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 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.
Yesterday, due to weather conditions from the storms this week, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers in a 6-AAAA doubleheader. These games were originally scheduled for Friday & these two teams were scheduled to play a single game at LaFayette on Tuesday. Due to storms, those games were moved around. After a tough series against Northwest Whitfield last week, Pickens found themselves in a must win situation to keep pace in the region race as they were ahead of the Ramblers by 1 game in the standings coming into yesterday.
Senior Southern Union commit Travis Huffman got the start for the Dragons in game 1 & he pitched very well. He held the Ramblers to one hit, & collected a strikeout in the top of the 1st to send us to the bottom of the frame. The Dragons went in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 2nd, tied at 0. T. Huffman had a good 2nd inning as he only needed 10 pitches to get out of it. Pickens would strike first in this one as Dominic Stephens would reach on an error, then come in to score after a single by Wyatt Gooch to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead going to the 3rd.
In the top of the 3rd, T. Huffman added to his strikeout total by punching out two more Ramblers to send us to the bottom of the 3rd. The Dragons had a chance to add to their lead in the bottom of the frame, but left two stranded and we headed to the 4th, Pickens leading LaFayette, 1-0. The Dragons were able to get out of a mini jam in the top of the 4th to keep hold of their 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the 4th, Jace Franklin gave T.Huffman & Pickens a little cushion as he hit a 2-RBI single, driving in Gooch & Zack Moore. Franklin later came in on a sacrifice fly from T. Huffman, making it 4-0 Dragons going to the 5th.
The top of the 5th saw a 9-pitch inning from T. Huffman and the Pickens offense got right back to work in the bottom of the inning. Franklin added a 3rd RBI to his day as he drove in Stephens on a sacrifice fly. Z. Moore came in to score after Will Lawrence beat out a throw to 1st to make it 6-0 going to the 6th. The Dragons were able to get out of the top of the 6th without any damage done & added to their lead again in the bottom half of the inning after a 2-run home run by Stephens, making it 8-0 going to the 7th.
In the top of the 7th, T. Huffman needed only 4 pitches to close out the complete game 1-hit shutout as the Dragons took game 1 over LaFayette, 8-0.
Travis Huffman: 7IP, 1H, 0R, 6K on 84 pitches, & 1 RBI
Joseph Gossett: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored
Dominic Stephens: 1-3 with a home run, 3 runs scored, & 2 RBI
Wyatt Gooch: 1-3 with 1 single, 1 walk, & 1 run scored
Zack Moore: 1 walk, 1 hit by pitch, & 2 runs scored
Jace Franklin: 1-2 with 1 single, 3 RBI, & 1 run scored
For game 2, the Dragons sent out Senior St. Andrews University commit Dalton Sipsy to start. In the top of the 1st, Sipsy got off to a strong start, striking out two to send us to the bottom of the frame. The Dragons would get 4 straight hits and score 3 runs to take a 3-0 lead over the Ramblers going to the top of the 2nd. Sipsy again collected two strikeouts in the half inning and got himself & the Dragons out of a jam to keep the 3-0 lead in tact. In the bottom of the 2nd, Pickens continued it’s hot hitting scoring 6 runs on 5 hits, including a 2-run, inside the park home run from Joseph Gossett. Heading to the 3rd, the Dragons led LaFayette 9-0.
The top of the 3rd saw Sipsy continue his strong start and gather yet another strikeout, bringing his total to 5 after 3 innings. After a lead off double by Travis Huffman in the bottom of the 3rd, the Dragons were unable to bring him in as he was stranded at 3rd. Pickens still held a 9-0 lead over the Ramblers going to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, LaFayette would try to get something going, but Sipsy & the Dragons were able to get out of trouble as the inning would come to an end on Sipsy’s 6th K of the game. In the bottom of the 4th, Brady Moore drove Jace Franklin to make it 10-0 Dragons going to the 5th.
In the top of the 5th, with the 10 run rule in effect, Sipsy was able to end the ball game with his 7th K of the game to give the Dragons the sweep of the doubleheader, & the series win over LaFayette, 10-0.
