Dragons Sweep Bobcats In Extras, Tied For 1st In 6-AAAA

PHS Baseball, Sports

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.

 

Stats:

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.

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Dragons Get Series Win Over Bobcats, Go For Sweep Today

PHS Baseball, Sports

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.

Stats:

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.

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Late Inning Heroics Lift Dragons Past Gilmer In Region Opener

PHS Baseball, Sports

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.

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Dragons Bats Slowed By Creekview, Start 3-Game Set With Gilmer Next Week

PHS Baseball, Sports

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.

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Dragons Split Regular Season Region Games With Gilmer, Host Union Tuesday

PHS Basketball, Sports

Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted their bitter rival, the Gilmer Bobcats, for some Friday night 6-AAAA basketball. The last time these two met, it was back in the cage in Ellijay with the Dragons coming away the winners in overtime.

 

Much like the opening quarter of the girls game, both offenses got things going early, & it was highly contested. Also much like the girls game, Pickens held the lead after the 1st, 19-14. The 2nd quarter, saw the Dragons stretch their lead using some tough defense to lead to some fantastic transition baskets on the offensive end. Using a 14-10 quarter run, Pickens held the advantage over Gilmer, 33-24, going into the break.

 

In the 3rd, the Bobcats got things rolling on their end. After being down 9 to start the 2nd half, Gilmer used a 26-17 quarter run to take a 50-47 lead over Pickens going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, both teams would score 15 points each. However, that would not be enough for the Dragons as Gilmer held on to take this one, 65-62.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Zach Goss: 24 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Joseph Gossett: 14 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Seth Bishop: 10 points, & 7 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 8 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Chase Simmons: 4 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Hermann: 2 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, & 5 steals

 

For Pickens, they will have to shake off that tough loss to their rival as they will be back in action on Tuesday night as they will host the Union County Panthers in non-region action. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons, Fall To LaFayette, Host Bobcats Friday

PHS Basketball, Sports

The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team made their way up to LaFayette last night to take on the LaFayette Ramblers in a 6-AAAA region game. LaFayette, came in with a record of 14-1 on the season, & one of the top teams in the region. Pickens, was looking to earn a split with the Ramblers during the season match ups.

 

In the opening quarter, both teams would find it difficult to find points as the defense for both teams played very well. LaFayette held the lead going to the 2nd, 13-8. In the 2nd, LaFayette, stretched it’s lead out slightly using a 15-9 quarter run, but Pickens still found itself very much in striking distance. The Ramblers, took a 28-17 lead into to break.

 

The 3rd quarter, was back and forth with both teams seeing the ball go in the hoop. Lafayette, outscored the Dragons 15-12, in a highly contested quarter, to take a lead of 43-29 into the 4th. In the 4th, the Ramblers used a 16-11 quarter run to seal the win, 59-40.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 12 points, 2 assists, 10 rebounds, & 1 steal

Zach Goss: 10 points, 1 assist, & 3 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals

Joseph Gossett: 5 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Chase Simmons: 4 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 3 points

Hunter Hermann: 2 points, 7 rebounds, & 2 blocks

 

Pickens, will return home to the Dragons Den to welcome their neighbors from up north, the Gilmer Bobcats on Friday Night. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.

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Dragons Shock Bobcats With Last Second Win In Overtime

PHS Basketball, Sports

Last Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team took the short ride up to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a 6-AAAA region match up. Pickens, is up one in the three regular season meetings after their 10 point win during the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament. This game, much like a lot of Pickens/Gilmer games, did not disappoint.

 

In the 1st quarter, it was the home team that got off to a quick start. Going to the 2nd, the Bobcats led the Dragons, 17-10. In the 2nd, Pickens turned the tide and got things going. The Dragons, would have their own 17-10 quarter run to give us a tie ball game at 27 a piece going to the half.

 

In the 3rd, both teams went back and forth trading buckets. A 19-14 run for the Bobcats, gave them a 46-41 lead over Pickens going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, the two teams combined for 47 total points. The Dragons, were able to make some clutch baskets, and outscore Gilmer 26-21, to send us into overtime tied at 67. Much like regulation, the overtime period was exciting & heart stopping all at once. With just over 10 seconds left, the Bobcats, went 1/2 at the free throw line, the Dragons got the rebound, drove down the court, & Senior Joseph Gossett found an opening in the lane and drove in for a layup with 1.5 seconds left, giving Pickens the 80-79 win over Gilmer.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Hunter Hermann: 23 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Seth Bishop: 18 points, 1 assist, 14 rebounds, & 1 steal

Zach Goss: 14 points, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals

Chase Simmons: 8 points, 4 assists, 7 rebounds, & 3 steals

Joseph Gossett: 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, & 6 steals

Hunter Fowler: 3 points

 

Pickens, is now 3-3 overall & 1-1 in region play. They will be back in action next Friday as they welcome the Northwest Whitfield Bruins to the Dragons Den. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.

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Dragons Fall In Region Opener To LaFayette, Face Gilmer In Ellijay Friday Night

PHS Basketball, Sports

On Tuesday evening, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers for their first home game of the season & the first region game of the season. Pickens, was coming off being named co-champions of the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament, while LaFayette came in as a favorite in the region heading into the season after barely losing to Northwest Whitfield in the region title game last season. It would be a good test for a Dragons team that came in 2-2.

 

In the 1st quarter, LaFayette got off to the better start, pulling ahead early. However, the back end of the 1st saw things pick up for Pickens as they cut the Rambler lead to 22-14 going to the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, both teams struggled to have some consistent offense. LaFayette outscored the Dragons 9-6 in the frame to give them a lead of 31-20 going into the break.

 

The 2nd half, would not be kind to the home standing Dragons unfortunately. The Ramblers had everything go their way while it seemed nothing would fall for Pickens. In the 3rd, LaFayette would use a 17-3 quarter advantage to take a 48-23 lead into the 4th. The Ramblers, would be able to close this game out and get the win, 65-30.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 9 points, & 3 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, & 4 steals

Zach Goss: 4 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 4 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Avonta Johnson: 4 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Chase Simmons: 3 points, & 1 assist

 

The Dragons will now turn to Friday Night as they will make the short trip up 515 and head to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a region match up. These two teams met in Fannin not too long ago and Pickens came away with a 10 point win. Both finished with 2-1 records & a share of the tournament trophy. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 pm.

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