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.
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.
The Pickens County Dragons have poured their hearts into wrestling this season, and it’s certainly been one to remember. But – it’s not over, yet.
Just one week after hosting the Burnt Mountain Classic, where the Dragons finished 2nd overall, the team came together to hit the mats with a lot more on the line this time than just ‘braggin’ rights. Gilmer hosted this year’s AAAA-Region 6 area tournament, and the Dragons were one of the team favorites coming into the competition,
In traditional area wrestling, the top four individual competitors in each class qualify to compete at the GHSA AAAA Sectionals meet next weekend at Woodward Academy. On the other side of Sectional competition, Jefferson will host Area winners from areas 2, 3, 7 and 8. Jefferson won the team dual state championship last month, their 17th straight GHSA state dual championship. Gilmer County finished 2nd in that tournament.
With Pickens wrestling in what is arguably the most competitive region in the state, the team faced off against rival Gilmer, as well as quality wrestlers from Ridgeland, Heritage and more. The day turned out to be one of the best in school history, with a record number of sectional qualifiers and three traditional area champions: Zack Meadows, CJ Murphy and Michael Burrell.
Dalton Brunner also had a big day, finishing 2nd in his class.
Other qualifiers for the Dragons include Michael Hernandez (3rd) and Joseph Ferguson (3rd), as well as 4th-place finishers Nate Davis, Jared Edwards, Kelley Dover and Sam Stout.
The overall performance by the Dragons varsity wrestling squad earned them 6AAAA Area Runner-up honors, behind defending champion Gilmer High.
TeamFYNSports would like to wish the Dragons wrestling program all the best as they prepare for sectional competition this week!
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The Burnt Mountain Classic took place on Friday night and Saturday at Pickens Co. High School. The Classic comes with high expectations by the teams attending – and although inclement weather forced school cancellations throughout the week – the tournament still lived up to the bill.
Although the weather was rough all week, 15 of 19 Varsity teams that were scheduled came off the buses ready to strap on their head gear and hit the mat. Fannin County was one of 22 varsity teams scheduled to attend but like a handful of the teams who cancelled, they followed the school cancellation schedule due to potential hazardous road conditions.
The acclaimed Gilmer Bobcats varsity squad, who have been living up to their legacy of absolute domination all season long, was originally scheduled to attend as well. After speaking with head coach Josh Ghobadpor about his decision to give his varsity the weekend off, he stated that with the weather being what it was during the week, they hadn’t been able to practice. Rather than put his varsity in a high-pressure situation so close to area and sectionals, Ghobadpor focused instead on taking his junior varsity team to compete in the JV Scramble.
“We tried to get to the gym to train but with ice on the roads we didn’t want to take any chances. This weekend we decided to bring our JV and let them get the extra work in, though. After all the JV is the future of Bobcat wrestling,” Ghobadpor told TeamFYNSports.
As the wrestlers laced up and shook hands, match-by-match the competition began to heat up right away. Pickens, Lumpkin, Creekview, Etowah, Cherokee High, Calhoun, Alcoa, Milton, Sequoyah, Chestatee, Towns, SE Whitfield, Walker, West Hall and River Ridge all came in pursuit of conquest.
With each win or loss, the cream began to rise to the top. While all in attendance had much to be proud of, two standout teams battled for the heralded prize of tournament champions. As the dust (and sweat) settled, congratulations went to the Creekview High School Grizzlies for capturing the crown in the team scoring with 219 points. Narrowly taking the runner up award in the team points was the host: the Pickens County High School Dragons.
On Saturday, the action heated up with the JV Scramble. The young freshmen and sophomore athletes showed up and showed out on the mats with Calhoun Yellow Jackets taking the JV trophy. Individual award winners from Pickens County included: Zach Meadows(113 lbs) 2nd Place, C.J. Murphy(120 lbs) 2nd Place, Joseph Ferguson(152 lbs) 2nd Place Michael Burrell(160 lbs) 1st Place, Tyler Vreeland(170 lbs), Kellie Dover(182 lbs) 3rd Place and Dalton Bruhner(195 lbs) 4th Place.
Other results were not available at the event. Congratulations to all athletes and best of luck in Area Competition and State!
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS JV Dragons baseball team hosted the White County Warriors at Dragons Field at PCMS. The JV Dragons, looked to kick things off in 2017 with a win at home.
