Dragons Hang On In Final Innings, Sweep Gilmer

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It was game three of three yesterday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team made the short trip up 515 to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats. Pickens, won the series on Thursday in walk off fashion, & looked to complete the sweep to remain in 2nd place in region play.

 

The Dragons, got off to a big start in the top of the 1st. Brady Moore led off with a double, Colby James would bring him in, then Austin Chester would bring in Jarod Whitmore & James to make it 3-0 Pickens, going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Gilmer got a run off one hit to make it 3-1 Dragons going to the 2nd.

 

In the top of the 2nd, the Dragons added 3 more runs. Moore hit a solo home run, Caswell Smith came in on a passed ball, & starting pitcher Will Lawrence helped himself out with an RBI single bringing in Colby James, to make it 6-1. Lawrence sat the Bobcats down in order in the bottom of the frame, sending us to the 3rd, Dragons up, 6-1.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Pickens stretched it’s lead out even more by scoring 6 runs in the frame. The Dragons, got an RBI from Tyler Vreeland, James, Lawrence, & 2 RBI from Hunter White. Going to the bottom of the 3rd, Pickens led Gilmer, 12-1. The Bobcats, got a run on two hits in the bottom of the inning, to make it 12-2 Dragons, going to the 4th.

 

In the 4th, the Bobcats again plated a run, to make it 12-3. The action didn’t pick back up until the 7th. The Dragons got three straight hits, & a run scored by Whitmore, to make it 13-3 Pickens. Gilmer, with their final three outs, made a furious rally. The Bobcats, scored 8 runs on 6 hits, to cut it to 13-11, with 2 outs. Caswell Smith, came in for the save for Pickens as he struck out his only batter, touching 94 on the radar gun, to preserve the 13-11 win & the sweep for the Dragons:

 

Pickens, now 12-6 (7-2), will begin a series with the Ridgeland Panthers on Tuesday at Dragons Field. First pitch set for 5:30. Both Pickens & Ridgeland are tied for 2nd in 6-AAAA at 7-2.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 3-4 with a double, a home run, a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 3 runs scored

Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a single, 2 walks, & 2 runs scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1-4 with a single, a walk, & 1 RBI

Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles, 2 RBI, & 3 runs scored

Jarod Whitmore: 1-1 with a single, & 3 runs scored

Will Lawrence: 1-3 with 1 single, 1 walk, & 2 RBI & 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 5 K, on 84 pitches

Seth Densmore: 1-1 with a single

Austin Chester: 2-2 with 2 singles, 2 walks, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Christian Chumley: 1-1 with a single

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with a single, a double, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Hunter White: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 2 RBI

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Dragons Take Game 1 Of 515 Region Series

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It was a sunny, yet cool afternoon in Ellijay on Tuesday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team took on the Gilmer Bobcats in the 1st game of a three game region series. Pickens, came into this series having won their first two series over Southeast Whitfield & Heritage, While Gilmer was off from region play last week.

 

In the top of the 1st, Caswell Smith drew a 1-out walk, but he would be left stranded at 1st to end the top of the inning. Starting pitcher for Pickens, Colby James, sat the Bobcats down in order on 6 pitches, to send us to the 2nd, still scoreless. In the bottom of the 2nd, Gilmer had runners on 1st & 2nd, but James was able to get out of it to send it to the 3rd, still 0-0.

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In the top of the 3rd, the Dragons broke the tie after plating three runs behind RBI from Tyler Vreeland, & James, & Jarod Whitmore scoring on a passed ball. In the bottom of the frame, the Bobcats again threatened with 2 on, but James & the Dragons again got out of the jam, sending us to the 4th, Pickens ahead, 3-0.

 

The bottom of the 4th saw Gilmer threatening for the 3rd time in the last three innings with runners on 2nd & 3rd, looking to cut into the Dragons lead. Pickens, again escaped the danger, maintaining their 3-0 lead, going to the 5th. In the top of the 5th, the Dragons scored 5 times getting an RBI from Vreeland, James, & 2 RBI from Will Lawrence. Austin Chester scored on a passed ball. Gilmer would go down in order in the bottom of the inning, sending us to the 6th, Pickens up 8-0.

