Dragons Baseball Season Ends In 1st Round Of State Playoffs

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This past Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, made their way down to Cartersville to take on the Purple Hurricanes in the first round of the 4-A State Baseball Tournament. Pickens came in as the #4 seed from region 6, while Cartersville came in as the #1 seed out of region 5. These games, were originally scheduled for Thursday, but weather pushed it back. Cartersville even had a helicopter out to help dry the field prior to first pitch of game 1.

 

Game 1:

The Dragons, were the away team in game 1, & looked to get things going against the top team from region 5. Pickens, would be unable to get on base in the top half of the 1st, sending us to the bottom of the inning. Dragons starting pitcher, Caswell Smith, found himself in an early jam, but was able to hold Cartersville to 1 run & strikeout 2 in the process. We’d head to the 2nd, Purple Hurricanes up, 1-0. In the top of the 2nd, the Dragons saw a total of 8 pitches, & flew out in order, sending us to the bottom of the frame. Smith, came back with an 11 pitch inning, & picked up his 3rd K of the game, sending us to the 3rd, Cartersville leading Pickens, 1-0.

 

With 2-outs in the top of the 3rd, Dylan Huffman sent a a fly ball to shallow left field, the left fielder could not come up with the catch, & Huffman made it to 2nd on the play. Joseph Gossett, then drew a walk to put runners on 1st & 2nd. Jace Franklin then battled & kept fouling off pitches. With a 2-2 count, Franklin laced a double in right center, scoring Huffman & tying the game up a 1. Cartersville, looking to retake the lead in the bottom of the inning, had 2 runners on with nobody out. Smith, with help from the defense behind him, was able to get out of that jam, keeping it a 1-1 game, going to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, the Purple Hurricanes brought in a new pitcher, & he was able to  get the Dragons in order. In the bottom of the 4th, Cartersville, was able to reclaim the lead, 2-1, going to the 5th.

 

Gossett, would get a 2-out single in the top of the 5th, but that would be all for the Dragons in the top half of the frame. The Purple Hurricanes, would plate 2 more runs in the bottom of the 5th, making it 4-1, going to the 6th. With 2-outs in the top of the 6th, Pickens got back to back singles from Chad Pacas & Colby James. Tyler Vreeland, made it three straight hits, but Evan Jones (running for Pacas), would be called out at the plate, trying to score from 2nd, keeping the score 4-1. In the bottom of the 6th, Cartersville, got a solo home run, to make it 5-1, going to the 7th. The Purple Hurricanes, would take game 1, 5-1.

 

Stats:

Caswell Smith: 6IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 7K, 106 pitches

Joseph Gossett: 1-3 with a walk & a single

Jace Franklin: 1-3 with a double & 1 RBI

Brady Moore: 1 walk

Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a single

Colby James: 1-3 with a single

Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a single

Dylan Huffman: 1 run scored

 

Game 2:

The two teams switched roles for game two as Pickens was now the home team, & Cartersville was the away team. The Purple Hurricanes, jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first as they would plate 3 runs, to take an early 3-0 lead. The Dragons, went quietly in the bottom of the 1st, sending us to the 2nd, Cartersville leading, 3-0. In the top of the 2nd, the Purple Hurricanes added 2 more runs, to stretch the lead out to 5-0. In the bottom of the frame, Pickens, again would be unable to get anything going, & we’d head to the 3rd, Dragons trailing Cartersville, 5-0.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Cartersville, plated 1 run, to make it 6-0. In the bottom of the inning, Tyler Vreeland, would lead off the inning with the Dragons 1st hit of the game. The Purple Hurricanes, got out of the inning without any damage done, as we’d go to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, Cartersville, would score 6 times to make it 12-0. The Purple Hurricanes would go on to take game 2, 12-0 in 5 innings. Winning the series 2-0.

Dragons Honor Seniors, Take Series From Southeast Whitfield

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS varsity baseball team once again hosted the Southeast Whitfield Raiders at Dragons Field for the 3rd and final game of their series, & the final game of the region schedule. Prior to the game, the seniors on the 2018 PHS baseball team were honored for their contributions to PHS during their time.

