Bobcats Fall To The Rebels


The Bobcats made a twenty minute trip up Hwy 515 North on Thursday to face the Rebels of Fannin County.  In a one game series and the final game of the 2018 regular season, the Bobcats were looking to end on a high note.  To say it has been a tough season for the Bobcats would only touch the tip of the mountain that they have faced this season.  After missing McKinley Chadwick on the field for most of the season from Tommy John surgery, the Cats played their last 4 games without another valuable asset to the team.  Austin Daman injured his right arm while on the mound for the Bobcats.  Daman, a side arm right hander was throwing a breaking pitch and his elbow got out in front a little too soon.  This forced him to force his forearm and hand to try and catch up.  Daman will meet with renowned surgeons for MLB in Florida soon to discuss the plans for Tommy John surgery as well.  Coach Thurman’s Bobcats have battled hard all season and gave it it their all.  In several games, The Gilmer opponents have found a way in the late innings to muster one or two runs to defeat the Cats.  The Cats sitting at 8-22 could’ve very easily had a winning season with a record of 15-7 or better.  In baseball as well as other sports, it’s not over til’ it’s over and the Cats have played until the end in every ball game they have played.

The Scoring for the Cats was fast and unfortunately short lived.  The Cats put up 2 runs in top half of inning one and that would be their total for the game.  The Cats first run of the game came as a result of a Rebel error allowing lead off batter Evan Frady to reach first base and advanced to second on a fielders choice by Bowyer.  Designated hitter Austin Daman smashed a triple to plate Frady for the Cats followed by an RBI single from Senior McKinley Chadwick to plate Daman from third.  The Cats stayed at two for the remainder of the game.

Senior Brooks Rosser took the mound for the Bobcat defense and was touched up with six runs on four hits.  Rosser gave up 5 walks and had 8 strikeouts on the day.  Bradley Thomas, also a senior, came in as relief and allowed 1 run on 2 hits, no walks and 1 strikeout.  At the Plate, Tyler Woody, Evan Frady, Austin Daman and McKinley Chadwick had one hit each in the Bobcat loss.  Daman and Chadwick were both credited with an RBI in the game.  The Rebels put 7 runs in the board to take a 7-2 victory over the Cats.

The Bobcats say goodbye to what turned out to be a disappointing 2018 season and start preparing for 2019.  The Cats have 6 great athletes graduating this year but have a fine class of Junior varsity and upcoming freshman to pull from.  Best of luck for a turnaround in 2019.


Bobcats Bitten By The Bulldogs


The Bobcats recognized six young men on Senior Night for their dedication to Gilmer High School and Bobcat Baseball.  Family, friends and coaches alike looked on with appreciation and at the same time sadness in seeing these seniors high school careers end and their futures begin.

Saying farewell to Bobcat Field as they lined up one last time were Bradley Thomas, Brooks Rosser, Eric Turner, Garrett Martin, McKinley Chadwick and Will Barnes.  Each of these young men deserve a big congratulations for not only their baseball accomplishments but more importantly their academic achievements in the classroom.

As for the game, things didn’t bid well for the Cats. Emotions were running high from the pregame activities and excitement for the last home game of the 2018 Bobcat baseball season.  Senior Will Barnes took to the hill for the Bobcats and set down the Bulldogs of Trion over the first two innings of the game.  The Bulldog hurler started the same and continued throughout to stiffle the Bobcat batters.  Gilmer was held to just four hits on the day and scoring only two runs.  Leading the way at the plate for Gilmer were Seniors Brooks Rosser, Eric Turner, and Will Barnes each with one hit .  Sam Nicholson also had one hit on the day.  Will Barnes and Eric Turner are credited with an RBI each accounting for the two Bobcat runs.

The Bulldogs put 18 runners on the base pads with 12 crossing the plate. The scoring for Trion came in the third with 3 runs, fourth inning with 6 runs and added three more in the sixth inning nailing down the 12-2 victory over the Bobcats and dampering Senior Night and all that comes with it.

Next up for the Cats of Gilmer will be at Fannin Co. as they face the Rebels in a rescheduled game from earlier in the season.  Game time is scheduled for 5:55 pm.


Series Finale Not Good To The Cats


Gilmer traveled to Catoosa Co. on Friday to face the Generals of Heritage in final game of a three game series.  Looking to avoid the series sweep by the Generals, undefeated in 7-AAAA region, turned out to be a tough goal to reach.  In the seven inning contest, the Cats would be dominated by yet another Heritage hurler.

Th Cats offense managed to scatter four hits in the game yet also had 10 strikeouts mixed in on the day. The Generals pitchers didn’t allow any Cat to reach by walk or error on the day confirming that they are the top team in region 7.  Reaching the base pads for the Cats and providing all the offense were McKinley Chadwick-1 for 3 with a single in the second, Brooks Rosser-1 for 3 with a single in the seventh, Evan Frady-1 for 2 with a single in the fifth and Eric Turner-1 for 2 with a double in the sixth.

The Generals put 3 runs on the board in the third innin and added on e run in bith the fourth and fifth innings giving the the 5-0 victory and the series sweep over the Bobcats.  Box Score on the day for the Cats-  no runs on 4 hits, 6 walks and 4 errors.  For the winning Generals- 5 runs on 4 hits 0 walks and no errors.

Sitting at 8-20 for the season with one final game to play, the Cats will welcome in Trion High School to Bobcat Field for Senior Night.   The Bobcats will celebrate the High School Careers of  Student Athletes that have dedicated 4 years to Gilmer Baseball Program.

Game time is set for 5:30 pm with Senior program before the game.  Arrive early as it should be standing room only.


Bobcats Come Up Short To Generals


As Thursday afternoon approached, the Bobcats were preparing to host the Generals of Heritage High School in Game two of the three game series.  The Generals took game one in dominating fashion and were riding an undefeated region season at 13-0 coming in to Thursday game.  Coach Jeff Thurman sent Senior Brooks Rosser to the hill to shut down the powerful offense of the Generals.  Though Rosser threw well enough to get the win, the Bobcats couldn’t give him any run support.  Rosser went 6 innings and on 101 pitches allowed 6 hits, 4 walks and 3 runs all earned.  Rosser had 9 strikeouts with 51 of his 101 pitches being strikes.

Offensively, Heritage scored their runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings while Gilmer pushed their only run on the day across the plate in the fourth.  The Cats had sever opportunities through out the game with 8 hits on the day.  Leading the way for the Cats were Brooks Rosser 3-3, Tyler Woody, Hunter Bowyer, McKinley Chadwick and Sam Nicholson all had one hit each for the Cats.

With this loss, The Bobcats fall to 8-19 overall on the season with two games left.  Next up for the Bobcats will be at Heritage on Friday starting at 5:30.  The last game of the regular season will be on Monday April 16 at home against Trion.  The Bobcats will usher out the regular season with Senior Night.


Heritage Blows By The Bobcats


The Bobcats took a trip to Ringgold, Ga. on Tuesday to face the region leading Generals of  Heritage High School.  The Cats were hoping to pick up where they left off last week after taking two out of three from the Southeast Whitfield Raiders, it was not meant to be.

It did not matter what the Cats tried to do or how hard they worked this season, there wasn’t any way they could prepare for the young man the Generals put on the mound.  Cole Wilcox, a senior and a University of Georgia signee, brought everything he had as Major League scouts filled the reserved seating at Heritage field.  Throwing 97 miles per hour in warm-ups had the Cats looking on in awe.  Wilcox threw a consistent fastball of 93-95 mph and complimented it with an 85 mph breaking ball that had the Bobcats hitters spellbound.  Hunter Bowyer and Sam Nicholson worked base hits off the flamethrower for the Generals but the Bobcats couldn’t muster any runs.  Ninety-plus mph fastballs are really rare at the high school level and there really isn’t a way to prepare for them.


The Generals put up ten runs off of the three Bobcats pitchers with the highlight being Sophomore Tyler “Rocket” Wright coming in with 2 outs in the fourth and getting the third out.  Wright allowed one run in the fifth giving the Generals the GHSA mercy rule victory.

