The Bobcats made the long drive to Lafayette High School on Wednesday to face the Ramblers in game one of a three game region series. With the weather cold and the wind chills colder, the Bobcats bundled up and took the field vying for their second win in the region for the 2018 season.
The bats were slow for both the Ramblers and the Cats with neither team producing much offense through most of the game. The game remained scoreless through 4 innings with the Cats coming the the plate in the top of the fifth. Hunter Bowyer would lead off the inning with a walk to get the offense started for Gilmer. The Bobcats bats came alive with all 9 in the line up contributing to an 11 run inning, McKinley Chadwick plated three RBI”s on his second home run of the 2018 season and Hunter Bowyer and Tyler Woody plated two RBI”s each. Other Bobcats standouts were Eric Turner, Evan Frady and Will Barnes.
Brooks Rosser, who will attend Truett McConnell College next year, pitched a gem on the hill. Rosser allowed 3 hits, 6 strikeouts and kept the Ramblers off the board in a 5 inning complete game. With help from excellent defense, the cats took a 11-0 mercy rule victory giving the Cats game one of the big region series.
The Bobcats will welcome the Ramblers to Bobcat Field on Friday for games two and three in double header action. Game one is set for a 5 pm start time with game two schedule shortly after.
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Gilmer tennis welcomed in the Ramblers of Lafayette high school on Wednesday in a region match up. The Lady Cats took to the courts with rackets in hand facing cold weather that produced 20 plus MPH winds and some snow on the first day of Spring.
The Girls played strong and took the overall victory winning 5 out of 6 sets from the Ramblers. In singles matches Lauren Cole(6-4,6-3), Hope Colwell(6-2,6-3) had wins setting the stage for a good day on the courts. Also in singles, Katie Sheahan fought for over 2 and 1/2 hours in her match to no avail. Sheahan(6-1,3-6,6-7,6-8) would take a loss in the tie breaker.
In doubles for the Lady Cats, Sarah Sheahan/Beth Burnette(6-3,6-4) and Josie Reece/Emma Dayton(2-6,6-2,7-5) and Mary Elizabeth/Morgan White(8-5) came out with the wins to push a 5-1 overall score for the Lady Cats.
At the end of the day for the boys, the Cats and Ramblers split the score card at 3-3. The action on the courts were hot even though the weather wasn’t. In singles play, Carter Hice(6-4,6-2) and Tripp Pierce(6-3,6-2) took victories in outstanding fashion over their Rmbler opponents. Taking an exhausting loss for the cats, Brett Becker(6-4,4-6,6-7,1-7) battled on the court for a little over 3 hours eventually falling to his opponent in a tie breaker set. Doubles action produced a win for Kaden Reese/Ryan Cochran in 2 sets 6-1 and 6-0. Falling short for the Cats in doubles were Luke Wimpy/Mason Hadden(4-6,3-6) and Isaac Bradshaw/Bryson Sisson(5-8).
The Cats were trying to right the ship after a tough series with the Dragons of Pickens High School the previous week.
Gilmer strapped on their batting helmets ready to put runs on the board but could only plate 1 run with a hard fought walk by Hunter Bowyer followed by an Austin Damen gap shot to right center field . The Panther outfielder misplayed the baseball allowing Bowyer to cross the plate. This would be the only lead the Cats would have in the game as the Panthers plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Cats would fight from behind for the remainder of the game.
The Cats added 3 runs in the 3rd and 1 in the 5th bringing their spot on the board to 5 runs on 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 hit by pitch and 3 Cats reaching by error. The Panthers would take advantage o 4 pitching changes for Gilmer putting up 16 runs over 4 innings. With the mercy rule loss, the Cats fall to 2-11 overall and 0-4 in the region.
The major highlight of the game was #3 McKinley Chadwick hit his first home run after coming back from Tommy John surgery in the off season.
The Cats will host the Panthers on Thursday night at Bobcat Field starting at 5:55 pm.
The Bobcats of Gilmer made the trek to Ridgeland and took the victory 3-1 in yet another tight and hard fought region game. Marvin Reynoso scored a tap in goal after a scramble in the Ridgeland penalty box at 30 mins. The first half ended with the Cats up 1-0 but it was close. Coach Phipps brought the boys together at half time and reinforced the importance of increasing the score.
Ridgeland came out fast at the start of the second half and scored an equalizer within 1 minute of the second half. The boys kept their heads and played some good soccer with timely passing and some nice shots. Israel Bautista scored with a good right footed shot from about 15 yards to put Gilmer up 2-1. The Cats kept on pushing forward and with about 12 mins left on the clock the boys put a good passing move that included Ervin Lopez and Parker Benetiz that lead to another goal for senior Marvin Reynoso.
