Fannin Wins 2016 ETC Summer Slam

Park and Recreation, Team FYN Sports

The 2016 Ellijay Telephone Company Summer Slam 10U Invitational was held last Friday night, at Field One of the Gilmer County Parks and Recreation.

Fannin defeated Gilmer in the opener, 10-4. Copper Basin then beat Pickens 7-2, to set up the title game. After a thrilling affair, Fannin bested Copper Basin 8-5 to win the tournament. Gilmer downed Pickens in the third-place game, 14-3.

The 10U Fannin Rage, winners of the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The 10U Fannin Rage, winners of the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The 10U Copper Basin Cougars, runners-up of the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The 10U Copper Basin Cougars, runners-up of the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The 10U Gilmer Bobcats took third place in the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo courtesy of Jody Cantrell)

The 10U Gilmer Bobcats took third place in the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo courtesy of Jody Cantrell)

The 10U Pickens Dragons took fourth place in the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo courtesy of Jody Cantrell)

The 10U Pickens Dragons took fourth place in the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo courtesy of Jody Cantrell)

 

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Bobcats Get By Dragons In Extra Innings

PHS Baseball, Team FYN Sports

Yesterday, the Pickens High School Dragons varsity baseball team hosted their rivals from Gilmer County, the Bobcats in a 7-AAAA battle. This game was originally scheduled for today, but due to the inclement weather called for today, the game was moved up to Wednesday.

Before the game began, seven women who are battling or have battled breast cancer were honored on the pitchers mound and three of these inspiring women got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

After his stellar performance against Cartersville on Friday, Travis Huffman got the call to start and was once again effective. In the top of the first, Huffman was able to sit Gilmer in order and strike out two in the process. In the bottom of the inning, Huffman was left stranded at third to send the game to the second, scoreless at 0. The Bobcats managed one hit in the top of the second, but nothing else. Four hits and an RBI from Zack Moore and Dillon Champion later gave the Dragons a 2-0 advantage going to the third.

Gilmer was silenced in the top of the third, as Huffman had two strikeouts in the inning, as he again set the Bobcats down in order. The Pickens third came to an end after a promising start when a ball hit by Walker Lawrence unfortunately bumped into teammate Tyler Garner for an automatic out, sending the game to the fourth, with the Dragons still ahead, 2-0.

Three runs came in for the Bobcats in the fourth, as Gilmer got an RBI from Avery Sirmans and the starting pitcher Brooks Rosser, with a third run coming via error. The Dragons countered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth, as Dominic Stephens drew a walk that brought in Moore. Garner drove in Joseph Gossett and Huffman with a two-out single to give Pickens a 5-3 lead heading the fifth.

Gilmer would threaten in the fifth, with runners on second and third, but Huffman was able to induce a fly out for the final out of the inning. Pickens went quietly in the fifth as the game headed to the sixth with the Dragons maintaining a 5-3 lead. In the sixth, the Bobcats had runners on first and second, but were unable to cut into the lead after two strikeouts and a runner caught stealing ended the inning. The Dragons couldn’t stretch their lead in the bottom of the sixth after stranding two runners. Going to the seventh, Pickens led 5-3.

With their final three outs looming, Gilmer was able to tie things up at five with RBIs from Chad Watkins and McKinley Chadwick. After the Dragons loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame, Gossett was just barely thrown out at first, to send the game to extra innings with it deadlocked at five.

In the eighth, the Bobcats were able to take the lead after the go-ahead run was walked in. Watkins was able to close things out for the Bobcats as Gilmer came away with the win, 6-5.

 

Gilmer stats:

Rosser went 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits, walking five and striking out two on 62 pitches. He also went 2-3 with an RBI and one run scored

Noah Ralston went 1 1/3 innings, giving up one runs on one hit, walking one and striking out two on 30 pitches and drew three walks and scored a run

Austin Daman gave up two hits and struck out one on 16 pitches. He also went 2-4, with a run scored

Watkins got the save, giving up no runs or hits. He also went 2-4 with one RBI

Drew Healan went 1-4 with a walk and one run scored

Chadwick went 1-5 with a single and one RBI

Sirmans went 2-4 with one RBI and a run scored

Tyler Jarrard went 1-4 with a single and one run scored

 

Pickens stats:

Travis Huffman went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out nine on 101 pitches. He was also hit by a pitch twice and scored a run

Dominic Stephens went 1-3 with a single and one RBI.

