Dragons split doubleheader, win series against Heritage

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

 

Game One:

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

 

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

Chad Pacas on the mound for Pickens

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

 

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

Tyler Vreeland batting for the Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Stats:

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

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

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

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

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

Seth Densmore: two walks:

Colby James: one sacrifice bunt, one single

Drake Sutton:two walks, and two RBI

Alex Snelgrove: one hit by pitch

 

 

Game Two:

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

 

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

Alex Snelgrove pitching for the Dragons

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

 

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

 

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

Dragons up to bat in game three of the series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-4 with two singles

Hunter White: sacrifice bunt

Tyler Vreeland: one walk

Austin Chester: one hit by pitch

Colby James: 1-3 with a single

Drake Sutton: one walk

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

 

6-AAAA Standings:

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

Pickens: 13-2 (5-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 5-7 (4-1)

Heritage: 4-10 (3-3)

Ridgeland: 5-4 (2-2)

Lafayette: 5-6 (1-1)

Gilmer: 3-10 (0-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 6-6 (0-4)

 

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

Dragons pick up win in series opener with Heritage

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

 

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

 

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

Starter Colby James about to throw a pitch

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

 

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

Chad Pacas with 3 RBI on the night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Stats:

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

Hunter White: one walk, and one run scored

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

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

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

Seth Densmore: one walk

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

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

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

Jarod Whitmore: two runs scored

Colby Brooks: one run scored

 

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

 

 

Dragons sweep Raiders in region series

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After the scheduled game for Thursday was rained out, the decision was made to turn games two and three into a doubleheader between the Pickens Dragons and the Southeast Whitfield Raiders at PHS. The Dragons, took game one of the series on Tuesday by a score of 13-2 in five innings and looked to continue the roll they’ve been on lately. In cold and windy weather, Pickens took game two 13-1, and game three 14-4 to earn the series sweep.

Game One:

For the first game of the doubleheader, the Southeast Whitfield Raiders were the designated home team. In the top of the first, Brady Moore and Hunter White led off the game with back to back walks. After a double play turned by the Raiders, Chad Pacas drove in White with an RBI double to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the first, Southeast Whitfield scored a run on two hits to tie things up 1-1 going to the top of the second.

In the top of the second, Jarod Whitmore led off with a double, starting pitcher Alex Snelgrove and Moore were hit by pitches, Tyler Vreeland knocked in Whitmore with an RBI single, Pacas drove in Snelgrove after a fly out, and Moore and Vreeland scored on a passed ball to make it 5-1 Pickens. In the bottom of the second, Snelgrove collected his first strikeout of the game and held the Raiders scoreless to send us to the third, Dragons ahead, 5-1.

Chad Pacas up to bat for the Dragons

In the top of the third, Colby James got things going with a 1-out single, Whitmore followed with a single, Snelgrove helped himself out with an RBI single to bring in James, Moore drew another walk, then Vreeland came through with a 2-out, 3-RBI single scoring Whitmore, Snelgrove, and Moore to make it 9-1 Dragons. In the bottom of the inning, the Raiders did pick up their third and fourth hit of the game, but Snelgrove was able to keep any runs from scoring to send us to the fourth, Pickens up on Southeast Whitfield 9-1.

In the top of the fourth, Austin Chester hit a 1-out double, and his courtesy runner Colby Brooks would eventually come around to score to make it 10-1. The bottom of the fourth saw Snelgrove pick up his second strikeout as he continued his solid outing. Going to the top of the fifth, Pickens led the Raiders, 10-1.

Alex Snelgrove on the mound for Pickens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the fifth, after a 1-out single by White, and a walk by Vreeland, Pacas would send one over the fence for a 3-run home run to make it 13-1 Dragons. In the bottom of the fifth, Snelgrove picked up strikeout number three and closed things out as the Dragons took game one of the doubleheader and game two of the series, 13-1 in five innings.

Stats:

Brady Moore: two walks, one hit-by-pitch, and two runs scored

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

Tyler Vreeland: 2-3 with two singles, one walk, three RBI, and two runs scored

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with a double, a home run, five RBI, and one run scored

Austin Chester: 1-1 with a double, two walks, and one hit-by-pitch

Seth Densmore: one walk

Colby James: 1-3 with a single, and one run scored

Jarod Whitmore: 3-3 with a double, two singles, and two runs scored

Alex Snelgrove: 1-2 with a single, one hit-by-pitch, one RBI, two runs scored and 5 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 1 R, 1 ER on 68 pitches

Game Two:

In the top of the first of game three, the Raiders had one of their more productive innings of the series as they strung together two runs on four hits to take a 2-0 lead going to the bottom of the inning. After a lead off single by Brady Moore to lead off the bottom of the first, Hunter White got on base after a fielder’s choice. White eventually came around to score on a passed ball to cut the Southeast Whitfield lead down to 2-1 going to the top of the second.

Starting pitcher Seth Densmore  had an easier time of it in the top of the second as he picked up a strikeout and needed just five pitches to send us to the bottom of the frame. Densmore came up with one out in the bottom of the second and hit a double, Colby James would be hit by a pitch, then Alex Snelgrove came up and hit a 2-out, 2-RBI triple to give the Dragons a 3-2 lead over the Raiders heading to the third.

Seth Densmore pitching in game two

In the top of the third, the Raiders answered the Dragons with two runs on three hits to retake the lead 4-3 going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, White led off with a single, and Pacas drove him in with an RBI double. Austin Chester got on with a single, then Densmore knocked in two with a 2-RBI double to make it 6-4 Pickens over Southeast Whitfield going to the fourth.

In the top of the fourth, Densmore needed 19 pitches, but kept the Raiders off the board to send the Dragons bats back up to the plate. In the bottom of the inning, getting an RBI single from Pacas, a 3-RBI double by Chester, an RBI single by James, and an RBI ground out by Moore. All together, the Dragons scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 13-4 going to the top of the fifth.

Dragons catcher Austin Chester with the hit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the fifth, Pacas came on in relief of Densmore and looked good in his only inning of work. Pacas collected a strikeout on 16 pitches to send us to the bottom of the fifth. In the bottom half of the inning, Pacas reached on an error, Chester walked, and courtesy runner Colby Brooks came around to score the game winning run on a passed ball as the Dragons took game three 14-4 in five innings.

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-4 with two singles, one RBI, and one run scored

Hunter White: 1-4 with one single and two runs scored

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with a double, a single, two RBI, and two runs scored

Austin Chester: 2-3 with a single, a double, one walk, and three RBI

Seth Densmore: 2-2 with two doubles, one hit-by-pitch, and two RBI

Colby James: 1-2 with a single, a hit-by-pitch, one RBI, and two runs scored

Jarod Whitmore: 1-2 with a single, and a walk

Alex Snelgrove: 1-1 with a triple, one walk, one hit-by-pitch, two RBI, and one run scored

6-AAAA Standings:

Pickens: 11-1 (3-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 4-6 (3-0)

Heritage: 3-8 (2-1)

Lafayette: 4-4 (0-0)

Ridgeland: 4-4 (1-2)

Southeast Whitfield: 6-4 (0-3)

Gilmer: 2-9 (0-3)

Next week, the Dragons will continue region play as they will begin a series with the Heritage Generals. Game one of the series will be at home on Tuesday with a first pitch time of 5:30 pm.

Dragons finish fourth in region, face St. Pius on Friday

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After weather pushed games back a couple of days, the Pickens Dragons traveled to Southeast Whitfield on Monday to take on the Heritage Generals in the boys third place game of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. In the end, the Generals were able to come away with the win, 63-45.

 

The opening quarter saw a slow start for both teams to begin with. Heritage, got things going for themselves towards the end of the frame and raced out to a 13-4 lead over the Dragons going to the second.

Dragons on offense

Un the second quarter, it was much closer in terms of scoring as Pickens finally got something working. The Generals, outscored the Dragons 19-13 in the frame. Owen Moss, gave Pickens a little momentum heading into halftime as he hit a buzzer beating three from the other side of the floor. Heritage, took a 32-17 lead into the break.

Pickens on defense against Heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third, the bad luck on offense for the Dragons continued as the shots were just not falling on a consistent basis. The Generals extended their lead by outscoring Pickens 20-11, and taking a 52-28 lead into the fourth.