 

The Bobcats, got on the board in the bottom of the 6th, plating a run to make it 8-1 going to the 7th. Seth Densmore came in to shut things down in the bottom of the 7th, to seal the win for the Dragons, 8-1.

 

Game 2 between these two teams will be tomorrow at 5:30 at Pickens Junior High School.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single, a walk, 1 hit by pitch, & 2 runs scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1-4 with a single, & 2 RBI

Colby James: 1-4 with a double & 2 RBI & 6 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 H, 1 R on 74 pitches

Will Lawrence: 1 walk, 2 RBI & 1 run scored

Austin Chester: 1 walk & 1 run scored

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with a double & a single

Hunter White: 2 walks & 1 run scored

Jacob Kirchoff: hit by pitch

Jarod Whitmore: 2 runs scored

 

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Dragons Take Game 1 From Heritage In Comeback Fashion

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On Tuesday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Heritage Generals to begin a big 3 game region series. Pickens, opened region play winning the series with Southeast Whitfield 2-1, while Heritage defeated Ridgeland in their first series, 2-1.

 

Colby James started for the Dragons in game one. Heritage led off the game with a double, but James was able to work around it to hold the Generals scoreless in the top of the 1st. Pickens, started their scoring early as Brady Moore led off the bottom of the frame with a double, was moved to third after a single by Caswell Smith, & would be driven in by James, to make it 1-0 Dragons going to the 2nd.

 

The Generals, claimed the lead in the top of the 2nd as they plated two runs on four hits, to take a 2-1 advantage. Pickens would get a 2-out double by Hunter White, but White would be left stranded & we would head to the 3rd, Heritage ahead, 2-1. In the 3rd, the Generals added to their lead by scoring 2 runs to make it 4-1. In the bottom of the inning, Smith drove in Moore, & Austin Chester drove in Smith to cut the Heritage lead to 4-3, going to the 4th.

 

Again, the Generals would score twice in the top of the 4th to make it 6-3. In the bottom of the 4th, Pickens picked up a run when White scored on a passed ball, to make it 6-4 Heritage, going to the 5th. The 5th inning, got a little crazy. Heritage continued their trend of scoring two runs to make it 8-4. In the bottom of the frame, the Dragons batted around and scored 7 times to retake the lead from the Generals, 11-8.

 

The Dragons, were able to hold on in the final two innings to come away with a big region win over the Generals, 11-8. These two teams will play again today, this time at Heritage. First pitch set for 5:30.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 3-4 with 2 doubles, 1 single, & 3 runs scored

Caswell Smith: 3-4 with 3 singles, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 RBI

Colby James: 1 RBI & 1 hit by pitch

Will Lawrence: 1-4 with a single & 1 run scored

Austin Chester: 2-4 with a double, a single, 2 RBI

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with asingle, a double, 1 RBI

Hunter White: 1-2 with a double, 2 walks, & 1 run scored

Seth Densmore: 2 RBI

 

 

 

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Dragons Drop Series Finale To Raiders, Host Heritage Next Week

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team headed back to Dalton to take on the Southeast Whitfield Raiders for the 3rd and final game of the series. Pickens, won the first two games by a score of 6-3 & 7-2, getting the series win. They went into Southeast Whitfield looking to complete the sweep.

 

The Dragons, had an early threat in the top of the first, with 2 hits, but left 2 stranded with nothing doing. Dragon starter & Wallace State signee Will Lawrence got the start & pitched really well. The Senior needed only 13 pitches to get out of the bottom of the first. During that frame, Lawrence collected two strike outs. In the top of the 2nd, catcher Austin Chester led off with a single, & Hunter White brought in Jarod Whitmore, who was courtesy running for Chester, to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead. Lawrence got into a bit of a jam in the bottom of the 2nd, but the Raiders were held scoreless, & Pickens took a 1-0 lead into the 3rd.

