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BEARS PARTICIPATE IN MIRACLE LEAGUE

April 17, 2015

The PCHS Bear baseball team traveled to Waycross last Friday evening to serve as “buddies” for the baseball players of the local Satilla Miracle League at the Trembling Earth Recreation Complex. It’s great to see the young men of our baseball program go and play with those that are much less fortunate than they are so kudos to Coach Gay, his staff and the players. Below are a few pictures that were taken by Mrs. Amanda Gay.

              

                    

 

SENIOR BASEBALL PLAYERS HONORED

April 18, 2015

The senior players of the 2015 Bear baseball program were honored today during pre-game festivities prior to the first round of region playoffs against the Johnson High Atom Smashers.

Mr. Kyler Allen. Kyler is a four year participant of the program. He has been a member of the Region 1-AAA Honorable Mention team and was the Region 1-AAA 1st Team All-Region Catcher. Kyler is a member of the FFA and is a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. After graduation, Kyler will attend the University of North Georgia to continue his baseball career and major in business management.

Mr. Zack Goble. Zack is a four year participant of the program and was named 2013 Region 1-AAA 1st Team All Region First Baseman. In 2014, Zack was named to the Region 1-AAA 2nd Team All Region. He is a member of the Math team and was the September Blackshear Exchange Club Student of the Month. After graduation, Zack will be attending Armstrong State University to continue his baseball career while majoring in Physical Therapy.

Mr. Ganon Graham. Ganon is a two year participant of the program. He is a member of the FFA and after graduation plans on attending South Georgia State College and majoring in Ag Business.

Mr. Dakota Martin. Dakota is a four year participant of the program and was named the Region 1-AAA Second Team 3rd Baseman and was the Region 1-AAA 1st Team Pitcher in 2014. Dakota is a member of the Math Team and after graduation will attend South Georgia State College to continue his baseball career.

Mr. Stetson Smith. Stetson is a four year participant of the program and in 2012 was named Region 1-AAA Honorable Mention All Region Team. In 2013, Stetson was named the Region 1-AAA 2nd Team All Region and in 2014 was named to the Region 1-AAA 1st Team. Stetson is also a member of the football team and after graduation will attend Armstrong State University to continue his baseball career.

Mr. Caleb Turner. Caleb is a four year participant of the program and was named to the 2014 Region 1-AAA All Region 2nd Team. Caleb is also a member of the football team and was named the 2014 AAA All-State Team. After graduation, Caleb will attend LaGrange College and major in education while continuing his football career.

 Mr. Madison Tuten. Madison is a four year participant of the program and is also a member of the football team and was named 1st Team All Region in 2013 and 2014. Madison is a member of the FCA Leadership Team, a member of the Student Advisory Council, Chairman of the First Southern Bank Junior Board of Directors and a recipient of the Georgia Certificate of Merit and serves as the Senior Class President. Madison plans to attend the University of Georgia.

Mr. Nate White. Nate is a two year participant of the program and a member of the BETA National Honor Society. After graduation, Nate plans to attend Georgia Southern University.

Congratulations to each of you fine young men and thank you for your hard work, the memories on the baseball field and may the Lord our God bless you in the next level of your life. 

As always, Go Bears!

THIS WEEK IN BEAR BASEBALL

April 13, 2015

The middle school and junior varsity seasons have come to a close while the varsity is continuing its run to the state championship.

The PCHS Bears will travel to Jesup on Monday, April 20th for a 6:00 p.m. start against the Wayne County Yellow Jackets in a non-binding tune up game to prep the Bears against another quality opponent.

On Friday, April 24th, PCHS will host a yet to be determined opponent in a Region 1-AAA seeding game so check back later for the team name and first pitch time.

On Saturday the 25th, the youth travel teams may be participating in the Coastal Georgia Sports Associations “Spring Fling for the Ring” tournament at the Trembling Earth Recreation Complex in Waycross. Check back later in the week for schedules.

As always, Go Bears!