Ben Miller, took to the mound for the JV Dragons and looked good in the top of the 1st. Miller K’d 2 batters in the top of the frame sending us to the bottom of the 1st. Pickens struck first as Jay Jones drew a leadoff walk and was driven in by Colby James on an RBI double. James then would be driven in by Adam Massey as the Dragons took a 2-0 lead going to the 2nd.
In the top of the 2nd, White County struck for 4 runs to take the lead over Pickens 4-2. The bottom of the 2nd saw the Dragons leave two stranded after Hunter Kalson led off the inning with a single. We would go to the 3rd, with the Warriors ahead, 4-2.
In the 3rd, Aiden Sanchez relieved Evan Jones and struck two Warriors out sending us to the bottom of the inning. Pickens cut the White County lead to 4-3 as Jacob Kirchoff drove in Lucas Headrick with an RBI single. In the 4th, the Dragons tied it up at 4 after Christian Chumley drove in Headrick with an RBI single.
The bottom of the 5th would be the turning point of the ball game. After Kirchoff & Bailey Truitt reached on errors, Jones drove them in with a single to give Pickens the lead back, 6-4. Headrick & Massey were able to draw back to back walks, then Chumley cleared the bases with a 3-RBI single to stretch the Dragons lead over the Warriors to 9-4.
After leading off with a single in the bottom of the 6th, Tyler Vreeland scored after a wild pitch to make it 10-4. White County would not go quietly as they started a rally in the top of the 7th. The Warriors scored two runs before Shawn Mask shut them down to seal a 10-6 win for the JV Dragons.
Ben Miller went 1 1/3 innings with 2 K’s, Evan Jones went 2/3 innings with 1 K, Aiden Sanchez went 2 innings with 2 K’s, Austin Plumley went 2 innings, & Shawn Mask went 1 inning
Pickens had 10 runs on 8 hits
Christian Chumley went 2-2 with 4 RBI
Adam Massey went 1-1 with an RBI, 1 run scored, & 3 walks
Jay Jones went 1-3 with 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, & 1 HBP
Jacob Kirchoff went 1-3 with 1 RBI, a single, & 1 run scored
Lucas Headrick went 1-3 with 1 single, 3 runs scored, 1 walk, & 1 HBP
Colby James went 1-4 with 1 RBI, 1 double, & 1 walk
Tyler Vreeland went 1-2 with 1 single, & 1 run scored
The JV Dragons will have a quick turnaround as they travel to White County to take on the Warriors this afternoon. First pitch set for 5:30 p.m.
Yesterday, two of the top teams in the JV Mountain League faced off at PCMS as the JV Dragons of PHS, welcomed their rival, the JV Bobcats of Gilmer, to Dragons Field. Last Friday, Pickens came away with a 10-5 victory over Gilmer, and were looking for the sweep heading into the Tournament later this week.
In the top of the 1st inning, the Bobcats got on the board when Tyler Woody brought in Brandon Weaver and Evan Frady on a double and Will Barnes came in on a passed ball. Gilmer led things 3-0 going to the bottom of the frame. The Dragons were unable to capitalize on a Brady Moore two-out triple, as we went to the 2nd, Bobcats ahead, 3-0. After a scoreless 2nd, the Dragons were able to cut into the Gilmer lead in the 3rd as Adam Massey came in on Moore’s two-out RBI single, making things 3-1 in favor of Gilmer.
The Bobcats tacked on two runs in the top of the 4th when Bradley Thomas drove in Sam Nicholson. Thomas then scored on an error, making it 5-1 going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the 4th, Pickens again cut into the Gilmer lead as Tyler Vreeland & Will Lawrence brought in runs. Going to the 5th, the Bobcats led, 5-3. A lead off single from Weaver paid off for Gilmer as Woody brought him in on a sac fly, to give the Bobcats a 6-3 lead. The Dragons had a chance in the bottom of the 5th, but left the bases loaded, as we went to the 6th, Gilmer ahead, 6-3.
The Bobcats had another scoring chance in the top of the 6th, but left two on as the Dragons were able to get out of it. A Massey single in the bottom of the 6th and Bailey Truett reaching on an error was all Pickens could manage as they were left stranded as we headed to the 7th. Moore, now in to pitch for the Dragons, pitched very well striking out the side in his lone inning of work. Pierce was able to close things out for Gilmer as the Bobcats avenged their loss at home, winning this one 6-3.
