Smith Tosses Complete Game As Dragons Take Series From Heritage

PHS Baseball

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.



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.



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.



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 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.



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


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.



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.


Four Score In Double Figures As Dragons Defeat Generals

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After the Nettes’ took down the Lady Generals in overtime, the Dragons looked to complete the jv/varsity sweep as earlier on in the day, the jv Nettes’ defeated Heritage 36-29. If the season had ended prior to the game, the Dragons would be the 6th seed & would take on these Heritage Generals in the first round of the 6-AAAA region tournament. There’s still a lot of time to improve on that before tournament time however, & Pickens looked to do that. Prior to the game, PHS senior Seth Bishop was recognized for scoring his 1,000th career point last Saturday against Forsyth Central.

Early on in the 1st, it was the Generals getting things started. Pickens, was able to get back into it prior to the end of the frame as Heritage led the Dragons 16-11, going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Dragons offense came alive. The defense led to offense with Pickens outscoring the Generals 18-10. Those final 3 points of the half came by way of a buzzer beater from sophomore Tucker Lowe. Going to the break, the Dragons held a 29-26 lead over Heritage.

In the 3rd, the Dragons kept up the pace they set in the 2nd quarter as they held the vc

Generals to 12 3rd quarter points, while scoring 23 points, to extend their lead going to the 4th, 53-38. In the 4th, the Generals made a big run, cutting the Pickens lead down to single digits. The Dragons, were able to hold off Heritage, getting the win, 75-65 & ending a 12 game losing streak.



Seth Bishop: 25 points, 3 assists, 13 rebounds, 1 block

Tucker Lowe: 19 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Zach Goss: 15 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Hunter Hermann: 13 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks

Owen Moss: 3 points, 10 assists, 1 rebound, 2 steals


The Dragons, will look to build off of this win when they head to Rossville to take on the Panthers of Ridgeland. Pickens, defeated Ridgeland earlier on in the season & will be looking to complete the season sweep. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.


Dragons Fall To Bulldogs As Bishop Surpasses 1,000 Career Points

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After the JV Nettes’ & varsity Nettes’ picked up big wins, the Dragons varsity basketball team looked to complete the afternoon sweep over 7A Forsyth Central.


The Bulldogs, started the game on a 7-0 run. Pickens, fought back and after one, Forsyth Central led the Dragons, 21-16. In the 2nd quarter, the Dragons stayed within striking distance as the Bulldogs kept the lead going into halftime, 41-30.


The 3rd quarter, saw a career achievement reached as Senior Seth Bishop surpassed 1,000 points during his time at PHS. Forsyth Central, used a 23-12 quarter run to extend their lead going to the 4th, 64-42. The 4th quarter was closly contested with the Bulldogs barely outscoring the dragons, 17-15. Forsyth Central took the win however, 81-57.



Seth Bishop: 23 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds

Zach Goss: 9 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds

Brady Moore: 7 points, 4 rebounds

Owen Moss: 3 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 3 assists, 1 steal

Alex Snelgrove: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal

Hayes Pickett: 3 points, 1 rebound

Noah Sutton: 3 points

Andrew Smith: 2 points

Hunter Hermann: 1 assist, 5 rebounds


The Dragons, will be back in region action on Tuesday as they host the Heritage Generals in a big region contest. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.


Dragons Come Close, Fall To Heritage, Host Ridgeland On Friday

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After the Nettes’ & Lady Generals wrapped up, it was time for the final game of the evening as the Dragons took on the Generals of Heritage. Pickens, came into the game looking to get their first win on the young season & get region play started off on the right foot.


In the 1st, the Generals found their shot from deep early. Heritage, took a 18-6 lead over the Dragons going to the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Pickens was able to get some offense going, but the Generals also kept up their offensive output from the opening quarter. Going into the half, Heritage led the Dragons, 41-25.


The 2nd half saw much improvement for the Dragons as they were able to chip away at the Heritage lead. By outscoring the Generals 18-11 in the 3rd, Pickens found themselves down 52-43, going to the 4th. In the 4th, Pickens had the General lead down to as much as 7, & outscoring them in the 2nd half, 28-23, Heritage was able to hold on at the end & get the win, 64-53.



Zach Goss: 24 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Seth Bishop: 13 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 steal

Owen Moss: 8 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 3 steals

Brady Moore: 5 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound


The Dragons, will finally make their 2018-19 home debut as they welcome the Ridgeland Panthers to the Dragons Den on Friday night. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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