VSU Splits Doubleheader at Lee 2-8, 11-3

April 18, 2015

CLEVELAND, TN - Valdosta State dropped an 8-2 decision in the first game and rebounded for an 11-3 victory in game two as the Blazers split a Gulf South Conference baseball doubleheader at Olympic Field Saturday afternoon.

Lee (25-16-1, 14-13-1) never trailed in the first game as it jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Ben Holland walked to open the inning before Trenton Hill singled. Holland was erased at third base on a fielder's choice, but Nathan Wierzgac and Luke Toms each collected run scoring singles in the inning to put the Flames in front.

Valdosta State (25-15, 16-11) got a run back in the top of the third inning when Michael Gouge singled home B.J. Harmon, but LU responded with five runs in the sixth inning, including three on a home run by Toms. The Blazers added a run in the top of the seventh on Ryan Smith's second home run of the year while Lee closed out the scoring with a run in the bottom of the eighth.

Mitchell Cody took the loss for ValdostaState and fell to 7-2 as he allowed five runs on eight hits while Lee's Dustin Lawson improved to 4-1 after limiting VSU to seven hits and two runs in a complete game.

Hayden Jones and Jayk Graham (PCHS 2011) had two hits each to lead VSU at the plate in the game.

The Blazers jumped out to a big lead in the second game as they scored the contest's first 10 runs. Six of the runs came in the fourth inning, the first of which came on Kevin Cruz's ninth homer of the season. Graham followed the home run with a triple and scored on a Zac Goodno bunt single before Bobby Rice walked. Following a pitching change, Harmon walked to load the bases and Gouge collected a two-out single that plated Goodno and Rice. Jones proceeded to triple to drive home both Harmon and Gouge and put VSU in front 6-0.

Valdosta State added four more runs in the fifth inning as Harmon and Gouge each drove in two runs while Lee got all three of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Hill bases-loaded double. Mike Reed drove home Smith in the top of the seventh for the game's final run.

Kyle Andre gave up five hits and three runs in 5.2 innings to improve to 5-4 on the season while LU's Hill allowed four runs on five hits in 3.1 innings to fall to 6-5.

Cruz went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the game to lead VSU offensively while Reed and Gouge had two hits each.

Valdosta State returns to action Wednesday, April 22 when it travels to Columbus, GA to take on Columbus State at 5:00 p.m.

Source: http://www.vstateblazers.com/news/2015/4/18/BB_0418154143.aspx 

 

 

Owls Split A-Sun Doubleheader With FGCU

April 18, 2015

Kennesaw, GA - The Kennesaw State baseball program split a pair of Atlantic Sun Conference games on Saturday (April 18) afternoon against the visiting Eagles of Florida Golf Coast University. The Owls took the first game of the day, 5-0, before dropping the second game of the twinbill in extra innings by a score of 6-5 at Stillwell Stadium.

With the split, KSU's record now sits at 21-18 overall and 6-5 in A-Sun play. FGCU now sits with an overall record over 20-19-1 record and 7-4 in conference action.

GAME 1: FGCU 0, Kennesaw State 5

Game one lived up to a hyped pitching matchup entering the weekend, as Kennesaw State's Jordan Hillyer outdueled FGCU's Michael Murray to help the Owls earn a 5-0 victory in the series opener.

Entering the weekend, Hillyer and Murray were ranked first and second, respectively, with 65 and 64 strikeouts in the Atlantic Sun and delivered a masterful showing of pitching throughout the first game on Saturday.

Hillyer (4-3), who earned his fourth win of the season, tossed his second complete game of the season, allowing no runs on just three hits in a gutsy performance against the Eagles. The right-handed pitcher from Dacula, Georgia struck out four on the day and forced 11 ground outs in the winning effort.

"Hillyer threw extremely well in game one. He was able to close it down for us with a lead and he was great today," head coach Mike Sansing said.

On the other side of the mound, Murray –who is reigning A-Sun Pitcher of the Year—matched Hillyer step-for-step throughout the game, allowing five runs (four earned) on just five hits while striking out seven batters over 7.1 innings. Murray struck out three of his first six batters he faced, and tossed five scoreless innings during his time on the bump.

