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BEARS TO PLAY TEN GAMES IN FOUR DAYS
March 1, 2015
There will be plenty of baseball action Tuesday through Saturday as the PCHS and PCMS baseball teams take to the diamond this week if the rainy weather holds out.
On Tuesday March the 3rd, PCMS will travel to Hazlehurst to visit the Jeff Davis County Yellow Jackets at 4:00 p.m. and the PCHS varsity squad will travel to Berrien County to play the Rebels at 5:30 p.m. in Nashville. The Bears defeated the Rebels two weeks ago in Blackshear by a score of 10-2. Updated 03/03/15: Still stinging from a conference championship loss in 2014, this group of middle school Bears jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over the Yellow Jackets only to see it tied up in the third inning where the score remain tied until the ninth inning as Pierce plated two runs and holding Jeff Davis to take the victory in extra innings beating the Jeff Davis curse. Over in Nashville, the varsity Bears jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Kyler Allen hit a solo homer and that lead quickly vanished as Berrien plated four. Pierce eventually tied it up and then took a two run lead making the score 6-4 to only see the Rebels battle back and win the game by a score of 7-6.
On Thursday March 5th, the Appling County Pirate junior varsity will travel to Blackshear for a 5:30 p.m. start at PCHS.
On Friday March 6th, the PCHS varsity will travel to Savannah to visit the Jenkins High School Warriors at 4:00 p.m. and the PCMS Bears will host the Ware County Gators in Blackshear at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday March 7th gets busy as the Bear squads wrap up the week. The varsity will host the Savannah Blue Jackets at 10:00 a.m. and then the Beach Bulldogs at 12:30 p.m. in a double-header at PCHS. The junior varsity will travel to Tifton to play a double-header against the Tift High Blue Devils starting at 1:00 p.m. and the PCMS Bears travel to Homerville to visit the Clinch County Panthers in a 4:00 p.m. game. PCMS defeated Clinch two weeks ago by a score of 5-2.
Get your traveling shoes on, fill up your car with gas and pack a snack to go out and support these young men.
Second-rankedPierceCounty picked up a pair of home wins last week to stay perfect on the season. The Bears (5-0) knocked off Class AA fifth ranked Berrien 10-2 in their home opener. The game was moved up one day ahead of the storm front moving through the area. “This was a good win for us,” said head coach Greg Gay. “We capitalized on their (Rebels) mistakes, which is always nice to see. But we also dodge some big innings from them. “It was also good to be back home playing a baseball game. It was also good to see some familiar faces we haven’t seen since last spring. Our community is a big part of the success we’ve had in the past and it looks like the support is going to be there again.”
PCHS followed that up with a 13-2 victory over Region 1-AAA East foe Southeast Bulloch Friday in five innings. “It is nice to start the season 5-0,” Gay said, “but we are not where we need to be at this point. For us to reach out goals we have got to improve dramatically in a short period of time.”
MidwayElementary School student Bailey Baldwin threw out the first pitch before the game with SEB. Baldwin received a heart transplant last year in Gainesville, FL. “You talk about an inspiration,” said Gay. “I’ve gotten to know her these last couple of years at Midway. It doesn’t take long being around her to tell that she is a fighter and an awesome kid. We’re thankful she is back with us and the team wanted to honor her and family.”
Saturday’s jayvee/varsity doubleheader with Coffee was rained out. No makeup date has been announced. The Bears traveled to Nashville Tuesday afternoon for a rematch with Berrien. They are scheduled to play at Jenkins Friday in Savannah with a doubleheader against Savannah High and Beach slated for Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
No. 2 Pierce County 10, No. 5 Berrien 2
A two-run second inning gave PierceCounty the lead and started a string of five consecutive innings of plating a run against the visiting Rebels. The game, though, was a struggle for both pitching staffs. The two teams combined to issue 20 walks and hit three batters. “We walked nine guys in six innings,” Gay said. “That is unacceptable. We averaged less than three walks a game last year with the same pitchers.”
Stetson Smith worked 3 2/3 innings in his initial start of the season. He fanned four, walked five, hit a batter and allowed the only two hits by Berrien. Madison Tuten pitched the next 2 1/3 innings striking out four and walking four. Dakota Martin tossed the seventh, fanned two and hit a batter. PCHS scored two runs in the second on an error and a sacrifice fly by Cody Williams (1-for-2).