 

In the top of the 1st, senior starter Isaiah Payne, had it working early. Payne needed just 10 pitches to get out of the top half of the 1st. Pickens, got a lead off single from senior Joseph Gossett, but Gossett would be left stranded at 3rd, & we would head to the 2nd, tied at 0. In the top of the 2nd, Payne continued his good early work by striking out two Raiders in the frame. In the bottom of the inning, A 1-out single from Colby James, a walk drawn by senior Lucas Headrick, and a single from Payne, would lead to a 2-out, 2-RBI base hit from Gossett as the Dragons took a 2-0 lead over Southeast Whitfield, heading to the 3rd.

 

Payne, now working with the lead, continued giving the Raiders trouble as he got out of the inning, using 16 pitches. In the bottom of the 3rd, a lead off walk drawn by senior Dylan Huffman, came back to bite Southeast Whitfield as Brady Moore drove Huffman in with a 1-out double. Moore would go on to steal 3rd, then come into score after a pitch got by the catcher. Pickens took a 4-0 lead, into the 4th. In the top of the 4th, the Raiders got their first hit of the game, but that would be all. In the bottom of the frame, Gossett, got a 2-out double, but would be caught trying to steal 3rd to end the inning. Going to the 5th, the Dragons held a 4-0 lead over Southeast Whitfield.

 

In the top of the 5th, Payne would throw one more pitch, then would be replaced with fellow senior, Clate McArthur. McArthur, would collect his 1st K of the day, & get out of the half inning on 11 pitches. In the bottom of the 5th, Huffman, got a 1-out base hit, Moore would be hit by a pitch, then James would get a 2-out RBI hit scoring Huffman to give the Dragons a 5-0 lead, going to the 6th. In the top of the 6th, Southeast Whitfield would plate 2 runs, cutting the Pickens lead to 5-2. The Dragons, got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning after Gossett hit a 1-out triple, & then came into score after Huffman drove him in after beating out a potential inning ending double play. The Dragons, held a 6-2 lead going to the 7th. McArthur was able to hold down the Raiders in the 7th, to preserve the Dragons win, 6-2.

 

Stats:

Isaiah Payne: 4IP, 2K, 0R, 0ER, 1H, 54 pitches & 1-2 with a single

Clate McArthur: 3IP, 3K, 2R, 2ER, 48 pitches

Joseph Gossett: 4-4 with 2 singles, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Brady Moore: 1-2 with a double, a HBP, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Colby James: 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1 run scored

 

Pickens, wins the series between Southeast Whitfield 2-1, & finishes the region schedule at 9-9. They are 14-14 overall with one more game to play in the regular season. There will be a makeup game today at PCMS as the Dragons will welcome the Wheeler Wildcats to Dragons Field for afternoon baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 2 pm.

Dragons’ Bats Come Alive Late, Fall To Heritage In Series Opener

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, headed up to Ringgold, to take on the region leading Heritage Generals, in a big first game of a 3-game set. Coming into the game, Pickens, were coming off of a series sweep of Lafayette, & held down the 2nd spot in 6-AAAA at 7-2.

 

Colby James, got the start for the Dragons, and got off to a good start. James, would collect his first K of the game, & left a runner stranded in the bottom of the 1st, sending us to the 2nd. In the bottom of the 2nd, Heritage got on the board after two runs would come across to score, one via a solo home run. We headed to the 3rd, Pickens down 2-0.

 

Early on offensively for the Dragons just seemed to be a case of being unlucky. Pickens, were getting contact on the ball, but they just would not fall. The Generals, extended their lead in the bottom of the 3rd, plating 3 runs to lead the Dragons 5-0, going to the 4th. Pickens, finally got on the base path in the top of the 4th as Brady Moore would reach on an error by the 2nd baseman, & Dylan Huffman would collect the Dragons first hit of the game with a single. James, got out of the bottom of the 4th on 13 pitches, & sent us to the 5th, Pickens still trailing, 5-0.

 

The Dragons, had their first scoring threat of the game in the top of the 5th, with runners at 1st & 2nd with just one out. However, Heritage was able to get out of it, & send us to the bottom of the 5th. James, again needed 13 pitches to get out of the bottom of the 5th, & also got his 2nd K of the game. Joseph Gossett, gave the Dragons their first extra base hit of the game in the top of the 6th with a 1-out double. The Generals, would again get out of the jam as we’d head to the bottom of the 6th. Heritage, added two more runs in the bottom of the frame with a 2-run home run, to stretch their lead out to 7-2, going to the 7th.