Next up for the Bobcats will be Thursday as these same Generals come to Bobcat Field in game two of the three-game series starting at 5:55 pm.



Bobcats Come up Short In Nine


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.


Bobcats Take Big Win


As the fields flooded in Murray Co. on Friday, the Bobcats of Gilmer welcomed the Indians to Bobcat Field and did not treat them well.  The Bobcats cleated up and brought their A-game.  Brookes Rosser took the mound with his head set on keeping the Indians at bay and that he did.  Rosser carried a no-no into the 4th when an Indian swing pushed the baseball just passed Bobcat Shortstop Evan Frady.  Rosser had a complete game win allowing 1 hit, 2 walks and 1 K in the 5 inning Mercy Rule.

The Bobcats defense played a complete game committing only 1 error  and keeping the Indians off the base pads.  The wind was cold but the bats of Gilmer were hot putting 7 runs on the board in the first inning. The Bobcats would add 2 runs in the third, 5 runs in the fourth and 1 in the fifth giving them the Mercy Rule win 15-0. Leading the way from the plate were#2 Evan Frady 3-4 and helping out his own cause was #18 Brookes Rosser who was 2-4.




Gilmer Bobcats enter this week looking to stay on the winning track as they will face the Dragons of Pickens Co. in a regional 3 game series.  Game 1 is scheduled for Tuesday March 5th at the home of the Dragons. Start time is slated for 5:55 pm.


14U Gilmer All-Stars Take District Runner-Up

GCRPD Baseball, Parks and Recreation, Sports

The Clear Creek Recreation Complex hosted the 2016 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District 5 14U baseball tournament Saturday, which featured just two teams: Bartow and Gilmer.

In a doubleheader, Bartow claimed the district crown with a 9-3 victory in game one and a 13-1 win in game two.

Game One

Gilmer struck first in the opening game, pushing a run across in the bottom of the second after Jace McClure singled to score Ronald Pierce.

Bartow replied in the top of the third, when a leadoff error led to two back-to-back RBI singles to begin the frame. Later with one out, another single widened the Bartow lead to 3-1.

Bartow extended its advantage in the top of the fourth, with a one-out RBI single and another run coming across following a strikeout throw to first.

Gilmer's Jacob Rhodes smacks a single in game one of the GRPA 14U District 5 championship doubleheader last Saturday at the Clear Creek Recreation Complex. Rhodes' single plated two Gilmer runs, but the hit was not enough as Bartow claimed game one 9-3 and game two 13-1 to win the district championship. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Gilmer’s Jacob Rhodes smacks a single in game one of the GRPA 14U District 5 championship doubleheader last Saturday at the Clear Creek Recreation Complex. Rhodes’ single plated two Gilmer runs, but the hit was not enough as Bartow claimed game one 9-3 and game two 13-1 to win the district championship. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Jacob Rhodes cut into the Bartow lead in the bottom of the fourth, giving Gilmer a 5-3 deficit to overcome after singling to bring Jess Buckner and Alex Snelgrove home. Bartow got one run back in the top of the fifth, after a leadoff walk came home on a double.

The game was put away in the top of the sixth, when Bartow scored on a one-out single, a two-out double and an error. Gilmer failed to reply in the bottom portion of the inning and the time limit expired, giving Bartow the  victory.

Game Two

Playing as the away team in game two, Gilmer wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Alex Snelgrove produced a one-out RBI single that scored Corbin Singleton.

Bartow let Gilmer enjoy its lead briefly, tying and then taking the lead in the same at-bat in the bottom of  the first. The scoring came with one out, as a run scored on a errant pickoff throw and an RBI single.

Bartow then plated eight runs in the bottom of the second, building a pile of insurance in the process. After the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch, back-to-back RBI triples widened the lead to 4-1. A pair of fielding errors later widened the lead to 6-1, before a balk brought home another run. An error, a double and a triple all ran the Bartow advantage up to 10-1.

Bartow rounded out its offense in the bottom of the third, with a two-out double that plated two more runs. Gilmer failed to take advantage of a leadoff single in the top of the fourth and the game was called due to run differential, giving Bartow the victory and the championship.


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