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.
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.
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.
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.
Last night, it was the Dragons varsity basketball team’s turn to head to Dalton to start their region tournament, also being held at Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, came into the tournament as the #7 seed, & they would be taking on the #2 seed, Northwest Whitfield Bruins in the opening round.
The beginning of the 1st quarter saw the Dragons get out to a quick start. Midway through the frame both teams were going back and forth with each other, trading buckets. Northwest Whitfield took the lead heading to the 2nd, 22-15. In the 2nd, the Bruins stretched their lead a bit, but Pickens still found itself within striking distance. Using a 19-13 quarter advantage, Northwest Whitfield took a 41-28 lead into the break.
The 3rd quarter, was not kind to Pickens. Nothing would fall for the Dragons as the Bruins stretched their lead out more. A 20-6 quarter run by Northwest Whitfield, gave them a 61-34 lead over Pickens going to the 4th. The Bruins came away with this one, 83-49.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Seth Bishop: 18 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal (named to All-Region Team)
Chase Simmons: 10 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block
Joseph Gossett: 8 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds
Zach Goss: 5 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals
Keinyuan Hooks: 4 points, 7 assists, & 1 steal
Austin Adams: 2 points, & 2 rebounds
Hayes Pickett: 1 point, & 2 rebounds
Tucker Lowe: 1 point
The Dragons, will be graduating 6 seniors from this season’s team. To Hunter Fowler, Joseph Gossett, Keinyuan Hooks, Avonta Johnson, Evan Jones, & Chase Simmons, TeamFYNSports thanks you for all you’ve done during your time at PHS, & good luck to you in the future!