It was a cold, cloudy, sometimes foggy day at the ball park yesterday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed three teams to Dragons Field for an all day baseballathon. There were four games played yesterday featuring Pickens, Lumpkin, Northgate, & McIntosh. The 1st game, saw the Pickens Dragons take on the Northgate Vikings out of the 6A classification at 11 am.
Junior Colby James got the call to start for the Dragons in the 1st game & his stuff was electric on this cold day. James, needed just 12 pitches to get out of the top of the 1st. The Vikings got the Dragons to go down in order, & we headed to the 2nd, still 0-0. Northgate had a mini threat in the top of the 2nd, but James was able to keep it scoreless. After a hit batter & a couple of walks, Chad Pacas came into score to give Pickens a 1-0 lead going to the 3rd.
James needed 13 pitches in the top of the 3rd, & collected his first strikeout in the process. The Dragons scored 2 runs in the bottom of the frame after a leadoff double from Brady Moore, a single from Caswell Smith, came home to score, giving Pickens a 3-0 lead going to the 4th. The Vikings cut into the lead in the top of the 4th as they got a run in on two hits. The Dragons still held the lead, 3-1. In the bottom of the inning, Pickens broke it open after scoring 4 runs, & getting RBI from Jacob Kirchoff, Tyler Vreeland, & James himself. Going to the 5th, the Dragons led Northgate 7-1.
James was able to shut down the Vikings the rest of the way, pitching a complete game as Pickens took the win in thier first game, 7-1.
Brady Moore: 2-3, 2 doubles, & 2 runs scored
Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 2 runs scored
Tyler Vreeland: 2-3 with 2 singles, 2 RBI, 1 sac bunt
Chad Pacas: 1-2 with a single, a walk, a HBP, & 1 run scored
Colby James: CG, 5 strikeouts, 1 R, 101 pitches, & a double & 1 RBI
Austin Chester: 2 walks
Hunter White: 1 walk
Will Lawrence: 1-3 with a single & 1 run scored
Jacob Kirchoff: 1-2 with a single, 1 RBI, 1 run scored & 1 HBP
In their 2nd game of the day, Pickens took on the McIntosh Chiefs out of the 5A classification. Prior to this game, McIntosh fell to Lumpkin 10-8. Pickens, was looking to go 2-0 on the day, & get a 2nd straight win over a higher classification.
Chad Pacas got the start for the Dragons & despite getting into early trouble, pitched well in his first start of the 2019 season. McIntosh plated two runs in the top of the 1st, & while the Dragons drew a walk in the bottom of the frame, they couldn’t bring them around & the Chiefs took a 2-0 lead to the 2nd. Pacas settled down in the top of the 2nd collecting his 2nd & 3rd strikeouts of the game. Pickens went in order in the bottom of the 2nd, & McIntosh took it’s 2-0 lead into the 3rd.
The Dragons got a 2 out walk in the bottom of the 3rd, looking to cut into the McIntosh lead. The runner would be stranded at 3rd however & we’d go to the 4th, Chiefs still ahead, 2-0. In the top of the 4th, McIntosh plated 9 runs to extend their lead to 11-0. The Chiefs scored twice more in the top of the 5th to make it 13-0. Pickens scored twice themselves in the bottom of the 5th, but it would be McIntosh to come away with the win, 13-2.
Pickens, will be on the road on Monday as they’ll take on the Denmark Danes on Monday in a make up game that was scheduled for last Friday. The game will be played at LakePoint, & the first pitch is scheduled for 2:30.
After picking up a season opening win over the Murray County Indians the day before, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, was right back on the diamond yesterday afternoon to host the Lumpkin County Indians, in another non-region ball game.
Dragon Senior & College of Charleston signee Caswell Smith took the mound for Pickens and was very effective. Smith, collected a strikeout, & needed only 10 pitches to get out of the top of the 1st. Pickens, got on the board first in the bottom of the inning after Brady Moore came around to score after leading off the frame with a double.
In the bottom of the third, Smith helped himself out with a solo opposite field homerun, to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead over the Indians. Lumpkin, got their first run of the ball game in the top of the 4th, & Pickens went in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 5th, Dragons up, 2-1.
