Dragons Drop Series Finale To Generals, Start Important Series With Ridgeland This Week

PHS Baseball, Sports

This past Thursday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Heritage Generals for the third and final game of their 3-game series. This game, was originally set to be game 2 of the set, but impending weather forced game 3 to be moved from Friday to Wednesday, meaning this game became game 3. After falling in the first two games in tough fashion, Pickens looked to take game 3, ahead of another big series for them.

 

In the top of the 1st, Heritage struck early as they would plate 3 runs on 2 hits, to take a 3-0 lead. The Dragons, made solid contact in the bottom of the 1st, but all were fielded, sending us to the 2nd, Generals leading Pickens, 3-0. Heritage, again would score 3 times in the top of the 2nd, to increase their lead to 6-0. Pickens, went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame, sending us to the 3rd, Generals leading, 6-0.

 

The Dragons, were able to quite down the bats of Heritage in the 3rd & 4th innings, but were unable to get anything going offensively, as the Generals continued to lead 6-0, going to the 5th. Heritage, would score 3 more times in the top of the 5th, to make it 9-0. In the top of the 6th, the Generals plated 1 run, to make it 10-0, going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the 6th, Tyler Vreeland collected the Dragons first hit of the ball game. A courtesy runner for Vreeland made it to 3rd, but would be left stranded. The game was called after a run rule took into effect and Heritage got the win, 10-0.

 

Pickens, now finds themselves in a tie for 2nd place with the team they will face next, the Ridgland Panthers. Both teams have a 7-5 record in region play, & this series will go a long way in determining who might be hosting a playoff series in the 1st round of the state tournament. The Dragons, will start this series on the road tomorrow afternoon as they head to Rossville to meet the Panthers in game 1 of the 3 game series. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55.

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Heritage Takes Game 2 From Dragons, Game 3 This Afternoon

PHS Baseball, Sports

Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, were once again in Ringgold to take on the Heritage Generals, in game 2 of their 3 game set. This game, was originally supposed to take place on Friday, but was moved up to yesterday, because of impending weather. Pickens, was looking to get back into the series after a tough first game on Tuesday.

 

The 1st inning saw the Dragons put the bat on the ball in the top half of the frame, unfortunately, those hits were right to General defenders & Pickens went in order. Dragons starter Dylan Huffman, needed 12 pitches to get out of the bottom of the 1st, as he struck out two Heritage batters in the process. The Dragons had a good start to the top of the 2nd with a lead off single from Jace Franklin, but a double play turned by the Generals stopped any potential scoring chance. In the bottom of the 2nd, Heritage was able to get on the board after plating 5 runs to take a 5-0 lead, going to the 3rd.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Pickens got a pair of 1-out singles from Hunter Hermann & Brady Moore, to set the Dragons up with a good scoring opportunity. The Generals however, got a ground ball & a fly out, to get out of the top of the 3rd. The bottom half of the 3rd saw Heritage plate another run to extend their lead over the Dragons, 6-0, going to the 4th. Pickens, got a 1-out single, & a 2-out double from Colby James in the top of the 4th, but again, the Generals were able to manage to escape the threat without any damage done. Heritage, would score 8 times in the bottom of the 4th to make it 14-0. The ball game would be called after the top of the 5th due to run rule, as the Generals got the win, 14-0 in 5 innings.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1-3 with a single

Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a single

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single

Chad Pacas: 1 walk drawn

Colby James: 1-2 with a double

Hunter Hermann: 1-2 with a single

 

These two teams will meet again this afternoon for the 3rd & final game of the series. Game 3 will be at PCMS, with a start time of 5:55.

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Dragons’ Bats Come Alive Late, Fall To Heritage In Series Opener

PHS Baseball, Sports

Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, headed up to Ringgold, to take on the region leading Heritage Generals, in a big first game of a 3-game set. Coming into the game, Pickens, were coming off of a series sweep of Lafayette, & held down the 2nd spot in 6-AAAA at 7-2.

 

Colby James, got the start for the Dragons, and got off to a good start. James, would collect his first K of the game, & left a runner stranded in the bottom of the 1st, sending us to the 2nd. In the bottom of the 2nd, Heritage got on the board after two runs would come across to score, one via a solo home run. We headed to the 3rd, Pickens down 2-0.

