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THIS WEEK IN BEAR BASEBALL
April 30, 2016
The 2016 PCHS Bear baseball season is over as the Bears ere swept in the first round of the GHSA play-offs on Friday by scores of 7-6 and 6-0 by Westminster. It was a sad day as those were the last games to be played by seniors Logan Paul and Luke Revels but was also the last games coached by Greg Gay as he is retiring from the game. We thank Luke and Logan for the past for years and especially Coach Gay for what he brought to this game, this school and this community. You all will be missed.
In other Region 1-AAA action, Decatur swept Southeast Bulloch, Blessed Trinity swept Brantley and Appling County swept North Clayton so they move on to Round 2.
Our youth travel teams will also see action on Saturday as they participate in the Peach State Diamond Sports tournament in Nahunta.
In 14-U action, the Pierce County Bears started the day off defeating the Outlaws by a score of 17-3. The Bears then defeated Statesboro by a score of 11-9 earning the number one seed in the single elimination bracket where they beat the Outlaws again by a score of 12-2 earning a spot in the championship where the perfect streak would come to an end in a re-match with Statesboro as the Bears fell by a score of 8-3 earning second place in the tournament. Austin Hodges provided a spark both offensively and defensively and Austin Jernigan hit an in the park grand slam during one of the games against the Outlaws.
The 10-U Pierce Elite Blue took the field and tied the Brantley Bucks at 6 each and then defeated the Dirt Devils by a score of 15-0 earning the number one seed in the single elimination bracket to face Pierce Silver with Blue winning by a score of 13-7 to move on to the championship game losing against the Brantley Bucks by a score of 14-7 to earn Pierce the runner-up position in the tournament.
The 10-U Pierce Elite Silver took the field at 10:45 a.m. losing to the Dirt Devils in a hard fought battle by a score of 12-11 and and then lost to the SGSA Sharks by a score of 20-3 earning the number five seed in the single elimination bracket. Pierce beat the Dirt Devils by a score of 11-6 only to have to face their brothers in Blue in the semi-finals where Blue came out victorious by a score of 13-7 ending the day for the Silver team.
As always, Go Bears!
Augusta Honors Nine Seniors for 2016 Senior Day at Jaguar Field
April 30, 2016
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta (29-18, 17-2 PBC) honored seniors David Bermudez, Hunter Boose, Phil Dukes, Connor Gilbert, Nick Rau, C.J. Reed, Drew Taylor (PCHS 2012), Cole Thompson, and Frank Warren in a pre-game ceremony.
VSU Closes Season with Pair of Victories
April 30, 2016
FLORENCE, Ala. - Valdosta State baseball wrapped up an unfinished contest on Saturday for a 5-3 victory before closing out their 2016 season with a 5-0 victory over the North Alabama Lions at Mike Lane Field in Florence, Ala.
The Blazers, who went into extra innings on Friday against the Lions and took a 5-2 lead in the top half of the tenth inning, were forced to finish off Game 1 of the series on Saturday after a thunderstorm halted play on Friday. The Blazers allowed the Lions one run in the final half inning of the game on Saturday before sealing the victory.
Colby Wisdom (2-0) earned the win in relief for the Blazers, while Troy Massaro picked up the final two outs to secure his second save of the year.
Game two featured an impressive outing by Kellan Bailey, who dealt six innings of scoreless work on the hill. With the help of the Blazer offense, who racked up five runs on eight hits, Bailey improved to 7-5 overall, while Massaro came on yet again for VSU to cap off the shutout with three dominant frames.
Valdosta State's offensive firepower in the second game included a series of timely hits, beginning with back-to-back base hits by Chipper Andzel and Dalton Duty, which set Marcus Sigmon up for an RBI grounder to short. The run represented one of two for the Blazers in the opening frame and put VSU in front 2-0 early.
The Blazers added on in the top of the third when Cliff Bryant drove in a run from third with a runner at third base to put VSU up 3-0, and the lead was extended further when Ryan Slaughter reached on an error, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball in the sixth.
Working with a 4-0 lead, Valdosta State cushioned their lead in the eighth after Bryant walked to lead off the inning and moved into scoring position on a Jaykob Graham (PCHS 2011) sacrifice bunt. Bryant proceeded to steal third base on a strikeout promptly scored during the next at-bat on another wild pitch.
The win gave the Blazers a 27-17 finish on the year and an 18-12 finish in GSC play. VSU's conference record placed VSU just half of a game shy of the Lee Flames, who finished at 18-11 after their games on Saturday against No. 17 West Florida were cancelled due to inclement weather.
Pirate Baseball Sweeps Trinity Baptist on Saturday
April 30, 2016
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University baseball squad picked up a non-conference doubleheader sweep of visiting Trinity Baptist College on Saturday, winning 10-2 and 5-1 to wrap up the 2016 home season at Pirate Field.
The wins helped the Pirates (17-30) snap an 11-game losing streak and ensured that Armstrong State finished the year with a winning record at home (13-12). Trinity Baptist, out of Jacksonville, Fla., finishes its season at 20-30 with the pair of losses.
In game one, the Pirates hammered out seven extra-base hits - including six doubles - in taking the 10-2 win over the Eagles.
After the Eagles put up a run in the top of the first on a leadoff triple by Jacob Bolena and a sacrifice fly by Esteban Velez, the Pirates answered with three runs in the second and third innings to take a 6-1 lead. Cody Sherlin had the big hit in the second inning with a two-run single.
The Pirates added a run in the fourth on an double by Sherlin and a two-base error that allowed him to score. Chandler Corley's RBI double in the sixth made the score 8-1, then Will Austin's RBI double and an RBI groundout by Sherlin in the eighth capped the Pirates' scoring.
Corey Kafka (2-4) picked up the win for the Pirates, hurling seven innings of seven-hit, one-run ball, striking out six. Ryan McKeown took the loss for the Eagles, giving up eight hits asnd seven runs - four earned - in four innings of work, walking two while striking out two.
Corley went 3-for-5 with a double and a triple, while JT Phillips went 2-for-5 with two doubles. Sherlin finished the game 2-for-5 with three RBI and passed Sean Hotzak on the Armstrong State all-time hit chart with his 224th career hit - he now ranks eighth all-time for the Pirates.
In game two, the Pirates scored four runs with two outs in the fourth inning and got six strong innings from Nick Andress to take the doubleheader sweep, 5-1.
With the bases loaded and two out, Stetson Smith's (PCHS 2015) bloop single to center field plated two, then Will Austin and Sherlin followed with back-to-back RBI singles to give the Pirates a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Andress (2-1), meanwhile, picked up the win with six innings of five-hit, one-run ball, walking one while striking out nine.
Matt Carter took the loss for the Eagles, giving up four hits and four runs in five innings, walking five and striking out one.
Armstrong State returns to action on Friday, May 6, traveling to Belmont Abbey for a 3:00 p.m. contest against the Crusaders.
Armstrong State Holds 2015-16 Student-Athlete Awards Banquet
April 26, 2016
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University athletic department held its annual Student-Athlete Awards Banquet on Monday evening at the Armstrong Center. Individual team and academic awards were awarded as well as a highlight video shown of the 11 sports from the 2015-16 athletic year at Armstrong. For an eighth straight year, WJCL-TV Sports Director Frank Sulkowski served as emcee of the festivities.
The highlights of the evening included the awarding of the 2015-16 Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year by the Armstrong State Athletic Department. Senior men's tennis player Pablo Gor Costales earned Male Student-Athlete of the Year honors, while senior softball player Peyton Roth was named the Female Student-Athletes of the Year. The awards were presented by by University President Dr. Linda Bleicken.
Three special awards, added last year based on suggestions by the Armstrong State SAAC were also handed out. The first was the Video Play of the Year. Out of eight nominees, which you can view here, a panel of Armstrong faculty and staff picked the Armstrong State softball team's first triple play in program history on April 6th vs. USC Aiken as the Play of the Year.
Armstrong also honored senior men's basketball player Nick Scott with the Individual Performance of the Year for scoring 23 points after halftime, including 7 three-pointers, and hitting the game-winning free throws with 1.5 seconds left in overtime to lead the Pirates past Clayton State, 91-89, on January 6th. Male and Female Freshman of the Year awards went to baseball player Stetson Smith (PCHS 2015) and softball player Logan Harrell.
The Dr. Donald Anderson Scholar-Athlete Awards were handed out for a fourth straight year, given to the top male and female academic student-athlete. Named for longtime Armstrong supporter and student services consultant Dr. Donald Anderson, this year's winners were senior men's tennis player Otakar Lucak and senior women's soccer player Candace Cosby.
In all, more than 90 student-athletes earned awards on the evening.
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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.