Dalton Sipsy: 5IP, 1H, 0R, 7K on 89 pitches
Travis Huffman: 2-3 with 1 single, 1 double, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Joseph Gossett: 2-3 with 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Dominic Stephens: 2-3 with 2 singles & 2 runs scored
Wyatt Gooch: 1-1 with 1 single, 1 walk, & 2 runs scored
Zack Moore: Zack Moore: 1-3 with 1 single & 1 RBI
Jace Franklin: 1 walk, 1 hit by pitch, & 1 run scored
Will Lawrence: 1-3 with 1 single, & 1 run scored
Colby James: 1-3 with 1 double
Brady Moore: 2-3 with 1 single, 1 double, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
The series finale will be played at LaFayette tomorrow as the Dragons will look to get the sweep over the Ramblers. Pickens finds themselves 11-6 overall & 5-3 in region play.
After winning their morning matinee against Murray County, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team took on the Newton Rams this past Saturday afternoon. Newton, is out of 7-A and came into the game 7-3 after defeating Murray County 5-3 in their first game of the day.
For the Dragons, Dalton Sipsy took to the mound for game 2 of the day, and pitched very effectively. Sipsy needed only 7 pitches to get out of the top of the 1st, which included a strikeout. Pickens could not capitalize on a lead off single by Travis Huffman as he was left stranded at 3rd to send us to the 2nd, score still at 0-0. Sipsy continued his good start to the game by striking out two more Rams in the top of the 2nd. Brady Moore gave the Dragons the lead in the bottom of the frame when he drove in Zack Moore as Pickens held a 1-0 lead going to the 3rd.
With nothing doing for either team in the 3rd, we’d go to 4th, with Pickens still ahead of Newton 1-0. The Rams tied things up at 1 in the top of the 4th. The tie would not last long as the Dragons scored 4 in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead 5-1 going to the 5th. Sipsy settled down in the 5th and collected two more K’s to bring his total on the day to 7. Pickens went 1-2-3 in order in the bottom of the 5th to send us to the 6th, Dragons leading, 5-1.
Newton added two runs in the top of the 6th to cut the Dragons lead to 5-3. Pickens plated 2 runs themselves in the bottom of the frame to stretch their lead out 7-3 going to the 7th. The Dragons would shut down any comeback attempt by the Rams in the top of the 7th to get the sweep on the afternoon, 7-3.
Dalton Sipsy: 5 1/3rdIP, 1R 3H, 8K on 77 pitches
Luke Smith: 2/3IP, 2R on 13 pitches
Brady Moore: 1IP 1K 0R on 24 pitches, & 0-2, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Travis Huffman: 2-2 with 1 single, 1 triple, 1 run scored, & 3 RBI
Joseph Gossett: 1-3 with 1 single, 1 walk, & 1 RBI
Dominic Stephens: 1-4 with 1 single
Jace Franklin: 1-3 with a single
Zack Moore: 0-2 with a HBP, & 1 run scored
Wyatt Gooch: 1-2 with a single, 1 walk, & 2 runs scored
Dylan Huffman: 1-2 with a single, 1 walk, & 1 run scored
Will Lawrence: 1-1 with a single & 1 run scored
The Dragons now find themselves two games over .500 at 5-3 on the season after another win over a 7-A school. Pickens will begin 6-AAAA region play at home on Wednesday against their rival Gilmer in a varsity/JV doubleheader that will begin at 5 at Dragons Field.
Yesterday, the PHS Varsity Baseball team hosted the Towns Co. Indians in a non-region ball game at Dragons Field. Pickens came into the ball game at 5-4, and looked to keep things going with region play starting later this week.
Dylan Huffman got the call to start for the Dragons and looked very impressive. Towns Co. was able to get a run on two hits, but D. Huffman & the Pickens defense kept the damage to just one to send us to the bottom of the frame. The Dragons answered with 2 runs to take a 2-1 lead going to the 2nd.
In the 2nd, D. Huffman worked around a runners at 1st & 3rd jam to keep the Pickens lead at 2-1 going to the bottom of the 2nd. In the bottom of the 2nd, the Dragons bats came to life and Pickens would blow things open. The Dragons ended up batting around in the line up twice, scoring 15 runs, and mashing out 12 hits in the half inning to lead the Indians, 17-1 going to the 3rd. Towns Co. got a run out of the top of the 3rd, but that was it as the game was called after three innings due to the 15 run rule. Pickens got the win, 17-2.
