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.

Moss’ late free throws help seal rivalry road win for the Dragons

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The Pickens Dragons (10-1, 3-1) took the short drive up 515 last night to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in Ellijay for a big rivalry game. Both teams came into the game tied for fourth in 6-AAAA at 2-1.

In the opening quarter both teams traded buckets to begin the game with Cade Carter opening the scoring for Gilmer, and Tucker Lowe getting the first points for the Dragons. The Bobcats held a small, three-point lead for a time, but Pickens went on a 9-0 run to take the lead for the first time. Gilmer went on a 5-1 run to close the quarter, but the Dragons held the lead, 20-16.

In the second quarter, it was again back-and-forth throughout the frame. Aidan Sanchez brought the Pickens lead up to six with a pair of free throws early on. Brady Sanford went on a personal 5-0 run himself to cut the lead down to 22-21. From then on it was matching bucket for bucket. Gilmer did take a two-point lead two different times after buckets by Luke Wimpey, but a 6-0 run by the Dragons gave Pickens a 34-30 lead at the break.

In the third quarter, Gilmer got the upper hand. After tying things up at 35 after making a 5-1 run, the Bobcats used a 12-0 run to retake the lead. Gilmer outscored Pickens in the frame, 17-6, to take a 47-40 lead into the fourth.

The fourth quarter was exciting. Carter stepped up and knocked down two free throws to make it 58-55 Gilmer. With a little over three seconds left, the Bobcats fouled Lowe to send him to the line to shoot the one and one. Lowe made both to give the Bobcats a it 58-57 lead. On the ensuing inbounds play, the Bobcats tried to throw it deep. Owen Moss picked off the attempted pass, threw up a prayer, and was fouled with .5 seconds left. Moss hit the first one, missed the second one, but calmly knocked down the third free throw to give the Dragons the win, 59-58.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 20 points

Owen Moss: 10 points

Noah Sutton: 10 points

Luke Rogers: 9 points

Ean Goodwin: 7 points

6-AAAA Region Standings

Lafayette: 4-0

Pickens: 3-1

NW Whitfield: 3-1

Gilmer: 2-2

Heritage: 2-3

Ridgeland: 1-4

SE Whitfield: 0-4

The Dragons are off until Dec. 27th when they host a Christmas Tournament featuring a wide variety of teams. Pickens will play the Excel Christian Academy Eagles on Friday, Dec. 27th, to start the three-day affair. Tip off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

 

Dragons have three score double figures to sweep Gordon Central

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After suffering their first loss of the season to Lafayette on the road the night before, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team looked to get back to their winning ways as they hosted the Gordon Central Warriors in non-region action. In their first meeting, Pickens won in impressive fashion, 74-33.

 

The first quarter saw a very competitive, back and forth start to the game by both teams. Towards the end of the frame, the Dragons went on a 9-4 run to take a 24-14 lead going to the 2nd.

Will Roland going in for a layup

In the 2nd quarter, the Dragons were able to maintain, & build on their lead from the first quarter. Getting big buckets from the likes of Ean Goodwin, Luke Rogers, Tucker Lowe, Owen Moss, Noah Sutton, Zack Tetterton, and Aidan Sanchez. Pickens, went into the half holding a 46-28 lead over Gordon Central.

Dragons looking to double team a Warrior player

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter, saw more of the same from the Dragons as Lowe, Moss, and Sutton took over. Pickens, outscored the Warriors 21-11, to take a 67-39 lead, going to the 4th.

Owen Moss looking to inbound the ball

The fourth quarter, was a wild one to say the least. Gordon Central, down 28 to start the quarter, went on an incredible run. The Warriors went on a 21-0 run. You read that right. A 21-0 run to cut the Dragon lead to 67-60. Pickens, finally got things going and finished the game on a 14-4 run of their own to take the win, 81-64.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 20 points

Noah Sutton: 19 points

Owen Moss: 15 points

Luke Rogers: 9 points

Ean Goodwin: 7 points

Will Roland: 5 points

 

Pickens, will be in Ellijay on Tuesday evening to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a key 6-AAAA region game. Both teams are tied at 2-1 in the region. Tip off, is set for 8:30 pm.

 

 

Dragons get a big road win to start the season

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After the heart pounding overtime classic in the girls game, it was the boys turn to take the floor. The Dragons, came in looking to complete the varsity sweep of Gordon Central, while the Warriors came in looking to earn a split.

 

The first quarter saw the Dragons get out to what they would almost call a perfect start. Playing great defense that turned into offense, Pickens jumped out to a 22-7 lead over Gordon Central at the end of one.

The 2nd quarter, the Dragons stalled a bit on the offensive side of things as nothing would seem to fall for them. The Warriors, outscored Pickens 13-8, to cut the Dragon lead down to 30-20 at the break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 3rd, the Dragons offense picked up, as well as their defense. Pickens, showed a lot of hustle and determination going after rebounds, steals, & loose balls. The Dragons would outscore Gordon Central 23-7 in the 3rd, to take a 53-27 lead into the 4th.

In the 4th, the Dragons would go three crazy as every time you looked, someone new was hitting a three. Pickens closed out the game on a 21-6 quarter run to seal the season opening win, 74-33.

The Dragons, outscored Gordon Central 44-13 in the 2nd half. Junior Tucker Lowe led the Dragons with 25 points.

Much like the Nettes, the Dragons will also be in Blue Ridge this afternoon to begin day one of the annual Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament. They will also be playing Gilmer. Tip off for the Dragons & the Bobcats is set for 4:30.

Big 2nd Half Propels Dragons Past Chamblee

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The PHS varsity football team were finally back home after nearly a month on the road as they welcomed the Chamblee Bulldogs to Dragons Stadium for their final non-region game of the season. After falling in back to back tough games on the road, the Dragons looked to get back on the right track heading into next week.

The first quarter, was one of a coaches worst nightmares. Turnovers. In total, the two teams combined to turn the ball over 5 times in a sloppy start to this one.

Pickens forced two of those turnovers with a fumble recovery by Alex Snelgrove and an interception by Tucker Lowe. The Dragon defense forced a safety at the 9:25 mark of the 1st quar

ter, giving Pickens a 2-0 lead. With 30 seconds left in the quarter, the Bulldogs connected with a 22-yd field goal, to give them a 3-2 lead, going to the 2nd quarter.

58 seconds into the 2nd quarter, the Dragons retook the lead after a 30-yd touchdown pass from CJ Streicher (who was named Mr. PHS prior to the game) to Snelgrove. The PAT was good and Pickens took a 9-3 lead with 11:02 left in the first half. Soon after that, Tucker Lowe collected his 2nd interception of the first half. Pickens later added to their lead when Jarod Whitmore scampered 28-yds for the touchdown, giving the Dragons a 16-3 lead over Chamblee at the half.

The third quarter, saw an explosion of offense from the Dragons. The first of three 3rd quarter scores came after Streicher lobbed it up for Mykel Hand from 27-yds out & Hand came down with it after a one handed leaping grab to give Pickens the 23-3 lead over the Bulldogs with 7:52 left in the quarter. At the 5:12 mark, Whitmore scored his 2nd rushing touchdown of the night, this time from 35-yds out, to make it 30-3 Dragons. The 3rd and final score of the quarter came at the 1:36 mark when Streicher made some nifty moves to get in from 17-yds out. Dragons held a 37-3 lead over Chamblee, going to the 4th and final quarter.

The 4th quarter saw a lot of backups and younger players get into the ball game to get some much valued varsity experience. After a long run by backup QB TC Jarrett, Andrew Burrell was able to take it in from 19-yds out, giving the Dragons a 44-3 lead. Your final score from Dragons Stadium, Pickens 44 Chamblee 3.

With the win, the Dragons improve their record to 2-2. But next week, the real fun starts. Region play. Pickens, will start region play next week on the road against their friends from the north, the Gilmer Bobcats. Both teams will come into this game with identical 2-2 records and looking to start region play off on the right foot. Game time is set for 7:30 in Ellijay.

Dragons Fall To Gilmer In Tough Rivalry Game, Host Bruins on Friday Night

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After the exciting girls game finished, it would be the guys turn as the Dragons hosted the Gilmer Bobcats. Much like the Lady Cats, the Bobcats came into the game 8-1 on the season. Pickens, came in looking to gain some momentum by defeating their rival, & moving to 2-2 in region play.

 

In the first, both teams traded bucket for bucket, going back and forth. Gilmer, was able to gather a 15-14 lead over the Dragons, going to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter, was much like the 1st quarter as it was very much even at times. While the Bobcats outscored Pickens 19-16 in the frame, the Dragons remained in striking distance going to the half down 34-30.

 

In the 3rd, the defense for the Bobcats picked up a bit. Gilmer, outscored the Dragons 22-14 in the 3rd, to stretch their lead to 56-44, going to the 4th. Gilmer, used a 16-7 4th quarter run to seal the win, 72-51.

 

Stats:

Zach Goss: 20 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 block

Seth Bishop: 12 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 9 points (3 three point shots), 1 assist, 2 rebounds

Brady Moore: 5 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds

Owen Moss: 2 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds

Noah Sutton: 2 points, 2 rebounds

Alex Snelgrove: 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals

 

The Dragons, will be back at home on Friday as they host the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 pm.

Dragons Fight Hard Against Hiwassee Dam, Face Bobcats This Evening

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After the Nettes’ picked up their 2nd win of the young season, the Dragons looked to capture their first win as they took on the Hiwassee Dam Eagles out of North Carolina.

 

The 1st quarter was packed with action as both teams saw offensive success early on. Pickens, got the upper hand & took a 19-15 lead over the Eagles going to the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, Hiwassee Dam used a run to take the lead from the Dragons. Having outscored Pickens 18-12 in the frame, the Eagles grabbed the lead, 33-31, going to the break.

 

In a back and forth 3rd quarter, the Dragons made their own run to regain the lead from Hiwassee Dam. Using a slight 20-17 quarter advantage, Pickens found themselves ahead going to the 4th, 51-50. In the 4th, Hiwassee Dam was able to make shots late to take this one, 66-60.

 

Stats

Seth Bishop: 22 points, 5 assists, 10 rebounds, & 5 steals

Zach Goss: 15 points, 2 assists, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, & 1 block

Alex Snelgrove: 7 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals

Owen Moss: 6 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, & 2 blocks

Tucker Lowe: 6 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Brady Moore: 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals

Hayes Pickett: 2 points, & 2 rebounds

 

The Dragons, will be in Ellijay again tonight as they wrap up the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament as they take on the Gilmer Bobcats. Tip off is set for 7:30.

Dragons Hang With Region’s Top Team, Face Bobcats On Tuesday

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

Dragons Fall In Overtime To Bobcats, Face Heritage On Tuesday

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After the Nettes’ & the Lady Cats finished up their game, it was time for the nightcap as the Dragons took on the Bobcats. Gilmer, had already won both of their games from Saturday & Monday, while Pickens looked to gain some momentum heading into region play next week.

 

The first quarter was highly contested with both teams finding buckets early. The Bobcats had a 4 point lead until the Dragons’ Brady Moore made a 3-point bucket right as the horn sounded to cut the Gilmer lead to 18-17, going to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter mirrored the 1st as it seemed both teams were evenly matched. Pickens outscored the Bobcats 13-10, to take a 30-28 lead into the break.

 

In the 3rd, the action was still high paced and neither team could not pull away. Gilmer outscored the Dragons slightly in the frame, 13-11, to tie things up at 41, going to the 4th. Things went down to the wire in the 4th as the Dragons took a 2-point lead late in the period. Not to be outdone however, the Bobcats were able to get a bucket just before the final horn rang to send us into overtime. In the overtime period, Gilmer was able to make free throws late to pull away and pick up the win, 67-57.

 

Stats:

Seth Bishop: 15 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block (All-Tournament Team selection)

Alex Snelgrove: 11 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Brady Moore: 9 points, 2 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 8 points, 1 assist

Owen Moss: 6 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals (All-Tournament Team selection)

Zach Goss: 5 points, 7 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal (All-Tournament Team selection)

Noah Sutton: 3 points

 

The Dragons, will look to get more practice time together & get ready for region play next week as they travel to take on the Heritage Generals on Tuesday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30.

Dragons Fall Just Short In Comeback Attempt Against Gilmer

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After the girls game, it was time for the Dragons to take the floor against the Bobcats. Like the Lady Cats, the Bobcats came in 2nd in the region, with Pickens a little further back in 6th, but still with time to make some noise prior to the region tournament.

 

Much like the game before this one, both teams traded buckets with one another the entire first quarter. Gilmer, took a 13-11 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, it remained close towards the end of the half when the Bobcats made a run. Gilmer, outscored the Dragons 21-12 to take a 34-23 lead into the break.

 

The scoring in the 3rd quarter remained close as the Bobcats barely outscored Pickens 12-11, but in the process stretched their lead by one, 46-34, going to the 4th & final quarter. In the 4th, the Dragons made a furious comeback. Down 12 to start the quarter, Pickens outscored the Bobcats 18-7 in the frame. As the clock was draining down to the final seconds, the Dragons had three opportunities for the the game winning shot. However, the shots wouldn’t fall, & the Bobcats escaped with a 53-52 win.

