Offensive Woes Plague Dragons In Series Finale With Ridgeland

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On Friday afternoon, the PHS varsity baseball team, made the long trip up to Rossville, Ga, to take on the Ridgeland Panthers in the 3rd and final game of the series. After falling in the previous two games, Pickens was looking to build some momentum heading into the final series of the regular season.

 

In the top of the 1st, the Dragons got a lead off single from Joseph Gossett, but a double play turned by the Panthers after the pitcher caught a comebacker right at him & flipped over to 1st, & a grounder to the shortstop, ended any potential threat in the top half of the 1st. In the bottom of the 1st, Ridgeland got out to an early 3-0 lead, sending us to the 2nd. In the top of the 2nd, Chad Pacas got hit by the first pitch of the inning, Brady Moore drew a walk, Tyler Vreeland then moved the runners to 2nd & 3rd with a sacrifice bunt, Will Lawrence would get hit with a pitch with 2-outs to load the bases, but the Panthers were able to get out of the mess, sending us to the bottom of the 2nd. Ridgeland, then plated two runs in the bottom of the frame, to extend their lead to 5-0 over Pickens, going to the 3rd.

 

The Panthers, added another run in the bottom of the 3rd, giving them a 6-0 lead over the Dragons, going to the 4th. Pickens, got a 2-out single from Colby James in the top of the 4th, but were unable to bring him around to score. In the bottom half of the frame, Ridgeland plated 5 runs, to increase their lead to 11-0, going to the 5th. The Panthers, got the win, 11-0, in 5 innings.

 

Pickens, is now in 4th place in 6-AAAA. They will begin their final series of the regular season tomorrow afternoon at home as they host the Southeast Whitfield Raiders. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55.

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Dragons Look To Take Game 3 After Tough Game 2 Against Ridgeland

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, hosted the Ridgeland Panthers, in game 2, of a critical 3-game set. On Tuesday, Ridgeland scored 9 runs in the bottom of the 6th, to take game 1, 11-2. Pickens, came in looking to even up the series. Prior to the game, PHS Baseball recognized the 1st responders around the county for all that they do. We also, saw Jake King hit a towering home run.

In the top of the 1st, Ridgeland got on the board with 3 runs to take an early lead. In the bottom of the frame, Pickens had runners at 1st & 2nd after Jace Franklin reached on an error, & Caswell Smith hit a 2-out single. The Panthers, were able to get out of it, as we’d head to the 2nd Ridgeland leading, 3-0. In the top half of the 2nd, the Panthers added to their lead after a 2-run home run, to take a 5-0 lead over the Dragons. Pickens, went in order in the bottom of the 2nd. Ridgeland took a 5-0 lead into the 3rd.

 

Dragons starter, Dylan Huffman, needed 7 pitches in the top of the 3rd, to bring Pickens up to bat, looking to cut into the Panther lead. Cut into the lead is what they would do as Joseph Gossett would get a 2-out single, & would come all the way around to score on an RBI double by Franklin. Franklin, would then come in to score after Smith reached on an error, to make it 5-2 Ridgeland, heading to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, the Panthers swung momentum right back to their side as they would plate 5 runs, to stretch their lead out to 10-2. In the bottom of the frame, Will Lawrence beat out an infield hit, Huffman drew a walk, Gossett then drew a walk to load the bases with 2 out. Franklin would then walk to score Lawrence. Smith would follow, getting in on the walk-a-thon as Huffman would come in to score. Two runs would be all the Dragons would be able to get as they left the bases loaded, now trailing, 10-4.

 

In the top of the 5th, the Panthers again pulled away from Pickens as they would score 4 runs in the top half of the inning to take a 14-4 lead. Ridgeland was able to get the win in 5 innings, 14-4.

 

Stats:

Joseph Gossett: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored

Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a double, a walk, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 RBI

Will Lawrence: 1-2 with a single, 1 HBP, & 1 run scored

Dylan Huffman: 1 walk, & 1 run scored

 

The Dragons, will look to grab game 3 this afternoon as they will head to Rossville to take on the Panthers in the series finale. First pitch is at 5:55.

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

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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

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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 Take Game 1 Over Lafayette, Doubleheader Scheduled For Friday

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Yesterday afternoon & into evening, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, hosted the Lafayette Ramblers, for the first game of what looks to be an important series in terms of region standings, Pickens, came into the series in 2nd place at 4-2, but was looking to shake off a tough series with Northwest Whitfield. The Ramblers, came in just behind the Dragons at 3-3 in the standings.

 

The top of the 1st saw the starter for the Dragons, Isaiah Payne, work quickly as he sat the Ramblers down on 9 pitches. Pickens, went quietly as well in the bottom of the 1st, sending us to the 2nd, still tied at 0. Payne, found himself in a little trouble in the top of the 2nd, but was able to pitch around it, and send us to the bottom of the frame. A lead off walk drawn by Jace Franklin, came back to haunt Lafayette as Caswell Smith would bring in Franklin on an RBI double, giving the Dragons a 1-0 lead, going to the 3rd.

 

Payne, got out of the top of the 3rd, needing only 10 pitches to send us to the bottom of the inning. Hunter Hermann, got things started in the Dragons half of the 3rd, by getting hit by a pitch, taking 2nd base on a passed pick off attempt, & scoring on an RBI single by Dylan Huffman, to make 2-0 Pickens, going to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, Payne again worked around trouble as he would strikeout two Ramblers, sending us to the bottom of the inning. The Dragons, got hits from Chad Pacas, & Tyler Vreeland in the bottom of the frame, but left runners stranded at the corners, sending us to the 5th, Pickens still ahead, 2-0.

 

In the top of the 5th, Lafayette cut the Dragons lead in half, as Payne got through the top half of the 5th, giving up the one run. Pickens, got a lead off double from Huffman, but were unable to bring him around, & we would head to the 6th, Dragons now leading 2-1. Cobly James would come on in relief of Payne in the top of the 6th, & needed 12 pitches, & collected 2 strikeouts to send the Dragons offense back up. A two out single by Vreeland, would be all Pickens would get in the bottom of the 6th, & we’d go to the 7th, Dragons up, 2-1.

 

In the top of the 7th, Lafayette, was threatening to tie the ball game up or even take the lead, loading the bases up at one point in the frame. James, was able to get out of it, with the help of some good defensive plays, to give the Dragons the narrow 2-1 win over the Ramblers.

 

Stats:

Isaiah Payne: 5IP, 4K, 1R, 1ER, 72 pitches

Cobly James: 2IP, 3K, 0R, 0ER, 28 pitches

Dylan Huffman: 2-3 with a single, & a double, & 1 RBI

Jace Franklin: a walk, & 1 run scored

Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a single

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a double, & 1 RBI

Tyler Vreeland: 2-3 with 2 singles

Will Lawrence: 1-3 with a single

Hunter Hermann: hit by pitch, & 1 run scored

 

Games 2 & 3 will be played at Lafayette in a doubleheader on Friday. First pitch for game 2 is scheduled for 4:40.

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Dragons Rally Late, Fall To Vidalia

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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.

 

Stats

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.

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Dragons Honor Fallen Teammate, Defeat Rabun County In Home Opener

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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.

 

Stats

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.

 

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Dragons Open Series Against Ridgeland With Win

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On Tuesday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team began a crucial series with the Panthers of Ridgeland. After dropping their previous series to Heritage 2-1, Pickens looked to keep pace and stay in 3rd place in the region as Gilmer & Ridgeland were right behind them in the standings.

 

In the top of the 1st, starting pitcher for the Dragons Travis Huffman sat the Panthers down on 13 pitches to send us to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, the starter for Ridgeland was equally as impressive as the Dragons went in order to send us to the 2nd, still scoreless. In the top of the 2nd, the Panthers drew first blood as they plated two runs on just one hit, to take a 2-0 lead over the Dragons going to the bottom of the 2nd. That lead for Ridgeland would not last long as Pickens answered with four runs on two hits to take the lead, 4-2 going to the 3rd.

 

It was a less stressful top of the 3rd for T. Huffman as he needed 12 pitches to send us to the bottom half of the 3rd. The Dragons had an opportunity in the bottom of the frame to add more to their lead, but left runners stranded on 1st & 2nd to send us to the 4th, Pickens still leading the Panthers, 4-2. Ridgeland tried to get something going in the top of the 4th, but the Dragons were able to get out of it without any damage done. Pickens had a tough bottom half of the inning as they went in order to send us to the 5th, Dragons still in front, 4-2.

 

T. Huffman needed 11 pitches, and added his 3rd strikeout of the game in the top of the 5th to bring the offense for Pickens up. A 1-out walk would prove to backfire for the Panthers as Zack Moore drove in Dominic Stephens with an RBI single to stretch the lead for the Dragons over Ridgeland to 5-2. Z. Moore would then come in as Dylan Huffman reached 1st base after a passed ball following a strikeout to make it 6-2 Dragons, going to the 6th. Ridgeland had another scoring threat in the top of the 6th, but T. Huffman shut it down with the 2nd of his two strikeouts in the inning to keep the lead at 6-2 in the Dragons favor. Brady Moore led the bottom of the 6th off with a double, & was driven in by Joseph Gossett to make it 7-2 Pickens, going to the 7th.

 

T. Huffman came out in the top of the 7th to finish what he started and finish is what he did. T. Huffman closed the game out with his 6th strikeout to give the Dragons the win in the series opener, 7-2.

 

Travis Huffman: 7IP, 4H, 2R, 6K on 112 pitches & 1-4 with 1 single & 1 RBI

Joseph Gossett: 1-4 with a single & 2 RBI

Dominic Stephens: 1 walk & 1 run scored

Dalton Presley: 1-2 with 1 single, 1 walk, & 1 run scored

Zack Moore: 1-1 with 1 single, 2 hit by pitch, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Dylan Huffman: 1 walk & 1 run scored

Will Lawrence: 1-3 with a double, & 1 run scored

Brady Moore: 1-2 with a double, 1 walk, & 1 run scored

 

With the win, the Dragons are now 14-8 overall and 8-5 in 6-AAAA play. Pickens & Ridgeland will meet up again on Thursday at Ridgeland. First Pitch set for 5:55. The series finale will be held back in Jasper at PCMS. First pitch set for 5:30 for that one.

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