On Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Gilmer Bobcats at Dragons Field for game 3 of their 3-game region set. Pickens, had already secured the series win with 7-5, & 11-4 victories, & looked to complete the sweep of their rival.
Colby James was started the game for the Dragons, and had a strong outing. Pickens, got things going early in the bottom of the 1st as Brady Moore would come around to score after leading off with a walk. The Dragons, held a 1-0 lead going to the 2nd. James, would continue his good work from the 1st inning into the 2nd as he needed 13 pitches to get the offense for Pickens back up. In the bottom of the frame, the Dragons had a good chance to add to their lead as Pickens began the 2nd with a walk from Chad Pacas, & a double from Caswell Smith. However, the Bobcats were able to get out of a no out jam to keep the Dragon lead a 1-0, going to the 3rd.
James, again needed 13 pitches to end the top of the 3rd, and get the bats for Pickens back up to the plate. In the bottom of the inning, Joseph Gossett, would send the ball over the left-center wall for a solo home run, giving the Dragons a 2-0 lead, as we’d head to the 4th. Gilmer, got on the board & cut the Dragons lead in half in the top of the 4th. Pickens, got a 2-out double from Tyler Vreeland, but that would be all as we’d head to the 5th, Dragons still leading the Bobcats, 2-1.
Both teams had chances in the 5th & the 6th innings, but things would start to get good in the 7th. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the 7th, with 1 down, Gilmer was able to plate two runs to take a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Gossett, sent the 2-2 pitch over the left-center wall for his 2nd homer of the game to tie things up at 3, and sent us to extra innings. Both teams had shots in the 8th inning, but nothing came about for either side, & we’d head to the 9th, still tied at 3 a piece.
In the top of the 9th, the Bobcats retook the lead, 4-3. In the bottom of the inning, Gossett got things started by beating out a grounder to put him at 1st. Jace Franklin would bring him in on a sac fly to tie things up at 4. Pacas, got on base, & found himself all the way at 3rd after the left fielder misplayed the ball. With 2 out, Smith came up to the plate and sent a fly ball right in front of the center field wall. The center fielder, had the ball in his glove, but then dropped it, allowing Pacas to come in and score the game winning run, giving the Dragons the sweep, 5-4.
Colby James: 6IP, 1R, 1K, 87 pitches & 1-3 with 1 single
Brady Moore: 1-4 with a double, a walk, & 1 run scored
Joseph Gossett: 2-5 with 1 single, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, & 2 RBI
Jace Franklin: 2 walks, & 1 RBI
Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a single, 1 walk, & 1 run scored
Caswell Smith: 1 double
Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single & 1 HBP
Tyler Vreeland: 2-4 with a double & a single
Dylan Huffman: 1 walk
Pickens, is now 7-4 on the season, which is the best record of all of the 6-AAAA teams, & tied with the Heritage Generals for 1st in the region at 3-0. The Dragons, will be in out of region action this week, as they will play 4 games. Their busy week starts tomorrow as they will host the Flowery Branch Falcons at 5:55 pm.
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.