Early Runs For Northwest Proves Too Much For Pickens

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After the game 1 loss to the Lady Bruins the Dragonettes of Pickens were in a must win situation. A Pickens win would force a deciding game 3 in the first round of the 6-AAAA region tournament.  A Dragonettes loss would advance the Lady Bruins to the next round.

Northwest basically picked up in game 2 where they left off in the first game of the day.  The scoring came fast and often for the Lady Bruins with runs in the first with 4, 5 in the second and 2 in the third and then 3 insurance runs in the sixth to total the game at 14.  The Pickens offense fought to stay close early but in the end their effort would fall short only scoring six in the loss.  The Pickens defense helped with the Lady Bruin put runs on the board by committing 5 errors in the game.

Coach Sarah Pinson sent Charlie Hulsey to the circle with hopes of slowing down the powerful offense of Northwest.  Hulsey threw 108 pitches in her 5 innings of work.  The Lady Bruins put up 14 runs(10 earned) on 16 hits and 3 walks in the game.  The Dragonettes produced 6 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks.  Ellie Abner led the Dragonettes at the plate with a 3 for 4 night and pushing 5 RBI’s across the plate.  Katherine Densmore(2 for 3) and Chloe McPherson(2 for 3, 1 RBI) also competed well at the plate.

This 14-6 loss ends the Dragonettes hopes for an appearance deep in the tournament and ends the 2018 season.  This game was also the last game of high school for 5 Dragonette players, a statistician and a team manager.  Best wishes for the next season and also for the futures of these graduating seniors.


Dragonettes Take Down Raiders

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The Dragonettes of Pickens High School traveled to Whitfield County to face off with the Southeast Whitfield Raiders on Thursday in a region match up.  A win is never a given but with the Raiders coming in at 0-17 overall and 0-9 in region play Pickens were confident they could leave with a “W”.

With Pickens being the visiting team they had the opportunity to set the pace of the game and it didn’t take long.  The Raiders knew in the top of the first that it was going to be a tough task to stop the Dragonettes offense. Allison Tlacil stepped in the box as the first batter and reached base on a single.  Sarah Morris and Monica Hughes would follow suit adding singles of their own in the inning. Katherine Densmore walked followed by an awesome double by Chloe McPherson to put 4 runs on the board quick against the Raiders pitcher.  Pickens continued their offensive onslaught in the second and third innings putting 3 runs in each inning.  Up 10-0 heading into the bottom half of inning 3, the Raiders were finally able to get something going against a Dragonettes picher and put 2 runs on the board.  Pickens added an insurance run in the sixth with Southeast Whitfield adding 1 run up in the fifth and sixth but they wouldn’t be enough to catch the Dragonettes.

Sarah Morris(starter), Charlie Hulsey and Grayson Cleghorn shared the circle in the game.  Morris went 2 innings throwing 20 pitches.  Hulsey(winning pitcher) allowed 4 runs(3 earned) on 6 hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.  Finishing the game, Cleghorn threw 5 pitches and had a strikeout.  At the plate several Dragonettes (12 hits on the day)had excellent games.  Allie Tlacil was 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored, Sarah Morris-2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and Chloe McPherson- 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.  Ellie Abner also had 3 RBI in the game.

The Drqagonettes will travel to Lumpkin Co. on Monday the 17th to face off in a 5:55 PM game with the Indians.


Dragonettes Take Region Loss At Home

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As the weather starts to turn a little cooler the Dragonettes of Pickens High School welcomed the Generals of Heritage to Jasper on Thursday with the hopes of cooling off the hot season of the Generals.  Heritage came in at 10-1 overall and sitting undefeated at 6-0 in Region 6-AAAA. With Heritage having a loss on the season, Pickens knew that the Generals were not invincible but Thursday would not be the day for the Dragonettes to put another dent in the Generals armor.

Facing a very strong line up and a pitcher in Rachel Gibson it would be a tough day for the Dragonettes.  Gibson threw just 66 pitches in 5 innings allowing zero runs with 2 hits and a walk while striking out 6 opposing batters in the 11-0 victory.  Heritage would score their runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings.  Coach Sarah Pinson sent three different pitchers to the circle for the Dragonettes.  Sarah Morris, Charlie Hulsey and Grayson Cleghorn.  Morris got the start but only pitched one inning allowing 4 runs(2 earned) on 3 hits and 2 walks.  Morris threw 31 pitches in the inning.  Taking over in relief of Morris was Charlie Hulsey.  Hulsey pitched 3 innings, throwing 41 pitches Hulsey allowed 5 runs(all earned) on 6 hits with 1 walk and 1 home run.  Getting an opportunity to get in the circle, Grayson Cleghorn came in to close out the game for the Dragonettes.  Cleghorn threw 20 pitches in her one inning of work with 2 runs crossing the plate (both earned).  The Generals had 3 hits and one walk off of Grayson.  These three ladies threw a really good game against a run scoring machine in the Heritage Generals.

The Dragonettes will travel to Lafayette on Tuesday September 11 for yet another region game.  Start time will be 5:55 PM.


Early Lead Too Much For The Dragonettes

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On Tuesday the Dragonettes of Pickens High School traveled to Whitfield County to face off against the Lady Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in a region match up.  The Dragonettes(6-8 overall and 2-4 in Region) were coming off a loss to Ridgelad(10-2) were hoping to get back on the winning track and avoid dropping another game in the region standings.

With just one hit in the game by Sarah Morris the Dragonettes couldn’t put anything together against very good pitching from the Lady Bruins.  The two pitchers for Northwest Whitfield combined in throwing 76 pitches, allowing zero runs on just one hit.  The pair had 8 strikeouts and walked two.  Defensively the Dragonettes committed four errors making 6 of the 10 runs un earned for the Lady Bruins. Sarah Morris started the game for Pickens pitching 3 and 2/3 innings with Charlie Hulsey coming in for 1/3 of an inning to face the last batter.  Together they through 109 pitches, 6 hits 10 runs(4 earned) all charged to Morris. Morris had 6 walks and gave up one home run to the Lady Bruins in the 10-0 region loss.

Next up for Pickens will be September 6th at home as Heritage comes to Pickens High School for a region game.  Start time is set for 5:55 PM.


Dement Signs with Gordon State

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Pickens High School senior Angela Dement has put her name on the dotted line to play college softball for Gordon State College.

Dement signed to play for the Highlanders last Friday in the Old Performing Arts Center at Pickens High School, surrounded by family, friends and teammates. She has played softball since her park and recreation days, before working her way through the middle school and high school levels. In addition to playing for the Dragonettes, Dement also played on travel softball teams. Still, she is optimistic about the next chapter of her career.

“I’m very, very excited to start my next softball season,” Dement said. “I’d like to thank my mom and dad, my grandparents and my sister (for their support).”

Pickens High School Dragonette Angela Dement sits with her mother, Michelle and her father, Randy. Last Friday, Dement signed a scholarship to play college softball for the Gordon State College Highlanders. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Pickens High School Dragonette Angela Dement sits with her mother, Michelle and her father, Randy. Last Friday, Dement signed a scholarship to play college softball for the Gordon State College Highlanders. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Before signing with Gordon State, Dement was also looked at by Georgia Perimeter College. However, a sense of comfortable surroundings held her pick Gordon State.

“I like being in the small town of Jasper, and Barnesville (location of Gordon State College) is small, so I really liked that,” Dement said.

Gordon State College is the home of the Highlanders, which play in the National Junior College Athletic Association, as a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.


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