Gilmer Falls To Pickens on Walk Off

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Coming off an 8-1 defeat at the hands of the Pickens Dragons,  the Bobcats stepped into Thursday’s game ready for a little revenge and tie the rivalry series at one game each.  The game was going the Bobcats way until late in the game.

Game two came down to the bottom of the seventh with the Dragons at the plate.  The Cats found themselves on the losing end of a hard-fought game in which they carried a 3 run lead into the sixth inning.   A 3 run home run quickly tied the score heading to the seventh.  The home half of the seventh was the tell of tales as Pickens put runners on base for Chad Pacas.  On a Pacas hit, the winning run for the Dragons crossed the plate and bringing the final score of the game to 8-7.

Evan Frady and Hunter Bowyer got things started for the Cats with back to back singles in the top of the first inning to set the stage for the first run of the night.  The 1-0 lead quickly vanished in the bottom half as Pacas drove the first pitch he saw over the fence for a 2 run homer and a 2-1 lead for the Dragons.  Pickens would carry that one run advantage and add to it in the third and after a Gilmer run in the top of the fifth, the Dragons quickly answered in their half for a 4-2 score heading into the sixth.  The Bobcats scored 5 huge runs and took a 7-4 lead in the top of the sixth on four singles, two walks and a home run off the bat of Davis.  Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for the Dragons to answer one again.  This time it was the bat of Caswell Smith with the three-run bomb.  The game came to a close in walk-off fashion for the Dragons handing the Gilmer Bobcats a devastating loss to rivals just south on Hwy 515.

Friday night will close out the series with the Bobcats trying to salvage one of three with Pickens.

Cats Fall In Rivalry Opener To The Dragons

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Keeping the rivalry alive on Hwy 515, the Dragons of Pickens came to Ellijay for game one of three of region play against the Gilmer Bobcats.

Jonas Griggs started the night on the mound for Gilmer and held off the Dragons as long as he could going four and one-third innings.  Griggs struck out seven Pickens hitters but took a loss with 4 hits and 6 runs to his opponents.  In relief, Austin Daman and Jess Buckner came to hold off another offensive attack by the Dragons.  In Daman’s appearance, he threw one-third of an inning allowing 2 runs on 1 hit, 0 strikeouts, and 2 bases on balls. Buckner in two and one-third innings gave up 2 hits, no runs, and 2 strikeouts.  The pitcher for the Dragons getting the 8-1 victory was C. James allowing just one hit and one run over six innings of work.

The one hit for the Gilmer Bobcats came off the bat of Tyler Woody and Avery Bertolini pushed across the only Cat run.  Evan Frady and Hunter Bowyer coaxed walks against James.  Offensively for the Dragons, Pacas and Smith each had two hits in the game to lead all batters in the victory over the Bobcats.  Scoring the runs in the 3 run inning was Vreeland, James, and White crossing the dish  In the 5 run fifth, Pickens had 5 hits, 2 walks and a Gilmer error contributing to the big inning.

Same two teams Thursday at the home of the Dragons.

Gilmer JV Falls To Lumpkin At Home

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On a very cold Tuesday afternoon the Junior Varsity Bobcats welcomed in the Indians of Lumpkin County to the Hill at Gilmer High School.

In game one of what was originally scheduled to be a doubleheader, the Indians started off the scoring in the top of the first with a base on balls to the leadoff batter followed by a Mincey single. After a hit batsman to load the bases, Lumpkin pushed the first run across the plate on a sacrifice fly by #42 Chris Day.  The Indians added two runs in the third, 2 in the fourth, and 5 in the fifth.  The 10 runs on the board by the visiting team was more than the JV Cats could match in the 10-1 loss at home.

At the plate, the JV Bobcats to get anything going.  In the five-inning game, the Cats struggled to make contact and fell victim to the strikeout.  With 12 total over five innings, the Cats managed just three hits and one run against the Indian pitcher.  Seth Darling crossed the plate for the only Gilmer run in the third after a walk, stolen base, and a single by J. Rhodes.  Rhodes also led all Bobcat hitters going 2 for 3 on the day.  Zach Miller took the loss for Gilmer.  Game two was canceled due to not only the extreme cold temperatures but also a gas line that was fractured by a contractor doing road repairs within the vicinity of the baseball field.