 

Jace Franklin, began the Dragons’ 7th with a single, Caswell Smith followed that up with a double, Will Lawrence then drew a walk, then Hunter Hermann delivered a 2-out, 2-run double to get the Dragons on the board. The late rally would not be enough, as Heritage took game 1, 7-2.

 

Stats:

Joseph Gossett: 1-3 with a double

Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single

Jace Franklin: 1-3 with a single & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 2-3 with a single, a double, & 1 run scored

Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a double & 2 RBI

 

Due to impending weather on Friday, Game 3 of the series was moved up to today. It now becomes game 2, & game 2 now becomes game 3, & will be a PCMS on Thursday. Game 2 today, is scheduled for 5:30.

Dragons Honor Fallen Teammate, Defeat Rabun County In Home Opener

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Late yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Rabun County Wildcats of gthe 2-A classification for their 2018 home opener. Pickens, came into the game 1-0 on the young season after defeating the Wheeler Wildcats out of 7-A on the road 13-11 on Tuesday. Prior to the game, the Dragons honored the late Shawn Mask, who died late last year. Standing next to a picture of Shawn, Shawn’s little brother threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The starting pitcher for the Dragons was Will Lawrence. Lawrence, started off very well in the top of the 1st, striking out two batters. In the bottom of the 1st, the Dragons got on the board early after a 2-out, 2-run double by Chad Pacas. Pickens held a 2-0 lead over Rabun going to the 2nd. In the top of the 2nd, the Wildcats had a major threat developing. However, with the help of two more strikeouts from Lawrence, and a good defensive play at 3rd, Rabun was only able to score one run. Pickens would go down in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 3rd, Dragons ahead, 2-1.

 

The top of the 3rd, saw the Wildcats tie things up at 2 a piece after a passed ball. The Dragons would strand a runner at third in the bottom half of the frame, as that sent us to the 4th inning, tied up at 2. Pacas, came in for Lawrence in the top of the 4th & much like Lawrence, pitched very well. Pacas, was able to strike out two Wildcats in his first inning of work to keep us at 2 going to the bottom of the 4th. The bottom of the 4th was the key inning in this game. Pickens, batted around in the half inning, scoring 8 runs in the process. The Dragons, took a 10-2 lead over Rabun County to the top of the 5th.

 

Pacas, again struck out two batters in the top half of the 5th. He & Lawrence combined for 9 K’s on the night. RBI hits from seniors Dylan Huffman & Joseph Gossett in the bottom of the inning, gave the Dragons a 10-run lead and the win over Rabun County, 12-2.

 

Stats

Will Lawrence: 3 IP, 3 H, 5 K, 63 pitches, & 1-2 with a double & 1 run scored

Chad Pacas: 2 IP, 4 K, 36 pitches, 2-2 with 2 doubles, 4 RBI, & 1 HBP

Colby James: 2-3 with a double, a single, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Joseph Gossett: 2-4 with a double, a single, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a double, a walk, & 1 run scored

Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1-1 with a single

Hunter Hermann: 2 runs scored

Alex Snelgrove: 1 run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1 run scored

 

Pickens, will look to keep their winning ways going early on this season as they will be at Murray County this coming Tuesday to take on the Indians. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 pm.

 

Dragons Look To Take Game 3 After Tough Game 2 Against Ridgeland

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, hosted the Ridgeland Panthers, in game 2, of a critical 3-game set. On Tuesday, Ridgeland scored 9 runs in the bottom of the 6th, to take game 1, 11-2. Pickens, came in looking to even up the series. Prior to the game, PHS Baseball recognized the 1st responders around the county for all that they do. We also, saw Jake King hit a towering home run.

In the top of the 1st, Ridgeland got on the board with 3 runs to take an early lead. In the bottom of the frame, Pickens had runners at 1st & 2nd after Jace Franklin reached on an error, & Caswell Smith hit a 2-out single. The Panthers, were able to get out of it, as we’d head to the 2nd Ridgeland leading, 3-0. In the top half of the 2nd, the Panthers added to their lead after a 2-run home run, to take a 5-0 lead over the Dragons. Pickens, went in order in the bottom of the 2nd. Ridgeland took a 5-0 lead into the 3rd.

