It was a cold, cloudy, sometimes foggy day at the ball park yesterday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed three teams to Dragons Field for an all day baseballathon. There were four games played yesterday featuring Pickens, Lumpkin, Northgate, & McIntosh. The 1st game, saw the Pickens Dragons take on the Northgate Vikings out of the 6A classification at 11 am.
Junior Colby James got the call to start for the Dragons in the 1st game & his stuff was electric on this cold day. James, needed just 12 pitches to get out of the top of the 1st. The Vikings got the Dragons to go down in order, & we headed to the 2nd, still 0-0. Northgate had a mini threat in the top of the 2nd, but James was able to keep it scoreless. After a hit batter & a couple of walks, Chad Pacas came into score to give Pickens a 1-0 lead going to the 3rd.
James needed 13 pitches in the top of the 3rd, & collected his first strikeout in the process. The Dragons scored 2 runs in the bottom of the frame after a leadoff double from Brady Moore, a single from Caswell Smith, came home to score, giving Pickens a 3-0 lead going to the 4th. The Vikings cut into the lead in the top of the 4th as they got a run in on two hits. The Dragons still held the lead, 3-1. In the bottom of the inning, Pickens broke it open after scoring 4 runs, & getting RBI from Jacob Kirchoff, Tyler Vreeland, & James himself. Going to the 5th, the Dragons led Northgate 7-1.
James was able to shut down the Vikings the rest of the way, pitching a complete game as Pickens took the win in thier first game, 7-1.
Brady Moore: 2-3, 2 doubles, & 2 runs scored
Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 2 runs scored
Tyler Vreeland: 2-3 with 2 singles, 2 RBI, 1 sac bunt
Chad Pacas: 1-2 with a single, a walk, a HBP, & 1 run scored
Colby James: CG, 5 strikeouts, 1 R, 101 pitches, & a double & 1 RBI
Austin Chester: 2 walks
Hunter White: 1 walk
Will Lawrence: 1-3 with a single & 1 run scored
Jacob Kirchoff: 1-2 with a single, 1 RBI, 1 run scored & 1 HBP
In their 2nd game of the day, Pickens took on the McIntosh Chiefs out of the 5A classification. Prior to this game, McIntosh fell to Lumpkin 10-8. Pickens, was looking to go 2-0 on the day, & get a 2nd straight win over a higher classification.
Chad Pacas got the start for the Dragons & despite getting into early trouble, pitched well in his first start of the 2019 season. McIntosh plated two runs in the top of the 1st, & while the Dragons drew a walk in the bottom of the frame, they couldn’t bring them around & the Chiefs took a 2-0 lead to the 2nd. Pacas settled down in the top of the 2nd collecting his 2nd & 3rd strikeouts of the game. Pickens went in order in the bottom of the 2nd, & McIntosh took it’s 2-0 lead into the 3rd.
The Dragons got a 2 out walk in the bottom of the 3rd, looking to cut into the McIntosh lead. The runner would be stranded at 3rd however & we’d go to the 4th, Chiefs still ahead, 2-0. In the top of the 4th, McIntosh plated 9 runs to extend their lead to 11-0. The Chiefs scored twice more in the top of the 5th to make it 13-0. Pickens scored twice themselves in the bottom of the 5th, but it would be McIntosh to come away with the win, 13-2.
Pickens, will be on the road on Monday as they’ll take on the Denmark Danes on Monday in a make up game that was scheduled for last Friday. The game will be played at LakePoint, & the first pitch is scheduled for 2:30.
On Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled down to Flowery Branch to take on the Lady Falcons in the first round of the GHSA Girls 4A State Tournament. Pickens, came into the game as the #4 seed from region 6 & Flowery Branch came in as the region champions of region 7, & the #3 ranked girls team in 4A.
In the opening quarter, the Nettes got off to a quick start, but the Lady Falcons were able to take the lead going to the 2nd, 24-7. In the 2nd quarter, the offense for Pickens really picked up and they were able to do some good things against a tough Lady Falcon defense. Flowery Branch barely outscored the Nettes 18-17, to take a 42-24 lead into the break.
The 3rd quarter saw the Nettes get things going on both ends of the floor, as they outscored the Lady Falcons 14-12, but Flowery Branch still held the lead, 54-38. In the 4th, the Nettes made a little run to begin the quarter, but the Lady Falcons were able to pull away at the end, 70-43.
Torie Williams: 19 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Mykenzie Weaver: 12 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Hattie Baker: 8 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds
Amanda Nelson: 3 points, 6 rebounds
Sarah Morris: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Olivia Simmons: 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block
After picking up a season opening win over the Murray County Indians the day before, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, was right back on the diamond yesterday afternoon to host the Lumpkin County Indians, in another non-region ball game.
Dragon Senior & College of Charleston signee Caswell Smith took the mound for Pickens and was very effective. Smith, collected a strikeout, & needed only 10 pitches to get out of the top of the 1st. Pickens, got on the board first in the bottom of the inning after Brady Moore came around to score after leading off the frame with a double.
In the bottom of the third, Smith helped himself out with a solo opposite field homerun, to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead over the Indians. Lumpkin, got their first run of the ball game in the top of the 4th, & Pickens went in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 5th, Dragons up, 2-1.
After another leadoff hit by Moore to begin the bottom of the 5th, Tyler Vreeland would bring Moore in and give the Dragons a 3-1 lead. Lumpkin County however wouldn’t go away quietly as they would answer back with a run of their own in the top of the 6th, to once again make it a 1 run game, 3-2, going to the 7th.
In the 7th, the Indians would load the bases & things looked like we would be heading to the bottom of the inning tied. Smith, who was still in the game pitching, was able to get two strikeouts, & the final batter to fly out to center to preserve the win for the Dragons, 3-2.