 

Lawrence, did a good job of getting out of a major jam in the bottom of the 3rd. The Raiders had the bases loaded, but only scored 1 run to tie things up, going to the 4th. The Raiders took the in the bottom of the 4th, scoring two runs to make it 3-1. Southeast Whitfield extended their lead in the bottom of the 5th with another run, making it 4-1 Raiders.

 

In the top of the 6th, Pickens had a major threat going as they looked to get back into the game in the later innings. The Dragons did plate a run as a Hunter White walk brought in Colby James. That’s all the Dragons would get however as they left the bases loaded, now trailing, 4-2.

 

In the top of the 7th, Brady Moore led off with a double, stole 3rd, & came in to score after an overthrow by the Raiders catcher on a pickoff attempt. Southeast Whitfield was able to recover & hold on to get the win, 4-3.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-4 with 1 single, 1 double, & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1 walk & 1 hit by pitch

Tyler Vreeland: 1-4 with a single

Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles & 1 run scored

Will Lawrence: 1-3 with a single & 6 IP, 6 K, 4 H, 3 walks, 0 ER on 105 pitches

Austin Chester: 2-3 with 2 singles

Chad Pacas: 2 hit by pitches

Hunter White: 2 RBI

Jarod Whitmore: 1 run scored

 

Pickens, is now 2nd in 6-AAAA after the first week of region play at 2-1. Next week, they will host the team they are tied in 2nd with, the Heritage Generals. Game one of the three game series will begin on Tuesday at Dragons Field. First Pitch is scheduled for 5:30.

 

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Dragons Take Region Series From Southeast Whitfield, Go For Sweep This Afternoon

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It was a chilly afternoon at the ball park yesterday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Southeast Whitfield Raiders in a 6-AAAA opening series. On Tuesday, the Dragons won game one 6-3 at Southeast Whitfield, & looked to take the series by winning game two of the three game set at home.

 

College of Charleston signee Caswell Smith took the mound & threw well against the Raiders. Smith needed 11 pitches to get out of the top of the 1st, & send the Dragons bats to work. Coastal Carolina commit Brady Moore got things going with a leadoff double, & Smith helped himself out by launching a 2-run shot over left-center. Tyler Vreeland then singled, & Will Lawrence would bring in Jarod Whitmore, who courtesy ran for Vreeland. Going to the 2nd, Pickens led 3-0. Smith found himself in a little jam in the top of the 2nd, but was able to get out of it with no damage done. Pickens plated a run in the bottom of the frame, as Colby James drove Jacob Kirchoff in on a fielder’s choice to make it 4-0 Dragons going to the 3rd.

 

Smith collected his 1st strikeout of the game in the top of the 3rd as he again got out a potential jam. Pickens had a two out rally in the bottom of the 3rd as Hunter White got on with a single, Kirchoff walked, Moore drove in White with a single, & Kirchoff & Moore came into score on passed balls to make it 7-0 Dragons going to the 4th.

 

The Raiders, plated their only 2 runs of the game in the top of the 6th, as the Dragons were able to hold on & get the win, 7-2, & take a 2-0 series lead.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-3 with a double, a single, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a 2-run home run, 2 RBI, 1 run scored, & 1 walk & 5 IP, 3 K, 3 H, 0 R, 74 pitches

Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a single & a walk

Jarod Whitmore: 1 run scored

Colby James: 1-4 with a double, & 1 RBI

Will Lawrence: 1-2 with a single, 1 RBI, & 2 hit by pitch

Austin Chester: 1 hit by pitch

Hunter White: 1-3 with a single, 1 run scored, & 1 walk

Jacob Kirchoff: 2-3 with a single, a double, 1 walk, & 2 runs scored

 

With the win, Pickens has taken the series from the Raiders in this three game set. The third & final game of the series will be later this afternoon at Southeast Whitfield. First pitch is set for 5:30 pm.

