Yesterday, on a Good Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Ridgeland Panthers to Dragons Field for the final game of their three game set. After the Dragons took game 1 on Tuesday, the Panthers came back and snagged game 2 at their place on Thursday. Prior to the ball game, PHS recognized & honored women & families affected by, and going through breast cancer.
Senior Dalton Sipsy started for the Dragons and what a game it turned out to be a part of. Ridgeland struck first in the top of the 1st, as they were able to connect for a three-run home run to take a 3-0 lead going to the bottom of the frame. Pickens cut into that lead when Wyatt Gooch knocked in Travis Huffman on a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 Panthers going to the 2nd. Ridgeland added to their lead by driving in two runs to make it 5-1 going to the bottom of the 2nd. Pickens would lead a runner stranded at first after a 1-out walk & we headed to the 3rd, Panthers leading Pickens, 5-1.
The Panthers again added a pair of runs in the top of the 3rd to increase their lead over the Dragons to 7-1 going to the bottom of the inning. sensing the urgency, the bats for Pickens started to get going in the bottom half of the 3rd as 3 runs would come to score on 5 hits including RBI hits from Jace Franklin, Dominic Stephens, & Joseph Gossett, to cut the Ridgeland lead down to 7-4 going to the 4th. Sipsy added his 3rd & 4th strike out of the game in the top of the 4th and kept the deficit at 7-4 going to the bottom portion of the 4th. The Dragons chipped at the Ridgeland lead even more when Franklin drove in T. Huffman with an RBI double to make it 7-5 Panthers going to the 5th.
The 5th was the final inning for Sipsy and again he did a good job of not giving Ridgeland anything and keeping the Panther lead at two and getting the suddenly hot bats of Pickens back up. A lead off double by Dalton Presley, would hurt the Panthers as Zack Moore drove in Andrew Hasbrouck, who was courtesy running for Presley. Joseph Gossett would eventually come around to score as well after he followed up Presley’s double with a single, advanced to 3rd after multiple passed balls, & came in to score after Dylan Huffman reached 1st base on an errant throw, to tie things up at 7 going to the 6th. Hasbrouck came in to pitch the top of the 6th for the Dragons & worked around two hit batsman to get out of the inning with no damage done. After leading off the bottom of the 6th with a single, and advancing to 3rd on miscommunication by the pitcher & catcher from Ridgeland, T. Huffman came in to score the go ahead run on a Stephens sacrifice fly. The Dragons had their 1st lead of the game at 8-7, going to the 7th.
Pickens called on Stephens to finish the game out and finish it out he did. Stephens would strike out the side in the top of the 7th to seal a crazy, come from behind 8-7 win over Panthers.
Dalton Sipsy: 5IP, 4H, 7R, 4ER, 5K on 105 pitches
Andrew Hasbrouck: 1IP, 0H, 0R on 14 pitches & 1 run scored
Dominic Stephens: 1IP, 0H, 0R, 3K on 21 pitches & 2-3 with 1 single, 1 double, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Travis Huffman: 3-3 with 3 singles, 1 walk, & 4 runs scored
Jace Franklin: 2-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Wyatt Gooch: 1 RBI
Dalton Presley: 1-3 with 1 double
Joseph Gossett: 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, 1 run scored
Zack Moore: 1-1 with 1 single, 1 walk, & 1 RBI
Pickens will now turn their attention to Southeast Whitfield as they finish up the regular season with a three game set with the Raiders. As it stands now, the Dragons are in 3rd place in 6-AAAA with a 9-6 mark & have a 15-9 overall record. Senior Night will be this coming Tuesday at Dragons Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Generals of Heritage in the 3rd & final game of a big time series. After taking the 1st game on Tuesday, Heritage won the 2nd game on Thursday, meaning the winner of this one, would take 2nd place in the region, & the series.