Dylan Huffman went 2 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 4 on 45 pitches. Went 1-1 with a run scored
Travis Huffman went 1-1 with a single, 1 RBI, 3 runs scored, & 2 walks
Wyatt Gooch went 1-2 with a single, 2 runs scored, & a walk
Tyler Garner went 1-1 with a double, 4 RBI, & a run scored
Dalton Stephens went 1-1 with a single & a run scored. Gave up 1 run on 10 pitches in 1 inning
Dalton Pressley went 1-2 with a double, 3 RBI, & a run scored
Dalton Sipsy went 1-1 with a single, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Walker Lawrence went 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Zack Moore went 2-2 with a triple, a single, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Gabe Groover went 0-0 with a HBP & 1 RBI
Slade Hillhouse went 1-1 with a single, & 2 runs scored
Caleb Brooks went 1-1 with a single, & 1 RBI
Joseph Gossett went 1-2 with a single, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored
The Dragons will be back at it on Wednesday as they travel to take on the Union Co. Panthers before hitting the road again on Friday as they open up region play with a doubleheader against LaFayette.
Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Indians of Murray Co. for a non-region ball game. Pickens came into the ball game having defeated the Indians over at Murray on Tuesday 13-1, and were looking to get the week sweep inside their park.
Dalton Sipsy started for the Dragons yesterday and got 2 K’s to begin the game, but the Indians were able to bring a run in and lead things 1-0 going to the bottom of the frame. A lead off triple by Travis Huffman sparked a four run inning for Pickens. Wyatt Gooch brought in 2 with an RBI double & Sipsy & Gooch later came in to score. Sipsy kept the Indians quiet in the 2nd as he struckout the side to send us to the bottom half of the inning.
In the 2nd, the Dragons as T. Huffman & Dillon Champion drove in runs to make it 6-1 going to the 3rd. After striking out the 1st batter he faced in the 3rd, Sipsy was relieved by Walker Lawrence who worked around a bloop hit to get the final two outs of the inning to bring the Dragons back up to the plate. Pickens scored 5 runs in the 3rd thanks an RBI from Slade Hillhouse, 2 RBI from Zack Moore, & an RBI from Joseph Gossett (one run was brought in on an error), to give the Dragons an 11-1 lead going to the 4th.
Josh Holbert relieved Lawrence in the 4th and also worked around a hit to finish off the inning to send us to the bottom of the 4th. The inning began with the 4th place hitter Dominic Stephens, and the game ended with Stephens as the Dragons again brought in 5 runs making it 16-1 after Stephens’ RBI hit and envoking the 15 run rule after 4 innings. Pickens took this one, 16-1. Pickens outscored Murray Co. during the week 26-2 in the two wins.
The Dragons got great pitching all game long and showed patience at the plate having only 8 hits to go along with their 16 runs.
Dalton Sipsy went 2 & 1/3rd innings giving up just 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk, & striking out 6 on 47 pitches & drew a walk and scored a run
Walker Lawrence went 1 & 1/3rd innings giving up one hit, & striking out 1 on 13 pitches
Travis Huffman went 2-4 with a triple, a single, 2 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Dillon Champion had an RBI and a run scored while Caleb brooks drew a walk and brought in 1 run
Dominic Stephens went 2-4 with 2 singles, an RBI, & 2 runs scored
Wyatt Gooch went 1-1 with a double, 2 RBI, & a run scored & Tyler Garner went 1-1 with a double and a run scored
Dalton Presley went 1-2 with a single & a run scored
Slade Hillhouse brought in 1 run and scored 2
Zack Moore went 1-2 with a double, 2 RBI, & a run scored & Dylan Huffman went 1-1 with a single & a run scored
Joseph Gossett drew two walks, scored 2 runs, & drove in a run on a sacrifice fly
The Dragons are now 5-4 on the season and will look to continue their winning ways when they host Towns Co. on Monday as part of a make up game. First pitch scheduled for 4:30