Dragons split doubleheader, win series against Heritage

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Originally scheduled for Friday, the doubleheader between the Pickens Dragons and the Heritage Generals got bumped up to Wednesday night due to uncertainty around the weather. After playing their first 13 games of the season at home due to the weather, this doubleheader would mark the first true road games for the Dragons baseball team in 2020. Pickens picked up the win in the first game 11-1, while the Generals came back to take the second game, 4-0.

 

Game One:

After both teams were held scoreless in the first inning, the Dragons were first on the board in the top of the second as starting pitcher Chad Pacas sent a 1-0 pitch deep over the fence in left center and designated hitter Drake Sutton brought in the RBI to make it 2-0 Pickens. In the bottom of the inning, Pacas  collected his first strikeout and needed nine pitches to send us to the third with the Dragons ahead 2-0.

 

In the top of the third, the Dragons took advantage of some timely hitting and a couple of miscues made by the Generals. Pickens plated three runs in the frame to make it 5-0. In the bottom half of the inning, Pacas picked up his second strikeout and needed eight pitches to send us to the fourth with the Dragons on top, 5-0.

Chad Pacas on the mound for Pickens

After the Dragons went down quietly in the top of the fourth, Heritage picked up their first hit and first run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 5-1 as we headed to the top of the fifth.

 

After third baseman Tyler Vreeland led off the top of the fifth with a walk, catcher Austin Chester brought him in with an RBI single to make it 6-1 Dragons. A weather delay that lasted around 50 minutes or so followed the top of the fifth. After the weather had cleared and they were ready to get the bottom of the fifth started, Pacas looked rejuvenated. Pacas picked up his third strikeout and again needed an eight pitch inning to send us to the sixth with Pickens ahead, 6-1.

Tyler Vreeland batting for the Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the sisth, the Dragons plated five runs as Vreeland walked in a run for the RBI, Pacas picked up his second RBI with a single, Chester knocked in two with a two RBI single, and Sutton walked in another run for his second RBI of the game to make it 11-1. In the bottom of the sisth, Pacas capped it off with his fourth strikeout to give the Dragons the 11-1 win in  six innings in game two (game one of the day) to give Pickens the series win.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1-4 with a single and two runs scored

Hunter White: 1-4 with a single and one run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 2-3 with one single, two walks, one RBI, and two runs scored

Chad Pacas: 2-3 with a home run, a single, a walk, two RBI, and one run scored and 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 65 pitches

Austin Chester: 3-4 with three singles, and three RBI

Seth Densmore: two walks:

Colby James: one sacrifice bunt, one single

Drake Sutton:two walks, and two RBI

Alex Snelgrove: one hit by pitch

 

 

Game Two:

After about a 15 minute break, game two of the day and game three of the series was ready to get underway. In the top of the first, Brady Moore led off with a single. That would be all the Dragons were able to get in their half of the first. In the bottom of the inning, the Generals plated one run on two hits. Dragons starter Alex Snelgrove did a good job of limiting the damage to just the one run and getting out of a bases loaded jam. Going to the second, Heritage led Pickens 1-0.

 

After catcher Austin Chester led off the top of the second by getting hit with a pitch, and Drake Sutton drew a 1-out walk, the Dragons were unable to push across a run as the Generals got out of the jam. After giving up a single in the bottom of the second, Snelgrove settled down and got out of the bottom of the frame with no harm done. Going to the third, Heritage still led the Dragons 1-0.

Alex Snelgrove pitching for the Dragons

In the top of the third, third baseman Tyler Vreeland drew a 2-out walk, but would be left stranded at second to end the top half of the frame. Snelgrove collected his third strikeout in the bottom of the inning as he continued to limit the Generals bats. Going to the fourth, Heritage still led Pickens 1-0.

 

Chester led off the top of the fourth by reaching on an error, Colby James followed with a single as the Dragons had runners on first and third with no outs. James then made his way to second after a passed ball. No runs came across to score however as the Generals somehow got out of that jam to keep their lead at 1-0. Snelgrove kept rolling in the bottom of the fourth as he picked up strikeout number four and five in the frame. Going to the fifth, the Dragons still trailed Heritage 1-0.