Barnes went 5 innings giving 3 runs on 7 hits and striking out 4 on 75 pitches & went 1-3 with a single & run scored
Taylor Nolan went 1 inning not allowing a run & giving up 1 hit on 9 pitches
Tripp Pierce went 1 inning not allowing a run & giving up 2 hits on 23 pitches
Frady drew a walk and scored a run
Woody went 1-3 with a double & 3 RBI
Nicholson went 2-3 with 2 singles and a run scored
Thomas went 1-2 with a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Caswell Smith went 2 innings giving up 2 ER, 1 unearned on 2 hits & striking out 2 on 42 pitches & went 2-3
Damain Watkins went 2 innings giving up 1 ER, 1 unearned on 2 hits on 26 pitches
Isaiah Payne went 2 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits & striking out 1 on 32 pitches
Brady Moore went 1 inning striking out 3 and walking 1 on 18 pitches & went 2-3 with 1 RBI
Josh Holbert went 2-3 with 2 singles & a run scored
Michael Burrell scored a run (courtesy ran for Gabe Groover)
Tyler Vreeland went 2-3 with 2 singles & 1 RBI
Will Lawrence had a sacrifice RBI
Adam Massey went 2-3 with a run scored
Both teams will now get ready for the JV Mountain League Tournament this week. The Tournament will begin on Friday and will run through Saturday. All games will be held at GHS.
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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS JV Baseball team hosted the JV Rebels of Fannin Co. for baseball action. These two teams went back & forth in Blue Ridge on Tuesday with the JV Dragons coming away with a narrow 9-8 victory. This game, turned out to be a nail bitter as well.
Brady Moore got the start for the Dragons and was very effective. The JV Rebels got two on the board in the 1st to take a 2-0 lead going to the bottom of the inning. Pickens left a runner on second in the bottom half of the 1st, sending us to the 2nd with Fannin ahead, 2-0. Moore and the Dragons were able to strand a Rebel at 2nd, but had their own potential scoring chance ended as Pickens stranded two in the bottom of the 2nd to send us to the 3rd, JV Rebels still leading, 2-0.
Moore got things working well in the top of the 3rd, as he struck out the side to send his team up to bat in the bottom of the frame. Will Lawrence brought in Moore with an RBI hit to cut the Fannin lead in half, 2-1 going to the 4th. In the 4th, Clate McArthur came in to relieve Moore and had an impressive outing. McArthur needed just 8 pitches in the top of the 4th to sit the JV Rebels down. In the bottom half of the inning, McArthur brought in Adam Massey to tie things up at 2 a piece.
The tie did not last long however as Fannin took the lead right back in the top of the 5th, leading it, 3-2. The Dragons had a chance of their own to tie or take the lead in the bottom of the inning, but left two on as we headed to the 6th. McArthur struck out the side in the top of the 6th, to bring the Dragons up to the plate, looking to get something going. Moore brought in Michael Burrell to tie it up at 3, then Gabe Groover gave Pickens their 1st lead of the game with a 2 RBI single. Dragons held a 5-3 advantage going to the 7th.
Fannin refused to go quietly as they had a scoring chance with one out. as one run came across the plate, a second potential run was sent around 3rd, when the left fielder Lawrence loaded up, and threw the runner out at the plate. Pitcher Isaiah Payne then got a ground out on the next pitch to seal the win for the Dragons, 5-4. The win improves the JV’s record to 8-1 on the season.
Brady Moore went 3 innings, gave up 2 R, (1 ER), walked 3, K’d 5 on 54 pitches & went 2-4 with 1 RBI & 2 runs scored
Clate McArthur went 3 innings, K’d 3, gave up 1 run on 44 pitches & went 1-2 with 1 RBI
Michael Burrell went 2-3 with a single, a double, & 1 run acored
Isiah Payne went 1-4 with a single & a run scored
Josh Holbert drew two walks
Will Lawrence went 1-4 with a single & 1 RBI
Gabe Groover went 2-4 with 2 singles & 2 RBI
Tyler Vreeland drew a walk
Adam Massey went 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored