Dragons defeat Lumpkin after wild game

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Jasper, Ga — After a tough weekend down in Brunswick which saw the Dragons fall to North Springs 7-1 and Long County 7-4 for their first two losses of the season, they came back to Jasper on Tuesday, March 1st looking to get back on track. The Lumpkin County Indians, came into the game with a 4-2 record with early wins over Riverwood and Lamar County. As well as a sweep of Johnson-Gainesville. After a big fourth inning, the Dragons come away with a 7-5 win over the Indians.

 

James Tilley started on the mound for the Dragons and he pitched fairly well during his time on the mound. In the top of the first, Tilley collected his first two strikeouts as the Indians were held scoreless to start the game. In the bottom of the first, Connor Shouse lead things off with a double for Pickens. after a fly out and a strikeout, Harlan Will came through and brought Shouse home with an RBI double to make it 1-0 Dragons going to the second.

 

In the top of the second, Lumpkin was able to tie things up at 1 a piece after drawing a couple of walks, and taking advantage of some miscues by Pickens. In the bottom of the frame, the Dragons were looking to work some two out magic as Colby Brooks drew a walk to keep the half inning alive. Evan Giddens hit a pop fly into no man’s land in the outfield, but was called out at 2nd base trying to stretch it into a double. Going to the third, the game remained tied at 1.

 

In the top of the third, the Indians again took advantage of some mistakes by the Pickens defense to plate a run and take a 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the inning. After a lead off single by Shouse, he would be left stranded at third base as we’d head to the top of the fourth with Lumpkin leading, 2-1.

 

JP Nunn came on in relief of Tilley in the top of the fourth and he was able to keep the Indians offense at bay and keep it at 2-1. Tilley, now the 2nd baseman, led off the bottom of the fourth by getting hit with a pitch. Trey Payne then came up and advanced the runner to 2nd with a single. Nunn then came up, and laid down a picture perfect bunt to advance the runners to 2nd and 3rd with only one out. Brooks, drew his 2nd walk of the game to load the bases up with Dragons. Giddens, drew a walk as well to bring in Tilley. Shouse, drew the third straight walk to bring in Payne to make it 3-2 Pickens. Here’s where it gets weird. Trace Ledbetter hits one to left field, Brooks scores, Giddens scores, a throw over at 2nd to try to get Ledbetter, Shouse comes home from third after the throw to 2nd. During that, Ledbetter takes 3rd base, or so we think. Ledbetter would be called out at 3rd due to catcher interference. All total, three runs scored on that play to make it 6-2 Pickens going to the fifth.

 

In the top of the fifth, the Indians didn’t let what happened in the bottom of the fourth deter them as they came back and scored a run to cut the Dragons lead down to 6-3. In the bottom of the frame, after Trey Payne drew a 2-out walk, he was able to come around and score to make it 7-3 Dragons going to the sixth.

 

In the top of the sixth, Nunn finished off his three innings of work by holding the Indians scoreless and keeping the score at 7-3 in favor of the Dragons going to the bottom of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, the Dragons would go down quietly as Lumpkin forced two pop fly outs and got a strikeout to send us to the seventh, with Pickens up 7-3.

 

Trace Ledbetter took over for Nunn in the top of the 7th looking to close this one out. The Indians, were not going down without a fight as they scored two runs to make it 7-5. With 2 outs, Ledbetter was able to get the final one to preserve the 7-5 lead and the win for the Dragons.

 

Stats for the Dragons:

Connor Shouse: 2-3 with a double, a single, 1 walk, 1 RBI, and 2 runs scored

Harlan Will: 1-3 with 1 double, and 1 RBI

James Tilley: 1 hit by pitch, and 1 run scored

Trey Payne: 1-2 with 1 single, 1 walk, and 2 runs scored

Colby Brooks: 2 walks, and 1 run scored

Evan Giddens: 1-1 with 1 single, 1 walk, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored

 

The Dragons, will be back on the field on Wednesday, March 2nd as they head up 515 to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in the finale of their home and home series. First pitch is set for 5:30 pm.

Dragons baseball defeats Dawson in home opener

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Jasper, Ga — On Wednesday, February 16th the Pickens Dragons baseball team hosted the Dawson Tigers for their 2022 home opener. These two teams played on Tuesday, February 15th in Dawsonville, with the Dragons coming away with a 12-7 win. This game, was originally scheduled for Thursday, but with the weather coming in, they moved the game up to Wednesday. It was a tightly played ball game at Dunn Field as the home team came away with the win, 6-5.

 

In the top of the first inning, Dragons starter Trey Payne was able to work around a hit and a walk while also striking out two batters to send us to the bottom of the inning scoreless. Sophomore Georgia Tech Baseball commit Connor Shouse, got things going early for the Dragons in the bottom of the first with a single. He then advanced to second after a passed ball. Trace Ledbetter brought him in with an RBI double to deep right field to give Pickens the 1-0 lead going to the top of the second.

 

In the second inning, Trey Payne again worked around a little trouble as he kept the Tigers scoreless and sent us to the bottom of the second. Pickens, threatened to add to their lead in the bottom of the frame with runners at second and third, but Dawson was able to escape the danger and send us to the top of the third.

 

In the top of the third, the Tigers broke through and plated two runs with some timely hits to take the lead for the first time, 2-1. The lead would not last long however as the Dragons fired back in the bottom of the third. Ledbetter got on with a 1-out single, then Anthony Antinozzi drew a walk, then Harlan Will got hit by a pitch, then Tyler Payne drove in Ledbetter and Antinozzi with a 2 RBI double to make it 3-2 Pickens going to the top of the fourth.

 

The Tigers, tried to answer back in the top of the fourth, but the Dragons were able to keep them at bay. In the bottom of the inning, Pickens extended it’s lead as Colby Brooks started the half inning with a single, Shouse drew a walk, followed by Ledbetter also drawing a walk. Will then reached on an error with 2 outs to bring in Brooks. A walk drawn by Tyler Payne brought in Shouse to make it 5-2 Dragons going to the top of the fifth.

 

In the top of the fifth, the Tigers inched a little closer as they plated a run to make it 5-3. The Dragons went down in order in the bottom of the fifth inning to send us to the top of the sixth with Pickens still leading Dawson, 5-3.

 

In the top of the sixth, the Tigers took advantage of a couple of miscues and some clutch hitting to score two runs and tie the game up a 5 a piece. Speaking of clutch, in the bottom of the sixth, the Dragons offense definitely was. Shouse led off by drawing a walk on a full count. Ledbetter got on with a single. After Antinozzi laid down a nice sacrifice bunt to move the runners over the second and third, Will was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Tyler Payne, was able to bring Shouse in after he hit a grounder to the right side of the infield to give the Dragons a 6-5 lead going to the top of the seventh.

 

In the top of the seventh, Shouse, who came on in relief of Tate Hales in the top of the sixth, shut the Tigers down by striking out the side and preserving the 2-0 win for Pickens.

 

Stats For The Dragons:

Connor Shouse: 1-2 with a single, 2 walks, & 3 runs scored

Trace Ledbetter: 3-4 with a double, 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Anthony Antinozzi: 1 walk, 1 sacrifice bunt, & 1 run scored

Harlan Will: 1 hit by pitch & 1 walk

Tyler Payne: 1-3 with 1 double, 1 walk, & 3 RBI

Trey Payne: 1-3 with a single

Colby Brooks: 1-3 with a single & 1 run scored

 

The Dragons, now move to 2-0 early on in the 2022 season after the home and home sweep of the Dawson Tigers. Next year, that match up will be a region match up. Speaking of games that will be region games next year, the Gilmer Bobcats will come to Jasper on Thursday, February 24th as they renew their rivalry on the diamond. First pitch set for 5 pm.

Dragons fall to Bobcats in physical rivalry game

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Jasper, Ga — After the girls game, it was time for the Dragons and Bobcats to take the floor. The Dragons, were coming off of a 64-51 win over Southeast Whitfield on the road to run their win streak to 5 games in a row. The Bobcats, came into the game having won a tough back and forth game with West Hall on the road, 54-51. Gilmer, won the first two meetings of the season against Pickens by scores of 60-53, and 66-56. Pickens, got on the board with a 59-46 win last month. After much back and forth and very physical play from both sides, the Bobcats came away with a 53-46 win.

 

To open the ball game, the Bobcats got on the board first with a bucket to give themselves a 2-0 lead. Jaden Stewart answered for the Dragons with a three pointer to make it 3-2. After a bucket by Gilmer, Pickens went on a 5-0 run as Luke Rogers made a bucket and Collin Kellogg hit a three to make it 8-5. After a Bobcat bucket made it 8-7, the Dragons went on a 7-0 run with 5 of those 7 points coming from Kellogg to make it 15-7. Gilmer would then go 1 for 2 from the free throw line to make it 15-8. Marcus Pike hit a shot to give Pickens a 17-8 lead going to the second quarter.