 

In the top of the fifth, Moore led off with a single, then advanced to second on a passed ball. Hunter White would then bunt him over to third as the Dragons once again had the game tying runner in scoring position. The Generals, again got out of the pickle with a strikeout and a fly out to send us to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the fifth, despite hitting two batters, Snelgrove kept his composure and got out the frame with no damage done and send us to the sixth, still 1-0 Heritage.

Dragons up to bat in game three of the series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the sixth, the Dragons went down in order as they were running out of chances to tie the game up. In the bottom of the sixth, the Generals plated three runs to make it 4-0 Heritage as we would head to the top of the seventh.

 

In the top of the seventh, Snelgrove nearly hit one over the fence but would end up with a 1-out triple. Missed opportunities was the story in game three of the series for the Dragons as Snelgrove would be left stranded at third and the Generals took game three, 4-0.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-4 with two singles

Hunter White: sacrifice bunt

Tyler Vreeland: one walk

Austin Chester: one hit by pitch

Colby James: 1-3 with a single

Drake Sutton: one walk

Alex Snelgrove: 1-3 with a triple and 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K on 86 pitches

 

6-AAAA Standings:

(These are not the final standings for the week as Northwest Whitfield and Lafayette have one more game and Ridgeland and Southeast Whitfield have two more games in their series)

Pickens: 13-2 (5-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 5-7 (4-1)

Heritage: 4-10 (3-3)

Ridgeland: 5-4 (2-2)

Lafayette: 5-6 (1-1)

Gilmer: 3-10 (0-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 6-6 (0-4)

 

Next week, the Dragons will continue their region schedule as they begin as series with their neighbors to the north, the Gilmer Bobcats. This will be the final series of games between the two schools as region opponents for quite some time. Game one is set for Tuesday at Pickens with a first pitch time of 5:30.

Dragons pick up win in series opener with Heritage

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After an impressive series against Southeast Whitfield to start region play last week, the Pickens Dragons baseball team began a series with the Heritage Generals on Tuesday at home. The Generals, came into the game 3-8 overall and 2-1 in 6-AAAA play while the Dragons came in 11-1 overall and 3-0 in region play. After a big first inning, and a solid pitching performance, Pickens took game one of the 3-game set 13-3 in six innings.

 

It looked apparent early on that the Generals were going to be swinging early and often last night as Dragons starter Colby James got out of the top of the first with just four pitches thrown. In the bottom of the inning, the Dragons showed patience and it payed off. The Heritage starter threw 46 first inning pitches as Pickens scored six runs on two hits. Pickens got an RBI from Chad Pacas, drew two walks, got hit by a pitch, and scored on two errors during the frame. Going to the second, the Dragons were out front, 6-0.

 

In the top of the second, the Generals were able to cut the lead in half as they scored three runs on four hits. The Inning may have been bigger had it not been determined that a potential fourth run did not touch third base on his way to the plate. The Dragons got a one out single in the bottom of the inning by Tyler Vreeland, but Heritage was able to turn a double play to send us to the third, Pickens now up 6-3.

Starter Colby James about to throw a pitch

The top of the third saw James work around a base hit and get out of the inning on just six pitches. The Generals pitcher settled down in his own right with a one, two, three bottom of the third to send us to the fourth, still 6-3 Dragons.

 

In the top half of the fourth inning, James worked around an error and got out of the frame on only four pitches. In the bottom of the inning, the Dragons added two runs to their lead when Pacas drove in Alex Snelgrove and Brady Moore with a 2-RBI single to make it 8-3 Pickens going to the top of the 5th.

Chad Pacas with 3 RBI on the night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the fifth,  James collected his second strikeout of the game and needed just 10 pitches to get out of the inning. After a two-out single by Drake Sutton and Snelgrove was hit by a pitch, Moore smacked a 3-run home run over the left field fence to give the Dragons an 11-3 lead over the Generals going to the sixth.