 

Early on offensively for the Dragons just seemed to be a case of being unlucky. Pickens, were getting contact on the ball, but they just would not fall. The Generals, extended their lead in the bottom of the 3rd, plating 3 runs to lead the Dragons 5-0, going to the 4th. Pickens, finally got on the base path in the top of the 4th as Brady Moore would reach on an error by the 2nd baseman, & Dylan Huffman would collect the Dragons first hit of the game with a single. James, got out of the bottom of the 4th on 13 pitches, & sent us to the 5th, Pickens still trailing, 5-0.

 

The Dragons, had their first scoring threat of the game in the top of the 5th, with runners at 1st & 2nd with just one out. However, Heritage was able to get out of it, & send us to the bottom of the 5th. James, again needed 13 pitches to get out of the bottom of the 5th, & also got his 2nd K of the game. Joseph Gossett, gave the Dragons their first extra base hit of the game in the top of the 6th with a 1-out double. The Generals, would again get out of the jam as we’d head to the bottom of the 6th. Heritage, added two more runs in the bottom of the frame with a 2-run home run, to stretch their lead out to 7-2, going to the 7th.

 

Jace Franklin, began the Dragons’ 7th with a single, Caswell Smith followed that up with a double, Will Lawrence then drew a walk, then Hunter Hermann delivered a 2-out, 2-run double to get the Dragons on the board. The late rally would not be enough, as Heritage took game 1, 7-2.

 

Stats:

Joseph Gossett: 1-3 with a double

Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single

Jace Franklin: 1-3 with a single & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 2-3 with a single, a double, & 1 run scored

Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a double & 2 RBI

 

Due to impending weather on Friday, Game 3 of the series was moved up to today. It now becomes game 2, & game 2 now becomes game 3, & will be a PCMS on Thursday. Game 2 today, is scheduled for 5:30.

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Dragons Get Series Sweep Over LaFayette, Face Heritage On Tuesday

PHS Baseball, Sports

This past Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, traveled up to LaFayette, to take on the Ramblers in a doubleheader. Pickens, took game 1 last Tuesday in Jasper 2-1, & looked to gain as much momentum as they could, heading into a big series with Heritage next week.

 

Game 1:

In the first game of the doubleheader, Pickens looked to get things going early, loading the bases with no one out. However, a diving catch by the Ramblers 2nd baseman, a throw to the shortstop covering 2nd, & a throw to 1st, negated any scoring chance for the Dragons as LaFayette turned a 4-6-3 triple play. Dragons starter Dylan Huffman, needed 10 pitches to send us to the top of the 2nd, still scoreless. Colby James & Tyler Vreeland collected RBI hits in the 2nd to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead, heading to the bottom of the frame. Huffman, got his 1st K in the bottom of the 2nd, as we headed to the 3rd, Pickens ahead, 2-0.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Joseph Gossett, launched his 4th home run of the season, to extend the Dragons lead over the Ramblers to 3-0, going to the bottom of the 3rd. Huffman, breezed through the bottom of the 3rd on only 9 pitches, to send us to the 4th. Pickens, got hits from Chad Pacas & Hunter Hermann in the top of the 4th, but that would be all, and we would go to the bottom of the 4th. Huffman, continued to keep his pitch count down by needing 11 pitches to send us to the 5th, Dragons leading 3-0.

 

The Dragons, got RBI hits from both Brady Moore, & Jace Franklin, to extend their lead over LaFayette to 5-0, going to the bottom of the frame. In his longest inning of the game, Huffman threw 16 pitches, but got out of the half inning, with no damage done. Pickens had a scoring chance in the top of the 6th, but left two runners on. A 6 pitch bottom of the 6th from Huffman, sent us to the 7th, Dragons up, 5-0. Vreeland, brought in Pacas in the top of the 7th, to make it 6-0 Dragons. LaFayette, scored 3 in the bottom of the 7th, but that would be all as they Dragons took the first game, 6-3.

Stats:

Dylan Huffman: 6IP, 3H, 3K, 0R, 0ER on 65 pitches

Joseph Gossett: 2-2 with a home run, a double, 2 walks, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Brady Moore: 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Jace Franklin: 2-4 with 2 singles, & 1 RBI

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

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with 2 singles, & 2 runs scored

Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles & 1 RBI

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

Hunter Hermann: 2-4 with 2 singles

 

Game 2:

Pickens, got a 1-out hit from Joseph Gossett in the top of the 1st, but left him stranded at 3rd. LaFayette, jumped out to the early lead in the bottom of the inning, plating one run. That lead for the Ramblers would not last long as the Dragons got an RBI from Colby James & Tyler Vreeland in the top of the 2nd, to take a 2-1 lead. Dragons starter Caswell Smith, helped himself out in the top of the 3rd, driving in Gossett, to give Pickens a 3-1 lead.