 

Dragons starter, Dylan Huffman, needed 7 pitches in the top of the 3rd, to bring Pickens up to bat, looking to cut into the Panther lead. Cut into the lead is what they would do as Joseph Gossett would get a 2-out single, & would come all the way around to score on an RBI double by Franklin. Franklin, would then come in to score after Smith reached on an error, to make it 5-2 Ridgeland, heading to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, the Panthers swung momentum right back to their side as they would plate 5 runs, to stretch their lead out to 10-2. In the bottom of the frame, Will Lawrence beat out an infield hit, Huffman drew a walk, Gossett then drew a walk to load the bases with 2 out. Franklin would then walk to score Lawrence. Smith would follow, getting in on the walk-a-thon as Huffman would come in to score. Two runs would be all the Dragons would be able to get as they left the bases loaded, now trailing, 10-4.

 

In the top of the 5th, the Panthers again pulled away from Pickens as they would score 4 runs in the top half of the inning to take a 14-4 lead. Ridgeland was able to get the win in 5 innings, 14-4.

 

Stats:

Joseph Gossett: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored

Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a double, a walk, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 RBI

Will Lawrence: 1-2 with a single, 1 HBP, & 1 run scored

Dylan Huffman: 1 walk, & 1 run scored

 

The Dragons, will look to grab game 3 this afternoon as they will head to Rossville to take on the Panthers in the series finale. First pitch is at 5:55.

Dragons Fall In High Scoring Series Finale, Host Lafayette On Tuesday

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On Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, hosted the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in the 3rd & final game of their 3-game set. The night before, the Dragons took the lead in the top of the 7th, only for the Bruins to get the win in the bottom of the inning, setting up the rubber game in this crucial region series.

 

Colby James, started for the Dragons, and his evening began rather smoothly as he only needed 5 pitches to send us to the bottom of the 1st. Both pitchers got through the first two innings giving up nothing to either team. Northwest Whitfield, broke through in the top of the 3rd, with 2 runs scoring on 3 hits, to take a 2-0 lead over Pickens.

 

The Bruins, added to their lead in the top of the 6th, by plating 6 runs, to take a 8-0 lead over the Dragons. Pickens, got an RBI single from Chad Pacas, & a 2-RBI double from Caswell Smith, to cut into the Northwest Whitfield lead, 8-3, going to the 7th. In the top of the 7th, the Bruins scored two runs, to stretch their lead to 10-3. The Dragons, would score two runs themselves in the bottom of the frame, but would fall, 10-5.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: HBP, 1 run scored

Joseph Gossett: 1-4 with a single

Colby James: HBP, 1 run scored

Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a single, 2 walks, & 1 run scored

Chad Pacas: 1-4 with a single, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a double & 2 RBI

Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single & 1 stolen base

Dylan Huffman: 1 run scored

 

Even after dropping that tough series to Northwest Whitfield, the Dragons still find themselves in 2nd in 6-AAAA (9-7, 4-2). They will host the Lafayette Ramblers at PCMS, to begin a 3-game set starting on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 5:55.

Offensive Woes Plague Dragons In Series Finale With Ridgeland

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On Friday afternoon, the PHS varsity baseball team, made the long trip up to Rossville, Ga, to take on the Ridgeland Panthers in the 3rd and final game of the series. After falling in the previous two games, Pickens was looking to build some momentum heading into the final series of the regular season.

 

In the top of the 1st, the Dragons got a lead off single from Joseph Gossett, but a double play turned by the Panthers after the pitcher caught a comebacker right at him & flipped over to 1st, & a grounder to the shortstop, ended any potential threat in the top half of the 1st. In the bottom of the 1st, Ridgeland got out to an early 3-0 lead, sending us to the 2nd. In the top of the 2nd, Chad Pacas got hit by the first pitch of the inning, Brady Moore drew a walk, Tyler Vreeland then moved the runners to 2nd & 3rd with a sacrifice bunt, Will Lawrence would get hit with a pitch with 2-outs to load the bases, but the Panthers were able to get out of the mess, sending us to the bottom of the 2nd. Ridgeland, then plated two runs in the bottom of the frame, to extend their lead to 5-0 over Pickens, going to the 3rd.

 

The Panthers, added another run in the bottom of the 3rd, giving them a 6-0 lead over the Dragons, going to the 4th. Pickens, got a 2-out single from Colby James in the top of the 4th, but were unable to bring him around to score. In the bottom half of the frame, Ridgeland plated 5 runs, to increase their lead to 11-0, going to the 5th. The Panthers, got the win, 11-0, in 5 innings.