 

In the top of the sixth, James continued his surgical like outing needing just three pitches to send us to the bottom of the frame. Vreeland led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, consecutive walks by Austin Chester, Seth Densmore, and James scored Vreeland, and Sutton ended the game by drawing a fourth consecutive walk scoring courtesy runner Jarod Whitmore to give the Dragons a 13-3 win over the Generals in game one.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-3 with a single, a home run, a walk, three RBI, and three runs scored

Hunter White: one walk, and one run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 2-3 with two singles, and two runs scored

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with two singles, 3 RBI, and one run scored

Austin Chester: one hit-by-pitch, and one walk

Seth Densmore: one walk

Colby James: one walk, one RBI, and 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 K, 45 pitches

Drake Sutton: 2-3 with two singles, one walk, one RBI, and one run scored

Alex Snelgrove: 2-2 with two singles, one hit-by-pitch, and two runs scored

Jarod Whitmore: two runs scored

Colby Brooks: one run scored

 

This 3-game series will continue this afternoon as the Dragons head up to Catoosa County to take on the Generals at Heritage for a doubleheader. This was originally scheduled for Friday, but with the uncertainty surrounding the weather this week, the decision was made to move it up to today. The first game will start at 5:30. The second game will follow afterward.

 

 

Dragons run-rule Raiders in region opener

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On a day where not many teams around not just 6-4A but north Georgia got to play due to rain, the Pickens Dragons baseball team were thankful to have their new all-turf field as they got their game in with the Southeast Whitfield Raiders to begin region play Tuesday, March 3. During region play, teams play three-game sets. For the Dragons, the series got off on the right foot as they were able to defeat the Raiders 13-2 in five innings.

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Colby James on the mound for Pickens.

In the top of the first, Oglethorpe commit Colby James picked up his first strikeout and needed just 11 pitches in a scoreless half of an inning. In the bottom of the inning. the Dragons scored four runs on one hit. Brady Moore and Hunter White started the half inning with back-to-back walks, Tyler Vreeland reached on a fielder’s choice, Chad Pacas walked, Austin Chester  got hit by a pitch that brought in Moore, Vreeland came in after Seth Densmore walked, Pacas came in after James hit into a fielder’s choice, finally, Drake Sutton knocked in courtesy runner Jarod Whitmore. Going to the second inning, Pickens held an early 4-0 lead over Southeast Whitfield.

In the top of the second, James did give up one hit, but struck out one more Raider to bring the Dragons bats up to the plate. Much like the bottom of the first, the bottom of the second saw Pickens be patient and reap the rewards. Vreeland hit a one-out single, Pacas walked, Chester got hit by another pitch, Vreeland came in after Densmore was hit by a pitch, and Pacas came in after James was plunked by a pitch. Courtesy runner Whitmore and Densmore also came in to score during the frame to give the Dragons an 8-0 lead over the Raiders going to the third inning.

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Austin Chester at the plate for the Dragons.

In the top of the third, James went to work on the mound. He needed just nine pitches to get three outs, which included two more strikeouts. In the bottom of the inning, Moore started it off with a lead off double, White moved him over to third, Vreeland brought him in with a sacrifice fly, Pacas then singled, Chester singled, and Densmore brought in Pacas with an RBI single to make it 10-0 Dragons going to the top of the fourth.

In the top of the fourth, the Raiders took advantage of several miscues by the Dragons defense and plated two to make it 10-2. In the bottom of the fourth, Alex Snelgrove led off with a double, Moore then drew a walk, and Vreeland brought both of them in with a two-RBI single. Pacas brought in Vreeland with an RBI single to make it 13-2 Dragons going to the top of the fifth.

In the top of the fifth, starting second baseman Drake Sutton came on in relief of starter Colby James. Sutton needed eight pitches to collect two strikeouts and to close the game out as the Dragons took Game 1 of the three-game series with Southeast Whitfield 13-2 in five innings.

Stats:

  • Brady Moore: 1-for-2 with one double, two walks, and three runs scored.
  • Tyler Vreeland: 2-for-3 with two singles, three RBIs, and three runs scored.
  • Chad Pacas: 2-for-2 with two singles, one RBI, and three runs scored.
  • Austin Chester: 1-for-1 with one single, and two hit-by-pitch.
  • Seth Densmore: 1-for-1 with one single, one walk, one hit-by-pitch, and one RBI.
  • Colby James: 1-for-2 with one single, one hit-by-pitch, one RBI. Four innings pitched with one hit, no earned runs, and four strikeouts on 51 pitches.
  • Drake Sutton: 1-for-2 with one single, one walk, and two RBIs. One inning pitched, zero hits, no earned runs, and two strikeouts on eight pitches.
  • Alex Snelgrove: 1-for-2 with one double, one walk, and one run scored.
  • Jarod Whitmore: Two runs scored.

With the win, the Dragons are now 9-1 on the season and 1-0 in 6-4A play. Game 2 of the series is set for Thursday, March 5, at Southeast Whitfield. First pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m.