Caswell Smith: 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K on 95 pitches & 1-3 with a homerun, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Brady Moore: 2-4 with 2 runs scored
Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a single & 1 RBI
Colby James: 1-3 with a single
Austin Chester: 1 walk
Will Lawrence: 1-2 with a single & a walk
Jacob Kirchoff: 1 walk
Pickens, will again be at home this afternoon as they welcome the Denmark Danes to Dragons Field. First pitch is set for 5:55.
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Baseball team hosted the Murray County Indians to open up the 2019 season. This game, was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but rain pushed it back to Wednesday. Pickens, looked to kick off the season with a win over a non-region opponent.
Senior & Wallace State signee Will Lawrence took the mound for the Dragons & pitched pretty well in his first outing. In the top of the first, the Murray County Indians drew a couple of walks, stole a base, & had a timely hit to take a 1-0 lead over the Dragons. That lead didn’t last long as Pickens came right back in the bottom of the frame to tie it up at 1 when Brady Moore stole 2nd, & was able to make it home after an errant throw.
Each teams had chances in the 2nd, but the Dragons were the ones to break the tie in the bottom of the 3rd as Colby James would drive in Chad Pacas to give Pickens a 2-1 lead. The Dragons added onto that lead in the bottom of the 4th, getting RBI hits from Moore & Tyler Vreeland. Going to the 5th, Pickens held a 5-1 lead over the Indians.
In the bottom of the 6th, Vreeland, knocked in his 2nd run of the game as he drove in Caswell Smith to make it 6-1 Dragons. The Indians, scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th, but that would be it as James closed the door on any comeback attempt. Pickens got the win, 6-3.
Will Lawrence: 3 IP, 4 K, 5 BB, 1 H, 72 pitches & 1-1 with a single
Brady Moore: 1 run scored & 1 RBI
Caswell Smith: 2-3 with a single, a triple, a walk, & 2 runs scored
Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a double & 2 RBI
Chad Pacas: 1-4 with a single & 1 run scored
Colby James: 2-4 with two singles & 1 IP, 1 K, 0 R on 13 pitches
Hunter White: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored
Jackson Jones: sacrifice bunt, 1 walk, & 3 IP, 2 K, 0 R on 39 pitches
Jacob Kirchoff: 2 walks & 1 run scored
Pickens, will be back on the diamond this afternoon as they host the Lumpkin County Indians in another non-region game. First Pitch set for 5:30.
Earlier tonight, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled back to Southeast Whitfield for a semifinal showdown with the #1 seed coming into the 6-AAAA Region Tournament, the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins. The winner, would move on to take on the Heritage Lady Generals in the championship game.
In the 1st quarter, the Nettes got off to a 4-0 start. The Lady Bruins, were able to take the lead by the end of the 1st, 17-10. In the 2nd quarter, Pickens got going a little bit, & cut into the Northwest Whitfield lead. At the half, the Lady Bruins led, 27-22.
In the 3rd, the Nettes’ got right back into the game using an 11-6 quarter run. Going to the 4th & final quarter, we we’re all tied at 33. The 4th quarter, was back & forth with the Nettes coming back after trailing 39-33, to take the lead. Northwest Whitfield, was able to make a late run, outscoring Pickens 13-9, to get the win, 46-42.
Mykenzie Weaver: 19 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals
Torie Williams: 15 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Sarah Morris: 3 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block
Kealy Hillhouse: 3 points
Hattie Baker: 2 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 2 steals
Olivia Simmons: 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals
Pickens, will be back at Southeast Whitfield on Friday as they will battle the Gilmer Lady Cats for 3rd place. Tip off is scheduled for 4 pm.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Kealy Hillhouse & Zach Goss. The Nettes & Dragons only had one game this week as they hosted Southeast Whitfield for Senior Night.
Kealy Hillhouse, has really stepped up her game as the season has gone by. She was a big part of the Nettes’ win over Christian Heritage the week before, & continued that play against the Lady Raiders finishing with 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal.
Zach Goss, led the Dragons in scoring in this, his final home game as a Senior. Goss, finished with 22 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, & 2 steals.
This Week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Reagan Harwood & Tucker Lowe: The Nettes’ & Dragons each had three games this week as they went to Southeast Whitfield, hosted Christian Heritage, & traveled to Dawson.
Reagan Harwood, is an example of a younger player getting better as the season goes along. Harwood, comes off the bench for the Nettes’, but makes the most of the opportunities she’s given. Harwood, had 2 points, 5 rebounds, & a steal against Southeast Whitfield, 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal, & 1 block against Christian Heritage. Harwood held her own against a good Dawson team as well.
Tucker Lowe, has grown more comfortable with varsity basketball in this, his sophomore season. Not only is Lowe a threat to knock down a three after he crosses half court, he’s gotten better defensively as the season has gone on & learning to use his quickness more to drive into the lane. Against Southeast Whitfield, Lowe had 9 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal. Against Christian Heritage, he had 14 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound. He finished with 3 points against a good Dawson squad.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Sarah Morris & Owen Moss. Both the Nettes and the Dragons had tough week’s this week going 0-2 against region competition.
Sarah Morris, had a good week despite the tough losses. Morris plays good defense & when rolling, can light up the scoreboard quickly. Against Gilmer, she had 4 points, & 1 rebound. Against Northwest Whitfield, she finished with 12 points & 2 rebounds.
Owen Moss is one half of the starting sophomore duo along with Tucker Lowe. Moss, is very quick with the ball. He uses that quickness to get into the lane & help on defense. Against Gilmer, Moss finished with 2 points, 2 assists, & 5 rebounds. Against the Bruins, Moss had 9 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal.