 pitches to send us to the 2nd, Dragons up, 2-0.

 

Miller, would strike out the side in the bottom of the 2nd, but in between that, Lumpkin was able to score 2 runs on 1 hit, to tie things up at 2, going to the 3rd. In the bottom of the 3rd, Lumpkin took the lead scoring 4 times to make it 6-2, going to the 4th.

 

In the top of the 4th, the Dragons cut the Indian lead in half as Hunter White drove in Chad Pacas, to make it 6-3. In the bottom of the inning, the Indians got that run back, scoring once to make it 7-3, going to the 5th.

 

In the bottom half of the 5th, Lumpkin added to their lead by scoring 5 runs to make it 12-3. That score would hold up over the final two innings as the Lumpkin Indians get the win, 12-3.

 

For Pickens, they can now put this week behind them and focus on next week, as they begin a 3-game series with the LaFayette Ramblers. The Dragons are currently in 3rd place in the region at 9-6. The first game of the series is set to begin on Tuesday, with a first pitch time of 5:30.

 

Stats:

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored

Colby James: 2-3 with 2 singles & 1 run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 2-3 with 2 singles, & 2 RBI

Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a single & a run scored

Austin Chester: 1-3 with a single

Hunter White: 1 RBI

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Dragons Win 4th Straight, Defeat Dalton

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Dalton Catamounts at Dragons Field in non-region action. Dalton, is out of the 6-A classification. On Thursday, these two teams met in Dalton, & Pickens came away with a 7-3 win. The Dragons came in, looking for a home & home sweep.

 

Starter Will Lawrence, got off to a great start in the top of the 1st, striking out two Catamounts. Pickens, got off to an even better start offensively as Brady Moore led off the bottom half of the inning with a home run, & Tyler Vreeland knocked in Caswell Smith with an RBI double. Going to the 2nd, the Dragons held a 2-0 lead over Dalton.

 

In the 2nd, Lawrence added to his strikeout total, collecting two more, but Dalton was able to cut the Dragon lead in half, 2-1. Pickens, had a potential 2-out threat emerging, but the Catamounts were able to end the inning & send us to the 3rd.

 

The 3rd inning saw back and forth action. In the top of the frame, Dalton took their first lead of the game by scoring two runs, making it 3-2. The Dragons, were able to counter back, with 4 runs. Smith with a 2-run home run (his 9th), & getting an RBI from Lawrence & Chad Pacas to make it 6-3 Pickens, going to the 4th.

 

The 5th inning, saw ten total runs scored between the two teams. In the top of the inning, the Catamounts scored 5 times to retake the lead from the Dragons, 8-6. In the bottom half of the inning, it was the Dragons turn to score 5 runs led by Moore with an RBI single, & Smith with a 2-RBI double. Going to the 6th, Pickens led Dalton, 11-8.

 

In the bottom of the 6th, the Dragons added an insurance run when Lawrence, drove in Jarod Whitmore to make it 12-8. Pacas came in for the top of the 7th, & shut the Catamounts down to give Pickens the 12-8 win.

 

Next week, the Dragons will begin their biggest series of the season as they take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins in a 3-game set. Pickens: 16-7 (9-3) & Northwest Whitfield: 15-5 (9-3) are tied atop the 6-AAAA standings & the winner of the series will be in the drivers seat as far as the region championship is concerned. Game one of the 3-game set will be in Tunnel Hill at Northwest Whitfield. First pitch set for 5:30.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 3-4 with a home run, 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 3 runs scored

Caswell Smith: 2-2 with a home run, a double, 2 walks, 4 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Tyler Vreeland: 3-4 with a double, 2 singles, & 1 RBI

Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles & 2 runs scored

Will Lawrence: 2-4 with 2 singles, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Austin Chester: 1 walk

Chad Pacas: 2-3 with 2 singles, a walk, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Hunter White: 1-4 with a single

Jacob Kirchoff: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored

Jarod Whitmore: 2 runs scored

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Dragons Drop Game 1 To Ridgeland, Game 2 This Afternoon

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Ridgeland Panthers to Dragons Field to begin the most important 3 game set of the season up to this point. This game, was supposed to be played Tuesday, but rain pushed it to yesterday. Both teams came in 7-2 in region play, just one game back of Northwest Whitfield. Coming into this series, the Dragons had won every opening game, & looked to keep that going in game 1 against the Panthers.