Junior Dylan Huffman got the call to start for the Dragons & had to work out of trouble early. The Generals plated one run in the top of the first, & threatened to score more, but D. Huffman & the Dragons defense did a good job of just limiting it to one run. For Heritage, they sent out their highly touted pitcher, Junior Cole Wilcox, who is committed to UGA, & an Under Armor All-American Game invitee (game is played at Wrigley Field in Chicago). Pickens could not get anything going in the bottom of the frame and we headed to the 2nd, Generals leading the Dragons, 1-0. D. Huffman was able to again settle down after early trouble and get out of the top of the 2nd without any damage done. Pickens had a chance in the bottom of the 2nd to tie things up, but were unable to bring in the runner from 2nd, to send us to the 3rd, Heritage still in front, 1-0.
After the Generals added to their lead, Dylan Huffman would be relieved by Andrew Hasbrouck in the top of the 3rd with two outs in the frame. Hasbrouck got the Dragons out of the inning, but not before Heritage tacked on 5 more runs to take a 6-0 lead going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the 3rd, Brady Moore started it off with a single, and would be driven in by Joseph Gossett, to cut the General lead to 6-1, going to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, Heritage went down quietly as Hasbrouck needed ten pitches to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, the Pickens again had a runner in scoring position, but he was unable to score and we would go to the 5th, Generals leading the Dragons, 6-1.
Isaiah Payne came on in relief of Hasbrouck in the top of the 5th. Payne was able to end the top of the 5th with a strikeout, but not before Heritage would plate 3 more runs to increase their lead over Pickens to, 9-1 going to the bottom of the 5th. The Generals were able to sit the Dragons in order in the bottom of the 5th to send us to the 6th, Heritage leading, 9-1. Payne was able to get the Dragons out of the top of the 6th without any damage done and ended the half inning with a strikeout just like the 5th. A one-out single by Dalton Presley would be all that the Dragons could muster in the bottom of the 6th. We headed to the 7th, Generals still in front, 9-1.
In the top of the 7th, Dominic Stephens took over for Payne and pitched very well in his lone inning of work. Stephens struck out two General batters and got three outs on 12 pitches to send us to the bottom of the 7th. Heritage was able to close it out, and get the win, 9-1.
Joseph Gossett: 1 RBI
Dalton Presley: 1-3 with 1 single
Dominic Stephens: 1-3 with 1 single
Brady Moore: 1-2 with 1 single & 1 run scored
Pickens will be back home next Tuesday as they begin a series with the Ridgeland Panthers. The Dragons are currently 13-8 overall and in 3rd in 6-AAAA at 7-5. The Panthers currently occupy the 5th spot in the region at 4-7. Pickens will need to continue to win to secure the 3rd seed out of 6-AAAA as the season starts winding down. You can catch the 1st game of this series Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 at Dragons Field at PCMS.
Yesterday, before the storms rolled in, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in 6-AAAA region action. Coming into the ball game, the Dragons held the top spot in the region standings at 3-0 while the Bruins held a 4-2 mark. This was the start of a three game series between the two schools.
Senior Travis Huffman got the start for the Dragons and looked good early. After allowing a bloop hit in the top of the 1st, he was able to work around it to send us to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the 1st, Pickens had an early scoring chance with runners at the corners and only 1 out. However, the runner at 1st would be picked off and the Bruins were able to get out of the inning with a pop up.
In the top of the 2nd, Northwest Whitfield struck first blood. The Bruins were able to plate 4 runs on 3 hits to take a 4-0 lead over the Pickens going to the bottom of the 2nd. Again, the Dragons had a scoring chance in the bottom of the inning. The runner at 2nd would be doubled up after the Bruins pitcher caught a line drive, & the inning would come to an end with a fly out. We headed to the 3rd, Northwest Whitfield leading Pickens, 4-0.
The top of the 3rd was the best half inning of work for T. Huffman as he only needed 9 pitches to get out of the frame. The bottom of the 3rd again showed promise for the Dragons, as Pickens had runners on 1st & 2nd with 1 out. The Bruins however were able to get out of it without any damage done to maintain their 4-0 advantage going to the top of the 4th. Relief pitcher Andrew Hasbrouck needed only 8 pitches in the top of the 4th to sit Northwest Whitfield down. The Dragons stranded a runner at 2nd in the bottom of the 4th to send us to the 5th.
