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VSU SPLITS SUNDAY DH

February 7, 2016

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State fell to Wingate 6-4 in game one of a Sunday doubleheader at Billy Grant Field in Valdosta, Ga., but the Blazers ended the day on a positive note with a walkoff extra inning 8-7 win over Florida Tech after a Marcus Sigmon base hit in the bottom of the 11thinning.

Wingate (2-2) scored early and often in game one, taking a 1-0 lead with a single run in the first and adding on with three in the third. The third inning surge by the Wingate offense led to two pitching changes, before Troy Terzi came on in relief in the third and settled down to hold the Bulldogs scoreless through the eighth inning after giving up two fourth inning runs.

The Blazers (4-2) cut into Wingate's 6-0 lead in the bottom half of the fifth on an RBI double by Dalton Duty, which scored Michael Gouge from first base. Valdosta State rallied in the bottom of the final inning to score three runs on three hits and two bulldog errors, but the comeback effort came up short, resulting in a 6-4 final in favor of the Bulldogs.

Kyle Andre suffered the loss for the Blazers in the opening contest, while Wingate's Brandon Donahue claimed the victory after allowing one run over five innings of work.

The Blazers carried over their ninth inning momentum into game two, scoring four runs in the bottom half of the first inning against Florida Tech (2-2) on four hits and two hits. Scott Mathews reached on a catcher's interference call, and Dalton Duty teamed up with Michael Gouge for back-to-back singles to load the bases. Sigmon followed with a fielder's choice grounder to third base to bring Mathews home for the game's first run, and Tyler York followed with an RBI single through the left side. A fielding error on the ensuing at bat by Panther third baseman Reid Neil allowed Sigmon to score, and the Blazers took a 4-0 lead on a Ryan Smith single later in the inning.

The Blazers added on two innings later after Sigmon walked to lead off the half inning, moved from first to third on a York single, and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Jaykob Graham (PCHS 2011).

Florida Tech bounced back and picked up two in the top of the fourth on a two run blast by Grant McKown, and the Panthers tied the game up in next inning with three runs on three hits and a Blazer error. FIT threatened to add more in the fifth, but Colby Wisdom came on in relief for Beau Blair and struck out Daniel Szpik to limit the damage.

Drew Beyer relieved Tyler Deel in the top half of the fourth inning for the Panthers and blanked the Blazers through the eighth, which allowed Florida Tech to take a 7-5 lead on two runs in the ninth, but the Blazers got to Beyer in the bottom of the ninth with a single by Gouge and a heroic two-out, two-run blast over the left field wall by Sigmon to force extra innings.

"I don't want to overlook [Michael] Gouge's at-bat right before mine," said Sigmon after being asked about his game tying homer. "He went down 0-2 in the at bat before mine and battled back to get a single up the middle to allow [the home run] to even happen."

Two innings later, Dalton Duty delivered a leadoff grounder that hugged the left field line for a double, and Sigmon added to his clutch effort with the game winning single through the right side.
 
"I see great things with this team," added Sigmon after the game. "Even after the loss we had earlier today and our other loss against North Georgia. In both of those losses we came back late and made it a game, and we were able to do it again tonight. We don't go down easy, that's for sure."
 
Troy Massaro (1-0) picked up the win for Valdosta State in game two, while Brett Porter suffered the loss for the Panthers (0-1).

Valdosta State returns to action on the road this Tuesday to face Albany State in non-conference action in Albany, Ga. First pitch is slated for 5:00 p.m.

VSU Extends Streak to Three; Defeats Wingate 7-4

February 6, 2016

VALDOSTAGa. – Trailing 4-3 in the sixth, the Valdosta State baseball team hung four runs on Wingate to take a 7-4 advantage to the games' conclusion in non-conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Billy Grant Field in Valdosta, Ga.

Wingate got off to a quick start in the game, taking advantage of an early Blazer error that set up leadoff hitter Shane Billings with an opportunity to steal second base and score the game's first run on a follow-up single off the bat of Zach Little. Colby Barnette kept it going for Wingate one batter later with an RBI double to left, and Bill Krebs added an RBI single to put the Bulldogs up 3-0 with nobody out. A pair of wild pitches by Blazer starter Mitchell Cody allowed Krebs to move up to third and score on a sacrifice fly, before Cody ended the half inning with his first strikeout of the game.

Valdosta State softened Wingate's early blow with a three-run spot in the bottom of the same inning on three hits of their own. Duty singled through the right side between two strikeouts before stealing second base, and the Blazers used an error by Wingate shortstop Brett Branton to extend the inning. Jayk Graham (PCHS 2011) who reached on the aforementioned error, stole second base, and Marcus Sigmon delivered a clutch single to plate both baserunners. One batter later, York drove in Sigmon from second to cut Wingate's lead to 4-3.