 

Pickens, is now in 4th place in 6-AAAA. They will begin their final series of the regular season tomorrow afternoon at home as they host the Southeast Whitfield Raiders. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55.

Dragons Get Win Over Northwest Whitfield In Series Opener

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Northwest Whitfield Bruins to Dragons Field to begin their 3-game set. Pickens, came into this game 8-5 overall, but more importantly, 3-0 in region play after sweeping the Gilmer Bobcats to start region play. The Bruins, went 2-1 against Southeast Whitfield, & dropped all three games against Heritage in close fashion.

 

Caswell Smith took to the mound to start for the Dragons and pitched very well. Smith would strikeout 2 Bruins batters to begin the game. Pickens, had an early chance to put some runs on the board, but would leave two runners stranded to send us to the 2nd, still scoreless. Smith would add to his strikeout total in the top of the 2nd, giving him 3 in two innings. Smith then led off the bottom of the frame with a single, but the Dragons would not be able to score as we’d head to the 3rd, still tied at 0.

 

In the bottom of the 3rd, Pickens broke through and broke the tie after a 2-out RBI single from Jace Franklin brought in Dylan Huffman. Going to the top of the 4th, the Dragons held a 1-0 lead over the Bruins. Smith, struck out 2 in the 4th, bringing his total to 7 for the game, & keeping the lead at 1-0 in favor of Pickens. In the bottom of the 4th, the Dragons again did damage with 2-out as Brady Moore had a 2 RBI triple, & Joseph Gossett would follow that up with an RBI single to stretch the lead to 4-0 over Northwest Whitfield, going to the 5th.

 

We pick up the action in the top of the 6th, as Northwest Whitfield got on the board, and cut the Dragons lead in half. Isaiah Payne came on in relief of Smith, & needed 1 pitch to get out of the 6th. In the the top of the 7th, Payne was able to end any potential game tying threats by the Bruins, and sealed the win for Pickens, 4-2.

 

Stats:

Caswell Smith: 5 2/3rd innings, 9K, 2R, 2ER, 110 pitches, & 1-3 with a single

Isaiah Payne: 1 /1/3rd innings, 1K, 20 pitches

Brady Moore: 1-3 with a walk, a triple, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Joseph Gossett: 1-2 with a HBP, a single, & 1 RBI

Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a walk, a single, & 1 RBI

Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single, & 1 run scored

Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a double, & 1 run scored

Evan Jones: 1 run scored

 

These two teams will play again tomorrow at Northwest Whitfield in game two of the three game set. First pitch set for 5:55.

Dragons Fall In Back & Forth Game 2 With SE Whitfield, Celebrate Senior Night Tonight

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Late yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Southeast Whitfield Raiders to Dragons Field, for game 2 of their 3-game set. Pickens, took game 1 at Southeast 8-2, to clinch a playoff spot in the upcoming 4-A State Baseball Tournament on Tuesday, & looked to take the series outright with a win at home.

 

In the top of the 1st, the Raiders, jumped out in front with 2 runs on 2 hits. In the bottom of the inning, the Dragons got a 1-out single from Jace Franklin, but Franklin would be caught attempting to steal 3rd, after stealing 2nd, ending the scoring threat for Pickens in the 1st. Dragons starter Dylan Huffman, struck out 2 Raiders in the top of the 2nd, keeping the score at 2-0, going to the bottom of the frame. Brady Moore, liked the first pitch he saw and sent it over the left field wall to cut the Southeast Whitfield lead in half, 2-1, going to the 3rd.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Huffman would record his 4th K of the day, but the Raiders plated a run to extend their lead back to two, 3-1 as we’d head to the bottom half of the inning. Pickens, got a 2-out walk from Franklin, Caswell Smith & Chad Pacas both reached on errors, but Southeast Whitfield was able to get out of the big time jam, to send us to the 4th, Raiders up, 3-1. The Raiders, again plated a single run in the top of the 4th, to lead the Dragons 4-1. Pickens, went quietly in the bottom of the frame, to send us to the 5th.

 

New Dragons pitcher Colby James, worked around a walk to strikeout the side in the top of the 5th. In the bottom half of the 5th, Pickens got back to back singles from Isaiah Payne & Joseph Gossett. Franklin, drove in Payne, to cut the Southeast Whitfield lead to 4-2, going to the 6th. In the top of the 6th, the Raiders got back to back to back triples, scoring twice in the process, to extend their lead to 6-2. Moore would lead off the bottom of the 6th with a double, & would come into score after a 1-out double from James. We went to the 7th, Raiders leading, 6-3. Southeast Whitfield, got out of the bottom of the 7th, & got the win, 6-3.