 

 

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Dragons Fall To Denmark, Begin Region Play Next Week

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team was right back at it at home hosting the Denmark Danes in what was the final game before the start of region play. Pickens, came into the game at 5-3 & looking to avenge one of those losses by splitting with the Danes.

 

Junior Colby James got the call to start for the Dragons. In the top of the 1st, James sat down the Danes in order on 13 pitches. In the bottom of the inning, recent Coastal Carolina commit led the frame off with a double, & would come into score after a sacrifice fly by James to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead going to the 2nd.

 

The Danes, were able to tie things up in the top of the 2nd after plating their first run. The Dragons, answered with more runs of their own after a 2-run single by Tyler Vreeland brought in Hunter White & Jacob Kirchoff. Going to the 3rd, Pickens led Denmark, 3-1.

 

Denmark, took the lead in the top of the 3rd with 5 runs, & added to it in the top of the 4th with 7 runs scored to make it 13-3. Caswell Smith hit a solo homerun for the Dragons in the bottom of the 4th to make it 13-4. The Danes, plated a run in the top of the 5th to make it 14-4. Denmark was able to come away with this one, 14-4.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1-3 with a double & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a homerun, 1 walk, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1-2 with a single, 1 walk, & 2 RBI

Colby James: 1 RBI

Will Lawrence: 2 walks

Hunter White: 1-2 with a single & 1 run scored

Jacob Kirchoff: 1 walk & 1 run scored

 

Pickens, will start region play next week as they’ll begin a 3-game series with the Southeast Whitfield Raiders. Game 1, will be at Southeast Whitfield on Tuesday with a first pitch time of 5:30.

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Densmore’s Walkoff Lifts Dragons Past Murray County

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team once again welcomed the Murray County Indians to Dragons Field for a non-region contest. This game, was originally scheduled to be played at Murray County, but due to the excessive rain north Georgia received, Murray County’s field was in no shape to be used, so they moved the game to Pickens. The Dragons, were coming off of a great showing in south Georgia at Baseball at the Beach, where they defeated Brunswick 3-0, & barely fell to South Effingham 8-7.

 

Senior Will Lawrence got the call to start for the Dragons against the Indians. Lawrence pitched well in the top of the 1st, striking out two batters, & only needing 13 pitches to retire the side. Pickens, got off to a good start offensively as well in the bottom of the 1st, scoring 3 times, & getting an RBI from Lawrence & Austin Chester. Going to the 2nd, the Dragons led the Indians, 3-0. The top of the 2nd saw Murray score 8 times to take a 8-3 lead. Pickens, got some runs back with a 2-run double by Tyler Vreeland to make it 8-5 going to the 3rd.

 

Murray County got those two runs back in the top of the 3rd, to extend their lead to 10-5. The Dragons would leave Lawrence stranded at 2nd, as we’d head to the 4th, Indians up, 10-5. In the bottom of the 4th, Pickens got back into it getting an RBI from Colby James & Chad Pacas. The Dragons scored 3 runs in that frame to make it 10-8 Indians.

 

Murray County again answered with a run of their own in the top of the 5th, to make it 11-8. In the bottom of the inning, the Dragons tied things up scoring three times, & getting an RBI from Brady Moore & Chester. We went to the 6th, with things all square at 11. It would remain tied until the bottom of the 7th, when Seth Densmore came up to pitch hit for Chester. After a couple of bunt attempts, Densmore lined a single into the outfield, & bringing home the winning run. Dragons win a wild one, 12-11.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-5 with a single, a double, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Caswell Smith: 3-4 with a single, double, triple, 1 walk, & 3 runs scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1 double, & 2 RBI

Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Will Lawrence: 3-3 with 1 double, 2 singles, 2 walks, & 1 RBI

Austin Chester: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 2 RBI

Seth Densmore: 1-1 with a single & 1 RBI

Chad Pacas: 2 walks, & 1 RBI

Hunter White: 1 walk & 2 runs scored

Jacob Kirchoff: 1-2 with a single, 1 hit by pitch, & 3 runs scored

 

Pickens, will be back on the diamond this afternoon as they host the Denmark Danes at Dragons Field. Original start time was 5:55. It has now been moved up to 4.

