Yesterday afternoon, the PHS JV Dragons baseball team hosted the Grizzlies of Creekview at Dragons Field. Pickens, came in looking to get a big win over a school in a higher classification before facing their rival Gilmer next week.
In the top of the 1st, the Grizzlies struck early. Creekview managed to plate 3 runs on 2 hits, to lead the Dragons 3-0 going to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom half of the opening inning, Pickens scored 4 runs as Michael Burrell & Lucas Headrick knocked in 3 runs combined & 1 run came in after a wild pitch. Pickens led Creekview going to the 2nd, 4-3. A 12 pitch top of the 2nd for Isaiah Payne, & an 8 pitch top of the 3rd for Clate Mcarthur kept Pickens in front 4-3 as neither team found offense till the 4th.
In the 4th, the Grizzlies drove in 5 runs to take the lead back, 8-4. The Dragons went down in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 5th, Creekview ahead, 8-4. After a 9 pitch top of the 5th for Damian Watkins, the Dragons cut into the Grizzly lead in the bottom of the frame with 3 runs coming home on 4 hits to make it 8-7 Creekview going to the 6th.
In the 6th, Creekview would add to their lead. The Grizzlies scored 5 runs in the top of the 6th to stretch their lead on the Dragons out to 13-7. Haedrick drove in Burrell in the bottom of the 6th to cut the lead to 13-8 going to the 7th inning. Shawn Mask struck out two in the top of the 7th for Pickens and sent us to the bottom of the final inning. Creekview was able to come away with the win, 13-8.
Will Lawrence: 1IP, 2K’s, 3R 2H on 23 pitches, & 0-0 with a walk
Isaiah Payne: 1IP, 0R on 12 pitches
Clate Macarthur: 1IP, 1K, 0R on 8 pitches
Jackson Jones: 1IP 5R on 18 pitches
Damian Watkins: 1IP, 0R, on 9 pitches
Shawn Mask: 2IP, 4K on 27 pitches
Adam Massey: 0-2 with 2 walks & 1 run scored
Colby James: 1-4 with 1 single & 1 run scored
Michael Burrell: 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, 3 runs scored, & 1 HBP
Jay Jones: 1-2 with a sac RBI, 1 single
Lucas Headrick: 4-4 with 1 double, 3 singles, 4 RBI, & 1 run scored
Clayton Holland: 0-0 with 2 walks
Dalton Elrod: 2-2 with 2 singles & 1 RBI
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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In what was a beautiful, yet cool day yesterday at Dragons Field, the PHS JV Baseball Dragons looked to continue their winning way as they hosted the JV Indians of Lumpkin Co in a league match up.
Isaiah Payne got the call to the mound yesterday and showed great stuff while pitching effectively. Lumpkin Co. stranded a runner at 3rd, sending us to the bottom of the 1st. The Dragons were able to get an RBI each from Payne & Will Lawrence to take a 2-0 lead going to the 2nd. The lead for Pickens did not last long as the JV Indians managed to plate two runs in the top half of the 2nd to tie it up at 2. A Michael Burrell double in the bottom of the frame brought in Adam Massey to give the Dragons the lead back at 3-2.
In the top of the 3rd, Pickens turned an unconventional 6-5-4 double play to end any scoring threat Lumpkin Co. may have had. The Dragons bats were silenced in order in the bottom of the inning sending us to the 4th, Pickens on top, 3-2. Payne got a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 4th, and the Dragons were able to plate a run in the bottom of the inning to stretch the lead out to 4-2, going to the 5th.
Pickens broke things open in the bottom of the 5th after scoring 5 runs in the frame to make it, 9-2 going to the 6th. the Indians were able to plate a run in the top of the 6th, while the Dragons countered and scored a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Jackson Jones, who came on in relief of Payne in the 6th, was able to get the final three outs in the top of the 7th to seal the win for Pickens, 10-3. With that win, the JV Dragons are now 9-1 on the season.
Isiah Payne went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, & striking out 3 on 56 pitches, went 1-4 with an RBI & run scored
Jackson Jones went 2 innings giving up 1 run on 20 pitches
Michael Burrell went 3-3 with a single, double, triple, 2 RBI, 1 run scored, & a walk
Brady Moore went 1-4 with a double and a run scored
Caswell Smith went 1-4 with a single, & 1 RBI
Will Lawrence went 1-2 with a single, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, & a walk
Adam Massey went 2-2 with 2 singles, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, & a walk
These same two teams will play again on Wednesday in Lumpkin at 5:30, then the JV Dragons will travel up 515 into enemy territory, when they take on the JV Bobcats of Gilmer for the 1st time this season. That game, has a start time of 5:30 as well.
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
Yesterday, after their varsity teammates, defeated the Towns Co. varsity 17-2, the PHS JV Baseball team hosted the Towns Co. JV Indians in the 2nd game of the varsity/JV doubleheader. This is a league game for both teams with both fighting for position in the standings.
Jackson Jones got the start for the Dragons and worked a solid first inning. Pickens got three straight hits to open the bottom half of the 1st, and runs driven in by Isaiah Payne & Will Lawrence to give the Dragons a 3-0 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Indians were able to get a run back to make things 3-1 going to the bottom of the 2nd. Pickens would be held scoreless in the 2nd as we headed to the 3rd, still 3-1 Dragons.
In the 3rd, Towns Co. again chipped away at the lead with another run to cut things to 3-2. J. Jones helped his own cause as he brought in Lawrence with an RBI double to stretch the lead back to two at 4-2 going to the 4th. Pickens got out of a jam in the top of the 4th to send us to the bottom of the inning. Much like their varsity counterparts, the JV Dragons had a huge 4th inning, scoring 13 runs on 10 hits, making it 17-2 and enforcing the 15 run rule.
Jackson Jones went 3 2/3rd innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, & striking out 2 on 66 pitches. Went 1-2 with a double, & 1 RBI
Michael Burrell went 2-4 with a single, double, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Isaiah Payne went 1-1 with a single, 1 RBI & a run scored
Jacob Kirchoff went 1-1 with a single, & 2 runs scored
Brady Moore went 1-1 with a single, & 1 run scored
Dalton Elrod went 2-2 with 2 singles, 2 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Caswell Smith scored 2 runs
Will Lawrence went 3-4 with 4 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Tyler Vreeland went 1-2 with 2 runs scored
Adam Massey went 1-3 with a single, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Damain Watkins had 2 RBI & went 1/3rd inning with 0 runs & 0 walks
Lucas Headrick went 1-3 with a double, 3 RBI, & 1 run scored
The JV Dragons will be in action again later today as they take on the JV Fannin Rebels in Blue Ridge. Pickens will return the favor by hosting the JV Rebels on Thursday.