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.
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.
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