 

In the top of the 4th, Pickens widened it’s lead on LaFayette, scoring 3 runs on 1 hit, to take a 6-1 lead. The Dragons, kept it rolling in the top of the 5th, as they again scored 3 runs on 1 hit, to extend their lead to 9-1. In the top of the 6th, Pickens got back to back home runs from Jace Franklin & Smith, to make it 11-1. James, came on in relief of Smith in the bottom of the 6th, and needed 9 pitches in his lone inning of work. With a 10-run lead after 5, the game was called and the Dragons took game 2 of the doubleheader, 11-1, to get the series sweep.

 

Stats:

Caswell Smith: 5IP, 9K, 1R, 1ER on 82 pitches & 2-4 with 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Colby James: 1IP, 2K on 9 pitches & 1-4 with a single & 1 RBI

Brady Moore: 2 runs scored

Joseph Gossett: 3-3 with 2 singles, 1 double, 1 walk, & 1 run scored

Jace Franklin: 1-4 with a home run, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Chad Pacas: 1-1 with a single, 2 walks, & 2 runs scored

Will Lawrence: 1-1 with a double

Tyler Vreeland: 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single & 2 runs scored

 

Pickens, will look to keep their bats hot as they head to Ringgold on Tuesday to begin a big 3-game series with the Heritage Generals. Heritage, is leading 6-AAAA at 9-0, with the Dragons right behind them at 7-2. First pitch on Tuesday scheduled for 5:30.

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Dragons Fall To The Generals, Head To Ridgeland On Friday

PHS Basketball, Sports

The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Heritage Generals inside the Dragons Den last night for a 6-AAAA region ball game, with the regular season coming to a close in a hurry, both teams were looking for momentum to carry them through the final stretch towards the region tournament.

 

The opening quarter, saw highly contested action as both teams found success offensively. The Generals, came away with the lead going to the 2nd, 19-14. The 2nd quarter, was an 8 point ball game, until Heritage went on a run to close the first half. Using a 21-5 quarter advantage, the Generals held a 40-19 lead over the Dragons going to the half.

 

The 3rd, saw a very competitive frame between both teams. Heritage, outscored Pickens 21-18 in the quarter to maintain their lead a 61-37, going to the 4th. The Dragons, outscored the Generals in the 4th 16-12, getting some good play out of some younger players. Pickens, outscored Heritage in the 2nd half, 34-33. It would not be enough as the Generals took this one, 73-53.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Seth Bishop: 9 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal

Joseph Gossett: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Hunter Hermann: 5 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 2 steals

Owen Moss: 3 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Avonta Johnson: 3 points, & 1 steal

 

Pickens, will be on the road on Friday as they head to Ridgeland to take on the Panthers in the 2nd to last region game of the regular season. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons Fight To The End Against Sonoraville

PHS Basketball, Sports

It was mid-afternoon basketball earlier today as the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team headed to Calhoun to take on the Phoenix of Sonoraville in a non-region contest. Sonoraville, took the first meeting between these two earlier in the season in Jasper, & the Dragons were looking to earn a season split.

 

The first quarter, was a hard fought, even frame. The Phoenix, came away from a close opening quarter with the slim lead, 13-12. The 2nd quarter, saw much of the same back and forth action as the 1st quarter provided. Both teams scored 18 points a piece, & it would be the Phoenix still on top of the Dragons going to the break, 31-30.

 

In the 3rd, Pickens began to chip away at the Sonoraville lead. Using a 16-14 quarter advantage, the Dragons cut the Phoenix lead down to single digits as they trailed 55-46, going to the final quarter. Sonoraville, would use an 18-9 quarter run in the 4th to seal the win, 73-55.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 16 points, & 9 rebounds

Zach Goss: 11 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks

Keinyuan Hooks: 11 points, 8 assists, & 3 rebounds

Joseph Gossett: 7 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds

Chase Simmons: 4 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 blocks

Hunter Fowler: 3 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 3 points

 

The Dragons, will now refocus, & prepare for a region match up with the Heritage Generals inside the Dragons Den on Tuesday night. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons Fight Hard In Tough Road Game At Heritage

PHS Basketball, Sports

Last night, the PHS varsity Dragons basketball team took to the road to face the Generals of Heritage in a 6-AAAA region game. Pickens, was coming off of a thrilling last second overtime win over their rivals, the Gilmer Bobcats, & hadn’t been able to play since then due to the weather over the weekend.