Bruins Edge Bobcats At Home

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Last Thursday the Gilmer baseball team finally experienced a warmer and dryer afternoon to hit the diamond.  The Northwest Whitfield Bruins came for the final matchup of the 3 game region series.  Falling in the first two, the Bobcats were looking to salvage a win and avoid the sweep.

The Bruins stepped out to an early 1st inning lead with one run off the Gilmer starter in Avery Bertolini.  The quick run proved to be all that Northwest would need to secure the region victory and the sweep of the Cats.  Just to be sure a win was in their future, the Bruins added an insurance run in the fifth for a 2-0 lead which would be the final score.  Taking the hill for the Bobcats was Avery Bertolini who pitched good enough to get a victory but it wasn’t meant to happen.  “Bert” went four and two-thirds inning allowing just the two runs on 2 hits, 3 walks and had a strikeout on 81 pitches.  Austin Daman came in as relief throwing two and one-third innings to close out the Bruins.  Daman had another good outing with 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, and no hits on 32 pitches with 21 in the strike zone.

At the plate, the Cats managed just 1 hit off of the Northwest hurler who has committed to the University of Georgia.  Bearden through 85 pitches, no runs on 1 hit and 10 strikeouts.  Rhodes got the start at 1st base with the absence of Tyler Woody who was sitting out a few games to rest a sore elbow.  Rhodes had the only hit in the game for the Bobcats.  The bats have been a little cool but as the weather warms up so will the Gilmer offense. Saturday’s game with Murray and Monday’s game with Gordon central were both postponed due to the rain and field conditions.  The Gilmer varsity baseball team are scheduled to hit the field again on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Chattooga for a non-region matchup.  The week of the 18th will see the anticipated rivalry with the Pickens Dragons just south on Hwy 515.  The games on the 19th and the 22nd will be at Gilmer High School with the middle game on the 21st being played at Pickens.

Gilmer Falls To Chattooga In Mercy Rule

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The Bobcats took a trip over the mountain last week to face the non-region opponent in the Chattooga Indians.  Falling behind early had Gilmer fighting to play catch up.  The Cats fell in six innings on a walk-off home run.

The Indians started the scoring in the bottom half of the first inning with 6 runs.  Though these runs would be enough, Chattooga continued to take advantage of a few Bobcats mistakes throughout the game to tally a total of fourteen and take the victory on a 3 run walk-off home run by Whitlock in the bottom of the sixth.  In the big first for the Indians, the Cats had three errors to aid in the scoring.  The final inning had hits by Tucker, Lackey, Wandell, Price, and Whitlock.  Coach Jeff Thurman sent 3 to the mound in an effort to stop Chattooga to no avail.  Evan Frady threw 47 pitches over three innings allowing 2 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and had a strikeout.  Jess Buckner on 27 pitches had 5 hits, 6 runs, no walks, and 1 K.  Austin Daman had 1 inning of work allowing 2 hits, 6 runs, 1 K, and 1 base on balls.  Daman was given the loss as the pitcher of record.

The highlight of the game for the Gilmer Bobcats came in the top half of the second when Jake Rhodes stepped to the plate with 2 outs and no runners on.  Rhodes took a 1 ball-1 strike pitch over the leftfield fence to put the Cats on the board.  The Cats added 2 runs in the fifth inning and 1 run in the sixth but fell short in the mercy rule loss to the Indians.  The Bobcats had 6 hits in the game and defensively committed 4 errors giving their opponent extra opportunities to pull away.  Jake Rhodes was 1-2 with a home run and 1 RBI, hunter Bowyer and Austin Daman were both 1-2 with a walk and no strikeouts.  The Bobcats started a 3 game region series with the Dragons of Pickens on Tuesday 3/19 to renew the 2019 version of the Hwy 515 rivalry.

Gilmer Gets Knuckled At Northwest

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Game 2 of the 3 game region series with the Northwest Whitfield Bruins took place on Wednesday  Once again old man winter reared his ugly head and brought some cold temps to the ball field.

As both fans and players did their best to stay warm, the struggles at the plate continued for the Cats.  Gilmer compiled 4 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings against the Bruins pitcher.  Going scoreless through 3 innings, Gilmer broke the zero with their first run of the game in the fourth as Austin Daman reached on a 1 out single, moved up to second on a stolen base and advanced to third on an error by Northwest.  Rhodes with a ground out sacrifice pushed Daman across the dish.  The final run for the Cats came in the seventh inning with Daman scoring after a McClure single and an error allowing Bertolini to reach first.