Hasbrouck continued his success from the top of the 4th to the top of the 5th as he again only needed 8 pitches to get out of the inning. Pickens had a minor 2-out threat, but left a runner stranded at 1st to send us to the top of the 6th, Northwest Whitfield still ahead, 4-0. In the top of the 6th, Hasbrouck continued his outing with a ten pitch inning that included 1 strikeout. The Dragons offensive struggles continued however as they would go in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 7th, Bruins leading, 4-0.
Northwest Whitfield added to their lead in the top of the 7th with a run to make it 5-0 going to the bottom of the frame. Dragons down to their final three outs. Jace Franklin would start it off by being hit, Will Lawrence followed that up with a double. Brady Moore then would reach on an error, scoring Franklin. T. Huffman, pitch hitting for Hasbrouck, knocked in Lawrence on a sacrifice fly. With 2 out, Dalton Presley reached on an error, which scored B. Moore. A fly out ended the Dragons rally as the Bruins escaped with a 5-3 win.
Andrew Hasbrouck: 4IP, 1R, 1ER, 1K on 36 pitches
Joseph Gossett: 2-4 with 2 singles
Dalton Presley: 1-4 with 1 single
Zack Moore: 1-3 with 1 single
Jace Franklin: 1 HBP & 1 run scored
Will Lawrence: 1-1 with a double & 1 run scored
Brady Moore: 1 run scored
Pickens will travel to Northwest Whitfield on Friday to wrap up the series with a doubleheader beginning at 5:30. The Dragons still lead the region standings, but by a slim margin:
NW Whitfield: 5-2
SE Whirfield: 2-4
Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team faced another out of region opponent as they welcomed the Falcons of Flowery Branch to Dragons Field. Due to weather earlier in the week, this would be the Dragons first game since a doubleheader against Gilmer last Friday. Prior to the game, several members of the American Legion provided the field with a brand new American flag.
New St. Andrews University (NC) commit Dalton Sipsy took the mound for the Dragons and looked good during his short work. Sipsy would only allow 1 walk and struck out a batter in his inning of work. Pickens grabbed the early lead in the bottom of the 1st as Dominic Stephens drove in Travis Huffman to send us to the 2nd, Dragons leading the Falcons, 1-0. Andrew Hasbrouck came in to pitch in the 2nd and pitched well. The Dragons added to their lead in the bottom of the frame as Will Lawrence would drive in Jace Franklin to make it 2-0 going to the 3rd.
Luke Smith came in for Pickens in the top of the 3rd and did well to limit a potential big inning for Flowery Branch. The Falcons scored a run in the top of the 3rd to cut the Dragon lead in half, 2-1, going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the 3rd, Pickens picked up their 3rd run as Joseph Gossett came in after a pitch got passed the catcher. We would head to the 4th, Dragons ahead of the Falcons, 3-1. Right fielder Jace Franklin came in to pitch the top of the 4th for the Dragons. Flowery Branch scored three runs in the top half of the frame to take a 4-3 lead going to the bottom of the inning. The Falcons were able to work around a lead off double by Zack Moore as he would be stranded at 3rd. We headed to the 5th, Flowery Branch leading Pickens 4-3.
Dylan Huffman came on in the 5th to pitch for the Dragons, trying to keep it a one-run game. D. Huffman did just that, striking out two to send us to the bottom of the 5th. In the bottom of the inning, Dominic Stephens cranked a home run with 2-out to tie things up at 4, going to the 6th. D. Huffman was able to get out of the top of the 6th without giving up a run. Pickens, went in order in the bottom of the frame, & we would go to the 7th, tied at 4. Brady Moore came in to pitch the top of the 7th and held the Falcons scoreless, sending us to the bottom of the 7th. With Stephens at 2nd, 2-outs, & 1 1-2 count on him, Franklin smacked a single down the left field line to bring home Stephens and the win for the Dragons, 5-4.