After the Rebels scored a run in the top of the third, the Bears answered right back. Three walks loaded the bases with Martin (1-for-3) hitting a sacrifice fly for a 3-1 advantage. Pierce picked up another run in the fourth with Logan Paul (2-for-3) scoring after a leadoff double. Berrien plated its final run in the top of the fifth against Tuten with the Bears responding. Kyler Allen (1-for-4) laced a two-out single with courtesy runner Nate White scoring from first on a throwing error for a 5-2 lead.
PCHS put the game away in the sixth scoring five runs and sending 11 batters to the plate. Luke Revels had a two-run pinch-hit single to get the scoring started. Zack Goble knocked in the next run getting hit with the bases loaded. Martin lined a two-out, two-run single two batters later.
No. 2 Pierce County 13 Southeast Bulloch 2
PCHS took charge early scoring six times in the first inning en route to the region cross-over win. “We really didn’t give their lefty an opportunity to settle in,” said Gay. “Other than a few at bats, we had great approaches at the plate early on. Smith hit the ball well again, and it was nice to see Kyler drive a couple balls. We are getting close offensively with several players having better at a bats.”
Martin pitched the first two innings for the win striking out five of the eight batters he faced. He allowed a leadoff single in the second. Tuten hurled the final three innings for the save. He fanned four, walked two and allowed two hits. “It was nice to see Dakota have a little velocity back in his fastball,” said Gay. “He is coming off a forearm injury and we need him leading our staff. Madison pitched well again other than a couple of walks. If we don’t make a couple of careless errors they don’t score.”
Allen (2-for-3) drove in the first run of the game with a single. Ben Tuten drew a bases loaded walk to force home the second run. Paul (1- for-2) and Smith (2-for-3) added two run singles pushing the lead out to 6-0. The Bears added five runs in the second as the lead swelled to 11-0. Williams, Caleb Turner and Paul were credited with an RBI each. Smith delivered a second consecutive two-run single to cap the uprising.
SEB responded with a two-run rally in the top of the third taking advantage of a pair of errors by the Pierce infield. PCHS got one run back in the third when Allen hit his first homer of the season. The last run came in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Goble (1-for-4).
Jayvee win twice
PierceCounty’s junior varsity won 6-1 at Statesboro and 12-8 at GlynnAcademy in action last week. The Bears recorded 12 hits against Statesboro last Monday. Klay Allen was the winning pitcher scattering three hits over five innings. Pierce banged out 15 hits against the Red Terrors in support of Seth Horton.
PCMS WINS THREE GAMES
PierceCountyMiddle School opened up its baseball season with a trio of wins against ClinchCountyMiddle School, BrantleyCountyMiddle School and Waycross Middle School.
The Bears scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 2-all tie en route to a 5-2 home victory Friday, February 20, over Clinch Middle in a non-conference game. “This was a good team win,” said head coach Cole Walsh. “It was nice to get the season started on a positive note, but it is clear that we have a lot of things we have to work on.”
PCMS came back three days later to beat the visiting Herons 20-5 in a Southeast Georgia Middle School Athletic Conference matchup. “We came out and took care of business,” said Walsh. “We had one bad inning where they scored all of their runs, but we were able to work through it. It was good to see us respond after a little adversity.”
The Bears closed out the week beating Waycross Middle 15-1 on a no-hitter Friday, February 27, in Waycross. “We (coaches) had an opportunity to let everybody play a couple innings and get a few at bats,” Walsh said. “We came out and looked good defensively aside from one botched pickoff attempt that led to their only run of the day. It is always good to start the season off on the right foot, but we are entering the meat of our schedule over the next few weeks.” PCMS plays three times this week.
The Bears traveled Tuesday to JeffDavisMiddle School, host WareCountyMiddle School Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m., and finish the week playing at ClinchCountyMiddle School on Saturday.
PCMS 5, Clinch Middle 2
Nate Carter, who led off the bottom of the sixth with a double, scored on a passed ball giving the Bears the lead. Bryce Bowen, Johnny Waters and Luke Echols combined to twirl a three-hitter against the Panthers with eight strikeouts. Avery Jernigan (1-for-2) drew a one-out walk and raced to third on Todd Carter’s (1-for-3) single following Nate Carter’s (2-for-3) score. Both came around to score on an error capping the three-run rally. The Bears scored twice in the second. Sergey Steedley (1-for-3) delivered a one-out infield single and moved up on Jernigan’s single. Steedley scored from second on a throwing error by the Clinch catcher with Jernigan taking third. Carter’s groundout to short scored Jernigan for a 2-0 advantage. Clinch Middle scored once in the fourth against Waters and tied the score in the sixth against Echols.
