Dragons sweep doubleheader to take region series from Lions

PHS Baseball, Team FYN Sports

Jasper, Ga — After an exciting finish to the first game of the doubleheader, the two teams took a break to recharge and get ready for the second game. The second game, was just as exciting or even more exciting then the first game. The Dragons, again had to make a comeback as they swept the doubleheader and took the best of 3 series from the Lions with a 7-5 win in the nightcap.

 

The Dragons, were the visitors in the second game of the doubleheader so they had the first crack with the bats. Connor Shouse led off the game by drawing a walk. Trace Ledbetter advanced Shouse to third with a double. Shouse and Ledbetter would be brought in by consecutive productive outs by Trey Payne and Harlan Will. Going to the bottom of the first, Pickens led Central-Carroll, 2-0. In the bottom of the first, Dragons starter James Tilley needed just 6 pitches to get through the top of the Lions order as we headed to the second, with the Dragons leading, 2-0.

 

In the top of the second, Pickens would go down in order as the score remained 2-0. In the bottom of the frame, Tilley picked up his 1st and 2nd strikeout of the game, but the Lions were able to plate 4 runs on 4 hits to take the lead going to the third, 4-2.

 

In the top of the third, Shouse reached on an error with 1-out. He would eventually come around to score as the Dragons cut the Central-Carroll lead down to 4-3. In the bottom of the frame, Tilley had another quick half inning as he sat down the Lions on 9 pitches to send us to the fourth with Central-Carroll ahead, 4-3.

 

In the top of the fourth, Cade Sutton drew a 1-out walk and Colby Brooks legged out a 2-out single to put runners at first and second. The Lions were able to get out of that scoring threat, and send it to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the fourth, Tilley, picked up his 3rd strikeout, but Central-Carroll added a run to their total to extend their lead to 5-3 going to the fifth.

 

In the top of the fifth, both Ledbetter and Trey Payne reached on a pair of infield errors. Will then moved them over with a fantastic sacrifice bunt. Tyler Payne then also reached on an error. Ledbetter and Trey Payne would come around to score to tie things up at 5 going to the bottom of the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, Tate Hales came on in relief of Tilley and he was impressive in his outing. Hales, kept the game tied at 5 and sent us to the sixth inning.

 

In the top of the sixth, the Dragons loaded the bases after Shouse reached on a fielder’s choice, Trey Payne drew a walk, and Will was hit with a pitch. The Lions, were able to get out of that potential sticky situation and keep the game tied at 5 going to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the sixth, JP Nunn, yes, the same JP Nunn who picked up the save in game 1 of the doubleheader, came on in relief of Hales in the bottom of the sixth. Nunn, was able to work around some at bats by the Lions and keep the game deadlocked at 5 going to the top of the seventh.

 

In the top of the seventh, Antinozzi and Sutton reached on back to back singles. Tilley, then reached after drawing a walk to load the bases. Shouse, put up a good battle after being down 0-2 to drive in Antinozzi with a sacrifice fly and give the Dragons a 6-5 lead. Ledbetter, then drew a walk to load the bases once again. Trey Payne followed that up by drawing a walk of his own to bring in Sutton to make it 7-5 Pickens going to the bottom of the inning.

 

In the bottom of the seventh, Nunn headed back to the mound to try to preserve the win and the series for the Dragons. The Lions, made things interesting as they loaded the bases with 2-outs. Nunn, was able to work around that and get a strikeout to seal the win for the Dragons, 7-5.

 

Stats for the Dragons:

Connor Shouse: 1 walk, 1 RBI, and 2 runs scored

Trace Ledbetter: 2-4 with a double, a single, 1 walk, and 2 runs scored

Trey Payne: 2 walks, 2 RBI, and 1 run scored

Harlan Will: 1 single, 1 hit by pitch, and 1 RBI

Anthony Antinozzi: 1-4 with 1 single and 1 run scored

Cade Sutton: 1-2 with 1 single, 2 walks, and 1 run scored

James Tilley: 1 walk

Colby Brooks: 2-4 with 2 singles

 

7-AAAA Baseball Standings:

Pickens: 7-3 (2-0)

Heritage: 6-3 (1-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 6-4 (0-0)

Ridgeland: 4-3 (0-0)

Cedartown: 4-4 (0-0)

Southeast Whitfield: 2-9 (0-1)

Central-Carroll: 7-5 (0-2)

 

The Dragons, will be back in action on Thursday, March 10th as they again host the Central-Carroll Lions for the third and final game of the series. With the series win already in their pocket, the Dragons will look to complete the sweep. First pitch set for 4 pm at Dunn Field at Pickens High School.

Dragons open region play against Lions

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Jasper, Ga — It was time to start region play for the Pickens Dragons baseball team as they began a three game series with the Central-Carroll Lions on Wednesday, March 9th. Due to the rain that came in on Tuesday, the original schedule was adjusted a bit. The Tuesday game, was moved to Thursday, and the doubleheader that was originally scheduled to be played on Thursday at Central-Carroll, would now be played at Pickens. Coming into the game, the Dragons were 5-3 after a tough loss to Lumpkin County last week. The Lions, came in at 7-3, but were also coming off of a tough loss to Walnut Grove. Central-Carroll also came in ranked at #8 in the 4A poll. In a tightly played first game, the Dragons came away with a 3-2 win.

 

Connor Shouse took the mound for the first game of the doubleheader and he pitched very well for the Dragons. In the top of the first, the Lions collected a couple of hits, and a a run to take an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Dragons went down in order and we’d head to the second, with Central-Carroll leading 1-0.

 

In the top of the second, Shouse picked up his 3rd and 4th strikeout of the game. The Lions were able to bring in another run to extend their lead to 2-0. In the bottom of the frame, the Dragons again went down in order. Going to the third, Central-Carroll held a 2-0 lead.

 

In the top of the third, Shouse picked up his 5th strikeout of the game and kept the Lions at bay to send it to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom half of the third, Pickens had their first base runners of the game as James Tilley drew a walk and Cade Sutton reached on a fielder’s choice. Central-Carroll worked around it and we’d head to the fourth with the Lions still ahead, 2-0.

 

In the top of the fourth, Shouse picked up his 6th and 7th strikeout of the game as he continued to shut down the Lions offense and keep the game within striking distance. In the bottom of the fourth, the Dragons worked some 2-out magic. Harlan Will reached on an error. Then, Tyler Payne was hit by a pitch. On a 2-2 count, Anthony Antinozzi laced one into the left center field gap. That double brought home courtesy runners Ethan Gemberling and Cason Cannon to tie the game up at 2. Tilley, was able to reach first after a dropped third strike. Antinozzi would advance to third and Tilley would advance to second after a wild pitch. The Lions were able to get out of the fourth with the game still tied at 2.

 

After giving up a walk to begin the top of the fifth, Shouse forced two ground outs and a fly out to send us to the bottom half of the frame. In the bottom of the fifth, Shouse reached third after a 1-out triple. Trace Ledbetter was then hit by a pitch. Trey Payne knocked one over to the right side of the diamond and brought in Shouse to give Pickens a 3-2 lead going to the sixth.

 

JP Nunn came on in relief of Shouse in the top of the sixth. Nunn, was able to keep the Lions off the scoreboard and sent us to the bottom of the inning.In the bottom of the sixth, The Dragons flew out three straight at bats to send us to the seventh with Pickens leading, 3-2.

 

Nunn, came back out for the top of the seventh to try and close the first game out. And close it out he did as the Dragons come back to take game 1 of the doubleheader and the series, 3-2.

 

Stats for the Dragons:

Connor Shouse: 1-3 with a triple and 1 run scored

Trace Ledbetter: 1 hit by pitch

Trey Payne: 1 RBI

Tyler Payne: 1 hit by pitch

Anthony Antinozzi: 1-3 with 1 double, and 1 RBI

Ethan Gemberling: 1 run scored

Cason Cannon: 1 run scored

Dragons just short in comeback attempt against Lions

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Jasper, Ga — After the girls game, it was time for the boys teams to take the court. Coming into the game, the Dragons were 2-4 overall and 0-1 in 7-AAAA play while the Central-Carroll Lions came in at 3-1 overall and 1-0 in region play. After getting down early, the Dragons fought back in the fourth quarter, but the Lions held on for a 60-48 win.

 

In the first quarter, Luke Rogers got the scoring started for Pickens as he hit one of two free throws. From there, Central-Carroll would go on a 10-0 run to make it 10-1. Rogers stopped the run with a bucket to make it 10-3. The Lions then went on a 5-0 run to stretch their lead out to 15-3. The Dragons then countered with a 7-0 run getting a three pointer by Jaden Stewart, and two buckets from Collin Kellogg to make it 15-10. After a three pointer by Central-Carroll, Pickens got a bucket from Kadyn Hampton to make it 18-12 Lions going to the second quarter.

Dragons with the ball in the 1st quarter

The saw quarter saw both teams trade buckets back and forth early on. The Dragons then cut a 23-16 deficit, to just a one possession game at 23-20 after buckets from Rogers and Stewart. The Lions would go on an 8-0 run to make it 31-20. After two free throws from Stewart, Central-Carroll closed the first half on a 4-0 run to make it 35-22 at the break.

Dragons defending the Lions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a 4-0 start to the third quarter by the Lions, the Dragons got four points back after a free throw from Rogers, and a three pointer from Stewart to make it 39-26. After Central-Carroll hit four free throws, Pickens went on a 6-0 run aided by two buckets from Rogers, and a bucket from Stewart to make it 43-32. The two teams then traded a pair of buckets to make it 45-34 Lions. As the third quarter was coming to a close, Stewart launched a prayer from well behind half court and nailed it to make it 45-37 going to the fourth.

Jaden Stewart getting a screen

Stewart, would open up the fourth quarter the same way he ended the third quarter to cut the Lions lead down to 45-40. After a bucket by Central-Carroll, the Dragons got a three pointer from Kellogg to make it 47-43. The Lions, then went on an 8-0 run to make it 55-43. From then on the teams would each score five points as Central-Carroll came away with a 60-48 win.

 

Leading scorers for Pickens:

Jaden Stewart: 19 points

Luke Rogers: 14 points

Collin Kellogg: 11 points

 

7-AAAA Region Standings:

Central-Carroll: 4-1 (2-0)

Heritage: 3-3 (2-0)

Southeast Whitfield: 3-2 (1-0)

Cedartown: 1-2 (1-1)

Ridgeland: 1-4 (0-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 5-2 (0-2)

Pickens: 2-5 (0-2)

 

On Tuesday, December 14th, the Dragons will be back on the road as they head up to take on the Generals of Heritage. Pickens will look to put an end to their recent struggles and pick up their first region win. Tip off set for 7:30.

Dragons fall in a heart breaker to Lions

PHS Football, Team FYN Sports

Jasper, Ga — It was another beautiful night for high school football in the north Georgia mountains as the Pickens Dragons welcomed the Central-Carroll Lions to Dragons Stadium for a big 7-AAAA showdown. This would mark the first ever meeting between these teams. Before the game, the Dragon senior football and cheerleaders were recognized for Senior Night.

 

The first quarter, saw both teams defenses step up as neither offense could get anything going on their respective drives. The Dragons, were able to breakthrough at the 2:48 mark of the opening quarter with a 38-yd field goal by Senior Jose Sanchez. Going to the 2nd quarter, Pickens led the Lions, 3-0.

Jose Sanchez hits the field goal attempt

The Dragons added to their lead early on in the second quarter as Sam Streicher found Isaiah Williams for a 24-yd touchdown. With 10:59 left in the first half, Pickens now led Central-Carroll, 10-0. Later on in the quarter, the Dragons were looking to add even more to their point total, but the Lions were able to pick off a pass attempt, and take it the other way for a touchdown. Going into the break, Pickens led Central-Carroll, 10-7.

Dragons defense pressures the Lions quarterback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Lions picked up their first offensive score of the ball game as the quarterback ran to the right and just barely crossed the goal line before being ruled down. The PAT attempt was no good. With 5:08 left in the third, Central-Carroll now led the Dragons, 13-10. This would be the score going to the fourth quarter.

Streicher looking for an open man

In the fourth quarter, Central-Carroll was driving to add to their lead. The Dragon defense, was able to force a turnover and give the offense a chance to regain the lead. After two back to back spectacular catches from Senior Tom Frechette and Sophomore Marcus Pike, Streicher found Senior Devin Hand in the left corner of the end zone for a 17-yd touchdown. The PAT was good and with 8:07 left in the ball game, Pickens led the Lions, 17-13. After stopping the Lions on their next possession, the Dragons took over looking to melt time off the clock and add to the lead. With the ball near the 40-yd line of the Lions, Pickens decided to go for it on 4th and 1. An early snap however through off the timing of the play and Central-Carroll would take over. After a long pass play, the Lions got it down to the Dragons 8-yd line. A run play got it down to the 1-yd line. On 3rd down the Dragons defense tightened up and stopped the QB run. On 4th down, with a little help from his running back, the Lions QB was able to get in for the touchdown. With 1:31 left on the clock and now down by three, The Dragons offense went to work. Streicher picked up a big first down on 4th down and Pickens used the sideline to their advantage. One of the bigger plays of the game was when Streicher was running out of bounds, he took a hit that looked late, but wasn’t called. That set up a 44-yd field goal attempt to tie it and send it to overtime. Unfortunately for the Dragons, the kick sailed left and was no good. Your final score, Central-Carroll 20 Pickens 17.

 

7-AAAA Standings:

Cedartown: 6-1 (3-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 4-3 (2-1)

Heritage: 4-2 (2-1)

Central-Carroll: 4-4 (1-2)

Pickens: 4-3 (1-2)

Ridgeland: 1-7 (0-3)

*Southeast Whitfield: 1-7 (0-0)

*Not playing a region schedule

 

The Dragons, will have a bye week next week as they get ready for their next game against the Heritage Generals on the road on October, 29th. Kickoff for that one is set for 7:30.

Dragons pick up road region win against Ridgeland

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Rossville, Ga — The Pickens Dragons took to the road on Friday, October 8th to take on the Ridgeland Panthers in 7-AAAA play. The Dragons, were looking to bounce back after a tough game against Cedartown last week. The Panthers, have had a difficult start to the season, but were back home for the Homecoming. Pickens, snagged four first half interceptions and got the offense going in route to a 45-8 win.

 

The first quarter saw the Panthers get the ball first to begin the game. It didn’t take long for the Dragons to put points on the board as Anthony Antinozzi picked off the pass attempt, and took it all the way for the touchdown. With 11:15 left in the first quarter, Pickens led Ridgeland, 7-0. The Panthers, bounced back on their next possession as they used a long run to help set up a 1-yd touchdown run. Ridgeland then converted a 2-point conversion to take the lead, 8-7, with 9:03 left in the first quarter. The Dragons, then took the field for the first time on offense, looking to regain the lead. Regain the lead is exactly what they did as Sam Streicher found Kadyn Hampton in the corner of the end zone for the 20-yd touchdown pass. The PAT was good, and Pickens reclaimed the lead, 14-8, with 5:43 left in the first quarter. The Dragons, added to their lead as Devin Hand took the snap from behind center on 4th down and went 45-yds for the touchdown. Going to the second quarter, Pickens led the Panthers, 21-8.

Devin Hand looking for running room

The second quarter didn’t see too much scoring, but it did see the Dragons force a couple more turnovers. The lone points came from a 46-yd field goal by Jose Sanchez to give Pickens a 24-8 lead over Ridgeland at the half.

Jose Sanchez nails a 46-yd field goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, both teams were finding it hard to get some consistency going with their possessions. With nothing doing for either side in the third, the Dragons continued to lead the Panthers, 24-8.

The Dragon defense forced 6 turnovers on the night

The fourth quarter saw the Dragon offense come to life. The first score of the quarter came after Streicher found a wide open Marcus Pike, who then made one man miss to get into the end zone. All together the play covered 40-yds. The PAT was good by Juan Sanchez and Pickens extended it’s lead to 31-8. At the 6:35 mark of the fourth, Streicher found Hand on the screen pass and Hand took it 65-yds for the score. The Dragons would then force the Panthers to punt deep in their own territory on their next possession. After being close several times, Pickens finally got in and blocked the punt attempt. A play later, Miguel Salto took the hand off and scored from 11-yds out. Your final from Rossville, Pickens 45 Ridgeland 8.

 

7-AAAA Region Standings:

Cedartown: 5-1 (2-0)

Heritage: 4-1 (2-0)

Pickens: 4-2 (1-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 3-3 (1-1)

Central-Carroll: 3-4 (0-2)

Ridgeland: 1-6 (0-2)

Southeast Whitfield: 1-7

 

The Dragons, will be back home next Friday as they welcome the Lions of Central-Carroll in what will be a critical game in 7-AAAA. These two teams did not get to play one another last year due to Covid issues. It will also be Senior Night for Pickens as it is the final home game of the regular season next Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm.

 

Dragons fall to Lions in tough series finale

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Pickens County, Ga — After the craziness that was the first game of the doubleheader, the Dragons and Lions took a much needed break, then began game 2 of the doubleheader and the 3rd and final game of the series. Central-Carroll, scored runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 7th innings to get win in the series finale, 8-2.

 

In the top of the first, the Lions would get a base hit, but would leave the runner stranded as we would head to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Anthony Antinozzi would find himself at 3rd after a 1-out triple. Hunter White, drove in Antinozzi with a sacrifice fly to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead over Central-Carroll going to the 2nd.

 

In the top half of the 2nd, the Lions were able to plate 2 runs to take a 2-1 lead. After two quick outs in the bottom of the 2nd, Trace Ledbetter reached after an error and Parker Rhodes reached after a single. Central-Carroll, was able to escape the potential Dragon threat as we headed to the 3rd, Lions leading, 2-1.

 

Unfortunately for the Dragons, Central-Carroll was able to take advantage of some ill-timed miscues in the top of the 3rd which helped lead to 3 runs for the Lions. Going to the bottom of the 3rd, the Lions led Pickens, 5-1. The bottom of the 3rd saw the Dragons go quietly in order as we would go to the 4th with Central-Carroll leading, 5-1.

 

After he came in during the top of the 3rd, JP Nunn, settled in and retired the Lions on just 8 pitches in the top of the 4th. In the bottom of the 4th, Seth Densmore led off with a single. Jarod Whitmore then reached on an error, and Ledbetter follwed by drawing a walk. After a controversial strike out call of Rhodes for the 2nd out, the Lions forced a pop up for the 3rd out to send us to the 5th with Central-Carroll leading the Dragons, 5-1.

 

Nunn, got into a little bit of trouble in the top of the 5th, but was able to escape with no damage down to keep it 5-1. In the bottom half of the 5th, after a 1-out single by Antinozzi, and a walk drawn by White, the Lions again were able to escape a potential big inning by the Dragons after forcing a double play to send us to the 6th with Central-Carroll still ahead, 5-1.

 

In the top of the 6th, Nunn continued his sold work in relief as he again only needed 8 pitches to send us to the bottom of the frame. Pickens, would go down in order in the bottom of the 6th as we headed to the 7th, Lions leading, 5-1.

 

In the top of the 7th, Central-Carroll was able to add 3 runs as they extended their lead to 8-1. In the bottom of the 7th, James Tilley drew a 1-out walk. With 2 outs, Antinozzi drew a walk himself. White, then drove in Tilley with an RBI single. The Lions, were able to get the 3rd and final out of the game as they picked up the win in game 3, 8-2. With the win, Central-Carroll would take the series, 2-1.