Dalton Sipsy: 1IP, 0H, 0R 1K, 1BB on 15 pitches
Andrew Hasbrouck: 1IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB on 14 pitches
Luke Smith: 1IP, 1H, 1BB, 1R on 16 pitches
Jace Franklin: 1IP, 3R on 25 pitches & 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 run scored, & 1 RBI
Dylan Huffman: 2IP, 0R, 3K on 28 pitches
Brady Moore: 1IP 0R, 1K on 20 pitches
Travis Huffman: 1-4 with a single & 1 run scored
Joseph Gossett: 2-4 with 2 singles & 1 run scored
Dominic Stephens: 1-1 with 1 HR, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, & 2 RBI
Wyatt Gooch: 2-3 with 2 singles
Zack Moore: 1-2 with 1 single & 1 walk
Pickens, is now 9-3 on the season & in 1st place in 6-AAAA at 3-0. The Dragons will get back into region play next week as they will start a series with Northwest Whitfield Tuesday at Dragons Field at 5:30.
On Saturday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted three teams for a set of afternoon ball games as they welcomed the Murray County Indians, & the Newton Rams to Dragons Field. Each team would get a chance to play each other & the two teams to kick the day off would be Murray County, & your Dragons.
Caswell Smith got the call in game one for the Dragons and he pitched very well against the Indians. In the top of the 1st, Smith sat down 2 Indians via strikeout as we would go to the bottom of the inning. Pickens, would get a single & 2 walks in consecutive at bats, but would leave the bases loaded as we would head to the 2nd, still tied at 0. In the top of the 2nd, Smith worked out of trouble by again striking out 2 Indians to send us to the bottom of the frame. Travis Huffman drove in Brady Moore with an RBI triple, then came in to score himself after an errant throw to 3rd to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead going to the 3rd.
In the 3rd, Smith needed only ten pitches & collected 2 more strike outs to bring his total to 6 through 3 innings. Pickens, would go quietly in the bottom of the 3rd as we headed to the 4th with the Dragons still leading Murray County, 2-0. Smith continued his impressive start in the 4th with another 2 strikeout inning, bringing his total up to 8 for the game. The Dragons left 2 stranded in the bottom half of the 4th and we’d go to the 5th with Pickens still leading the Indians, 2-0.
Smith’s last inning was the top of the 5th and he finished it off by not giving up anything to Murray County. In the bottom of the inning, Will Lawrence brought in pitch runner Isaiah Payne to stretch the Dragons lead to 3-0 going to the top of the 6th. In the top of the 6th, the Indians plated a run on 3 hits to cut the Pickens lead to 3-1. In the bottom of the frame, Dalton Presley added some insurance runs as he drove in T. Huffman & Joseph Gossett to make it 5-1 Dragons going to the 7th. In the top of the 7th, the Dragons used a combination of Jace Franklin, Andrew Hasbrouck, & Brady Moore to get the Indians out and seal the win for Pickens, 5-1.
Caswell Smith: 5 IP, 3H 8K, 0ER on 73 pitches
Jace Franklin: 1 1/3IP, 1K 1R on 28 pitches, & 1-1 with a single
Andrew Hasbrouck: 1/3IP 0R on 2 pitches
Brady Moore: 1/3IP 0R 1K on 5 pitches, & 1-1 with a run scored
Travis Huffman: 2-4 with 1 single, 1 triple, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Joseph Gossett: 2-4 with 2 singles & 1 run scored
Dalton Presley: 1-2 with 1 single, 2 walks, & 2 RBI
Dominic Stephens: 1-2 with a single & 1 walk
Will Lawrence: 1-3 with 1 RBI
Wyatt Gooch: 1-2 with a single
Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single
Isaiah Payne: 1 run scored
For the nightcap of our Wednesday, it was the 2nd game of the doubleheader between the Dragons & the Patriots of Paulding County. Unlike game 1, this game had offense early & often.
In game 2, Paulding County struck early. The Patriots tacked on 7 runs in the top of the 1st. The Dragons had a nice answer in the bottom of the frame as Dominic Stephens drove in 2 & Zack Moore drove in 1 to cut the Paulding County lead to 7-3, going to the 2nd. In the top of the 2nd, Andrew Hasbrouck, who came on in relief of starter Will Lawrence, needed only 11 pitches to get the Pickens bats back up to the plate. The red hot Dragon bats struck for 8 runs in the bottom of the 2nd to take an 11-7 lead going to the 3rd.