Ean Goodwin with the shot attempt

The fourth quarter, was the best quarter for the Dragons as they were able to outscore Heritage 17-11 in the fame. The Generals however would walk away with this one, 63-45.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Daniel Tetterton: 12 points

Owen Moss: 11 points

Noah Sutton: 10 points

 

With the loss, the Dragons will be the fourth seed out of 6-AAAA in the upcoming 4A State Tournament. They will travel to take on the top seed out of 8-AAAA, the St. Pius X Golden Lions in the first round of the 4A State Tournament. Game time is set for 7:30 pm and will be played on Friday.

Dragons to battle for third place on Monday

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The Pickens Dragons came into the 6-AAAA Region Tournament semifinals on Friday looking to continue the momentum built on Tuesday with their big quarterfinal win over Ridgeland. To earn a trip to the region championship and host a first State Tournament game, they’d have to get past the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. After a battle, the Bruins took this one 65-47.

 

The opening quarter, was very closely played with both teams finding success early. Going to the second quarter, Northwest Whitfield took a 15-11 lead.

Will Roland with the basketball

In the second quarter, the game stayed close with both teams trading shots like a heavyweight fight. Both the Dragons and the Bruins scored 17 points in the frame as Northwest Whitfield to a 32-28 lead over Pickens into the break.

Dragons defending the Bruins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, things started to get away from the Dragons a bit as they found very little luck on the offensive end. The Bruins, outscored Pickens 18-7 in the frame to take a 50-35 lead going to the fourth.

Luke Rogers with the basketball

In the fourth, the Dragons attempted to make a comeback, but the Bruins were able to stop any attempts at one and came away with the 65-47 win.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 13 points

Tucker Lowe: 9 points

Luke Rogers: 9 points

Daniel Tetterton: 8 points

 

The 6-AAAA Boys consolation game had been scheduled for today at 5:30 pm but do to weather, that has now been moved to Monday. The Dragons will battle the Heritage Generals for third place at Southeast Whitfield on Monday. Winner will travel to North Oconee for the first round of the 4A State Tournament.

Dragons get road win, sweep Generals

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The Pickens Dragons (13-4, 5-2) traveled up to Ringgold to battle the Heritage Generals (7-11, 3-4) in a big 6-AAAA region meeting. Pickens, picked up a win earlier in the season against the Generals, and looked to earn the regular season sweep much like the Nettes did before them.

 

To open the ball game, the Generals went on a 5-0 run to take an early lead. Heritage, would race out to a 14-7 lead, but the Dragons made a run. Fueled by Tucker Lowe, Luke Rogers, and Noah Sutton, Pickens went on an 11-0 run to take an 18-14 lead. The Generals, closed out the quarter on a 5-2 run, but the Dragons held a slim lead of 20-19, going to the second.

Dragons moving the ball on offense

The second quarter saw both teams trade buckets as this one remained tightly contested. Just before the end of the first half, Zac Tetterton hit a big three pointer to put the Dragons up 37-33 over Heritage as we hit the break.

Dragons defending the in-bounds pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Generals would reclaim the lead, 38-37, after a quick 5-0 run. The two teams continued to trade buckets as the score would tied twice during the frame. The Dragons, closed the quarter on a 7-0 run after buckets from Owen Moss, Will Roland, and a three pointer by Lowe to give Pickens a 57-50 lead going to the fourth.

Tucker Lowe attempting a three

In the fourth quarter, the Dragons held a 10 point lead several times during the final frame. Heritage however, would not go quietly. After being down 10, the Generals cut the Pickens lead down to 72-71. The Dragons, extended their lead after five straight free throws to make it 77-71. The Generals cut the lead to 77-74 after a three. Lowe then made a pair of free throws to make it 79-74. After Heritage intentionally fouled Lowe, the Generals were called for a technical foul. Lowe, stepped up and hit four straight free throws to put the game away and give the Dragons the win, 83-74.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 26 points (four three point makes, 11-12 from the free throw line)

Luke Rogers: 21 points, 12 rebounds

Noah Sutton: 14 points

Owen Moss: 8 points

 

Pickens will be at home on Friday as they host the Ridgeland Panthers in another big 6-AAAA game. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.