 

Stats:

Joseph Gossett: 1-4 with a single

Jace Franklin: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 1 RBI

Brady Moore: 2-3 with a home run, a double, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Colby James: 2-3 with a single, a double, & 1 RBI

Isaiah Payne: 1-1 with a single & 1 run scored

 

Later today, the Dragons will again host the Southeast Whitfield Raiders, for the 3rd game of the series, & the final game of the regular season. Tonight, is also Senior Night. There will be a pregame ceremony recognizing the seniors for their contributions to PHS & the baseball program. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55.

 

 

Dragons Get Series Sweep Over LaFayette, Face Heritage On Tuesday

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This past Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, traveled up to LaFayette, to take on the Ramblers in a doubleheader. Pickens, took game 1 last Tuesday in Jasper 2-1, & looked to gain as much momentum as they could, heading into a big series with Heritage next week.

 

Game 1:

In the first game of the doubleheader, Pickens looked to get things going early, loading the bases with no one out. However, a diving catch by the Ramblers 2nd baseman, a throw to the shortstop covering 2nd, & a throw to 1st, negated any scoring chance for the Dragons as LaFayette turned a 4-6-3 triple play. Dragons starter Dylan Huffman, needed 10 pitches to send us to the top of the 2nd, still scoreless. Colby James & Tyler Vreeland collected RBI hits in the 2nd to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead, heading to the bottom of the frame. Huffman, got his 1st K in the bottom of the 2nd, as we headed to the 3rd, Pickens ahead, 2-0.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Joseph Gossett, launched his 4th home run of the season, to extend the Dragons lead over the Ramblers to 3-0, going to the bottom of the 3rd. Huffman, breezed through the bottom of the 3rd on only 9 pitches, to send us to the 4th. Pickens, got hits from Chad Pacas & Hunter Hermann in the top of the 4th, but that would be all, and we would go to the bottom of the 4th. Huffman, continued to keep his pitch count down by needing 11 pitches to send us to the 5th, Dragons leading 3-0.

 

The Dragons, got RBI hits from both Brady Moore, & Jace Franklin, to extend their lead over LaFayette to 5-0, going to the bottom of the frame. In his longest inning of the game, Huffman threw 16 pitches, but got out of the half inning, with no damage done. Pickens had a scoring chance in the top of the 6th, but left two runners on. A 6 pitch bottom of the 6th from Huffman, sent us to the 7th, Dragons up, 5-0. Vreeland, brought in Pacas in the top of the 7th, to make it 6-0 Dragons. LaFayette, scored 3 in the bottom of the 7th, but that would be all as they Dragons took the first game, 6-3.

Stats:

Dylan Huffman: 6IP, 3H, 3K, 0R, 0ER on 65 pitches

Joseph Gossett: 2-2 with a home run, a double, 2 walks, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Brady Moore: 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Jace Franklin: 2-4 with 2 singles, & 1 RBI

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single, 1 HBP, & 1 run scored

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with 2 singles, & 2 runs scored

Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles & 1 RBI

Tyler Vreeland: 3-4 with 3 singles, & 2 RBI

Hunter Hermann: 2-4 with 2 singles

 

Game 2:

Pickens, got a 1-out hit from Joseph Gossett in the top of the 1st, but left him stranded at 3rd. LaFayette, jumped out to the early lead in the bottom of the inning, plating one run. That lead for the Ramblers would not last long as the Dragons got an RBI from Colby James & Tyler Vreeland in the top of the 2nd, to take a 2-1 lead. Dragons starter Caswell Smith, helped himself out in the top of the 3rd, driving in Gossett, to give Pickens a 3-1 lead.

 

In the top of the 4th, Pickens widened it’s lead on LaFayette, scoring 3 runs on 1 hit, to take a 6-1 lead. The Dragons, kept it rolling in the top of the 5th, as they again scored 3 runs on 1 hit, to extend their lead to 9-1. In the top of the 6th, Pickens got back to back home runs from Jace Franklin & Smith, to make it 11-1. James, came on in relief of Smith in the bottom of the 6th, and needed 9 pitches in his lone inning of work. With a 10-run lead after 5, the game was called and the Dragons took game 2 of the doubleheader, 11-1, to get the series sweep.

