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UNG EARNS TRIP TO FIRST EVER NCAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

May 22, 2017

The #6 University of North Georgia (UNG) Nighthawks and Pierce County’s own Kyler Allen have earned a trip to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship to be held in Grand Prairie, Texas starting on May 27th.

UNG defeated the Catawba College Indians (Salisbury, NC) earlier today on a walk-off homer by Andres Perez in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie.

The Nighthawks will face the #14 West Chester University Golden Rams (West Chester, PA) on May 27th at 3:00 p.m.

A full story can be found on the University of Georgia website at http://ungathletics.com/news/2017/5/22/texas-bound-eighth-inning-homer-by-perez-sends-nighthawks-to-first-ever-ncaa-baseball-championship.aspx?path=baseball.

Congratulations Kyler Allen.

THIS WEEK IN BEAR BASEBALL

May 22, 2017

The 2017 Bear baseball team has done it. They’ve reached the top and will play for the Georgia High School Association’s (GHSA) AAA state baseball championship at the historic Grayson Stadium in Savannah on Thursday, May 25th against the North Hall Trojans from Gainesville, GA. The best of three series will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by game two at 2:00 p.m. The “if” game would be played sometime on Saturday.

Grayson Stadium opened in 1926 and was formerly the home of Minor League Baseball’s Savannah Sand Gnats until last year when the collegiate summer leagues Savannah Bananas came to town. The stadium is located at 1401 East Victory Drive. Tickets for the double-header are $12.00 each and $7.00 for the “if” game. Tickets can be ordered online at https://gofan.co/app/events/4606.

The Road to the Championship has saw the 28-7 Bears sweep the Rutland Hurricanes, Hart County Bulldogs, Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans and the Coahulla Creek Colts outscoring them all by a total of 61-8 and a season score of 160-83. Combine them together and that’s 221-93 which shows the Bears are producing at the plate, on the mound and in the field.

The #3 seed from Region 7, North Hall earned its way to the finals by defeating Pace Academy in three games, Southeast Bulloch in two and Ringgold in two outscoring their opponents by a total of 36-24. The Trojans have a season record of 29-11 with three of those losses to Greater Atlanta Christian whom the Bears defeated in Round 3 of the GHSA play-offs.

If you had a chance to purchase a blue state championship t-shirt, please wear it to the game. If you didn’t purchase a t-shirt, wear some other Royal Blue shirt so that our boys on the field see you in the stands and get ready to be loud and proud.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen live on your radio dial at WWUF 97.7 or on the internet at http://waycrossradio.com/977/ courtesy of Mr. Troy Mattox and Mattox Broadcasting. Game sponsors include ATC Broadband; Bennett, Bennett and Johnson; Farmers and Builders ACE Hardware; Jody DuPont at Compass 360 Realty; Pierce Timber Company; The Body Shop and United First Federal Credit Union.

Other area teams that are also playing for a state championship include the Savannah Christian Raiders playing Tattnall Square (Class A Private), Jeff Davis County playing Elbert County (Class AA) and Wayne County playing Loganville (Class 5-A).  Two other teams from south Georgia also playing are Schley County in Class A –Public and Lee County in Class 6-A which means teams from south Georgia have a change at capturing six of the eight championships which has never been accomplished so good luck to each and every one of these teams representing south Georgia and as always, Go Bears!

FUTURE BEARS WERE AT IT AGAIN

May 21, 2017

BOLD/UNDERLINE TEXT UPDATED ON 05/24/17: Bears, Bears, everywhere you look there were Bears but they were in a rainbow of different colors as they competed all over the State of Georgia yesterday and today.

Atlanta
Up in Atlanta, Brandon Pittman (left) was playing with the 13-U Game On Vipers from Richmond Hill in the Triple Crown Sports’ North Atlanta Open. The Vipers started pool play with victories over Triple Play Baseball (12-2) and the Elite Gamers (11-5). When the rains came during early evening hours, the tournament was cancelled so no elimination games were finalized.

Blackshear
In Blackshear, the 10-U Havoc started the day off beating the Gators by a score of 2-1 and then beating the Wildcats 9-6. Havoc then had a win or go home re-match with the Gators and the outcome was flipped as the Gators won this game by a heartbreaking score of 5-4.

McDonough
Up in McDonough, Allen Boatright (right) was playing with the 13-U Metter Vipers in the USSSA Atlanta Super NIT and started the day off with a close victory over the Complete Game Georgia Shield by a score of 8-7. The Vipers lost their second game to the Alabama Longhorns by a score of 4-2. In the elimination round, the Vipers went on a hot streak defeating the Atlanta Astros (8-3), Florida Grind (6-5) and the East Cobb Tigers (5-3) before losing to the USA Showcase (4-3) ending the Vipers run in the tournament and sending them to the house.

Rincon
Over in Rincon, 12-U Pierce County players (left) Davis Hersey, Ty Holloway, Carson Sloan and Caden Williams suited up with the Dirty Ducks and started the day with a 11-1 loss to the Seahawks before winning game two over the Warhawks by a score of 16-1. The Ducks were seeded as the #4 team to face the #5 Warhawks I a re-match with the outcome being reversed and the Warhawks winning by a score of 10-8 eliminating the Ducks from the tournament.

Waycross
Playing in the Randy Bass Memorial Tournament hosted by Peach State Diamond Sports at the Trembling Earth Recreation Complex was the 8-U Tri-County Cubs, 14-U Coastal Reds and the 16-U Tri-County Bears.

The Cubs started the day off with a sounding defeat of the Bacon County Wolfpack by a lopsided score of 14-0. The Cubs then took out the Irwin County Allstars by a score of 15-9 to earn the #1 seed going into the single elimination bracket. In the semi-finals, the #1 Cubs then defeated the #4 5-Star Baseball by a score of 10-8 sending the Cubs to the Championship to face the #2 SGA Hustle. During the championship, the wheels feel off for the Cubs as they were soundly defeated in a lopsided 14-1 score by the Hustle relegating the Cubs to second place for the day and earning silver rings instead of gold rings.

In 14-U action, Zach Murphy and Collin Jerrell (left) played with the Coastal Reds. The Reds lost the first game to the Gators by a score of 10-1 with Murphy taking the mound striking out five batters in the first two innings. The Reds then lost a heart breaker to Rip-It by a score of 5-4 putting the Reds in the Silver Bracket where they defeated the Coastal Hooks by a score of 10-1 sending the Reds to the championship game where they beat the SGA Sox in a Texas tie-breaker by a score of 6-4.

In 16-U action, some Pierce County players teamed up with some Brantley and Glynn County players to knock the rust off their gloves since they haven’t played in over a month since the junior varsity and middle school season came to an end. Representing Pierce was Jayden Crews, Mickey Dixon, Jack Echols, Luke Echols, Austin Hodges, Austin Jernigan and J. Reid Phillips. These guys started pool play with two losses to the Diamond Dawgs (10-2) and Power Ally (9-3) earning the #4 seed going into the single elimination tournament. They then lost in the semi-finals to the #1 Diamond Dawgs by a score of 5-4 ending their day.

As Always, Go Bears!

BEARS SWEEP THEIR WAY TO STATE FINALS

May 17, 2017

For the second week in a row, one of the largest crowds ever (estimated at 550 people) in PCHS baseball history witnessed the Bears sweep their way to the final round of the GHSA State Baseball Championship game at a yet to be determined located. The Bears will play the North Hall Trojans from Gainesville in a best of three series starting next Wednesday or Thursday.

The Road to the Championship has saw the 28-7 Bears sweep the Rutland Hurricanes, Hart County Bulldogs, Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans and now the Coahulla Creek Colts outscoring them all by a total of 61-8 and a season score of 160-83. Combine them together and that’s 221-93 which shows the Bears are producing at the plate, on the mound and in the field.

 Pierce 5, Coahulla Creek 1
Game One

Cody Grant toed the rubber for the Bears pitching a complete seven inning game giving up one run on three hits, striking out six and walking only one batter to earn the victory.

 Pierce scored two runs in the bottom of the first when Stetson Bennett reached on an error and then stole second and then scored on a Grant single. Grants designated courtesy runner, Andrew Walsh took second base when the Colt pitcher threw wide trying to hold Walsh close to the bag. Walsh then moved to third on a Klay Allen grounder and then scored on a Walker Sinclair single giving the Bears a 2-0 lead.

The Bears added another run in the bottom of the second when Kris Wishall reached on an error and moved to second when the throw went passed the first baseman. Wishall scored on a single by Bennett.

Pierce added its fourth run on the night in the bottom of the third when Walker Sinclair reached on a fielders choice and was moved over on a single by Ben Tuten and then scored when a pick-off attempt at Tuten went wide giving the Bears a 4-0 lead.

The Colts scored their only run of the night in the top of the fifth off an error and two singles.

Pierce finished out the scoring in the bottom of the fifth as Williams led off with a single and then moved to second on a walk by Allen. Sinclair then hits a double scoring Williams and the Bears win 5-1.

Pierce 5, Coahulla Creek 0
Game Two

The second half of the “Cody-Cody” show (Cody Williams) took charge in game two pitching a complete seven game shut-out to earn the victory. The Bears were the designated visitors in this game and found things a little tougher as no score was tallied in the first two innings of play.

Pierce scored three in the top of the third with Wishall leading off with a double and them moving to third on a Bennett single. Williams lays down a sac bunt scoring Wishall for the first run. Grant then singles scoring Bennett. Grant’s designated courtesy runner Walsh moved to second on an Allen Walk, then moved to third on a Sinclair walk to load the bases. Walsh then scored on a Tuten fielders choice giving the Bears a 3-0 lead.

Williams reached on an error to start the fifth and moved to second on a walk by Sinclair. Williams then scored on a single by Tuten giving he Bears a 4-0 lead.

The final run came in the top of the seventh with Tuten reaching on a single and then scoring on a Reddish single giving the Bears a final score of 5-0.

The hot handed Williams struck out 12 Colt batters tonight after striking out 13 in each of his last two games.

It was a great night in Bearville and as Always, Go Bears!

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.

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