 

Stats: 

Seth Bishop: 23 points, 2 assists, 14 rebounds, 3 steals

Tucker Lowe: 12 points, 3 assists, 1 steal

Zach Goss: 11 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds

Hunter Hermann: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Owen Moss: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

 

The Dragons, will look to shake off that tough defeat as they head to Northwest Whitfield to take on the Bruins in another region match up. Tip off scheduled for 8:30.

Dragons Fall To LaFayette, Host Bobcats On Tuesday Night

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After the Nettes’ pulled out the win, the Dragons came in looking for a big win of their own. Pickens, came into the game 1-1 in region play, while the LaFayette Ramblers came in undefeated on the season & the defending region champions.

 

The Dragons, got off to a nice start to open the 1st quarter. The Ramblers, closed the quarter on a run of their own and they led Pickens 23-15, going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, LaFayette continued their run from the 1st quarter. At the half, the Ramblers led the Dragons, 49-27.

 

LaFayette took this one last night, 99-34.

 

Stats:

Seth Bishop: 14 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, 1 steal

Zach Goss: 13 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds

Brady Moore: 4 points, 2 rebounds

Daniel Tetterton: 3 points

 

Pickens, will look to bounce back after a tough week as they welcome the Gilmer Bobcats to the Dragons Den for a big 6-AAAA game. Tip off is set for 7:30.

Dragons Sweep Bobcats In Extras, Tied For 1st In 6-AAAA

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

Dragons Get Series Win Over Bobcats, Go For Sweep Today

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on a cold, somewhat windy night, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team made the short trip up 515 to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in game 2 of the 3 game set. On Tuesday, Pickens used a late inning rally to get the win in game 1, 7-5, & looked to carry the momentum built in that dramatic win, over to this road game.

 

In the top of the 1st, Pickens got off to a quick start. Joseph Gossett & Jace Franklin had an RBI each in the top of the 1st for the Dragons as they raced out to an early 2-0 lead. The starting pitcher for the Dragons, Dylan Huffman, got out of an early jam in the bottom of the frame as Gilmer would leave runners at 1st & 3rd stranded. We headed to the 2nd, Pickens up, 2-0. The Dragons, had three runners come around to score in their half of the 2nd as Gossett & Franklin again provided an RBI each. Pickens now held a 5-0 lead over the Bobcats. Huffman, worked through the bottom of the 2nd, collecting his 2nd & 3rd K’s of the game, & sending us to the 3rd, Dragons leading Gilmer, 5-0.

 

Both teams were quite in the 3rd inning. Action picked up in the bottom of the 4th inning, when Gillmer loaded the bases with 1 out after two hits, & a walk. Huffman, was able to calm himself down, & strikeout the next two Bobcats he faced, to get out of the inning without giving up any runs. Pickens, still held a 5-0 lead, going to the 5th.

 

The Dragons, added another run in the top of the 5th, after Colby James came around to score after drawing a walk. In the bottom of the inning, Gilmer was able to get on the board, making it 6-1 Pickens, going to the 6th. The scoring, picked back up in the 7th inning as the Dragons batted around in the top half of the frame, plating 5 runs in the process, to stretch their lead to 11-1. Gilmer, plated 3 runs in the bottom half of the 7th, but it would not be enough as Pickens took this one, 11-4.

Stats:

Dylan Huffman: 5IP, 7K, 2BB, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 96 pitches & 1 run scored

Isaiah Payne: 1IP, 1K, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 12 pitches & 1-1 with a single, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Brady Moore: 1-3 with a single, 2BB, 2 runs scored, & 1 RBI

Joseph Gossett: 2-4 with 2 singles, a HBP, 2 runs scored, & 2 RBI

Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a double, 1BB, & 2 RBI

Caswell Smith: 1-1 with a single & 1 RBI

 

With the win, Pickens takes the series. These two teams will meet for the 3rd and final time this week as the Dragons will look to complete the sweep when they host the Gilmer Bobcats at Dragons Field. First Pitch set for 5:55 pm.

Late Inning Heroics Lift Dragons Past Gilmer In Region Opener

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted their rival, the Gilmer Bobcats, for the 6-AAAA region series opener. Pickens, came in on a tough two game skid, while Gilmer came in with their bats on fire after a 15-0 win over Murray County last week. This, was game one of a three game set. If the other two turn out like last night’s, this will be a fun series.

 

Caswell Smith took the mound for Pickens in the top of the 1st. Smith, would surrender a 1-out single, but that’s all the Bobcats would manage in the top half of the 1st. In the bottom of the 1st, Pickens threatened early, but left runners stranded at 1st & 3rd, sending us to the 2nd, still tied. In the top of the 2nd, the Bobcats had runners at 2nd & 3rd, but Smith & the Dragons were able to escape it without any damage done. Pickens, would go down in order in the bottom of the 2nd, sending us to the 3rd, with no score so far.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Gilmer was the first to breakthrough as they were able to plate a run, & take their first lead of the ball game, 1-0, heading to the bottom of the 3rd. The Dragons, countered with 2 runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 2-1 lead over the Bobcats, going to the 4th. Gilmer, countered the 2 runs Pickens put up in the bottom of the 3rd, with 3 runs in the top of the 4th. All three runs in the 4th, came with 2 outs. The Dragons, went quietly in the bottom of the inning, & we would go to the 5th, Bobcats ahead, 4-2.

 

Gilmer, got a 2-out double in the top of the 5th, but new Dragon pitcher Isaiah Payne, was able to settle in & get out of the half inning. Pickens, again went in order in the bottom of the 5th, sending us to the 6th, Bobcats still leading, 4-2. Gilmer, added to their lead in the top of the 6th by scoring a run to make it 5-2. In the bottom of the 6th, the Dragons bats came alive. Leading the way for Pickens in the 6th was Brady Moore, who gave the Dragons the lead with a 2-out, 2-run double. Pickens, took a 7-5 lead going to the 7th.

 

In the 7th, Moore came in to try to close it out and close it out he did. Pickens, was able to hang on and get a 7-5 region opening win.

 

Pickens, is now 5-4 on the season, & 1-0 in region play. These two teams, will be back at it tomorrow afternoon in Ellijay. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 pm.

Dragons Bats Slowed By Creekview, Start 3-Game Set With Gilmer Next Week

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Late Friday afternoon, the PHS varsity baseball team hosted the Creekview Grizzlies in a non-region contest. Pickens, was coming off of a hard fought, 2-1 defeat to undefeated Woodstock the previous night, & looked to gain some momentum heading into region play next week.

 

In the top of the 1st, Creekview got off to a quick start. The Grizzlies, scored 3 runs to take an early lead over the Dragons. In the bottom of the 1st, Pickens got a 1-out double from Senior Joseph Gossett, but that would be all for the home team in the 1st. We headed to the 2nd, Creekview ahead, 3-0. The top of the 2nd saw the Grizzlies stretch their lead out over the Dragons by plating 5 runs. Going to the bottom of the frame, Creekview held an 8-0 lead. Pickens, would go in order in the bottom of the 2nd, to send us to the 3rd, Grizzlies leading, 8-0.

 

Clate McArthur, came in for the Dragons in the top of the 3rd and pitched very well in relief. McArthur, threw three innings of scoreless ball for Pickens. Creekview, would add 5 more runs in the top of the 7th, to make it 13-0 over the Dragons. The Grizzlies, came away with the win, 13-0.

 

Pickens, is now 4-4 on the season. The Dragons, will now turn their attention to next week, as region play begins. First up in region, the Gilmer Bobcats. The 3-game series is slated to start on Tuesday, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:55 pm.

Dragons Split Regular Season Region Games With Gilmer, Host Union Tuesday

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted their bitter rival, the Gilmer Bobcats, for some Friday night 6-AAAA basketball. The last time these two met, it was back in the cage in Ellijay with the Dragons coming away the winners in overtime.

 

Much like the opening quarter of the girls game, both offenses got things going early, & it was highly contested. Also much like the girls game, Pickens held the lead after the 1st, 19-14. The 2nd quarter, saw the Dragons stretch their lead using some tough defense to lead to some fantastic transition baskets on the offensive end. Using a 14-10 quarter run, Pickens held the advantage over Gilmer, 33-24, going into the break.

 

In the 3rd, the Bobcats got things rolling on their end. After being down 9 to start the 2nd half, Gilmer used a 26-17 quarter run to take a 50-47 lead over Pickens going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, both teams would score 15 points each. However, that would not be enough for the Dragons as Gilmer held on to take this one, 65-62.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Zach Goss: 24 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Joseph Gossett: 14 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Seth Bishop: 10 points, & 7 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 8 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Chase Simmons: 4 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Hermann: 2 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, & 5 steals

 

For Pickens, they will have to shake off that tough loss to their rival as they will be back in action on Tuesday night as they will host the Union County Panthers in non-region action. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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