 

Stats:

Caswell Smith: 5IP, 9K, 1R, 1ER on 82 pitches & 2-4 with 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Colby James: 1IP, 2K on 9 pitches & 1-4 with a single & 1 RBI

Brady Moore: 2 runs scored

Joseph Gossett: 3-3 with 2 singles, 1 double, 1 walk, & 1 run scored

Jace Franklin: 1-4 with a home run, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Chad Pacas: 1-1 with a single, 2 walks, & 2 runs scored

Will Lawrence: 1-1 with a double

Tyler Vreeland: 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single & 2 runs scored

 

Pickens, will look to keep their bats hot as they head to Ringgold on Tuesday to begin a big 3-game series with the Heritage Generals. Heritage, is leading 6-AAAA at 9-0, with the Dragons right behind them at 7-2. First pitch on Tuesday scheduled for 5:30.

Dragons Season Ends At 6-AAAA Region Tournament

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Last night, it was the Dragons varsity basketball team’s turn to head to Dalton to start their region tournament, also being held at Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, came into the tournament as the #7 seed, & they would be taking on the #2 seed, Northwest Whitfield Bruins in the opening round.

 

The beginning of the 1st quarter saw the Dragons get out to a quick start. Midway through the frame both teams were going back and forth with each other, trading buckets. Northwest Whitfield took the lead heading to the 2nd, 22-15. In the 2nd, the Bruins stretched their lead a bit, but Pickens still found itself within striking distance. Using a 19-13 quarter advantage, Northwest Whitfield took a 41-28 lead into the break.

 

The 3rd quarter, was not kind to Pickens. Nothing would fall for the Dragons as the Bruins stretched their lead out more. A 20-6 quarter run by Northwest Whitfield, gave them a 61-34 lead over Pickens going to the 4th. The Bruins came away with this one, 83-49.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 18 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal (named to All-Region Team)

Chase Simmons: 10 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 8 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds

Zach Goss: 5 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 4 points, 7 assists, & 1 steal

Austin Adams: 2 points, & 2 rebounds

Hayes Pickett: 1 point, & 2 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 1 point

 

The Dragons, will be graduating 6 seniors from this season’s team. To Hunter Fowler, Joseph Gossett, Keinyuan Hooks, Avonta Johnson, Evan Jones, & Chase Simmons, TeamFYNSports thanks you for all you’ve done during your time at PHS, & good luck to you in the future!

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

PHS Baseball, Team FYN Sports

On Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Gilmer Bobcats at Dragons Field for game 3 of their 3-game region set. Pickens, had already secured the series win with 7-5, & 11-4 victories, & looked to complete the sweep of their rival.

 

Colby James was started the game for the Dragons, and had a strong outing. Pickens, got things going early in the bottom of the 1st as Brady Moore would come around to score after leading off with a walk. The Dragons, held a 1-0 lead going to the 2nd. James, would continue his good work from the 1st inning into the 2nd as he needed 13 pitches to get the offense for Pickens back up. In the bottom of the frame, the Dragons had a good chance to add to their lead as Pickens began the 2nd with a walk from Chad Pacas, & a double from Caswell Smith. However, the Bobcats were able to get out of a no out jam to keep the Dragon lead a 1-0, going to the 3rd.

 

James, again needed 13 pitches to end the top of the 3rd, and get the bats for Pickens back up to the plate. In the bottom of the inning, Joseph Gossett, would send the ball over the left-center wall for a solo home run, giving the Dragons a 2-0 lead, as we’d head to the 4th. Gilmer, got on the board & cut the Dragons lead in half in the top of the 4th. Pickens, got a 2-out double from Tyler Vreeland, but that would be all as we’d head to the 5th, Dragons still leading the Bobcats, 2-1.

 

Both teams had chances in the 5th & the 6th innings, but things would start to get good in the 7th. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the 7th, with 1 down, Gilmer was able to plate two runs to take a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Gossett, sent the 2-2 pitch over the left-center wall for his 2nd homer of the game to tie things up at 3, and sent us to extra innings. Both teams had shots in the 8th inning, but nothing came about for either side, & we’d head to the 9th, still tied at 3 a piece.

 

In the top of the 9th, the Bobcats retook the lead, 4-3. In the bottom of the inning, Gossett got things started by beating out a grounder to put him at 1st. Jace Franklin would bring him in on a sac fly to tie things up at 4. Pacas, got on base, & found himself all the way at 3rd after the left fielder misplayed the ball. With 2 out, Smith came up to the plate and sent a fly ball right in front of the center field wall. The center fielder, had the ball in his glove, but then dropped it, allowing Pacas to come in and score the game winning run, giving the Dragons the sweep, 5-4.

 

Stats:

Colby James: 6IP, 1R, 1K, 87 pitches & 1-3 with 1 single

Brady Moore: 1-4 with a double, a walk, & 1 run scored

Joseph Gossett: 2-5 with 1 single, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, & 2 RBI

Jace Franklin: 2 walks, & 1 RBI

Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a single, 1 walk, & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1 double

Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single & 1 HBP

Tyler Vreeland: 2-4 with a double & a single

Dylan Huffman: 1 walk

 

Pickens, is now 7-4 on the season, which is the best record of all of the 6-AAAA teams, & tied with the Heritage Generals for 1st in the region at 3-0. The Dragons, will be in out of region action this week, as they will play 4 games. Their busy week starts tomorrow as they will host the Flowery Branch Falcons at 5:55 pm.

Dragons Get Series Win Over Bobcats, Go For Sweep Today

PHS Baseball, Team FYN Sports

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Stats:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Dragons Fall In Final Seconds To 6-A River Ridge, Play Northwest Whitfield Tuesday in Region Tournament

PHS Basketball, Team FYN Sports

It was the 2017-18 regular season finale last night as the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team welcomed the River Ridge Knights of the 6-A classification to the Dragons Den for the final tune up prior to the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. Both teams came in looking for momentum heading into their respective tournaments next week.

 

In the 1st quarter, the Dragons got off to a hot start right out of the gate. River Ridge, closed the gap as the frame came to a close, but Pickens held the lead going to the 2nd, 14-13. In the 2nd, both teams provided high paced, back & forth action for the crowd. The Knights, used a 13-11 quarter run, to take a 26-25 lead into the locker room.

 

In the third, it was more of the same action we saw in the first half as both teams proved to be fairly even. River Ridge used a 14-9 quarter advantage to stretch their lead to 40-34, going to the 4th. The 4th quarter saw a crazy ending to this one. Pickens, came back after trailing to begin the frame to take the lead at one point. The Knights however, had different thoughts. Even though the Dragons outscored River Ridge 15-11, the Knights were able to make a layup in the final seconds to take the win, 51-49.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 27 points, 8 rebounds, & 3 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 8 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 7 points, 3 assists, 9 rebounds, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 7 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals

 

Pickens, will now use the next couple of days to prepare for the upcoming 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. The Dragons, will be the #7 seed and face the #2 seeded Northwest Whitfield Bruins on Tuesday in the opening round. The winner, will advance to the 4-A State Tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

Dragons 4th Quarter Comeback Falls Just Short At Southeast Whitfield, Host River Ridge Friday

PHS Basketball, Team FYN Sports

The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team played a big game last night in Dalton as they took on the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield. With a win, and a little help, Pickens would end the night in a three-way tie for 5th in the region.

 

In the 1st, the Raiders got off to a quick 4-0 start, but the remainder of the frame was tightly contested. Heading to the 2nd, Southeast Whitfield held a 16-10 lead over the Dragons. The 2nd quarter, would be a tough one for Pickens as nothing would seem to fall. The Raiders, outscored the Dragons 18-9 in the 2nd to take 34-19 lead into the half.

 

In the 3rd, Pickens started the comeback ever so slightly. The Dragons, outscored Southeast Whitfield 18-17, to cut the Raider lead to 51-37, going to the 4th. Pickens, started the 4th out hot. Cutting the Southeast Whitfield lead down in half and even further. Despite outscoring the Raiders 23-18 in the 4th, & 41-35 in the 2nd half, Southeast Whitfield was able to hold on and get the win, 69-60.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 25 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 13 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 1 block

Hunter Fowler: 6 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Zach Goss: 4 points, 6 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, & 3 blocks

Joseph Gossett: 4 points, 1 assist, & 7 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 2 points, 9 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals

 

Pickens, will have one final game before the 6-AAAA Region Tournament next week as they will welcome the River Ridge Knights out of the 6-A classification to the Dragons Den on Friday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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

PHS Baseball, Team FYN Sports

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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