The Gimer Lady Bobcats traveled to Ridgeland and Tuesday to compete in a region match. The girls got down 0-2 very early in the game. Coach Nicholson said “Ridgeland is a long bus ride. We were tired, sluggish, and clearly not ready to play soccer when we stepped off the bus”. We knew we would get opportunities, but there were some defensive breakdowns that had to be cleaned up.”
The girls rallied and went in the half 4-3. At halftime, Nicholson talked to her team about the errors that had to be fixed. The girls went out in the second half much more relaxed and confident scoring 3 more times and ended the game 7-3. Goals were scored by Naomi Coombs (5), Renea Chastain, and Cat Tercero-Rafael each scoring 1 goal.
JV Girls played Fannin on Wednesday and fell 0-3. Coach Nicholson stated that JV games are really fun because we get lots of girls some field time. Freshmen Keeper Noni Francisco did a great job in goal.
The Dragons of Pickens High School hosted the Bobcats of Gilmer High School on Friday night at Dragon Field. The Bobcats came trying to get a win in a three game series of which the Dragons had taken the first two. With few base runners through the first three innings, the Bobcats mustard a run in the fourth with a base hit from Will Barnes and a double from the bat of Tyler Woody that plated Barnes.
The Cats would remain at one on the board through the fifth and sixth innings before adding three more in the top of the seventh and taking a 4-3 lead into the bottom half of the inning. The Dragons would knot it up at 4 a piece in the seventh with a long ball and sending the game in to free baseball. Gilmer would put Bobcats on the base pads in the eigth and ninth innings and were able to get one run across in the ninth. Having a one run advantage going into the bottom of the ninth had the Bobcats excited and hoping for a shut down of the Dragon and escape with hard earned win. The Dragons would fight back and score two in their half and steal a victory and the three game region series win.
Stand outs for the Bobcats were Will Barnes 4-5, Evan Frady 2-3,HBP, Tyler Woody 1-2 with 2 walks and McKinley Chadwick with his first hit on the season after coming back from Tommy John surgery. The Bobcats will travel on Monday for a region match up at the home of the Ridgeland Panthers. Game time is set for 5:30 pm.
The Dragons of Pickens Co. came to the home of the Bobcats on Thursday looking to take game two of a three game series. The Bobcats fell to the Dragons in game one on Tuesday after late inning heroics by Pickens. The Bobcats were fired up and ready to take the field in this region match up but were quickly calmed as the Dragons put 2 runs quickly on the scoreboard. Brooks Rosser was giving them everything he had and giving well but the Dragon hitters were putting the ball in play.
The Bobcat offense would get 4 runners on base over the first 3 innings but couldn’t get them across. The Dragons would put up 3 more in the second and third carrying a 5-0 lead into the 4th inning of play. That would be enough for the win but the Dragons didn’t stop there. They would add 6 more runs over the next four innings of play. Rosser, Smith, Turner and Woody all took to the mound to try and hold down the Dragons to no avail.
The Bobcats would get something going a little too late in the bottom of the seventh. Scoring 4 runs to bring the final score to 11-4 and a Dragon win. These two teams will meet in the final game of the series and of the regular season on Friday night at the home of the Dragons starting at 5:55 pm.
The Bobcats took a short bus ride on Tuesday to face the Dragons of Pickens Co. at Dragon Field. As the visiting team, the Cat’s bats started slow in the top of the first with a one out hit from Austin Daman who would be stranded. The Bobcats offense had opportunities in the second and third leaving 3 more Bobcats stranded on the base pads and one crossing the plate.
The Bobcats would hold close to the Dragons through 3 innings. The top of the fourth inning is where the bats would warm up and Gilmer would get the fans fired up. With the first 2 batters of the inning grounding out, the next three would load the bases setting up Hunter Bowyer with the chance to put the Bobcats out front. Bowyer worked the count full and then unloaded a deep gap shot two bagger to right centerfield scoring two runs. Bowyer was thrown out at third attempting to stretch a triple to end the inning. Headed to the bottom of the fourth inning the Cats held a 4-2 lead over the Dragons. Bobcats would add one run in the sixth on a RBI double from Hunter Bowyer,
The Dragons of Pickens fought back from a 5-2 deficit to steal a victory in the last innnings and give the Bobcats yet another late game loss. Its still early in the season and the Bobcats will find a way to have a complete 7 inning game and right the ship.
Bobcats will host the Dragons at Bobcat Field on Thursday. Game is slated to start at 5:55 pm.