After Hillyer and Murray traded scoreless innings in the first and second, the Owls jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third and never looked back. After a leadoff single to center field from Taylor Allum, back-to-back sacrifice bunts led to an RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Corey Greeson. Grant Williams then followed with an RBI single up the middle to give KSU an early 2-0 lead.

Hillyer proved beneficiary of the run support, as he faced five batters over the minimum over the duration of the ballgame. The righthander worked four 1-2-3 innings, and retired nine of his first 11 batters in the contest.

"Jordan [Hillyer] has been able to set the tone for us this season. He has been very consistent and it was great to see him throw a strong game today," Sansing said.

Leading by two entering the bottom of the seventh, Kennesaw State extended its lead with a two-run homer off the bat of Chris Erwin. Erwin finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored to lead the Owls' offense.

KSU added one insurance run in the bottom of the eighth with a sacrifice fly ball off the bat of Brennan Morgan. Morgan finished the game 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored.

For the game, Kennesaw State totaled five sacrifice bunts, four singles, one double and a home run to back Hillyer's strong outing on the mound.

For Hillyer, the three-hit, complete game, shutout marked his second of the season. In fact, the junior has tossed at least 8.0 innings in four of his last six starts, dating back to March 14 against Wintrop.

GAME 2: FGCU 6, Kennesaw State 5 – 10 innings

FGCU scored four runs over the final three innings to complete a 6-5 come-from-behind win over Kennesaw State in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, earning an A-Sun twinbill split on the day.

KSU got another strong effort on the mound from its starting pitcher, as Travis Bergen allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits to the Eagles' potent offense. The left-handed pitcher also struck out four on the day over 8.0 innings of work on the bump, earning a no decision for the day.
 
FGCU countered with Brady Anderson, who entered the game with a perfect 4-0 record, as the right-hander allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits over 6.1 innings.

Both teams wasted no time and scored a combined six runs over the first three innings of play. After FGCU plated the game's first run in the top of the first, the Owls answered by sending eight batters to the dish in the bottom half, scoring three runs on four hits.

The inning was highlighted by a two-run RBI double off the bat of Chris McGowan. The senior–who entered the day on a 17-game hitting streak—, and finished game one 1-for-4, extended his hitting streak to 19 games with the double in the first. Erwin also recorded an RBI single in the frame to extend the Owls' lead to 3-1.

After the two clubs traded runs in the third, KSU extended its lead to 5-2 when McGowan hit his third home run of the season over the right field wall in the bottom of the fifth. McGowan finished the day 4-for-9 with three RBI and two runs.

However, FGCU's Sterling Koerner –who earned the win—came out of the bullpen in relief and pitched 3.2 solid innings to help the Eagles come from behind and defeat the Owls. Koerner (4-3) allowed just four hits and no runs to keep Kennesaw State off the board, allowing FGCU to score the final four runs of the ballgame.

"We were up two runs in the ninth and weren't able to close it out. We need to come back tomorrow strong and close out the series," Sansing said.

Logan Hutchinson was dealt with the tough-luck loss, pitching the final frame of the game allowing one hit and one run. Will Lowman (PCHS 2012) also pitched in relief of Bergen allowing two runs on three hits.

The Owls will conclude their series with FGCU Sunday (April 19) morning, weather permitting. First pitch for the series' finale will be set for 11 a.m. at Stillwell Stadium. Check back with KSUOwls.com or on Twitter @KSUOwlsBaseball for continuous updates with impending weather for Sunday's contest.

Source: http://www.ksuowls.com/news/2015/4/18/BB_0418154527.aspx?path=baseball 

Jags Split Double Feature at Columbus State

April 18, 2015

COLOUMBUS, GA - Led by homers off the bats of Drew Taylor (PCHS 2012) and Clint Hardy, the Jaguars split the Peach Belt Conference doubleheader against Columbus State, dropping game one 6-3 and taking the second game 7-5 on Saturday afternoon on the road.