Dragons on offense

Just like the first quarter, the second quarter began with a bucket by Cade Carter of the Bobcats. Caleb Keith quickly answered with a bucket of his own to make it 19-10 Dragons. After a pair of free throws from Gilmer, Rogers made a bucket to again keep the Pickens lead at 9. A free throw make and a bucket by the Bobcats cut the lead down to 21-15. A pair of free throws from Chanler Dunn made it 23-15 Dragons. Gilmer, would then close the first half on an 8-0 run to tie this game up at 23 heading to the break.

Dragons on defense in the second quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start the second half, Gilmer again put the first points on the board as they hit a three pointer to make it 26-23. Caleb Bryant would then hit a pair of free throws and Rogers made a bucket to give the Dragons a 27-26 lead. After a bucket and an and-one conversion by the Bobcats, Rogers made another bucket to tie it up at 29. After a three pointer gave Gilmer the lead back, Rogers hit another shot to cut it to 32-31. An Ethan Banks bucket made it 34-31. Rogers, continued his scoring surge in the third as he again made another bucket to make it 34-33. A 4-0 run from the Bobcats to close out the third made it 38-33 going to the fourth.

Dragons with the ball in the second half

The scoring run from the third quarter carried over to the fourth quarter for Gilmer as they opened with a three pointer to make it 41-33. Keith then answered with a three to make it 41-36. After a bucket by the Bobcats, Kadyn Hampton made two free throws to make it 43-38. A Mark Tyson bucket made it 45-38. Hampton, got the hoop and the harm as he would complete the three point play to make it 45-41. After a free throw from Banks, Kellogg hit a three pointer to make it 46-44. From then on it would become a free throw game as the Bobcats scored 5 of their last 7 points from the charity stripe, while the Dragons could only manage a late Stewart bucket in the late stages of this one. The final in this one, 53-46 Gilmer.

 

Leading Scorers For Gilmer:

Ethan Banks: 17 points

Mark Tyson: 13 points

Lewis Mulkey: 6 points

Will Kiker: 6 points

Christian Somner: 6 points

 

Leading Scorers For Pickens:

Luke Rogers: 14 points

Collin Kellogg: 11 points

Jaden Stewart: 5 points

Caleb Keith: 5 points

Kadyn Hampton: 5 points

 

7-AAAA Boys Region Standings:

Central-Carroll: 11-5 (6-0)

Heritage: 8-7 (4-2)

Northwest Whitfield: 13-3 (3-3)

Cedartown: 5-8 (3-3)

Pickens: 9-10 (3-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 7-10 (2-4)

Ridgeland: 6-10 (0-6)

 

Weather permitting the Dragons will be back in action on Tuesday, January 18th as they host the Cedartown Bulldogs in a key 7-AAAA match up. As you can see from the standings above, both teams are tied for third in the region currently. Pickens holds a win over Northwest Whitfield, Northwest Whitfield holds a win over Cedartown, and Cedartown holds a win over Pickens. The Dragons will look to earn a season split with Cedartown after the Bulldogs survived after a late rally to beat Pickens 55-52 earlier this season. Tip off set for 7:30.

Dragons end 2021 with win over Bobcats

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Jasper, Ga — What better way to close out 2021 than with some 515 rivalry action am I right? That’s what we got in Jasper on Thursday, December 30th as the Pickens Dragons took on the Gilmer Bobcats in the final day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament. For the Bobcats, they came into this game having fell to Creekview on Tuesday, and having beaten Lassiter on Wednesday. For the Dragons, they came into the game looking to end their 2021 on a high note after tough losses to Lassiter and Sonoraville on Tuesday and Wednesday. After jumping on them quickly in the first quarter, the Dragons came away with a big 59-46 win over the Bobcats.

 

In the first quarter, the Dragons used a good balance of defense and offense to jump out to a quick 12-6 lead. Pickens would then go on an 8-0 run getting three pointers from Jaden Stewart and Caleb Keith, as well as a bucket from Luke Rogers to make it 20-6. After a free throw make from the Bobcats’ Britt Taylor, Keith hit three to make it 23-7 Dragons going to the second quarter.

Dragons on offense late in the 1st

The second quarter started out with several runs as Rogers went on a 3-0 run to make it 26-7, then Luke Wimpey of Gilmer made three free throws to make it 26-10. After another Rogers free throw and an Isaiah Williams bucket, Pickens went up 29-10. The Bobcats then went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead down to 29-16. Stewart would then make a free throw and Collin Kellogg would hit a three pointer to make it 33-16. Gilmer closed out the first half on a 6-0 run to make it 33-22 Dragons going into the break.