Caleb Brooks went 1-1 with a single

Tyler Garner went 2-5 with a single, a double, and two RBI

Dalton Presley went 1-4 with a single

Walker Lawrence went 1-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored

Zack Moore went 1-3 with a single, a sacrifice and one RBI

Wyatt Gooch went 1-2 with a double, a walk, a sacrifice and a run scored

Dillon Champion went 1-3 with a single, an intentional walk and one RBI

Joseph Gossett was hit by a pitch and scored one run

 

Pickens will next be in action on the road as they take on the Ridgeland Panthers in Rossville on Friday. First pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The Gilmer Bobcats will also be on the road Friday as they travel to face the LaFayette Ramblers. First pitch is set for 5:55 p.m.

 

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Dragons and Bobcats Split Match-Ups; Prepare For League Tournament

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Yesterday, two of the top teams in the JV Mountain League faced off at PCMS as the JV Dragons of PHS, welcomed their rival, the JV Bobcats of Gilmer, to Dragons Field. Last Friday, Pickens came away with a 10-5 victory over Gilmer, and were looking for the sweep heading into the Tournament later this week.

 

In the top of the 1st inning, the Bobcats got on the board when Tyler Woody brought in Brandon Weaver and Evan Frady on a double and Will Barnes came in on a passed ball. Gilmer led things 3-0 going to the bottom of the frame. The Dragons were unable to capitalize on a Brady Moore two-out triple, as we went to the 2nd, Bobcats ahead, 3-0. After a scoreless 2nd, the Dragons were able to cut into the Gilmer lead in the 3rd as Adam Massey came in on Moore’s two-out RBI single, making things 3-1 in favor of Gilmer.

 

The Bobcats tacked on two runs in the top of the 4th when Bradley Thomas drove in Sam Nicholson. Thomas then scored on an error, making it 5-1 going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the 4th, Pickens again cut into the Gilmer lead as Tyler Vreeland & Will Lawrence brought in runs. Going to the 5th, the Bobcats led, 5-3. A lead off single from Weaver paid off for Gilmer as Woody brought him in on a sac fly, to give the Bobcats a 6-3 lead. The Dragons had a chance in the bottom of the 5th, but left the bases loaded, as we went to the 6th, Gilmer ahead, 6-3.

 

The Bobcats had another scoring chance in the top of the 6th, but left two on as the Dragons were able to get out of it. A Massey single in the bottom of the 6th and Bailey Truett reaching on an error was all Pickens could manage as they were left stranded as we headed to the 7th. Moore, now in to pitch for the Dragons, pitched very well striking out the side in his lone inning of work. Pierce was able to close things out for Gilmer as the Bobcats avenged their loss at home, winning this one 6-3.

 

Gilmer

Barnes went 5 innings giving 3 runs on 7 hits and striking out 4 on 75 pitches & went 1-3 with a single & run scored

Taylor Nolan went 1 inning not allowing a run & giving up 1 hit on 9 pitches

Tripp Pierce went 1 inning not allowing a run & giving up 2 hits on 23 pitches

Frady drew a walk and scored a run

Woody went 1-3 with a double & 3 RBI

Nicholson went 2-3 with 2 singles and a run scored

Thomas went 1-2 with a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

 

Pickens

Caswell Smith went 2 innings giving up 2 ER, 1 unearned on 2 hits & striking out 2 on 42 pitches & went 2-3

Damain Watkins went 2 innings giving up 1 ER, 1 unearned on 2 hits on 26 pitches

Isaiah Payne went 2 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits & striking out 1 on 32 pitches

Brady Moore went 1 inning striking out 3 and walking 1 on 18 pitches & went 2-3 with 1 RBI

Josh Holbert went 2-3 with 2 singles & a run scored

Michael Burrell scored a run (courtesy ran for Gabe Groover)

Tyler Vreeland went 2-3 with 2 singles & 1 RBI

Will Lawrence had a sacrifice RBI

Adam Massey went 2-3 with a run scored

 

Both teams will now get ready for the JV Mountain League Tournament this week. The Tournament will begin on Friday and will run through Saturday. All games will be held at GHS.

 

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