The Pickens High School Dragonettes hosted the rival Gilmer High School Lady Bobcats, on a night that saw six senior “Nettes:” Salone Brown; Megan Dixon; Emily Fields; Ellie Fields; Kristin Garner; and Mindi Mullins, honored. The “Nettes” captured the “Cats” with a 2-0 victory. Pickens pitcher, Savannah Buck, threw the complete game shut out. The game was a pitchers’ duel throughout, with neither team scoring until Brown’s RBI single drove in Danielle Goss, in the bottom of the fourth inning.The first inning seemed foreboding for the home team, when the first three “Cats” batters scratched a base. With the bases loaded Amberly Newton’s hit a single; however, lead off batter, Bailey Charles, was thrown out on the force, and a strike out and a ground out ended the Gilmer offensive threat for the inning. The “Nettes” went down one, two, three in succession to close the inning.
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Only one batter, Pickens’ Kennedy McTaggert, reached first base until the bottom of the fourth. Doss led off with a single to center field. Mindi Mullins followed with a fence hitting double that put women on second and third. Brown’s aforementioned RBI made came after a strike out, and was followed by two more, closing the inning with the home team in the lead.
Buck allowed only one batter to reach first, Jade Green via walk, in the top of the fifth. However, the Dragonettes bats lacked fire as well, as they were all retired in succession.
Buck procured all the Pickens’ defensive outs in the top of the sixth, with a catch of Taylor Powell’s bunt attempt, and two strike outs.
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Pickens picked up the pace in the bottom of the sixth, with Goss once again leading off with a single. Mullins’ sacrifice ground out moved Goss to second. Kristin Garner, hit a double, that greatly resembled Brown’s, in that it hit the fence and scored Goss, making the score 2-0 in Pickens’ favor. One Gilmer fan remarked that the score “might as well be 10 to nothing, the way we’re hitting the ball.”
Gilmer’s Ansley Mulkey led off with a single to right field, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Caitlin Coleman that put Mulkey on second. However, the next three batters failed to reach first, securing the Dragonettes’ win.