 

Dragons Stats:

Anthony Antinozzi: 2-3 with a triple, a single, a walk, and 1 run scored

Hunter White: 1-3 with a single, a walk, and 2 RBI

Seth Densmore: 1-4 with a single

Trace Ledbetter: 1 walk

Parker Rhodes: 1-3 with a single

James Tilley: 1 walk, and 1 run scored

 

7-AAAA Baseball Standings:

Heritage: 9-2 (3-0)

Cedartown: 6-4 (3-0)

Central-Carroll: 7-3 (2-1)

Pickens: 7-4 (1-2)

Southeast Whitfield: 7-4 (0-3)

Ridgeland: 1-8 (0-3)

Northwest Whitfield: 10-2 (0-0)

 

Next week, the Dragons will begin another 7-AAAA series. This one, will be against the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. This will be the first region series of the season for the Bruins. Game 1 of the 3 game series is set for Tuesday, March 16th at Dunn Field at Pickens High School. First pitch set at 5:30.

Dragons win high scoring affair with Central-Carroll

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Pickens County, Ga — It was such a great day for baseball, the Pickens Dragons (7-3, 1-1) and the Central-Carroll Lions (6-3, 1-1) decided to play two as games two and three of their region 7-AAAA series took place in Jasper on Friday, March 12th. Game 1 of the series saw the Lions win a tight back and forth game at their place on Tuesday, March 9th. If it was any indication, this series was gonna be close. Powered by 16 runs in the first three innings, the Dragons were able to hang on late to take game 2, 16-13.

 

In the top of the 1st, the Lions struck first as they held an early lead, 1-0. In the bottom of the inning, the Dragons bats were lively early. Pickens, scored 8 runs on 6 hits as Jarod Whitmore, Trace Ledbetter, Connor Shouse, & Anthony Antinozzi, all picked up an RBI. James Tilley drove in 2 with a 2 RBI double to make it 8-1 Dragons going to the 2nd inning.

 

In the top of the 2nd inning, Central-Carroll plated 2 runs to make it 8-3. In the bottom of the frame, Tilley, brought in Drake Sutton after drawing a bases loaded walk. Shouse, nearly had himself his first varsity home run as the freshman hit the base of the wall in left center field, scoring Whitmore, Ledbetter, and Tilley for a bases clearing RBI double. Going to the top of the 3rd, the Dragons led the Lions, 12-3.

 

The Dragons held Central-Carroll scoreless in the top of the 3rd to send the bats back to work. In the bottom of the 3rd, Hunter White got the scoring started with a solo home run to make it 13-3. Pickens, scored 3 more times as Whitmore and Shouse picked up an RBI each to make it 16-3 Dragons going to the 4th.

 

Here’s where things start to get a bit nutty. The top of the 4th saw the Lions score 3 runs to make it 16-6 Dragons. After giving up a lead off single to White to start the bottom of the 4th, Central-Carroll would get a double play and a pop up to send us to the 5th.

 

In the top of the 5th, the Lions inched ever closer as they scored 4 times to make it 16-10 Dragons. Pickens, went down in order in the bottom of the inning as we would head to the 6th with the Dragons leading Central-Carroll, 16-10.

 

The 6th inning would be the only clean inning for both teams as we headed to the 7th, Pickens still ahead of the Lions, 16-10. In the top of the 7th, Central-Carroll, had already scored 3 runs and were looking for more. JP Nunn came in and needed just 3 pitches to close the door on the Lions comeback as the Dragons took game 1 of the doubleheader and game 2 of the series, 16-13.

 

Stats for the Dragons:

Connor Shouse: 2-5 with a double, a single, and 5 RBI

Anthony Antinozzi: 1-4 with a single, a walk, and 1 RBI

Hunter White: 3-4 with a home run, 2 singles, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI

Drake Sutton: 3-4 with 3 singles, and 3 runs scored

Jarod Whitmore: 2-3 with a double, a single, a walk, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI

Trace Ledbetter: 1-3 with a single, a walk, 3 runs scored, and 1 RBI

James Tilley: 2-3 with a double, a single, a walk, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI

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