 

In the top of the 1st, Ridgeland looked to get on the board early, but a great throw by Dragon right fielder Hunter White, kept that from happening as he threw out a runner at home. Pickens, couldn’t get anything going in the bottom of the frame, & we’d head to the 2nd, tied at 0.

 

In the top of the 2nd, the Panthers scored 2 runs on 2 hits, taking a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half of the frame, the Dragons were able to cut the lead in half as Will Lawrence came in to score after multiple balks by the Ridgeland pitcher. Going to the 3rd, the Panthers led Pickens, 2-1.

 

Dragon starter Colby James needed 11 pitches to collect two strikeouts & retire the Panthers in the top of the 3rd. In the bottom of the inning, Pickens tied things up as Brady Moore led off with a screaming double down the left field line, & Caswell Smith was able to bring him in on an RBI single to tie things up at 2, going to the 4th.

 

In the top of the 4th, Ridgeland broke things open by scoring 9 runs to make it 11-2. The Dragons got a lead off walk in the bottom of the frame, but were unable to bring him around & we’d head to the 5th, Panthers up, 11-2.

 

Pickens, got one back in the bottom of the 5th, as they scored a run on 2 hits to male it 11-3. The top of the 6th saw Ridgeland answer with 2 runs, to make it 13-3. In the bottom of the 6th, Moore drove in Chad Pacas to make it 13-4 Panthers. Ridgeland, took this one by a final of 13-4.

 

These two teams will meet again this afternoon at Ridgeland for game 2 of the 3 game set. First pitch set for 5:30.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1 single, 1 RBI

Tyler Vreeland: 1 single, 1 walk

Colby James: 1 walk, 1 single

Will Lawrence: 1 single, 1 RBI, 1 run scored

Austin Chester: 2 walks

Chad Pacas: 1 double, 1 walk

Jacob Kirchoff: 1 single

 

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Dragons Hang On In Final Innings, Sweep Gilmer

PHS Baseball

It was game three of three yesterday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team made the short trip up 515 to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats. Pickens, won the series on Thursday in walk off fashion, & looked to complete the sweep to remain in 2nd place in region play.

 

The Dragons, got off to a big start in the top of the 1st. Brady Moore led off with a double, Colby James would bring him in, then Austin Chester would bring in Jarod Whitmore & James to make it 3-0 Pickens, going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Gilmer got a run off one hit to make it 3-1 Dragons going to the 2nd.

 

In the top of the 2nd, the Dragons added 3 more runs. Moore hit a solo home run, Caswell Smith came in on a passed ball, & starting pitcher Will Lawrence helped himself out with an RBI single bringing in Colby James, to make it 6-1. Lawrence sat the Bobcats down in order in the bottom of the frame, sending us to the 3rd, Dragons up, 6-1.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Pickens stretched it’s lead out even more by scoring 6 runs in the frame. The Dragons, got an RBI from Tyler Vreeland, James, Lawrence, & 2 RBI from Hunter White. Going to the bottom of the 3rd, Pickens led Gilmer, 12-1. The Bobcats, got a run on two hits in the bottom of the inning, to make it 12-2 Dragons, going to the 4th.