Neither team broke through again until the bottom of the sixth, when Valdosta State sent seven batters to the plate and used a bases loaded double by Sigmon to score three and overtake the Bulldogs with a 7-4 lead. Sigmon's big blow to left chased Wingate starter Jordan Newsome, who finished the game with four strikeouts in five innings of work, and Ryan Smith added to Newsome's total runs allowed after driving in Sigmon two batters later with a sacrifice fly to center field.

After the first inning, Cody never allowed another run over the course of 6.1 innings of work, and the senior All-GSC hurler struck out seven while allowing just six hits. Valdosta State's big sixth inning helped Cody secure his first win of the year.

Sigmon's 2-for-4 effort at the plate included five RBI's and two runs scored, while York and Smith teamed up for one RBI each. Dalton Duty also had a strong day at the dish with three hits in four plate appearances.

Play continues for Valdosta State tomorrow at noon with another matchup against Wingate, followed by another contest against Florida Tech at 4:00 p.m.

Augusta Eclipses Claflin 12-4 To Start Non-Conference Tourney

February 5, 2016

A bunt single from junior Cole Janousek loaded the bases for Augusta (2-1) in the second inning. A pair of hits from junior Tyler Roberts and senior Hunter Boose combined for three runs and a sacrifice fly from junior Clint Hardy plated another.

After drawing a walk to begin the top of the second inning, sophomore Jim Wagner made his second appearance at the plate in the inning and scored seniors Connor Gilbert and Drew Taylor (PCHS 2012) with a single up the middle.

Ahead 7-0 after another run on a Taylor single, the Jags gave one back to Claflin in the third. Back-to-back singles from the Panthers started the inning and a wild pitch from Jones scored the first run before a sac fly made it 7-2.

Jaguar senior Nick Rau belted a homer over the left centerfield wall on a 1-1 count to keep the Jags rolling in the fourth and the scoring continued. Augusta combined for 13 hits to win a 12-4 final.

Junior right-handed starter Tristan Jones made the Friday night start and got his first win of the year.

Boose went 3-5 with three RBI for Augusta and Janousek was 2-2 with three scored runs and two walks. Eight other Jaguars recorded one hit each in the win. Jones (1-0) gave up three runs on four hits while striking out three in his 5.0 innings on the mound. Freshman Aron Chick sat down five on strikeouts in his collegiate debut of 3.0 innings before sophomore David Hagelston closed out the game with an inning.

The Jags play a non-conference doubleheader against King at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 with two seven-inning games. Augusta will be the home team in game one on Saturday and visitors in game two against King. Live stats will be provided for game one.

 

 

RIP, ROD KENNEDY

January 23, 2016

 

The PCHS baseball family is saddened about the passing of 2013 alumni Rodgricis (Rod) Kennedy. Let's all pray to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for Rod's family as they go through this time of sorrow of losing a fine young man at such an early age.

The visitation will be Friday afternoon from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rainge Funeral Home located at 505 Ware Street. The Home Going Celebration will be Saturday morning at Emmanuel Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. located at 217 West Carter Avenue.

COLLEGE BASEBALL CAMPS – PROSPECT SHOWCASES

There are no camps/clinics being offered at this time. Below are some camps/showcases that may be of interest to you. This website in no way endorses one program over another and in fact, we encourage you to speak with your coach if you are thinking of attending one of these events.

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SWAP & SHOP

If you have some used baseball clothing, equipment or uniforms that you would like to sell, swap or give away, please let me know and I'll post it here for you free of charge. If you are looking for something, let me know and I'll try to find it.

 

Free to a good home: Used leggings and brand new knee savers for high school size player. Call Tony Walsh at 614-7059 to come and pick up.

 

 

 

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

Monday, Feb 15
University Christian @ PCHS Bears2:00pmPierce County High School
Tuesday, Feb 16
PCHS Bears @ Tift County Blue Devils4:30pmTift County High School
Wednesday, Feb 17
PCMS Bears (Silver) @ Ware County Gators5:00pmTrembling Earth Recreation Complex
Thursday, Feb 18
Bacon County Red Raiders @ PCMS Bears4:00pmPierce County Middle School
Friday, Feb 19
Johnson of Savannah Atom Smashers @ PCHS Bears5:00pmPierce County High School
Saturday, Feb 20
PCHS Bears @ Ware County Gators2:00pmWare County High School
Monday, Feb 22
PCMS Bears @ Brantley County Herons4:00pmBrantley County High School
Tuesday, Feb 23
PCMS Bears (Silver) @ Jeff Davis County Yellow Jackets4:30pmJeff Davis County High School
Coffee County Trojans @ PCHS Bears6:00pmPierce County High School
Thursday, Feb 25
Waycross Bulldogs @ PCMS Bears4:00pmPierce County Middle School
Friday, Feb 26
PCMS Bears (Silver) @ Appling County Rams4:30pmAppling County High School
PCHS Bears @ Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets6:00pmSoutheast Bulloch High School

For a complete schedule listing, click here!