PCMS 20, Brantley Middle 5
Pierce Middle scored four runs in each of the first two innings and put the game away with an 11- run third against the Herons. Ben Baker (2-for-3) and Austin Jernigan (1-for-2) were credited with an RBI each in the Bears’ four-run first. PCMS stretched the lead to 8-0 in the second with Jernigan picking up his second RBI. Brantley Middle scored five times in the top of the third to get to within 8-5.
The Herons’ lone hit of the game came on a leadoff single to start the inning against Bowen, who worked two-plus innings and was charged with all the runs. Nate Carter finished up.
The Bears sent 16 batters to the plate in the third inning in scoring 11 times. Waters (1-for-2), Baker and Nate Carter (2-for-4) drove in two runs each in the inning. Spencer Hughes (1- for-1), Andrew Walsh, Avery Jernigan (1-for-3) and Echols were credited with an RBI apiece in the frame. Nicko Khoury’s pinch hit double in the fourth drove in the final run ending the game with the “15- run mercy rule.”
PCMS 15, Waycross Middle 1
The Bears scored 13 runs over the first two innings and coasted to the road win against Waycross Middle. PCMS scored eight times in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. The Bulldogs’ pitching staff issued five walks, hit a batter and the WMS defense committed two errors. The Bears added five runs in the second registering one hit. Waycross Middle committed three errors. Bowen had a two-run triple in the inning. Pierce Middle added two more runs in the fourth inning on a base hit by Waters and a sacrifice fly by Carter. Waters and Carter combined for the no-hitter.
UPDATED PCHS SCHEDULES POSTED
March 2, 2015
Updated schedules for both the varsity and junior varsity baseball teams have been uploaded and are available for you to download in the "Handout" section to the left of this notice on the home page.
GRU DROPS TWO OF THREE AT MONTEVALLO IN CONFERENCE OPENING SERIES
March 1, 2015
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The GRU Augusta baseball team lost two of three to the Montevallo Falcons in the Jaguars' Peach Belt Conference opening series from Feb. 28 – March 1 in Montevallo, Ala.
The Jaguars (5-8, 1-2 PBC) split the doubleheader against Montevallo (6-6, 4-2 PBC) on Feb. 28. The Falcons won game one 1-0, before the Jags evened the series with 6-2 win in game two. GRU Augusta plated two runs in the top of the ninth inning of game two to give the Jaguars breathing room in a 6-2 win over the Falcons in the nightcap Saturday night.
In the final of the meeting of the series on Sunday, each team matched 11 hits to take the game into an extra 10th inning. GRU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Drew Taylor's (PCHS 2012) homerun, plating Clint Hardy who singled in his first at bat. Montevallo responded with two runs off Jaguar right-handed starter David Hagelston.
Hagelston tossed 3.0 innings and gave up five hits for three runs before the Jags went to the bullpen to use four arms. Kevin Dodson gave up three hits for one run in the third and fourth, before Frank Warren allowed one run to UM in the fifth.
Down 4-2 in the fifth, GRU made it a run-one game when Tyler Roberts took home on a wild pitch. The Falcons scored their solo run in the fifth to make it 5-3, but the Jaguars got life from CJ Reed in their next at bat.
Reed doubled to left center to start the eighth inning and Nick Rau drove him in with a RBI single to right field. In their final scheduled at bat, Reed tied the game with a single to score Bradley Dennis for a 5-5 game.
GRU reliever Will Robertson struck out the first man he faced in the bottom of the 10th inning, but a single put the go-ahead run on and a wild pitch and fielder's choice moved the runner to third. Robertson (0-1) gave up a single to left center to give the Falcons the game three-win.
The Jags play at Young Harris for another PBC series March 7-8, beginning with a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m. on March 7 in Young Harris, Ga.
VSU BASEBALL SWEEPS DELTA STATE 11-6, 4-3
March 1, 2015
VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State won game won 11-6 and got a Michael Gouge home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory in game two to sweep a Gulf South Conference doubleheader at Billy Grant Field Sunday afternoon.
