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 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.
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, on a Good Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Ridgeland Panthers to Dragons Field for the final game of their three game set. After the Dragons took game 1 on Tuesday, the Panthers came back and snagged game 2 at their place on Thursday. Prior to the ball game, PHS recognized & honored women & families affected by, and going through breast cancer.
Senior Dalton Sipsy started for the Dragons and what a game it turned out to be a part of. Ridgeland struck first in the top of the 1st, as they were able to connect for a three-run home run to take a 3-0 lead going to the bottom of the frame. Pickens cut into that lead when Wyatt Gooch knocked in Travis Huffman on a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 Panthers going to the 2nd. Ridgeland added to their lead by driving in two runs to make it 5-1 going to the bottom of the 2nd. Pickens would lead a runner stranded at first after a 1-out walk & we headed to the 3rd, Panthers leading Pickens, 5-1.
The Panthers again added a pair of runs in the top of the 3rd to increase their lead over the Dragons to 7-1 going to the bottom of the inning. sensing the urgency, the bats for Pickens started to get going in the bottom half of the 3rd as 3 runs would come to score on 5 hits including RBI hits from Jace Franklin, Dominic Stephens, & Joseph Gossett, to cut the Ridgeland lead down to 7-4 going to the 4th. Sipsy added his 3rd & 4th strike out of the game in the top of the 4th and kept the deficit at 7-4 going to the bottom portion of the 4th. The Dragons chipped at the Ridgeland lead even more when Franklin drove in T. Huffman with an RBI double to make it 7-5 Panthers going to the 5th.
The 5th was the final inning for Sipsy and again he did a good job of not giving Ridgeland anything and keeping the Panther lead at two and getting the suddenly hot bats of Pickens back up. A lead off double by Dalton Presley, would hurt the Panthers as Zack Moore drove in Andrew Hasbrouck, who was courtesy running for Presley. Joseph Gossett would eventually come around to score as well after he followed up Presley’s double with a single, advanced to 3rd after multiple passed balls, & came in to score after Dylan Huffman reached 1st base on an errant throw, to tie things up at 7 going to the 6th. Hasbrouck came in to pitch the top of the 6th for the Dragons & worked around two hit batsman to get out of the inning with no damage done. After leading off the bottom of the 6th with a single, and advancing to 3rd on miscommunication by the pitcher & catcher from Ridgeland, T. Huffman came in to score the go ahead run on a Stephens sacrifice fly. The Dragons had their 1st lead of the game at 8-7, going to the 7th.
Pickens called on Stephens to finish the game out and finish it out he did. Stephens would strike out the side in the top of the 7th to seal a crazy, come from behind 8-7 win over Panthers.
Dalton Sipsy: 5IP, 4H, 7R, 4ER, 5K on 105 pitches
Andrew Hasbrouck: 1IP, 0H, 0R on 14 pitches & 1 run scored
Dominic Stephens: 1IP, 0H, 0R, 3K on 21 pitches & 2-3 with 1 single, 1 double, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Travis Huffman: 3-3 with 3 singles, 1 walk, & 4 runs scored
Jace Franklin: 2-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Wyatt Gooch: 1 RBI
Dalton Presley: 1-3 with 1 double
Joseph Gossett: 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, 1 run scored
Zack Moore: 1-1 with 1 single, 1 walk, & 1 RBI
Pickens will now turn their attention to Southeast Whitfield as they finish up the regular season with a three game set with the Raiders. As it stands now, the Dragons are in 3rd place in 6-AAAA with a 9-6 mark & have a 15-9 overall record. Senior Night will be this coming Tuesday at Dragons Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
On Tuesday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team began a crucial series with the Panthers of Ridgeland. After dropping their previous series to Heritage 2-1, Pickens looked to keep pace and stay in 3rd place in the region as Gilmer & Ridgeland were right behind them in the standings.
In the top of the 1st, starting pitcher for the Dragons Travis Huffman sat the Panthers down on 13 pitches to send us to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, the starter for Ridgeland was equally as impressive as the Dragons went in order to send us to the 2nd, still scoreless. In the top of the 2nd, the Panthers drew first blood as they plated two runs on just one hit, to take a 2-0 lead over the Dragons going to the bottom of the 2nd. That lead for Ridgeland would not last long as Pickens answered with four runs on two hits to take the lead, 4-2 going to the 3rd.
It was a less stressful top of the 3rd for T. Huffman as he needed 12 pitches to send us to the bottom half of the 3rd. The Dragons had an opportunity in the bottom of the frame to add more to their lead, but left runners stranded on 1st & 2nd to send us to the 4th, Pickens still leading the Panthers, 4-2. Ridgeland tried to get something going in the top of the 4th, but the Dragons were able to get out of it without any damage done. Pickens had a tough bottom half of the inning as they went in order to send us to the 5th, Dragons still in front, 4-2.