After another leadoff hit by Moore to begin the bottom of the 5th, Tyler Vreeland would bring Moore in and give the Dragons a 3-1 lead. Lumpkin County however wouldn’t go away quietly as they would answer back with a run of their own in the top of the 6th, to once again make it a 1 run game, 3-2, going to the 7th.
In the 7th, the Indians would load the bases & things looked like we would be heading to the bottom of the inning tied. Smith, who was still in the game pitching, was able to get two strikeouts, & the final batter to fly out to center to preserve the win for the Dragons, 3-2.
Caswell Smith: 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K on 95 pitches & 1-3 with a homerun, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Brady Moore: 2-4 with 2 runs scored
Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a single & 1 RBI
Colby James: 1-3 with a single
Austin Chester: 1 walk
Will Lawrence: 1-2 with a single & a walk
Jacob Kirchoff: 1 walk
Pickens, will again be at home this afternoon as they welcome the Denmark Danes to Dragons Field. First pitch is set for 5:55.
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Baseball team hosted the Murray County Indians to open up the 2019 season. This game, was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but rain pushed it back to Wednesday. Pickens, looked to kick off the season with a win over a non-region opponent.
Senior & Wallace State signee Will Lawrence took the mound for the Dragons & pitched pretty well in his first outing. In the top of the first, the Murray County Indians drew a couple of walks, stole a base, & had a timely hit to take a 1-0 lead over the Dragons. That lead didn’t last long as Pickens came right back in the bottom of the frame to tie it up at 1 when Brady Moore stole 2nd, & was able to make it home after an errant throw.
Each teams had chances in the 2nd, but the Dragons were the ones to break the tie in the bottom of the 3rd as Colby James would drive in Chad Pacas to give Pickens a 2-1 lead. The Dragons added onto that lead in the bottom of the 4th, getting RBI hits from Moore & Tyler Vreeland. Going to the 5th, Pickens held a 5-1 lead over the Indians.
In the bottom of the 6th, Vreeland, knocked in his 2nd run of the game as he drove in Caswell Smith to make it 6-1 Dragons. The Indians, scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th, but that would be it as James closed the door on any comeback attempt. Pickens got the win, 6-3.
Will Lawrence: 3 IP, 4 K, 5 BB, 1 H, 72 pitches & 1-1 with a single
Brady Moore: 1 run scored & 1 RBI
Caswell Smith: 2-3 with a single, a triple, a walk, & 2 runs scored
Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a double & 2 RBI
Chad Pacas: 1-4 with a single & 1 run scored
Colby James: 2-4 with two singles & 1 IP, 1 K, 0 R on 13 pitches
Hunter White: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored
Jackson Jones: sacrifice bunt, 1 walk, & 3 IP, 2 K, 0 R on 39 pitches
Jacob Kirchoff: 2 walks & 1 run scored
Pickens, will be back on the diamond this afternoon as they host the Lumpkin County Indians in another non-region game. First Pitch set for 5:30.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Torie Williams & Brady Moore. PHS, had an out of region game & a region game this week as they hosted Cedartown, & traveled to LaFayette:
Torie Williams, had a big hand in the Nettes’ going 2-0 for the week as she finished with 9 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, & a steal against Cedartown, & 17 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, & 1 block against LaFayette.
Brady Moore, did a lot of dirty work in these two games against Cedartown & LaFayette. Against the Bulldogs he had an assist, 3 rebounds, & a steal, & against the Ramblers he finished with 4 points & 2 rebounds.
After the Nettes’ big win, the Dragons took the floor to take on the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield in their final game of the regular season. Coming into the game, Pickens knew where they would be next week when the region tournament starts, but looked to get some momentum built going into it.
Southeast Whitfield, got off to the quick start in the opening quarter, but the Dragons were able to cut into the lead & the Raiders held a 14-9 advantage going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Raiders outscored Pickens 16-9, to extend their lead to 30-18 going into the break.
In the 3rd, the Raiders outscored the Dragons slightly, 14-12, to extend their lead to 44-30, going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, Pickens, did what they’ve done lately & made things interesting at the end. Trailing by 14 to start the frame, the Dragons stormed back and got within a couple of points of Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, outscored the Raiders 21-14 in the 4th, but Southeast Whitfield was able to hit a few late free throws to seal it, 58-51.
Zach Goss: 22 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals
Hunter Hermann: 10 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks
Brady Moore: 7 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block
Seth Bishop: 6 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds
Owen Moss: 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds
Hayes Pickett: 2 points
Pickens, will now look towards the 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield next week. The Dragons, will come in as the 6th seed, & take on the 3rd seeded Heritage Generals in the 1st round on Tuesday. Pickens & Heritage split their two regular season meetings with each winning on the others floor. Tip off is set for 6 pm.
The Dragons, like their Nettes’ contemporaries, have had an up & down week. On Tuesday, they fell at the last second to their rival Gilmer. On Friday, they went on the road to Northwest Whitfield, & stunned the Bruins after being down 14 in the 3rd quarter. Saturday, they went back on the road to take on a 17-4 Christian Heritage team in the final non-region game for the regular season.
In the first quarter, the Dragons started off on a 6-0 run. The Lions, closed the quarter on a 15-6 run to take a 15-12 lead over Pickens, going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, Christian Heritage was able to extend their lead using a 23-12 quarter run. Going into halftime, the Lions held a 38-24 lead over the Dragons.
In the 3rd, Pickens slowly started to make a comeback. Outscoring the Lions 16-14, the Dragons trailed Christian Heritage 52-40. In the 4th, the Dragons were able to cut the Lions lead all the way down to 4. However, Christian Heritage was able to hit some late free throws to pull away & get the win, 68-58.
Seth Bishop: 25 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, 1 steal
Hunter Hermann: 14 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks
Tucker Lowe: 12 points, 1 assist, 1 steal
Owen Moss: 3 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal
Zach Goss: 2 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks
Brady Moore: 2 points, 1 rebound
The Dragons, are scheduled to host the Southeast Whitfield Raiders for Senior Night on Tuesday at 7:30. However, that game might be moved due to the probability of some incoming winter weather. Keep an eye out for any game time changes this upcoming week.
The Dragons, came into this game looking to avenge a loss from earlier in the season, & to try and rebound after a tough last second loss in Ellijay on Tuesday night.
In the first quarter of this one, it was the away team that got out to the quick start as Pickens jumped out to a 9-2 lead early on. As the quarter came to a close, the Dragons kept their early lead, and took a 16-12 advantage over Northwest Whitfield going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Bruins got things going on their end outscoring Pickens 25-14, to take a 37-30 lead going into the break.
Pickens came back in the 3rd quarter & cut into the Bruins lead, keeping it within striking distance. The Dragons, outscored Northwest Whitfield 18-17 in the frame as the Bruins held a 54-48 lead going to the 4th. In the 4th, the Pickens offense exploded. The Dragons, using a 30-17 run in the final quarter, took this one away from Northwest Whitfield & picked up the win, 78-71.
Seth Bishop: 22 points, 4 assists, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks
Tucker Lowe: 21 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds
Zach Goss: 14 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Hunter Hermann: 10 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals
Brady Moore: 6 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds
Owen Moss: 4 points, 2 assist, 1 rebound
Alex Snelgrove: 1 point, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Like the Nettes’, the Dragons will also be in Dalton later today as they take on the Christian Heritage Lions in non-region action. Tip off scheduled for 5:30.
After the Nettes’ took care of business in their game, it was the Dragons turn to take the court. Their opponent, the region leading LaFayette Ramblers who, coming into the game, had only lost one game the entire season. The Ramblers, took game one of the season series earlier in the year, & Pickens looked to even the series, & shock the region in the process.
In the opening quarter, the Dragons came out on fire. Pickens, used a great combination of offense & defense to jump out to a 21-11 lead over LaFayette going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Ramblers started getting things going for themselves. They used a 21-6 quarter run, to take a 32-27 lead over the Dragons going into halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, the scoring in the quarter remained close as LaFayette barely outscored Pickens 19-15. Going to the 4th, the away team held the lead, 51-42. In the 4th & final quarter, the Ramblers used a 21-18 run, & some late free throws to seal the win, 72-60.
Hunter Hermann: 16 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds
Zach Goss: 12 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds
Tucker Lowe: 12 points
Seth Bishop: 10 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks
Brady Moore: 6 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds
Alex Snelgrove: 4 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds
Owen Moss: 4 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
The Dragons, will kick off a 3 game road trip on Tuesday as they’ll head to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a big time region game. Like the Lady Cats, the Bobcats sit in 2nd place in the region standings while the Dragons currently sit in 6th. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.