Comeback attempt falls short for dragons against bruins

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After getting a much needed win on Friday against Southeast Whitfield, the Pickens Dragons (12-4, 4-2) looked to carry that momentum into their game against the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins (7-4, 5-1). As was the case in the girls game, this game had 2nd place in the region on the line with both teams at 4-1.

 

In the first quarter, both teams traded buckets as the Dragons got early buckets from Luke Rogers and Tucker Lowe. Northwest Whitfield went on a 5-0 run, to take a 9-4 lead. Ean Goodwin then nailed a three pointer to cut that lead down to 9-7. It would be a quarter of runs as the Bruins went on a 6-0 run, then Pickens would go on a 5-0 run. Going to the second, Northwest Whitfield held a 23-14 lead.

Dragons running a play on offense

In the second quarter, the Dragons kept trying to chip away before the half, but the Bruins seemed to have a counter for everything. Northwest Whitfield, outscored Pickens 16-11 in the frame, to take a 39-25 lead into the break.

Tucker Lowe attempting a three

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Dragons cut the Bruins lead down to 10 after a bucket from Owen Moss. Northwest Whitfield, would go on a 9-0 run to stretch their lead out to 53-34. Pickens went on a 4-0 run to end the third as the Bruins took a 58-42 lead into the fourth.

Dragons defending Northwest Whitfield

In the fourth quarter, the Dragons tried to make a furious comeback. Down 20 at one point in the third, Pickens cut the lead down to 10. Pickens would get it down to single digits, but the Bruins held on to get the win, 71-62.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Luke Rogers: 15 points

Noah Sutton: 15 points

Tucker Lowe: 12 points

 

6-AAAA Boys Standings:

Lafayette: 14-2 (6-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 7-4 (5-1)

Pickens: 12-4 (4-2)

Heritage: 7-10 (3-3)

Gilmer: 6-7 (2-3)

Ridgeland: 4-11 (1-5)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-17 (0-6)

 

On Tuesday, the Dragons will be on the road as they take on the Heritage Generals. Third place will be on the line in this one. Earlier in the season, Pickens picked up a win over the Generals by a score of 52-45. Tip off for this one is set for 7:30 pm.

Dragons remain unbeaten after region win

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After the Nettes got their win to open up region play, the Dragons took the floor looking to complete the sweep over Heritage. Pickens came in undefeated at 4-0. With a win, the Dragons would surpass their win total from the 2018-19 season.

 

In the opening quarter, the Dragons got off to an incredible start led by Noah Sutton. Sutton, scored the first seven points for Pickens. The Dragons, used that run to help propel them to an 18-9 lead over the Generals after one.

In the 2nd quarter, the scoring in the frame was pretty tight. Pickens, outscored Heritage 15-11, after a furious rally towards the end of the half. Going to the break, the Dragons led the Generals, 33-20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 3rd quarter, Heritage was looking to get themselves back into the game. Using a 15-10 quarter run, the Generals did just that. Going to the 4th, the Dragons lead was cut to 43-35.

In the 4th, the Generals did all they could to try to cut into the Dragons lead, shooting three after three. Pickens, held on and get the win, 52-45.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Ean Goodwin: 15 points

Owen Moss: 14 points

Noah Sutton: 13 points

Tucker Lowe: 7 points

Luke Rogers: 3 points

 

Pickens moves to 5-0 now on the season after that win and, more importantly, 1-0 in region play. The Dragons will be on the road in Rossville this Friday night as they take on the Ridgeland Panthers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm.

Heartbreak At Heritage As Dragons Fall By One In Tough Road Game

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team made their way up to Catoosa County in Ringgold to take on the Heritage Generals in what could’ve been labeled as the most important game of the season up to date. With both squarely in the region championship picture for 6-AAAA, Pickens came in atop the standings at 2-0, while Heritage came in right behind them at 1-1. This game, has  historically been back and forth in the last several seasons and this one turned out to be no different.

 

Heritage won the opening toss and elected to receive to begin the ball game. The Generals, generally, are a throw first type of team offensively, but came out running the first couple of plays on this opening drive. Heritage would end the drive with points as they connected on a 40-yd touchdown pass to make it 7-0 with 9:27 to go in the 1st quarter. Not to be outdone, the Dragons would drive down the field using their run game, & capped their first scoring drive off with a 23-yd touchdown pass from CJ Streicher to Alex Snelgrove. After one, the Dragons and the Generals were knotted up at 7 apiece. Both defenses took over in the 2nd quarter with only one score coming by way of a 1-yd touchdown run by Heritage. Going into the half, the Generals led Pickens by a score of 14-7.

The 3rd quarter mirrored the 2nd quarter as again, there was only one score. That came after a 4-yd touchdown run by the Generals at the 1:02 mark. Going to the 4th, Heritage had a 21-7 lead over Pickens, but the Dragons were not done yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Streicher got the comeback attempt started with a 1-yd touchdown run at the 10:51 mark to make it 21-14. After trading possessions for the majority of the quarter, Pickens broke through with a touchdown pass from Streicher to Jarod Whitmore. with 1:25 to go in the game. The ensuing PAT attempt was ruled no good however & the Generals kept their lead at 21-20. The Dragons almost got the ball back with under 30 seconds left after Heritage fumbled the ball trying to run the remaining time off the clock, but the Generals were able to recover, and take this one, 21-20.

6-AAAA Region Standings

Northwest Whitfield: 2-0

Heritage: 2-1

Pickens: 2-1

Gilmer: 1-1

Ridgeland: 1-1

LaFayette: 1-2

Southeast Whitfield: 0-3

 

While this type of loss will sting a little bit if your a Dragon fan, Pickens is certainly not out of any potential playoff spot yet. Next up for the Dragons, a date at home with the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. As you see from the standings above, this one will be another critical game next Friday at 7:30.

Streicher Goes For 6 Total TD’s As Dragons Get Homecoming Win

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After a long night in Ellijay last Friday, the Dragons were back home at Dragon Stadium hosting the Southeast Whitfield Raiders for their Homecoming game. The Raiders, came into the ball game 0-5, & 0-1 in region play, but on Tuesday during Dragon Talk, Coach Nelson talked about how you can’t afford to take anyone lightly, especially region teams.

 

Southeast Whitfield began the ball game with the ball, but only managed one first down as the Dragons defense forced a punt. The first drive for Pickens saw promise, but stalled out near the red zone. The Dragons would settle for a 26-yd field goal by Juan Sanchez, to put them on top 3-0, with 5:02 left in the opening quarter. The Raiders, on their next possession, connected on a 32-yd touchdown pass to take the lead over the Dragons, 7-3. Going to the 2nd quarter, The Raiders had a 7-3 lead, but the Dragons were driving.

A minute into the 2nd quarter, Senior QB CJ Streicher found the end zone for a 3-yd touchdown run, giving Pickens the lead back, 10-7. 2 minutes & 19 seconds later, Streicher made a nice cut to the far side of the field & scampered 77-yds for the touchdown. With 8:19 left in the first half, the Dragons led the Raiders, 17-7. Pickens found the end zone for the 3rd time in the quarter when Streicher lofted up a deep ball & Mykel Hand came down with it, giving the Dragons a 24-7 lead, going into the break.

 

Southeast Whitfield, got the scoring going in the 2nd half as they connected on another touchdown pass, to cut the Dragon lead down to 24-14, with 7:50 to go in the 3rd. Pickens answered the Raider touchdown with a touchdown of their own as Streicher took it in for 6 from 8-yds out, to make it 31-14, with 5:22 left in the 3rd. The Dragons scored again at the 1:36 mark of the 3rd when Streicher found fellow Senior Alex Snelgrove in the corner of the end zone with an 11-yd touchdown pass, making it 38-14. Pickens, would make one more house call in the 3rd quarter as Streicher found a wide open Dylan Arp for a 20-yd touchdown, to give the Dragons a 45-14 lead, going to the 4th.

With a running clock in the 4th, the Raiders scored their final touchdown after a 37-yd run. Pickens, picked off a pass just before time expired to seal their 3rd straight win overall, & their 2nd straight in region play, 45-21.

 

6-AAAA Region Standings:

Pickens: 4-2 (2-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 4-1 (1-0)

Heritage: 4-2 (1-1)

LaFayette: 3-3 (1-1)

Ridgeland: 1-4 (1-1)

Gilmer: 2-3 (0-1)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-6 (0-2)

 

Pickens, will be back on the road next week, as they take on the Generals of Heritage. As you see in the standings above, these two teams are firmly in the race for a region championship. Heritage is coming off of a back and forth win over LaFayette on the road, 37-34. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm next Friday.

Dragons Shut Down Generals To Move To 7-0

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Last Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team, fresh off being named the High 5 Sports Team of the Week, hosted the Heritage Generals in a big 6-AAAA region match up. This was a big game for Pickens, not just because of the region implications,but because the Generals have come away the victors in the last two meetings.

 

The Generals, won the toss and wanted the ball to start the game on offense. The Dragon defense, would force a General punt attempt. Heritage, went for a fake punt, but Pickens had it sniffed out, & gave the Dragons offense good field position for their first possession of the game. That possession ended with a touchdown for Pickens as Junior QB CJ Streicher got in from 2-yds out, to make it 7-0 Dragons with 5:35 left in the first quarter. Pickens added to their lead just before the end of the 1st quarter after a 22-yd TD run from Michael Burrell, to make it 14-0 Dragons, going to the 2nd.

 

Pickens got back to work just 58 seconds into the 2nd quarter as Streicher lofted one up for Zach Goss, who made a great adjustment on the ball, and scored from 24-yds out to make it 21-0 with 11:02 left in the first half. Last week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player of the Week Trevon Hawkins added to the lead for Pickens with a 1-yd TD run to make it 27-0 Dragons with 9 minutes left in the 1st half. Much like the 1st quarter, the Dragons got points just before the end of the 2nd when Streicher tossed one up for Goss in the back of the end zone for a 6-yd TD to make it 34-0 Pickens over Heritage as we hit the half.

 

The only score in the 3rd quarter came from the Dragons, who got the ball first to start the 2nd half. Brady Moore capped off the drive with a 1-yd TD run to make it 41-0 Pickens going to the 4th. The only score in the 4th quarter also came from the Dragons as Dawson Turner scampered in from 6-yds out to make it 48-0. Your final score, 48-0 Pickens over Heritage.

 

Stats:

Total Yards: 437

Passing Yards: 139

Rushing Yards: 298

Takeaways: 2 interceptions

PAT: 6-7

CJ Streicher: 9-12, 139 yards, 2 TD, 11 rushes, 88 yards, 1 TD, 1 punt for 45 yards

Michael Burrell: 8 rushes, 90 yards, 1 TD, 1 catch, 19 yards

Dawson Turner: 4 rushes, 33 yards, 1 TD

Trevon Hawkins: 3 rushes, 29 yards, 1 TD, 5 total tackles, 1 pass break up

Brady Moore: 9 rushes, 29 yards, 1 TD, 4 total tackles, 1 pass break up

Zach Goss: 3 catches, 57 yards, 2 TD’s

Hunter Hermann: 9 total tackles, 1 pass break up

Dallas McHale: 7 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass break up

Andrew Macom: 6 total tackles, 1 pass break up

Jay Jones: 5 total tackles, 1 interception

Kaleb Ray: 1 interception

Bailey Dispain: 1-1 on PAT

Jose Sanchez: 5-6 on PAT

 

6-AAAA Standings:

Pickens: 7-0 (3-0)

Ridgeland: 4-2 (2-0)

NW Whitfield: 4-2 (1-1)

Heritage: 2-5 (1-2)

LaFayette: 4-3 (1-2)

SE Whitfield: 3-4 (1-2)

Gilmer: 0-6 (0-2)

 

Next Week, the Dragons will take to the road to take on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in another major game that’ll have big implications heading towards the final stretch of the regular season. Kick off is set for 7:30 pm.

Dragons Basketball Season Ends At Region Tournament

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Late afternoon yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to Southeast Whitfield to begin their part of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. Pickens, came in as the #6 seed, while their opponent, the Heritage Generals, came in as the #3 seed. Pickens & Heritage split their meetings during the regular season. The winner, would advance to the 4A State Tournament, & to the semifinals.

 

In the 1st, the Dragons came out aggressive, & making three pointers early. Tucker Lowe hit 3 three’s, & Andrew Smith nailed a three to lead Pickens to a 18-16 lead after the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter, the Generals made a run, but the Dragons were able to keep it close. Going into the break, Heritage led Pickens, 32-28.

 

The 3rd quarter saw the Generals pull away a little bit using a 20-9 quarter run, but remember, we have seen Pickens come back from down double digits in the 2nd half in games late this season. Going to the 4th, Heritage held a 52-37 advantage. In the 4th, both teams scored 11 points a piece, as the Generals came away with the win, 63-48.

 

Stats:

Tucker Lowe: 15 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds

Andrew Smith: 10 points, 2 blocks

Hunter Hermann: 5 points, 3 assists, 13 rebounds, 6 steals

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

Noah Sutton: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal

Smith Tosses Complete Game As Dragons Take Series From Heritage

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On a sunny Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Heritage Generals to Dragons Field for the rubber match of the 3-game set. On Wednesday, the Generals took game 2, 9-3, so the winner of this one would not only take the series, but would also claim 2nd place in the region standings by themselves.

 

College of Charleston signee Caswell Smith started this game for the Dragons & he had a terrific outing. Smith needed 11 pitches, & collected his 1st strikeout in the top of the 1st. In the bottom of the inning, Colby James brought in Jarod Whitmore, to make it 1-0 Pickens, going to the 2nd. Smith added two strikeouts to his total in the top of the 2nd, keeping it 1-0 Dragons. Brady Moore & Smith both got 2-out hits, but were left stranded as we’d head to the 3rd.

 

Smith, continued his nice start to the game by striking out two more Generals to keep Heritage off the board in the top of the 3rd. Pickens, would go down in order in the bottom of the frame, & we would go to the 4th, Pickens still ahead, 1-0. Smith again would add two strikeouts to his total in the top of the 4th, still holding Heritage scoreless.  Pickens broke through in the bottom of the 4th after Chad Pacas hit a solo home run, Smith doubled in Moore, & Whitemore scored on a passed ball, to make it 4-0 Pickens going to the 5th.

 

Smith’s performance on the mound yesterday was one to remember. Allowing the only two hits against him to come in the top of the 7th. Pickens held on to get a big win 4-0, taking the series from Heritage, 2-1.

 

Pickens, will continue region play next week, as they square off against the Gilmer Bobcats in a three game series. Game one, will be in Ellijay on Tuesday at 5:30.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-3 with 2 singles & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 3-3 with 2 singles, 1 double, & 1 RBI & 7IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 14K on 104 pitches

Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a single

Colby James: 1 RBI

Austin Chester: 1 walk

Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a home run, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Jarod Whitmore: 2 runs scored

Dragons Take Game 1 From Heritage In Comeback Fashion

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On Tuesday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Heritage Generals to begin a big 3 game region series. Pickens, opened region play winning the series with Southeast Whitfield 2-1, while Heritage defeated Ridgeland in their first series, 2-1.

 

Colby James started for the Dragons in game one. Heritage led off the game with a double, but James was able to work around it to hold the Generals scoreless in the top of the 1st. Pickens, started their scoring early as Brady Moore led off the bottom of the frame with a double, was moved to third after a single by Caswell Smith, & would be driven in by James, to make it 1-0 Dragons going to the 2nd.

 

The Generals, claimed the lead in the top of the 2nd as they plated two runs on four hits, to take a 2-1 advantage. Pickens would get a 2-out double by Hunter White, but White would be left stranded & we would head to the 3rd, Heritage ahead, 2-1. In the 3rd, the Generals added to their lead by scoring 2 runs to make it 4-1. In the bottom of the inning, Smith drove in Moore, & Austin Chester drove in Smith to cut the Heritage lead to 4-3, going to the 4th.

 

Again, the Generals would score twice in the top of the 4th to make it 6-3. In the bottom of the 4th, Pickens picked up a run when White scored on a passed ball, to make it 6-4 Heritage, going to the 5th. The 5th inning, got a little crazy. Heritage continued their trend of scoring two runs to make it 8-4. In the bottom of the frame, the Dragons batted around and scored 7 times to retake the lead from the Generals, 11-8.