 

Dragons shutout Indians to move to 4-0

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In a game that was pushed back to Wednesday due to weather, the Pickens Dragons welcomed the Lumpkin County Indians to PHS for some baseball action. In a game that only featured six combined hits between the two teams, it was the pitching performance by the Dragons that helped lead to a 6-0 victory.

Nothing was doing for either team in the first inning as both teams went down in order to start the game. In the top of the second, Lumpkin got a two-out hit, but the runner was left stranded. In the bottom half of the inning, back to back walks would come into score for the Dragons as they took a 2-0 lead going to the third.

Senior Colby James collected his second and third strikeouts in the top of the third to keep the Indians offense at bay. Pickens, had a potential threat going in the bottom of the third after first baseman Chad Pacas was hit by a pitch and catcher Austin Chester drew a walk with two outs. Lumpkin was able to get out of it to send us to the fourth with the Dragons still on top, 2-0.

In the top of the fourth, the Indians were looking to cut into the Dragons lead after Nick Turner got hit by a pitch and was able to swipe second base. After going to his first full count of the game, James ended the threat with his fourth strikeout of the game. James then led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, the first hit of the game for Pickens. The Dragons added to their lead when Alex Snelgrove drove in Colby Brooks to make it 3-0 going to the fifth.

In the top of the fifth, Lumpkin again was looking to cut into the Dragons lead after a walk and a single with two outs. James was able to get the ground out he needed to end the scoring chance and send us to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the fifth, Seth Densmore added to the lead for Pickens as he was able to bring in Tyler Vreeland. Going to the sixth, the Dragons led the Indians 4-0.

In the sixth, Snelgrove came on in relief of James and he would strikeout two of the three batters he faced as he sat them down in order to send us to the bottom of the inning. After a lead off single and a steal of second by Parker Rhodes, Snelgrove would drive him in with his second RBI of the game to make it 5-0. Snelgrove would also come into score as Hunter White would drive him in to make it 6-0 Dragons going to the seventh.

Drake Sutton came in for the Dragons in the top of the seventh to try and close this one out. A two-out walk is all Sutton would surrender as Pickens held on to defeat Lumpkin, 6-0.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: two walks drawn

Hunter White: one RBI

Tyler Vreeland: one run scored

Chad Pacas: one walk, one hit-by-pitch, and one run scored

Austin Chester: three walks drawn

Seth Densmore: one RBI

Colby James: 1-3 with a single and five innings pitched, four K’s, one walk, one HBP, zero earned runs on 69 pitches

Drake Sutton: one walk drawn and one inning pitched with one walk, zero hits or runs on 22 pitches

Parker Rhodes: 1-1 with a single, one stolen base, and one run scored

Alex Snelgrove: 2-3 with two singles and 2 RBI and one inning pitched with two K’s, zero hits, runs, or walks on 12 pitches

Colby Brooks: one run scored

Jarod Whitmore: one run scored

Pickens Dragons walk-off against Sonoraville

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It was a nice day for high school baseball on Tuesday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Phoenix of Sonoraville to Dragons Field for a non-region contest. Coming into the game, Pickens held a record of 6-1 while the Phoenix held a record of 2-1. Those two wins came against the only team to beat the Dragons so far, Dalton. After a classic pitchers duel for the entirety of the game, the Dragons were able to walk off with a 2-1 win.

Oglethorpe signee Colby James started off strong in the top of the first with his first strikeout of the game and sitting down Sonoraville on just 11 pitches. In the bottom of the inning, the Dragons had an early chance to put a run on the board after a two-out walk by Tyler Vreeland and a single by Chad Pacas. The Phoenix, were able to get out of the early jam and send us to the second, tied a zero.

Senior Colby James on the mound

We’ll take things to the fifth inning as this is where things picked up. James, picked up his ninth strikeout on the day in the fifth, but the Phoenix were able to pus across one run on two hits to make it 1-0 Sonoraville. In the bottom of the fifth, the Dragons had a runner on second base with two outs, but couldn’t bring him home as Pickens trailed Sonoraville 1-0 going to the sixth.

In the top of the sixth, James notched strikeout number 10 and 11 as his masterful performance kept rolling. In the bottom of the frame, Hunter White led off with a single, Vreeland followed him with a single, Pacas got the runners over on a fly ball, Austin Chester drew a walk, and then James helped himself out by driving in White on an RBI fly out to tie things up at 1-1 going to the seventh.

