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UP NEXT IN BEAR BASEBALL

March 29, 2015

Even though it’s spring break, baseball season slows down but doesn’t come to a stop. The middle school season has come to an end but we still have some junior varsity and varsity action on tap for you.

Starting on Tuesday, March 31st, the varsity (15-1, 11-0) will travel to Tattnall County (8-5, 7-3) to visit the Battle Creek Warriors at 5:30 p.m. in another Region 1-AAA match-up. Pierce defeated Tattnall back on the 13th by a score of 9-1 so the Warriors are looking to scalp the Bears in the rematch. Against common opponents, Pierce is 10-0 and the Warriors are 7-2 so the Bears are favored in the re-match but we can’t take Tattnall lightly as they are a team that if they catch you asleep, they will take advantage of your mistakes.

A junior varsity-varsity double-header is on tap for Thursday, April 2nd starting with the jayvee at 3:30 p.m. hosting the Wayne County Yellow Jackets in a re-match. The Pierce JV (6-3) defeated the Wayne JV two weeks ago in Blackshear by a score of 3-1. The nightcap will have the varsity (15-1, 11-0) hosting the Coffee County Trojans (7-9, 4-5) in a non-region match-up as the Bears defeated the Trojans back on February 16th by a score of 8-3.  The only common opponent that Pierce and Coffee share is Ware County in which Pierce defeated Ware twice and Coffee has lost to Ware twice and defeated them once so Pierce should be favored in this re-match but we have to be careful as teams like this are looking for revenge.

Friday, April 3rd has another jayvee-varsity double-header on tap but this time it is on the road to Caney Bay as both Bear squads visit the Brantley County Herons. The jayvee starts at 4:00 p.m. with the varsity game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. This will be the one and only match-up between the two jayvee squads as their earlier game was rained out and will not be made up. On the varsity side, Pierce (15-1, 11-0) defeated Brantley (8-5-1, 7-2-1) by a score of 14-4 in a Region 1-AAA match-up on March 17th in Bearville.

That’s it for the school teams but three of the four Pierce Elite travel teams will be in action on Saturday, April 4th at the PierceCountyParks and Recreation Department in Blackshear to participate in the Coastal Georgia Sports Associations Easter Classic. As soon as the schedules are posted around Wednesday night or Thursday; I’ll update this section so back later in the week.

As always, Go Bears!

 

10- U ELITE FINISHES FOURTH IN FIRST TOURNEY

March 28, 2015

The Pierce Elite 10-U baseball team made their tournament debut today in the Coastal Georgia Sports Associations’ Marchin’ On tournament at the Trembling Earth Recreation Complex in Waycross today.

Pierce started the morning off with a victory over Crossbones by a score of 10-2 before suffering a loss to place them in the loser’s bracket against The Tribe by a score of 9-1. The Elite bounced right back ripping off three straight victories over the Dirty Dozen (11-6), Sand Gnats (13-7) and the Rebels (13-1) before losing the second game thus being eliminated by the Frozen Ropes 16-4. Pierce Elite finished the tournament in fourth place out of the twelve teams entered in the tournament so job well done by these athletes.

As soon as I get a complete roster listing the players and coaches, I’ll post an update.

 

 

PCMS BEARS SEASON COMES TO AN END

March 28, 2015

The 2015 baseball season for the PCMS Bears came to an end day as Pierce fell one run short in the semi-final game against the Jeff Davis County Yellow Jackets in an extra inning game. The Bears finished the season with a 9-3 record and if you ask my opinion this was quite an accomplishment from a team that only returned one starter from last years team. Each loss was only by one run. Arthur Williams ended up winning the championship over Jeff Davis by a score of 9-1.

Shown left to right sitting is Andrew Walsh, Austin Jernigan and Todd Carter. Kneeling left to right is Colby Carter, Ben Baker, Nicko Khoury, Sergey Steedley and Luke Echols. Standing is Johnny Waters, Spencer Hughes, Nate Carter, Dakota Long, Walker Teston, Avery Jernigan, Jack Echols and Bryce Bowen. The coaches are John Philips, Cole Walsh and Jake Stewart.

GRU Takes Two from Georgia Southwestern

March 28, 2015

Augusta, GA - The Jaguars rallied for two Peach Belt Conference victories on Saturday afternoon to sweep the doubleheader with the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes at Lake Olmstead Stadium. GRU Augusta is now 11-16 and 5-9 in the PBC, while the Canes moved to 9-22 overall and 2-8 in the league.

Juniors Nick Rau (4-7) and Cole Thompson (6-8) and sophomore Clint Hardy (5-8) led offensively as the Jags took both games of today's doubleheader against the Canes.

Sophomore righty Tristan Jones started the day, earning his first win of the season. Jones pitched 7.0 innings, striking out three, while giving up seven hits and one earned run.  Right-handed sophomore Will Robertson relieved Jones in the eighth, allowing two hits, no runs, and striking out one during his two innings.

Junior Nick Rau paced the Jags offensively in the first game with three hits, including an RBI homerun over the left field wall, his second of the season. He also scored two of the three runs in the game. Drew Taylor (PCHS 2012) and Clint Hardy also earned an RBI each in the first game. The Jags had eight hits by six batters during game one, scoring a run in each of the first, third, and fifth innings.

The Hurricanes were able to put a run on the board in each of the fifth and sixth innings, but Jones and Robertson were able to keep the situation under control, giving the Jags a 3-2 win.

Left-handed junior Matthew Kuhlenberg started game two for the Jags, earning his first win of the season. He struck out five while allowing eight hits and two earned runs in seven innings of work.  He was relieved by junior righty David Bermudez, who struck out one batter while giving up two hits and no runs in two innings to close out the game on the mound.

The Jags had 15 hits in the second game, led by Cole Thompson (5-5, RBI), Clint Hardy (4-5, 2-RBI), Tyler Roberts (2-3), and Drew Taylor (2-4, 3-RBI). 

Although the Hurricanes had ten hits in game two, they were only able to score two runs, and the Jags took the game 8-2 to sweep the DH. The Jags put together 23 hits in the doubleheader this afternoon.  The team looked really strong defensively as well.

The Jags conclude the series tomorrow with GSW, Sunday March 29 for a 2:00 p.m. first pitch at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

 

 

VSU Splits Doubleheader with Union, 6-1, 1-2

March 28, 2015

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State cruised a 6-1 victory in game one while Union claimed a 2-1 win in the second game as the two teams split a Gulf South Conference baseball doubleheader at Billy Grant Field Saturday afternoon.

ValdostaState (18-11, 10-8) scored runs in each of the first two innings of game one to jump out to an early lead. In the bottom of the first inning, Hayden Jones reached on a lead-off error and moved to second on a Mike Reed sacrifice bunt. After Bryant Hayman drew a two-out walk, Jones raced home on a single by Michael Gouge to put VSU in front 1-0.

The Blazers added a run in the second when B.J. Harmon scored from first on a Jones triple to right field before Union (5-25, 3-17) mounted a threat in the fourth inning. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with just one out in the frame, but saw VSU starting pitcher Mitchell Cody induce a ground ball for a double play to end the inning.

UU also loaded the bases with only one out in the sixth inning, but failed to score before ValdostaState added three runs in the bottom of the inning. Hayman drew a walk to open the frame and moved to third as Gouge doubled. A sacrifice fly by Bobby Rice plated Hayman while Gouge scored when Jayk Graham (PCHS 2011) singled. A base hit by Ryan Smith moved Graham to third, from which he scored when Harmon laid down a suicide squeeze bunt for a 5-0 VSU lead.

The Blazers added a run in the seventh thanks to a pair of Union errors while Union got its only run in the top of the ninth inning.

Mitchell Cody pitched his second straight complete game as he allowed seven hits and one run while striking out nine to improve to 5-1 on the season.

Gouge tallied three hits and drove in two runs to lead VSU offensively in the first game while Graham finished the contest 2-for-4.

Union struck first in the second game as it plated a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. With one out in the frame, Ty Warnimont was hit by a pitch and Shane Wilder singled. After a two out walk loaded the bases, Jim Martin singled to left to drive in both runs for a 2-0 Bulldog lead.
 
ValdostaState cut its deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth as Gouge reached on a leadoff single and Kevin Cruz walked. A sacrifice bunt by Rice moved both base runners up a base and Zac Goodno plated Gouge with a sacrifice fly.

Valdosta State's Kyle Andre allowed just four hits, two of which came in the third inning, and two runs in a complete game, his fourth in as many weekends, as he fell to 4-2. Meanwhile, Union's Teddy Christie allowed VSU just three hits in a complete game as he improved to 2-4.

The two teams conclude the three-game series Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

SAD DAY IN BASEBALL

March 26, 2015

Valdosta High freshman baseball player Colton Shaw is on life support this morning after a freak accident Wednesday night. Shaw, who was struck in the head by an errant throw in between innings of the Wildcats' junior varsity game in Moultrie, was life-flighted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he is listed in critical condition, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Valdosta High athletic director Rance Gillespie said the entire Wildcat community, but especially the Shaw family and the VHS baseball program, we're grieving. "It’s a terrible tragedy," Gillespie said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Shaw family."We really appreciate the thoughts and prayers from the entire community."

 Valdosta High School is offering grief counseling for students today, and the VHS chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes held a prayer vigil for Shaw on campus this morning, according to Jennifer Steedley with Valdosta City Schools Superintendent Martin Roesch, Vice Principal Gary Glover and head baseball coach Bart Shuman are travelling to Tallahassee to visit with Shaw and his family, according to Steedley.