 

In the 1st, it was much like the girls game beforehand. Both teams trying to find their footing. Heritage, was able to build a 19-11 lead over the Dragons going into the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, the Generals would take advantage of some miscues by Pickens and outscored the Dragons 25-13 in the frame to take a 44-24 lead into the break.

 

Pickens, got things working in the 3rd quarter as they looked to get back into the game. The Dragons, at one time cut the lead down to single digits after being down 20 to start the frame. They outscored Heritage 23-18 in the 3rd, but found themselves still trailing going to the 4th, 62-47. In the 4th, the Generals closed it out with a 16-14 quarter run to take this one, 78-61.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Hunter Hermann: 11 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 11 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 11 points, 2 assists, & 5 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 9 points, 3 assists, & 3 rebounds

Zach Goss: 6 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, & 4 steals

Seth Bishop: 6 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Fowler: 5 points, 1 assist, & 6 rebounds

Owen Moss: 2 points

 

Pickens, will be back home friday night as they host the Ridgeland Panthers in a region match up. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons Get Big Win On Senior Night, Sets Up Huge Game With Heritage

PHS Football, Sports

Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers for Senior Night. Pickens, needed a win to stay in the thick of the playoff race coming down the stretch of the season. Prior to the game, the seniors from the football team, cheerleaders, & band were recognized for the contributions during their time at PHS. Another special presentation that happened prior to kick off, was PHS presenting the family of the late Shawn Mask with his Letterman’s jacket.

LaFayette won the toss and elected to receive the opening kick to get the game started. The Pickens defense was able to get the Rambler offense off the field & it would be the Dragons turn to find the first points. Those first points of the game were scored by Junior RB Robert Davis after a 5-yd run to make it 7-0 Pickens with 7:11 left in the opening quarter. The Dragons found the end zone again in the 1st quarter, this time, through the air as Senior QB Jacob Brumby connected with Sophomore C.J. Streicher from 49-yds out for the TD. After one quarter of play, the Dragons held a 13-0 lead over LaFayette.

 

Pickens got on the board for the first time in the 2nd quarter at the 10:22 mark after a 7-yd TD pass from Brumby to Junior Zach Goss to make it 20-0. After Senior Zach Swaim recovered a fumble & took it to the 7-yd line, fellow Senior Jacob Brumby finished it off on the next play with a 7-yd TD run to make it 27-0 Dragons with 8:08 left in the half. After nearly scoring on the previous play, Senior WR Josh Cain finished off another scoring drive for Pickens with a 1-yd TD run to make it 34-0 Dragons with 5:14 left in the half.  The Dragons were getting it done defensively on the night as well. Junior Trevon Hawkins, took the ball away from the LaFayette runner & ran it back for the score to make it 41-0 Pickens with 4:53 left in the half. On the ensuing LaFayette drive, the Ramblers were looking for points prior to halftime. However, Kaleb Ray timed his jump, & made a great catch in the end zone to give the ball back to the Dragons. Pickens would turn that interception into points as Brumby connected with Streicher once again. This time, from 6-yds out to make it 48-0 Dragons at the half.

 

The Dragons picked up where they left off in the 1st half as they started the 3rd quarter with the football, & ended their first drive of the 2nd half with points as Streicher (now in at QB), strolled in from 7-yds out for his 3rd TD of the game & we would head to the 4th, with Pickens ahead of LaFayette, 55-0. The Ramblers got their first points of the game at the 10:27 mark of the 4th after a 4-yd TD run to make it 55-7 Dragons. The ensuing kickoff was a short pooch kick, & it was fielded by Hawkins, who then took it the distance for the touchdown making it 62-7 Pickens. Your final from Jasper would be 62-7.

 

With the win, the Dragons move closer to securing a playoff spot. With Southeast Whitfield’s win over Northwest Whitfield last night, that puts Pickens in 3rd for the moment. Next week, the Dragons will travel to Heritage to take on the Generals in what is more than likely, the biggest game of the whole region schedule. With a win next week over Heritage, the Dragons will vault into the #2 seed of region 6, & host a playoff game. A loss, makes things a lot more crowded & a lot more complicated.

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