 

In the 4th, the Bobcats again plated a run, to make it 12-3. The action didn’t pick back up until the 7th. The Dragons got three straight hits, & a run scored by Whitmore, to make it 13-3 Pickens. Gilmer, with their final three outs, made a furious rally. The Bobcats, scored 8 runs on 6 hits, to cut it to 13-11, with 2 outs. Caswell Smith, came in for the save for Pickens as he struck out his only batter, touching 94 on the radar gun, to preserve the 13-11 win & the sweep for the Dragons:

 

Pickens, now 12-6 (7-2), will begin a series with the Ridgeland Panthers on Tuesday at Dragons Field. First pitch set for 5:30. Both Pickens & Ridgeland are tied for 2nd in 6-AAAA at 7-2.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 3-4 with a double, a home run, a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 3 runs scored

Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a single, 2 walks, & 2 runs scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1-4 with a single, a walk, & 1 RBI

Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles, 2 RBI, & 3 runs scored

Jarod Whitmore: 1-1 with a single, & 3 runs scored

Will Lawrence: 1-3 with 1 single, 1 walk, & 2 RBI & 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 5 K, on 84 pitches

Seth Densmore: 1-1 with a single

Austin Chester: 2-2 with 2 singles, 2 walks, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Christian Chumley: 1-1 with a single

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with a single, a double, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Hunter White: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 2 RBI

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Pacas’ Big Game Helps Dragons Win Series Against Gilmer

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Game 2 of the 3 game set came to Jasper yesterday afternoon as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Bobcats of Gilmer at Dragons Field. Pickens, took game 1 in Ellijay on Tuesday 8-1, & looked to get the series win at home.

 

In the top of the 1st, the Bobcats struck first getting one run on two hits to take an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Brady Moore led the inning off with a double, but the Dragons were unable to capitalize & we’d head to the 2nd, Gilmer up, 1-0. Pickens, took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd after a 2-run home run from Chad Pacas. Going to the 3rd, Dragons up, 2-1.

 

In the 3rd, Gilmer would go down in order, while the Dragons, were able to add to their lead. Colby James drove in Moore, to make it 3-1, going to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, the Bobcats cut into the Dragons lead by plating a run on three hits, to make it 3-2 Pickens. The Dragons, had a chance to add to their lead in a big way in the bottom of the 4th with the bases loaded & 1 out, but were unable to score any runs. We headed to the 5th, Pickens still up, 3-2.

 

In the bottom of the 5th, the Dragons plated a run as Austin Chester doubled home Colby James to make it 4-2 Pickens, going to the 6th. The 6th inning, got a little wacky. In the top of the 6th, Gilmer was able to retake the lead by scoring 5 runs to make it 7-4. In the bottom of the 6th, lead off batter Jacob Kirchoff had what appeared to be a bloop hit that Gilmer let fall in fair territory, but it was ruled foul. On the next pitch, Kirchoff singled to right. Moore then followed that up with a single, & then Caswell Smith came up & hit one over the center field wall to tie things up at 7, & sending us to the 7th.

 

The top of the 7th saw the Bobcats get a lead off double, but a timely double play by the Dragons kept the game tied going to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the 7th, Chester led off with a single, Chester was then courtesy ran for by Christian Chumley. Up next, was the pitcher of record, Chad Pacas. If you remember, Pacas hit the 2-run homer in the 2nd, he then came in to pitch in the 6th, helping keep Pickens in the ball game. After Chumley advanced the 3rd after a pair of passed balls, Pacas sent a single into the outfield scoring Chumley, & winning the game for the Dragons 8-7.

 

Game 3 of the 3 game series will be later this afternoon in Ellijay. First pitch set for 5:30 pm.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-3 with a double, a single, a walk, & 2 runs scored

Caswell Smith: a 3-run home run, 3 RBI, & 1 run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1 single

Colby James: 1-4 with a double, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Austin Chester: 2-3 with a double, a single, a walk, & 1 RBI

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with a 2-run home run, a single, 3 RBI, & 1 run scored

Hunter White: 2-3 with two singles

Jacob Kirchoff: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored

Christian Chumley: 1 run scored

 

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Dragons Take Game 1 Of 515 Region Series

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It was a sunny, yet cool afternoon in Ellijay on Tuesday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team took on the Gilmer Bobcats in the 1st game of a three game region series. Pickens, came into this series having won their first two series over Southeast Whitfield & Heritage, While Gilmer was off from region play last week.

 

In the top of the 1st, Caswell Smith drew a 1-out walk, but he would be left stranded at 1st to end the top of the inning. Starting pitcher for Pickens, Colby James, sat the Bobcats down in order on 6 pitches, to send us to the 2nd, still scoreless. In the bottom of the 2nd, Gilmer had runners on 1st & 2nd, but James was able to get out of it to send it to the 3rd, still 0-0.

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In the top of the 3rd, the Dragons broke the tie after plating three runs behind RBI from Tyler Vreeland, & James, & Jarod Whitmore scoring on a passed ball. In the bottom of the frame, the Bobcats again threatened with 2 on, but James & the Dragons again got out of the jam, sending us to the 4th, Pickens ahead, 3-0.

 

The bottom of the 4th saw Gilmer threatening for the 3rd time in the last three innings with runners on 2nd & 3rd, looking to cut into the Dragons lead. Pickens, again escaped the danger, maintaining their 3-0 lead, going to the 5th. In the top of the 5th, the Dragons scored 5 times getting an RBI from Vreeland, James, & 2 RBI from Will Lawrence. Austin Chester scored on a passed ball. Gilmer would go down in order in the bottom of the inning, sending us to the 6th, Pickens up 8-0.

 

The Bobcats, got on the board in the bottom of the 6th, plating a run to make it 8-1 going to the 7th. Seth Densmore came in to shut things down in the bottom of the 7th, to seal the win for the Dragons, 8-1.

 

Game 2 between these two teams will be tomorrow at 5:30 at Pickens Junior High School.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single, a walk, 1 hit by pitch, & 2 runs scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1-4 with a single, & 2 RBI

Colby James: 1-4 with a double & 2 RBI & 6 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 H, 1 R on 74 pitches

Will Lawrence: 1 walk, 2 RBI & 1 run scored

Austin Chester: 1 walk & 1 run scored

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with a double & a single

Hunter White: 2 walks & 1 run scored

Jacob Kirchoff: hit by pitch

Jarod Whitmore: 2 runs scored

 

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Smith Tosses Complete Game As Dragons Take Series From Heritage

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On a sunny Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Heritage Generals to Dragons Field for the rubber match of the 3-game set. On Wednesday, the Generals took game 2, 9-3, so the winner of this one would not only take the series, but would also claim 2nd place in the region standings by themselves.

 

College of Charleston signee Caswell Smith started this game for the Dragons & he had a terrific outing. Smith needed 11 pitches, & collected his 1st strikeout in the top of the 1st. In the bottom of the inning, Colby James brought in Jarod Whitmore, to make it 1-0 Pickens, going to the 2nd. Smith added two strikeouts to his total in the top of the 2nd, keeping it 1-0 Dragons. Brady Moore & Smith both got 2-out hits, but were left stranded as we’d head to the 3rd.

 

Smith, continued his nice start to the game by striking out two more Generals to keep Heritage off the board in the top of the 3rd. Pickens, would go down in order in the bottom of the frame, & we would go to the 4th, Pickens still ahead, 1-0. Smith again would add two strikeouts to his total in the top of the 4th, still holding Heritage scoreless.  Pickens broke through in the bottom of the 4th after Chad Pacas hit a solo home run, Smith doubled in Moore, & Whitemore scored on a passed ball, to make it 4-0 Pickens going to the 5th.

 

Smith’s performance on the mound yesterday was one to remember. Allowing the only two hits against him to come in the top of the 7th. Pickens held on to get a big win 4-0, taking the series from Heritage, 2-1.

 

Pickens, will continue region play next week, as they square off against the Gilmer Bobcats in a three game series. Game one, will be in Ellijay on Tuesday at 5:30.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-3 with 2 singles & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 3-3 with 2 singles, 1 double, & 1 RBI & 7IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 14K on 104 pitches

Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a single

Colby James: 1 RBI

Austin Chester: 1 walk

Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a home run, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Jarod Whitmore: 2 runs scored

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