“Our thoughts and our prayer with Colton and his family and the entire Valdosta City Schools family because this has affected all of us. It’s truly devastating,” said Steedley.

UPDATE: Colton Shaw has since passed away so please say a prayer for his family, his teammates and the community.

Owls Fall To Georgia Southern Tuesday Evening, 8-4

March 24, 2015

Kennesaw, GA - The Kennesaw State baseball program dropped its midweek game against Georgia Southern University on Tuesday (March 24) evening at Stillwell Stadium by a final score of 8-4. Seven different players recorded at least one hit on the night, while sophomore Chris Erwin led the Owls' offense, finishing the night 2-for-4 with an RBI in the losing effort. Kennesaw State fell to 12-11 overall on the season, while Georgia Southern improved to 15-11.

The Eagles, who averaged 4.9 runs per game entering the night, jumped on the Owls early by scoring two runs in three of the first five innings to pull ahead 6-0 after five and a half complete.
 
The Owls plated their first run in the bottom of the fifth, coming off the bat of Erwin. The sophomore from Grayson, Georgia singled to left field to bring home junior shortstop Kal Simmons from third. It marked Erwin's 16th RBI of the season, which trails only Simmons' team-leading 19 RBI. In fact, Erwin has recorded an RBI in five of his last eight games.
 
After the Eagles plated another run to push their lead to 7-1 after the top half of the seventh inning, KSU came back with a run of its own to pull within five once again. After Simmons reached on an error, Erwin followed with a double to the left field corner, giving junior teammate Brennan Morgan the opportunity to drive in his 14th RBI of the season. Morgan, who started behind the dish the KSU, hit a sacrifice fly ball to drive in the second run of the game.
 
The Owls then scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the eighth to pull within' 8-4. Corey Greeson— who was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week on Monday afternoon—, and finished the game with an RBI, hit a sacrifice fly ball to drive in freshman Grant Williams from third. Alex Liquori early scored in the inning off a wild pitch.

Four pitchers saw the mound for the Owls, including Logan Hutchinson, Brock Turner and Will Lowman (PCHS 2011) out of the bullpen. The three allowed a combined two runs on five hits, while striking out six batters.

KSU will return to the diamond Wednesday (March 25) evening in Athens, Georgia against in-state rival Georgia. The Owls and Bulldogs will play for the first of two scheduled games this season, with first pitch set for 5 p.m.

PCHS BASEBALL SCHOLAR ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

PCHS head baseball coach Grey Gay proudly announces that Stetson Bennett is the varsity Scholar Athlete of the Week. Stetson is a junior that plays second base for Bears. The junior varsity Scholar Athlete of the week is Derrin Cox. Derrin is a sophmore pitcher and infielder 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.

PIERCE COUNTY BASEBALL IS NOW ON FACEBOOK

March 22, 2015

You can now follow all activities of Pierce County Baseball on Facebook just by searching for Pierce County Baseball. This page was created since we are playing so many games at different times and different towns in hopes that we can keep each other up to date with live game action and up to date scores. I will try to create a post prior the beginning of each game so that a parent or fan can post live updates. Thanks.

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

Tuesday,  Mar 31
PCHS Bears @ Tattnall County Battle Creek Warriors 5:30pm Tattnall County High School
Thursday,  Apr 2
Wayne County Yellow Jackets @ PCHS JV Bears 3:30pm Pierce County High School
Coffee County Trojans @ PCHS Bears 6:30pm Pierce County High School
Friday,  Apr 3
PCHS JV Bears @ Brantley County Herons 4:00pm Brantley County High School
PCHS Bears @ Brantley County Herons 6:30pm Brantley County High School
Tuesday,  Apr 7
PCHS JV Bears @ Wayne County Yellow Jackets 5:30pm Wayne County High School
Dodge County Indians @ PCHS Bears 6:00pm Pierce County High School
Thursday,  Apr 9
PCHS JV Bears @ Appling County Pirates 5:30pm Appling County High School
Friday,  Apr 10
PCHS Bears @ Toombs County Bulldogs 5:55pm Toombs County High School
Saturday,  Apr 11
Coffee County Trojans @ PCHS JV Bears 11:00am Pierce County High School
Coffee County Trojans @ PCHS JV Bears 1:30pm Pierce County High School
Monday,  Apr 13
PCHS JV Bears @ Jeff Davis County Yellow Jackets 5:00pm Jeff Davis County High School
Tuesday,  Apr 14
Appling County Pirates @ PCHS Bears 6:00pm Pierce County High School
Thursday,  Apr 16
Jeff Davis County Yellow Jackets @ PCHS JV Bears 5:00pm Pierce County High School

For a complete schedule listing, click here!