 

The Dragons, were able to hold on in the final two innings to come away with a big region win over the Generals, 11-8. These two teams will play again today, this time at Heritage. First pitch set for 5:30.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 3-4 with 2 doubles, 1 single, & 3 runs scored

Caswell Smith: 3-4 with 3 singles, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 RBI

Colby James: 1 RBI & 1 hit by pitch

Will Lawrence: 1-4 with a single & 1 run scored

Austin Chester: 2-4 with a double, a single, 2 RBI

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with asingle, a double, 1 RBI

Hunter White: 1-2 with a double, 2 walks, & 1 run scored

Seth Densmore: 2 RBI

 

 

 

Dragons Drop Series Finale To Raiders, Host Heritage Next Week

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team headed back to Dalton to take on the Southeast Whitfield Raiders for the 3rd and final game of the series. Pickens, won the first two games by a score of 6-3 & 7-2, getting the series win. They went into Southeast Whitfield looking to complete the sweep.

 

The Dragons, had an early threat in the top of the first, with 2 hits, but left 2 stranded with nothing doing. Dragon starter & Wallace State signee Will Lawrence got the start & pitched really well. The Senior needed only 13 pitches to get out of the bottom of the first. During that frame, Lawrence collected two strike outs. In the top of the 2nd, catcher Austin Chester led off with a single, & Hunter White brought in Jarod Whitmore, who was courtesy running for Chester, to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead. Lawrence got into a bit of a jam in the bottom of the 2nd, but the Raiders were held scoreless, & Pickens took a 1-0 lead into the 3rd.

 

Lawrence, did a good job of getting out of a major jam in the bottom of the 3rd. The Raiders had the bases loaded, but only scored 1 run to tie things up, going to the 4th. The Raiders took the in the bottom of the 4th, scoring two runs to make it 3-1. Southeast Whitfield extended their lead in the bottom of the 5th with another run, making it 4-1 Raiders.

 

In the top of the 6th, Pickens had a major threat going as they looked to get back into the game in the later innings. The Dragons did plate a run as a Hunter White walk brought in Colby James. That’s all the Dragons would get however as they left the bases loaded, now trailing, 4-2.

 

In the top of the 7th, Brady Moore led off with a double, stole 3rd, & came in to score after an overthrow by the Raiders catcher on a pickoff attempt. Southeast Whitfield was able to recover & hold on to get the win, 4-3.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-4 with 1 single, 1 double, & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1 walk & 1 hit by pitch

Tyler Vreeland: 1-4 with a single

Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles & 1 run scored

Will Lawrence: 1-3 with a single & 6 IP, 6 K, 4 H, 3 walks, 0 ER on 105 pitches

Austin Chester: 2-3 with 2 singles

Chad Pacas: 2 hit by pitches

Hunter White: 2 RBI

Jarod Whitmore: 1 run scored

 

Pickens, is now 2nd in 6-AAAA after the first week of region play at 2-1. Next week, they will host the team they are tied in 2nd with, the Heritage Generals. Game one of the three game series will begin on Tuesday at Dragons Field. First Pitch is scheduled for 5:30.

 

Dragons Fall To Southeast Whitfield, Turn Attention To Region Tournament

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After the Nettes’ big win, the Dragons took the floor to take on the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield in their final game of the regular season. Coming into the game, Pickens knew where they would be next week when the region tournament starts, but looked to get some momentum built going into it.

 

Southeast Whitfield, got off to the quick start in the opening quarter, but the Dragons were able to cut into the lead & the Raiders held a 14-9 advantage going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Raiders outscored Pickens 16-9, to extend their lead to 30-18 going into the break.

 

In the 3rd, the Raiders outscored the Dragons slightly, 14-12, to extend their lead to 44-30, going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, Pickens, did what they’ve done lately & made things interesting at the end. Trailing by 14 to start the frame, the Dragons stormed back and got within a couple of points of Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, outscored the Raiders 21-14 in the 4th, but Southeast Whitfield was able to hit a few late free throws to seal it, 58-51.

 

Stats:

Zach Goss: 22 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals

Hunter Hermann: 10 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks

Brady Moore: 7 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

Seth Bishop: 6 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds

Owen Moss: 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds

Hayes Pickett: 2 points

 

Pickens, will now look towards the 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield next week. The Dragons, will come in as the 6th seed, & take on the 3rd seeded Heritage Generals in the 1st round on Tuesday. Pickens & Heritage split their two regular season meetings with each winning on the others floor. Tip off is set for 6 pm.

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