Valdosta State (11-4, 6-2) opened the scoring of game one in the bottom of the second inning. Jayk Graham (PCHS 2011) doubled to right to open the frame before scoring as Zac Goodno followed with a single to center. Bobby Rice and B.J. Harmon each reached on bunt singled before a Mike Reedfielder's choice plated Goodno. After Gouge drew a walk to reload the bases, Hayden Jones collected a two-out hit to left that drove home Harmon and Reed for a 4-0 VSU lead.
Delta State (2-7, 1-4) got a run back in the top of the fourth inning as it took advantage of a lead-off walk. Brandon Cummins drew the walk to open frame and moved to second on a ground out before Ethan Gill singled to move him to third. A wild pitch allowed Cummins to score to cut the DSU deficit to 4-1.
Reed and Gouge collected back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the fourth inning to push VSU's advantage back to four runs while, after DSU got a run in the top of the fifth, the Blazers struck for six more in the bottom of the frame. Bryant Hayman delivered the big blow in the bottom of the fifth as, with the bases loaded and two outs, he sent a 3-2 pitch from Delta State reliever Cody Waddell over the wall in leftfield for a grand slam that pushed the Valdosta State lead to 11-2.
The Statesmen got a two-run home run from Matt Barrett in the eighth inning as well as a two-run roundtripper from Colton Welch in the ninth to close out the game one scoring.
Mitchell Cody went 7.0 innings for Valdosta State and allowed six hits and two runs while striking out four to improve to 3-0 on the season. Meanwhile, Delta State starter Drew Milligan surrendered eight runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings as he fell to 0-1.
Reed was three-for-five with two RBI and three runs scored while Rice and Jones also had three hits each in the game.
Delta State got on the board first in the second game as it took advantage of an error in the fourth inning. Brandon Cummins reached via the error to open the inning and moved to second on a ground out before taking third on a wild pitch. Ethan Gill delivered a one-out single through a drawn-in infield to drive Cummins home for a 1-0 DSU lead.
The Blazers evened the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning as Reed walked to open the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gouge. Hayman followed with a rocket that bounced off the second baseman's glove and into right field to plate Reed.
The Statesmen regained the lead as Marc McMilliam opened the top of the seventh with his second home run of the year while Cummins added a sacrifice fly later in the frame, only to have Gouge single home two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.
After knotting the game at 3-3 in the seventh inning, Gouge hit his third homer of the season with two outs in the ninth for the winning run.
Kellan Bailey allowed just one hit in 3.0 innings as he improved to 2-1 on the season while Nick Goza surrendered four hits, including the Gouge homer, in 2.0 innings to fall to 1-3.
Gouge was two-for-three with three RBI to lead VSU offensively in game two.
Valdosta State returns to action Wednesday, March 4 when it travels to Americus, Ga. to take on Georgia Southwestern at 5:00 p.m.
OWLS FALL TO HUSKIES, 7-0
February 28, 2015
Kennesaw, Ga. – The Kennesaw State baseball team lost to the University of Connecticut Saturday (Feb. 28) afternoon by a 7-0 score, dropping the second game of the weekend series to the Huskies. Travis Bergen earned his third start of the season –second at Stillwell Stadium—and went seven strong innings, while Erwin and Chris McGowan recorded a hit each in the game.
The Owls (5-4) dropped their third consecutive game, while the Huskies (4-4) now have won three straight non-conference games to get back to .500.
The left-handed matchup between Bergen and UCONN's Anthony Kal was set early on, as both pitchers allowed only three hits combined through the first four innings of the game. Kal, who entered the game with a 1.20 ERA, did not allow a hit until McGowan ripped a ball up the middle in the fifth inning.
"Their guy threw the ball extremely well against us today," head coach Mike Sansing said. "Offensively we didn't threaten and struggled to have an opportunity to do anything and put the ball in play."
Bergen, however, answered Kal's strong pitching early on. The left-handed pitcher from McDonough, Georgia, retired the first eight of nine Husky batters to keep UCONN off the board through the first three innings.
The Huskies scored first for the second consecutive game in the fourth inning. Blake Davey hit a three-run homer over the left field wall to give UCONN a 3-0 lead. The lead proved to be enough for Kay, as the lefty went eight innings allowing no runs while striking out eight.
"I thought Bergen threw the ball well," Sansing said. "He had a couple of pitches that got away from him and those home runs were costly."
Freshman AJ Moore and Will Lowman (PCHS 2012) relieved Bergen of his duties in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Moore allowed one earned run and struck out two batters, while Lowman gave up an unearned run and struck out two Husky batters in his second appearance of the season.