Dragons defending the painted area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After getting the final bucket of the first half, Mark Tyson of Gilmer began the second half by getting a bucket and cutting the lead to 33-24. Stewart then countered with a three pointer to make it 36-24. Taylor, then made a bucket to make it 36-26. The Dragons then went on an 11-0 run as Stewart hit a three and two layups during the run. Kellogg and Rogers got the run started with a pair of buckets. After a three pointer from Wimpey, Keith and Stewart made back to back buckets to make it 51-29 Pickens going to the fourth.

Dragons looking for an open shot

Keith, continued his hot shooting as he opened up the fourth quarter with a three pointer to make it 54-29. Back to back three pointers from Christian Sumner and Ethan Banks cut the lead to 54-35. After a bucket by Rogers, Banks and Keith would trade three point field goals. The Bobcats ended the game on an 8-0 run, but the Dragons came away with the win, 59-46.

 

Leading Scorers For Gilmer:

Ethan Banks: 14 points

Britt Taylor: 6 points

Will Kiker: 6 points

Mark Tyson: 4 points

 

Leading Scorers For Pickens:

Luke Rogers: 19 points

Jaden Stewart: 16 points

Caleb Keith: 14 points

Collin Kellogg: 5 points

 

The Dragons finish the 2021 part of their schedule at 6-9. They will look to get on the board in region play on Tuesday, January 4th as they welcome the Ridgeland Panthers to the Dragons Den for a 7-AAAA match up. Tip off for that one is set for 7:30 pm.

Dragons drop tough game to Phoenix

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Jasper, Ga — The Pickens Dragons welcomed the Sonoraville Phoenix to the Dragons Den for the second day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament. After a hard fought game against Lassiter on Tuesday, the Dragons looked to get back on track against a Phoenix team that was also looking to string together some wins. After some back and forth, the Phoenix used a big fourth quarter to come away with a 62-47 win.

 

In the first quarter, the Dragons got things started with an opening bucket from Jaden Stewart to make it 2-0. From there, the Phoenix went on an 8-0 run to make it 8-2. After both Pickens and Sonoraville traded buckets, Luke Rogers hit a pair of free throws and Stewart hit a three pointer to make it 10-9. The Phoenix, were able  to get a bucket just before the quarter ended to make it 12-9 going to the second quarter.

Dragons on offense to start the game

Sonoraville, started the second quarter on a 10-0 run, including 3 three pointers to make it 22-9. All together, the Phoenix went on a 12-0 run going back to the end of the first quarter before Rogers made a bucket to cut it to 22-11. After a foul call sent Rogers to the free throw line, Sonoraville’s coach was called for a technical for arguing that it was a blocking foul on Rogers instead of a charging call on his player. Rogers would split his pair of free throws, and Stewart hit both technical free throws to make 22-14. After a back and forth, Caleb Lanford hit a three to make it 26-20. Again, the Phoenix got the final bucket as they took a 28-20 lead into the break.

Dragons on defense in the 1st half

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Phoenix again started of quick as they opened the third quarter with a 4-0 run to make it 32-20. A three from Caleb Keith made it 32-23. The rest of the quarter was played very closely as Sonoraville just outscored Pickens 13-9 to make it 45-32 going to the fourth.

Dragons in-bounding the ball

In the fourth quarter, the Phoenix opened things up with an 11-0 run to make it 56-32. After the tough start to the quarter, the Dragons closed the game on a 15-6 run. Sonoraville, came away with the win, 62-47.

 

Leading Scorers For Pickens:

Jaden Stewart: 14 points

Luke Rogers: 13 points

Caleb Keith: 9 points

Caleb Lanford: 3 points

Isaiah Williams: 3 points

 

Later today, the Dragons will be back on the court for the final time in 2021 as they host the Gilmer Bobcats for the final day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament. The first two games between these two have gone the way of the Bobcats as the Dragons will look to grab some momentum heading into 2022. Tip off is set for 6 pm.

Dragons drop tough home opener to Mountaineers

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Jasper, Ga — After picking up wins over Copper Basin and Fannin in the annual ETC Thanksgiving Tournament last week, the Pickens Dragons came back home to the Dragons Den and the newly named Roy Cowart Court as they welcomed the North Murray Mountaineers for a non-region game. Oddly enough, with the recent re-classifications, these two schools will be in the same region (6-AAA) starting with the 2022 school year. This game, while relatively low scoring, saw plenty of back and forth action. In the end, it would be the Mountaineers coming away with a 44-39 victory.

 

In the first quarter, North Murray jumped out early with a quick bucket. From then on, it was the Jaden Stewart show as he went on a personal 8-0 run that included two three pointers to give the Dragons an 8-2 lead over the Mountaineers going to the second quarter.

Dragons moving the ball on offense

Camden Dunn of the Dragons got the scoring started in the second quarter to make it 10-2. North Murray’s scoring drought came to an end as they would answer with a bucket of their own. Pickens big man Luke Rogers got in on the scoring as he would go on a 4-0 run to stretch the lead to 14-4. The Mountaineers would then close the gap with an 8-0 run to make it 14-12 before Rogers went on another 4-0 run to make it 18-12 Dragons. A three pointer by North Murray cut it to a 3 point lead, but Collin Kellogg would make a basket to give Pickens a 20-15 lead at the break.

Dragons on defense in the 2nd quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming out of the half and starting the third quarter, the Mountaineers went on a quick 4-0 run to cut the lead down to 20-19. A Kellogg bucket would make it 22-19. After a bucket by North Murray, the Dragons went on a 5-0 run as they got buckets from Stewart and Kadyn Hampton as well as a free throw by Rogers to make it 27-21. The Mountaineers got a bucket and a free throw to end the third as we’d head to the fourth with Pickens ahead, 27-24.

Dragons in-bounding the ball in the third

The Mountaineers, once again got the scoring started as we began the fourth quarter to cut it to 27-26. After Rogers went 1-2 from the free throw line, Stewart made a bucket to make it 30-26. After a bucket from North Murray cut the lead down to two, Caleb Keith hit a three to make it 33-28 Pickens. The Mountaineers would then answer with a 5-0 run to tie things up at 33. Rogers then made a bucket and Kellogg connected on a free throw to make it 36-33. Again, North Murray came back with a three pointer to tie it up at 36. Stewart gave the Dragons the lead back with a bucket making it 38-36. After tying things back up with a pair of free throws, the Mountaineers took the lead for the first time since the opening quarter as they would go on a 6-0 run that included 4 made free throws to make it 42-38. The Dragons would make one out of three free throw attempts and North Murray put the game away with two free throws as they get the win, 44-39.

 

Leading Scorers for North Murray:

Gavin Pittman: 9 points

Isaiah Morrison: 7 points

Seth Griffin: 7 points

 

Leading Scorers for Pickens:

Jaden Stewart: 14 points

Luke Rogers: 12 points

Collin Kellogg: 5 points

 

Up next for the Dragons is a date with their main rival, the Gilmer Bobcats in Ellijay on Saturday, December 4th. These two teams played on November 20th, with Gilmer coming away with a 60-53 win. Tip off set for 4:30 pm.

 

Dragons split with Lumpkin in non-region play

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Pickens County, Ga — The Pickens Dragons (5-2) welcomed the Lumpkin County Indians (4-3) to Dunn Field on Tuesday, March 2nd for the second game of their home and home series. The Dragons, defeated the Indians, 16-7 on February 23rd. Both teams played in Jasper last Saturday as they each defeated Murray County and fell to Wheeler. Pickens, had trouble cashing in on opportunities leavining 9 men on base as Lumpkin came away with a 5-4 win.

 

In the top of the first, the Indians would get on the board first as they scored 2 runs to take an early 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, James Tilley led off with a walk, and Anthony Antinozzi followed with a single. The Dragons, would leave Tilley stranded at 2nd as we headed to the second with Lumpkin leading, 2-0.

 

After holding the Indians in the top of the frame, the Dragons brought the bats back up in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Trace Ledbetter drew a walk, Harlan Will followed with a single, and Drake Sutton drove in Ledbetter to make it 2-1 Lumpkin going to the third.

 

In the top of the third, the Indians were able to get that run back as they extended their lead to 3-1. In the bottom of the inning, Connor Shouse hit a 1-out triple to the right center field gap and Seth Densmore drove him in with a grounder to the shortstop to make it 3-2 Lumpkin.

 

The Indians, were able to take on 2 more runs as we headed to the bottom of the seventh. Shouse, led off with a single for the Dragons. Densmore then followed by reaching first. Hunter White followed with an RBI double bringing in Shouse. A 2nd run scored after a ground out by Ledbetter. The Indians, would hold on as Lumpkin came away with the win, 5-4.

 

The Dragons, will be back in action on Friday as they head to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats. These two teams met in Jasper on February 25th, with the Dragons coming away with a 13-3 win. First pitch set for 5:30 pm.

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.

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