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Dragons Go 1-1 In Baseball Filled Day

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It was a cold, cloudy, sometimes foggy day at the ball park yesterday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed three teams to Dragons Field for an all day baseballathon. There were four games played yesterday featuring Pickens, Lumpkin, Northgate, & McIntosh. The 1st game, saw the Pickens Dragons take on the Northgate Vikings out of the 6A classification at 11 am.

 

Junior Colby James got the call to start for the Dragons in the 1st game & his stuff was electric on this cold day. James, needed just 12 pitches to get out of the top of the 1st. The Vikings got the Dragons to go down in order, & we headed to the 2nd, still 0-0. Northgate had a mini threat in the top of the 2nd, but James was able to keep it scoreless. After a hit batter & a couple of walks, Chad Pacas came into score to give Pickens a 1-0 lead going to the 3rd.

 

James needed 13 pitches in the top of the 3rd, & collected his first strikeout in the process. The Dragons scored 2 runs in the bottom of the frame after a leadoff double from Brady Moore, a single from Caswell Smith, came home to score, giving Pickens a 3-0 lead going to the 4th. The Vikings cut into the lead in the top of the 4th as they got a run in on two hits. The Dragons still held the lead, 3-1. In the bottom of the inning, Pickens broke it open after scoring 4 runs, & getting RBI from Jacob Kirchoff, Tyler Vreeland, & James himself. Going to the 5th, the Dragons led Northgate 7-1.

 

James was able to shut down the Vikings the rest of the way, pitching a complete game as Pickens took the win in thier first game, 7-1.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-3, 2 doubles, & 2 runs scored

Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 2 runs scored

Tyler Vreeland: 2-3 with 2 singles, 2 RBI, 1 sac bunt

Chad Pacas: 1-2 with a single, a walk, a HBP, & 1 run scored

Colby James: CG, 5 strikeouts, 1 R, 101 pitches, & a double & 1 RBI

Austin Chester: 2 walks

Hunter White: 1 walk

Will Lawrence: 1-3 with a single & 1 run scored

Jacob Kirchoff: 1-2 with a single, 1 RBI, 1 run scored & 1 HBP

 

Game 2:

In their 2nd game of the day, Pickens took on the McIntosh Chiefs out of the 5A classification. Prior to this game, McIntosh fell to Lumpkin 10-8. Pickens, was looking to go 2-0 on the day, & get a 2nd straight win over a higher classification.

 

Chad Pacas got the start for the Dragons & despite getting into early trouble, pitched well in his first start of the 2019 season. McIntosh plated two runs in the top of the 1st, & while the Dragons drew a walk in the bottom of the frame, they couldn’t bring them around & the Chiefs took a 2-0 lead to the 2nd. Pacas settled down in the top of the 2nd collecting his 2nd & 3rd strikeouts of the game. Pickens went in order in the bottom of the 2nd, & McIntosh took it’s 2-0 lead into the 3rd.

 

The Dragons got a 2 out walk in the bottom of the 3rd, looking to cut into the McIntosh lead. The runner would be stranded at 3rd however & we’d go to the 4th, Chiefs still ahead, 2-0. In the top of the 4th, McIntosh plated 9 runs to extend their lead to 11-0. The Chiefs scored twice more in the top of the 5th to make it 13-0. Pickens scored twice themselves in the bottom of the 5th, but it would be McIntosh to come away with the win, 13-2.

 

Pickens, will be on the road on Monday as they’ll take on the Denmark Danes on Monday in a make up game that was scheduled for last Friday. The game will be played at LakePoint, & the first pitch is scheduled for 2:30.

 

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