The Owls will turn around and take on UCONN in the third and final game of the weekend series Sunday (March 1) afternoon. The game is scheduled to play at 12 p.m. ET at Stillwell Stadium.
PCHS BASEBALL SCHOLAR ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
PCHS head baseball coach Grey Gay proudly announces that Logan Paul is the varsity Scholar Athlete of the Week for February 23rd through the 28th. Logan is a junior that plays center field for Bears. The junior varsity Scholar Athlete of the week is Blake Bishop. Blake is a freshman first baseman for the jayvee team so if you see either one of these young men, congratulate them for their hard work in the classroom as well as that on the field.
BALL REGISTRATION AT REC. NOW THROUGH MARCH 6
Blastball, t-ball, baseball and softball registration for boys and girls is ongoing at Pierce County Recreation Department until March 6. Blastball is open to boys and girls ages three and four with t-ball open to boys and girls ages five and six. Boys ages seven thru 12 are encouraged to register for baseball and girls of the same age group are invited to register for softball.
Registration is $40 with a discount for siblings. Registration forms can be picked up at the Rec Department on Ware Street, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Registration forms will also be sent home from school in your child’s backpack. Completed forms should be returned to the Rec Department, not your child’s school.
For more information on any Rec Department programming please call the office at 449-4791.
Webmaster Notice and Disclaimer
October 18, 2008
This website is not an official Patterson Recreation Department, Pierce County Parks & Recreation or Pierce County School website. This website was created as a tribute to and information about the past and present baseball teams and players of Pierce County. I will provide as much information as I can concerning teams including the Patterson Recreation All-Stars, Pierce County Parks & Recreation All-Stars, Pierce County travel teams, Pierce County Middle School, PCHS Junior Varsity and Varsity teams as well as our players that are playing at the collegiate level. If you wish to make any comments or see additional information, please feel free to contact me at (912) 614-7059 or by email to Tony Walsh. I will try to provide the most accurate information that I can so if you see any mistakes or misinformation, please notify me as soon as possible. This website is an unofficial and independent source of news and information.
|Thursday, Mar 5 |
|Appling County Pirates @ PCHS JV Bears ||5:30pm ||Pierce County High School |
|Friday, Mar 6 |
|PCHS Bears @ Jenkins Warriors ||4:00pm ||Jenkins High School |
|Ware County Gators @ PCMS Bears ||4:00pm ||Pierce County Middle School |
|Saturday, Mar 7 |
|Savannah Blue Jackets @ PCHS Bears ||10:00am ||Pierce County High School |
|Beach Bulldogs @ PCHS Bears ||12:30pm ||Pierce County High School |
|PCHS JV Bears @ Tift County Blue Devils ||1:00pm ||Tift County High School |
|PCHS JV Bears @ Tift County Blue Devils ||3:30pm ||Tift County High School |
|PCMS Bears @ Clinch County Panthers ||4:00pm ||Clinch County Recreation Department |
|Tuesday, Mar 10 |
|Walker Middle School @ PCMS Bears ||4:00pm ||Pierce County Middle School |
|PCHS JV Bears @ Coffee County Trojans ||5:30pm ||Coffee County High School |
|Island High School Sharks @ PCHS Bears ||6:00pm ||Pierce County High School |
|Thursday, Mar 12 |
|PCMS Bears @ Bacon County Red Raiders ||4:00pm ||Bacon County Middle/High School |
|Friday, Mar 13 |
|PCMS Bears @ Appling County Rams ||4:00pm ||Appling County High School |
|Tattnall County Battle Creek Warriors @ PCHS Bears ||6:00pm ||Pierce County High School |
|Saturday, Mar 14 |
|Ware County Gators @ PCHS JV Bears ||11:00am ||Pierce County High School |
|Ware County Gators @ PCHS Bears ||2:00pm ||Pierce County High School |
|Monday, Mar 16 |
|Wayne County Yellow Jackets @ PCHS JV Bears ||5:30pm ||Pierce County High School |
|Tuesday, Mar 17 |
|PCMS Bears @ Martha Puckett Middle School ||4:00pm ||Wayne County High School |
|Brantley County Herons @ PCHS Bears ||6:00pm ||Pierce County High School |
|Thursday, Mar 19 |
|Brantley County Herons @ PCHS JV Bears ||6:00pm ||Pierce County High School |
For a complete schedule listing, click here!