Hasbrouck continued his short inning work as he only needed 12 pitches to end the top of the 3rd for the Patriots. The Dragons however, would go in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 4th. In the 4th, Paulding County cut the Pickens lead in half as two runs came across to make it 11-9 going to the bottom half of the inning. An RBI from Brady Moore, Joseph Gossett, & Stephens, & 1 unearned run scored by Z. Moore, stretched the lead out for the Dragons to 15-9 going to the 5th.
The Patriots would score two runs on relief pitchers Clate McArthur & Jackson Jones in the top of the 5th to once again, cut into the Dragons lead at 15-11. The bottom of the frame saw Pickens tack on three more runs to make it 18-11 going to the 6th. Jackson Jones was able to get out of the top of the 6th without giving up any runs. Stephens, in the bottom of the inning, sent a shot over the left field wall to make it 19-11. Wyatt Gooch would then drive in Z. Moore to make it 20-11 going to the 7th. After scoring one run in the top of the 7th, Damian Watkins was able to shut the Patriots down and seal the win for the Dragons, 20-12.
With the win, Pickens is now 2-3 on the early season. The Dragons will be back in action in a busy filled week next week with all the games at home. First up, a rematch with the Wolverines of Woodstock on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The first meeting between these two teams went into extra innings with Woodstock winning 1-0.
Last night, the PHS Football team held it’s annual banquet at Chattahoochee Technical College. Despite the not so pleasant weather, there was a big turnout to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments achieved during the 2016 season. The event was catered by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department, who cooked and served meals for everyone in attendance.
As everyone was settling in and getting their food, PHS head football coach Chris Parker welcomed everyone to the banquet and turned it over to the cheer leading coaches so that they could recognize the efforts and accolades these young ladies garnered during the year. Then it was on to recognizing the 9th grade football team. These young men had a fantastic season going 7-0 during the year.
Next, it would be the JV football team to take their turn in the spotlight. Much like their younger teammates on the 9th grade squad, the JV team also went undefeated with a 7-0 record during the season. Very impressive seasons from both these teams and a lot to look forward to once they find themselves on the varsity.
The seniors were recognized individually as a short highlight reel of their play during the season showed as they received their plaque. Coach Parker took a moment to say something about each of the seniors and what they’ve meant not only to him and the other coaches, but to the program as well. A graphic was shown displaying how much the program has grown since the departing seniors were in 8th grade. The 2016 team leaves tied with the 2015 team for most wins by a class with 27.
Avery Luke would take home the academic award for the highest GPA on the team
Alex Pittman was named the team MVP
Jordan Burton, Devin Grant, Nick Southern, & Will Wotring were named team captains
Dragon players named to 6-AAAA All-Region teams were:
Jacob Brumby (QB), Alex Pittman (DL), Chris Pittman (P)
Michael Cain (LB), Zach Goss (WR), Andrew Hasbrouck (OL), Trevon Hawkins (ATH), Chris Pittman (RB), Will Wotring (DB)
Dylan Huffman (RB), Nick Southern (DL)
The senior players receiving the Touchdown Club Scholarships were:
Andrew Hasbrouck, Jordan Burton, Devin Grant, Josh Holbert, Michael Coriell, Nick Southern, Chris Pittman, Connor Head, & Jacob Gordon.
Several PHS varsity football players were selected to be on the 7-AAAA All-Region Teams. In total, 18 Dragons were on the list between 1st team, 2nd team, & Honorable Mention.
Six Dragons were selected to the 7-AAAA All-Region 1st team. They include:
Walker Lawrence- TE/H-Back
D.J. Walden- C
Ty Chastain- K
Andrew Ortiz- DL
Kyle West- LB
Marcus Byrd- P
Four Dragons made it to the 7-AAAA All-Region 2nd Team. They are:
Chris Pittman- RB
Zach Betts- OL
Alex Pittman- DL
Dillin Eilers- LB
8 Dragons were included on the 7-AAAA All-Region Honorable Mention List. These Players are:
Nick Southern- DL
Zack Hermann- DB/WR
Caleb Brooks- DB/WR
Avery Luke- DB
Will Wotring- DB
Bradley Ragano- TE
Andrew Hasbrouck- OL
Cortlin Norton- OL/DL
Congrats to these young men on this accomplishment and a great season.