Dragons at the plate against Sonoraville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the seventh, James was still going strong. After a renewed sense of energy after tying the game up in the bottom of the sixth, James came out and struck out the side on 13 pitches giving him 14 for the game. In the bottom of the seventh, second baseman Drake Sutton led off with a walk, designated hitter Jarod Whitmore followed suit with a walk of his own. With a one ball, one strike count, Coastal Carolina signee Brady Moore said let’s go home as he smacked a walk off double into the left field corner to score Sutton and give the Dragons the 2-1 win.

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1-4 with a double and one RBI

Hunter White: 1-3 with a single and one run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1-2 with a single and a walk

Chad pacas: 1-3 with a single

Austin Chester: one walk drawn

Colby James: seven innings, three hits, one run, 14 strikeouts on 103 pitches and one hit-by-pitch and one RBI

Alex Snelgrove: 1-3 with a single

Drake Sutton: one walk drawn and one run scored

Jarod Whitmore: one walk drawn

With the win, the Dragons are now 7-1 on the season. This win will mean a little more to head coach Adam Williams as last nights win was his 100th. These two teams are scheduled to meet on Thursday at Sonoraville with a first pitch time of 5:30 pm.

Dragons shutout Indians to move to 4-0

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In a game that was pushed back to Wednesday due to weather, the Pickens Dragons welcomed the Lumpkin County Indians to PHS for some baseball action. In a game that only featured six combined hits between the two teams, it was the pitching performance by the Dragons that helped lead to a 6-0 victory.

 

Nothing was doing for either team in the first inning as both teams went down in order to start the game. In the top of the second, Lumpkin got a two-out hit, but the runner was left stranded. In the bottom half of the inning, back to back walks would come into score for the Dragons as they took a 2-0 lead going to the third.

Starter Colby James on the mound

Senior Colby James collected his second and third strikeouts in the top of the third to keep the Indians offense at bay. Pickens, had a potential threat going in the bottom of the third after first baseman Chad Pacas was hit by a pitch and catcher Austin Chester drew a walk with two outs. Lumpkin was able to get out of it to send us to the fourth with the Dragons still on top, 2-0.

 

In the top of the fourth, the Indians were looking to cut into the Dragons lead after Nick Turner got hit by a pitch and was able to swipe second base. After going to his first full count of the game, James ended the threat with his fourth strikeout of the game. James then led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, the first hit of the game for Pickens. The Dragons added to their lead when Alex Snelgrove drove in Colby Brooks to make it 3-0 going to the fifth.

Dragons at the plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the fifth, Lumpkin again was looking to cut into the Dragons lead after a walk and a single with two outs. James was able to get the ground out he needed to end the scoring chance and send us to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the fifth, Seth Densmore added to the lead for Pickens as he was able to bring in Tyler Vreeland. Going to the sixth, the Dragons led the Indians 4-0.

 

In the sixth, Snelgrove came on in relief of James and he would strikeout two of the three batters he faced as he sat them down in order to send us to the bottom of the inning. After a lead off single and a steal of second by Parker Rhodes, Snelgrove would drive him in with his second RBI of the game to make it 5-0. Snelgrove would also come into score as Hunter White would drive him in to make it 6-0 Dragons going to the seventh.

Dragons looking to get out of a jam

Drake Sutton came in for the Dragons in the top of the seventh to try and close this one out. A two-out walk is all Sutton would surrender as Pickens held on to defeat Lumpkin, 6-0.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: two walks drawn

Hunter White: one RBI

Tyler Vreeland: one run scored

Chad Pacas: one walk, one hit-by-pitch, and one run scored

Austin Chester: three walks drawn

Seth Densmore: one RBI

Colby James: 1-3 with a single and five innings pitched, four K’s, one walk, one HBP, zero earned runs on 69 pitches

Drake Sutton: one walk drawn and one inning pitched with one walk, zero hits or runs on 22 pitches

Parker Rhodes: 1-1 with a single, one stolen base, and one run scored

Alex Snelgrove: 2-3 with two singles and 2 RBI and one inning pitched with two K’s, zero hits, runs, or walks on 12 pitches

Colby Brooks: one run scored

Jarod Whitmore: one run scored

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