T. Huffman needed 11 pitches, and added his 3rd strikeout of the game in the top of the 5th to bring the offense for Pickens up. A 1-out walk would prove to backfire for the Panthers as Zack Moore drove in Dominic Stephens with an RBI single to stretch the lead for the Dragons over Ridgeland to 5-2. Z. Moore would then come in as Dylan Huffman reached 1st base after a passed ball following a strikeout to make it 6-2 Dragons, going to the 6th. Ridgeland had another scoring threat in the top of the 6th, but T. Huffman shut it down with the 2nd of his two strikeouts in the inning to keep the lead at 6-2 in the Dragons favor. Brady Moore led the bottom of the 6th off with a double, & was driven in by Joseph Gossett to make it 7-2 Pickens, going to the 7th.
T. Huffman came out in the top of the 7th to finish what he started and finish is what he did. T. Huffman closed the game out with his 6th strikeout to give the Dragons the win in the series opener, 7-2.
Travis Huffman: 7IP, 4H, 2R, 6K on 112 pitches & 1-4 with 1 single & 1 RBI
Joseph Gossett: 1-4 with a single & 2 RBI
Dominic Stephens: 1 walk & 1 run scored
Dalton Presley: 1-2 with 1 single, 1 walk, & 1 run scored
Zack Moore: 1-1 with 1 single, 2 hit by pitch, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Dylan Huffman: 1 walk & 1 run scored
Will Lawrence: 1-3 with a double, & 1 run scored
Brady Moore: 1-2 with a double, 1 walk, & 1 run scored
With the win, the Dragons are now 14-8 overall and 8-5 in 6-AAAA play. Pickens & Ridgeland will meet up again on Thursday at Ridgeland. First Pitch set for 5:55. The series finale will be held back in Jasper at PCMS. First pitch set for 5:30 for that one.
Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Generals of Heritage in the 3rd & final game of a big time series. After taking the 1st game on Tuesday, Heritage won the 2nd game on Thursday, meaning the winner of this one, would take 2nd place in the region, & the series.
Junior Dylan Huffman got the call to start for the Dragons & had to work out of trouble early. The Generals plated one run in the top of the first, & threatened to score more, but D. Huffman & the Dragons defense did a good job of just limiting it to one run. For Heritage, they sent out their highly touted pitcher, Junior Cole Wilcox, who is committed to UGA, & an Under Armor All-American Game invitee (game is played at Wrigley Field in Chicago). Pickens could not get anything going in the bottom of the frame and we headed to the 2nd, Generals leading the Dragons, 1-0. D. Huffman was able to again settle down after early trouble and get out of the top of the 2nd without any damage done. Pickens had a chance in the bottom of the 2nd to tie things up, but were unable to bring in the runner from 2nd, to send us to the 3rd, Heritage still in front, 1-0.
After the Generals added to their lead, Dylan Huffman would be relieved by Andrew Hasbrouck in the top of the 3rd with two outs in the frame. Hasbrouck got the Dragons out of the inning, but not before Heritage tacked on 5 more runs to take a 6-0 lead going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the 3rd, Brady Moore started it off with a single, and would be driven in by Joseph Gossett, to cut the General lead to 6-1, going to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, Heritage went down quietly as Hasbrouck needed ten pitches to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, the Pickens again had a runner in scoring position, but he was unable to score and we would go to the 5th, Generals leading the Dragons, 6-1.
Isaiah Payne came on in relief of Hasbrouck in the top of the 5th. Payne was able to end the top of the 5th with a strikeout, but not before Heritage would plate 3 more runs to increase their lead over Pickens to, 9-1 going to the bottom of the 5th. The Generals were able to sit the Dragons in order in the bottom of the 5th to send us to the 6th, Heritage leading, 9-1. Payne was able to get the Dragons out of the top of the 6th without any damage done and ended the half inning with a strikeout just like the 5th. A one-out single by Dalton Presley would be all that the Dragons could muster in the bottom of the 6th. We headed to the 7th, Generals still in front, 9-1.
In the top of the 7th, Dominic Stephens took over for Payne and pitched very well in his lone inning of work. Stephens struck out two General batters and got three outs on 12 pitches to send us to the bottom of the 7th. Heritage was able to close it out, and get the win, 9-1.
Joseph Gossett: 1 RBI
Dalton Presley: 1-3 with 1 single
Dominic Stephens: 1-3 with 1 single
Brady Moore: 1-2 with 1 single & 1 run scored
Pickens will be back home next Tuesday as they begin a series with the Ridgeland Panthers. The Dragons are currently 13-8 overall and in 3rd in 6-AAAA at 7-5. The Panthers currently occupy the 5th spot in the region at 4-7. Pickens will need to continue to win to secure the 3rd seed out of 6-AAAA as the season starts winding down. You can catch the 1st game of this series Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 at Dragons Field at PCMS.