The scheduled single game on Friday with the Cougars was lost due to rain, so the doubleheader decided the series Saturday. GRU Augusta (15-24, 8-15 PBC) found life early in game one when Clint Hardy (1-3; RBI) put the Jags on the board first, smacking the first pitch thrown to him over the center field wall for his sixth homerun of the season.

Right-handed junior David Bermudez started his third game of the season for GRU. Bermudez only allowed two hits and one run in 2.2 innings of work, before Frank Warren and Tristan Jones relieved.

In the third inning, Nick Rau (1-3; RBI) came to bat with bases loaded and plated one on a single to shortstop, while a second scored on an error, giving the Jags a 3-0 lead.

With two outs and bases loaded in the third inning, the Jags turned to junior lefty Frank Warren. Warren got out of the inning safely, but found himself in a hole in the fourth after three base hits, two on back-to-back bunts, to load the bases.  After striking out the next batter, a dropped pop-up allowed two Cougars to come home, tying the game at three.

Warren pitched 3.0 innings, striking out two and giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits.

The Cougars (32-12; 15-11 PBC) scored one more in the sixth inning, and with two outs and a runner on first, the Jags brought Tristan Jones to the mound.  The right-handed sophomore's first pitch to McClellan went over the left-center field wall to score two, giving the Cougars a 6-3 lead that would eventually win the game.

In game two, junior lefty Matthew Kuhlenberg (3-4) took the mound for his eighth start of the season. The Cougars jumped out to a quick two-run lead in the first inning, but the Jags battled back with two of their own in the top of the second. 

Drew Taylor (2-4; three-RBI) slapped a single to right field and scored on an error, before Nate Crown (1-1; RBI) earned his ninth RBI of the season, scoring Rau.  On the first pitch of the second inning, Manos sailed one over the right-field fence to put the Cougars back in the lead, but not for long.

Taylor knocked a three-RBI bomb over the right-center field wall in the third inning, giving the Jags a 5-3 lead.  Manos came back to the plate in the fourth and hit his second homer of the game, but the Jags would get the run back off of a single by Rau (1-4; RBI) to score Taylor in the fifth.

The fifth inning also brought right-handed sophomore Tyler Brown to the mound.  He struck out three and allowed three hits and a single run, which came in the seventh inning.

The Jags (15-24; 8-15 PBC) brought their final run across in the eighth on three walks and a hit-by-pitch. Right-handed reliever Adam Grice closed out the game, pitching two innings with two hits and striking out two, holding onto the 7-5 lead for the Jaguar win.

The Jags return home for a midweek game against the USC Aiken Pacers on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m. in Lake Olmstead Stadium. The game does not count towards GRU's conference record.

GRU hosts UNC Pembroke on April 24-26 at Lake Olmstead Stadium for their last PBC series of the season at home. The series begins on Friday (6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (1:00 p.m.) and concludes on Sunday, April 26 for 2015 Senior Day. A pregame ceremony on Sunday will take place to honor our seniors.

Source: http://www.jaguarsroar.com/sports/bsb/2014-15/releases/20150418xje4np 

 

PCHS BASEBALL SCHOLAR ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

April 14, 2015

PCHS head baseball coach Greg Gay proudly announces that Dakota Martin is the varsity Scholar Athlete of the Week. Dakota is a senior that plays third base and pitches for the Bears. The junior varsity Scholar Athlete of the Week is Walker Sinclair. Walker is a freshman pitcher and outfielder 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.

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.


Upcoming Games/Practices

Friday,  Apr 24
Region Seeding Game @ PCHS Bears TBA TBA
Friday,  May 1
1st Round State Playoffs @ PCHS Bears TBA TBA
Wednesday,  May 6
2nd Round State Playoffs - Sweet 16 @ PCHS Bears TBA TBA
Tuesday,  May 12
3rd Round State Playoffs - Elite 8 @ PCHS Bears TBA TBA
Monday,  May 18
4th Round State Playoffs - Final Four @ PCHS Bears TBA TBA
Saturday,  May 23
5th Round State Playoffs - Championship @ PCHS Bears TBA TBA

For a complete schedule listing, click here!