Jonas Griggs got the start for Gilmer.  In the 10-2 loss, Griggs threw 89 pitches allowing 6 runs(5 earned) on 3 hits, 5 walks and 3 K’s in four complete innings.  Taking the mound in relief of Griggs, Jess Buckner tossed 2 innings on 38 pitches.  Buckner allowed 4 runs(3 earned) on 5 hits and 1 walk.  In the 6 innings, the Bobcat hurlers allowed 10 runs on 8 hits and have the Cats sitting at 0-2 in the region.  Gilmer will be looking to salvage the last game of the series on Thursday, March 7th at home as the Bruins come to the Hill.

Cats Come Up Short At Northwest Whitfield

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Last Tuesday the Gilmer Bobcats traveled to Northwest Whitfield High School for game one of a region series with the Bruins.

In what was probably the coldest game the varsity Bobcats will play all season, they battled both the temps and a very good Bruins baseball team.  Northwest jumped out to an early lead in the bottom half of the first inning on a leadoff walk by Redmond.  With Bearden up to bat, Redmond worked his way around the pads on a stolen base, wild pitch, and a passed ball for a quick Bruins lead.  On the following pitch, Bearden squared up on a Gilmer fastball and drove it over the right-field fence for a 2-0 score.  The Bobcats sliced the lead in half at 2-1 in their half of the second but the Bruins stretched it back out to a 2 run lead in the bottom half of the second.  The Cats scored their final run of the game in the top of the fifth in the 5-2 region loss. Gilmer’s first run came as Gabe Wolfson got things started on a strong double to centerfield. David Smith came in as a courtesy runner and crossed the plate on a 2 out single by Evan Frady.  Frady was caught stealing to end the inning.

Defensively for the Varsity Bobcats, Frady got the start going 5.1 innings allowing 5 earned runs on 3 hits, 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts on 102 pitches.  Jess Buckner threw 2/3 innings in relief to hold the Northwest Whitfield Bruins at 5 runs.  Leading the Bobcats at the plate was Gabe Wolfson(2 for 2) followed by Tyler Woody(1-2, 1 run scored).  The Cats finished the game with 12 K’s.

Cats Take Road Win At Union

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In a game originally scheduled for Thursday, the Bobcats traveled to Blairsville for a non-region battle with the Panthers of Union County.

After a long afternoon and evening on Tuesday for the Cats of Gilmer, They showed early that they were there to play ball and come away with a win.  The Bobcats scored early to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a leadoff single by Evan Frady to get things started. Hunter Bowyer coaxed a walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd for Austin Daman.  The first pitch to Daman was a strike and both Frady and Bowyer caught the Panthers on their heels and each moved up on stolen bases.  Daman would push both base runners across on ground ball ripped to left for an RBI double.  Standing at second with Tyler Woody up to bat, Daman wouldn’t wait long to be the third Cat to dent the scoreboard.  Woody doubled followed by a Bertolini single advancing Woody to third.  The Cats lead stayed at 3 runs as Wolfson and Griggs followed with outs to end the inning.  The Gilmer bats cooled off for innings 2 and 3.  As the 4th through 7th innings came around, the Bobcats once again was able to get a little something going against the opposing pitcher.  Gilmer posted 1 run in each of the innings that followed for a 7 run total over 7 innings of play.

Taking the mound for Gilmer in the 7-3 victory over the Panthers was Jonas Griggs who started followed by Hunter Bowyer in relief.  Griggs went 6 strong innings and pitched into the 7th where he didn’t record and out.  In his 6 frames of work, Griggs allowed just 1 run on 1 hit with 7 strikeouts.  Bowyer in relief was looking to close out the game and preserve the win for his starter.  In his 1 inning of work, he allowed 2 runs on 1 hit and 1 walk on 18 pitches(10 being strikes).  The home team Panthers fought hard in the bottom of the seventh for 3 runs before Bowyer shut down any hopes of a major comeback.  The Cats were to welcome Model to Gilmer High School on Friday but the weather didn’t cooperate and the game was canceled due to rain.


Bobcats Take Extra Inning Loss On Road

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On Tuesday, February 26th, the Gilmer Bobcats loaded the bus and traveled to Floyd County to faceoff with the Model Blue Devils in a non-region game.

Coach Thurman’s Bobcats battled hard in what turned out to be an exciting extra-inning affair.  The Cats eventually fell to the home team in nine innings by a 3-2 score.  Gilmer jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a leadoff single by Evan Frady that found it’s way into left field followed by a Hunter Bowyer 4 pitch walk.  Both Frady and Bowyer moved up one after a double steal setting the stage for the third place hitter in Austin Daman. Daman ripped a hard ground ball single into left field advancing runners to second and third and loading the pads for Tyler Woody. Woody, Bertolini, and Griggs all sat down by strikeout. During the Griggs at-bat, David Smith, in as a courtesy runner for Frady, crossed the plate for the first run for Gilmer  The Cats scored their final run of the game in the second. Gabe Wolfson led off the inning with a strong double to centerfield and T. Wright came as a runner for the catcher, Wolfson and advanced to third on yet another wild pitch by the Blue Devils’ pitcher.  Miller popped up to the first baseman for the first out followed by a sacrifice for J. Buckner to push Wright across for the second Bobcat run.  Gilmer was unable to plate anymore run throughout the nine-inning game.  The Model Blue Devils added 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh to force free baseball.

The Game that carried these teams into 9 full innings before deciding a winner, had Gilmer send 3 Cat hurlers to the mound. Getting the start, Evan Frady threw a jewel for six innings allowing 5 hits, no runs, no walks, and 7 strikeouts. Coming to close out the seventh inning and the game with a 2 run lead, Austin Daman took the hill.  In one full inning of work, Model found a way to get the tying runs on and in and continue the game. Daman allowed 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 runs(1 unearned).  J. Buckner came out to start the eighth inning and held Model scoreless forcing another inning to be played.  Bringing the game to a close and handing the Bobcats a loss on the road, the Blue Devils had 2 hits and a sacrifice off Buckner pushed the winning run across.  Totals for the Bobcats for the day were 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 errors while the Winning Blue devils of Model High School had 3 runs on 8 hits and played errorless ball.

Gilmer traveled to Blairsville on Wednesday for another nonregion matchup with the Union Panthers.


Gilmer Holds On For The Win

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Monday, being the first weekday without significant rain, allowed the Bobcats took the field for the first time in a week.  The Gordon Central Warriors came t0 the Hill for a non-region matchup with the Bobcats.

Taking the mound to start the game for the Gilmer Bobcats was Avery Bertolini. Avery took control early and began the onslaught of scoreless innings as he sat down the Warriors through four full innings.  It wasn’t until the top of the fifth that his opponents were able to scratch the scoreboard with a run.  Bertolini completed four and one-third innings with 82 pitches and 8 strikeouts, 1 hit and 1 unearned run.  Jonas Griggs came in as relief for one and two-thirds of scoreless ball with 5 strikeouts.  Closing out the game and earning a save for Gilmer, Austin Daman through 24 pitches with 15 being strikes.  Daman allowed one unearned run in his outing on 1 hit.  The defensive behind the combination of Bobcat hurlers committed 3 errors in the contributing to the 2 unearned runs for the Gordon Central Warriors.

It wasn’t necessarily that the bats were super hot but more that the 3 hits for Gilmer produced the runs when needed.  The Bobcats had a really good eye and coaxed 5 walks and once on base, were aggressive in the stolen base part of the game.  The bottom half of the first inning saw the home team cross the plate with the first run of the game.  Frady walked and stole second base followed by Bowyer and Daman receiving free basses as well to load the bases the Bobcats designated hitter in J. Rhodes who grounded out to the pitcher that plated Frady for the 1-0 lead.  Things would quiet down a little into the fifth inning where the Bobcats found themselves in a 1-1 tie with Gordan Central.  The Warriors scratched out a run in the top half forcing the Bobcats to work hard to retake the lead in the bottom.  J. Buckner reached on an error to start the inning and after a stolen base and a passed ball found himself at third with Hunter Bowyer at the plate. Bowyer singled sending Frady to the plate and receipt of the RBI going to number 35.    The Cats added their final run just minutes later after Bowyer stole second just to advance to third with Daman at the plate.  Daman would be out at first on a drop third strike and a throw to first Bowyer slid safely into home just ahead of the tag and bring the score to 3-2 at the end of 5 innings of play.  Both teams went quietly in the sixth not being able to change the numbers on the scoreboard.  The top of the seventh, the Warriors gave it one last effort to tie or take a lead in the game.  With Austin Daman on the mound, Gordon Central bought the game within a run after scoring an unearned run.  Daman recorded the final out to earn the save in the 3-2 in over their non-region opponent.

The Bobcats will travel to Floyd County on Tuesday afternoon for a 5:30 PM game at Model High School.

JV Bobcats Fall At Home

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The junior varsity Bobcats took the field on Tuesday to face off against the Dawson County Tigers. With the weather finally cooperating, the teams were excited to pick up the bats again and play the game they love.

The afternoon quickly changed for Gilmer as the Tigers took an early lead and never looked back.  Falling behind by three runs in the top half of the first saw the JV Cats fight to catch up.  The home half had Gilmer bring the score within one of their opponents but that would be as close as they could get  The Tigers added runs in every inning but the fourth for a 15 run total in the game.  Everything seemed to go Dawson’s way on the day with the visiting team taking a 15-4 victory over the JV Cats

The 4 runs plated by the Bobcats were hard earned and scored by L. Marshall, B Groswick, S. Merritt, and B. Teague.  Gilmer managed just three hits in the loss to the Tigers.  Davis and Cochran took the hill for the home team and threw multiple innings to try and hold down a really good Dawson team.  The JV Cats were scheduled to take the field versus Union last Thursday but with rain forecasted, the game was canceled.  Next up for the Cats, Junior Varsity is Monday, March 4th as Lumpkin comes to Ellijay for a doubleheader.  Game one starts at 4 PM with game two to follow.

Rebels Ruin Home Opener For Bobcats

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The Gilmer Bobcats opened the 2019 baseball season at home as the Rebels of Fannin County came to Ellijay, Ga.

The home opener didn’t go as planned for Coach Jeff Thurman and his Bobcats.  The Rebels took control early with a 5 run second inning and never looked back as they added 3 in the fourth and 6 in the fifth for a 14 run five-inning game. Getting the opening day start for Gilmer was Evan Frady. In Frady’s three innings of work, the Rebels had 5 runs on four hits, four walks, and Frady struck out 2 Fannin batters on 61 pitches.  David Smith and Jess Buckner came in as relief with Smith working two-thirds of an inning and Buckner completing one and one-third innings.  In the outing for Smith, 26 pitches allowing 3 runs with 2 of 3 being earned, three walks and one strikeout.  Buckner gave up six runs, all earned on 9 hits 1 walk and had 4 strikeouts.

Offensively for Gilmer it was the slowest day at the plate that the Bobcats have had in a long time.  The home team was held to just four walks on the day.  Three Rebel pitchers combined to earn a 14-0 no-hit shutout win with Hunter Gray being credited with the victory. Being patient at the plate for Gilmer was Evan Frady, Hunter Bowyer, Austin daman, and Tyler Woody to reach base with walks.

In the win over Gilmer, the Fannin Rebels had 14 runs with 13 being earned on 13 hits 8 walks and the Rebel hitters struck out 7 times.  The Bobcats will get a chance at redemption on Wednesday, February 20th as they travel to the home of the Rebels for a 5:00 PM game.

Bobcats Scalp Indians At Home

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Monday’s game between the Gilmer Bobcats and the Murray Indians was a reschedule event from a rain-soaked Saturday.  The Indians came in looking to make Gilmer see a great day end on a dreary note.

Jonas Griggs stepped to the hill looking for his first win of the 2019 season and even up the Cats record at 1-1 on the early season.  In Griggs’ six-inning outing, he had 12 strikeouts, 2 walks, and 1 run on 87 pitches with 57 being strikes.  Austin Daman threw one inning with one strikeout on 5 pitches to seal the 8-1 victory for Jonas Griggs and the Bobcats.

At the plate, Gilmer struck early after Evan Frady singled to third base and followed by a stolen base putting a Bobcat on second and in scoring position.  Hunter Bowyer was unable to advance Frady on a groundout to shortstop.  Gilmer’s first run cames as Austin Daman came to the plate and stroked a hard double to left field scoring Frady.  The second run came off the bat of Avery Bertolini with a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring Daman.  The Bobcats added 1 run in the second, 2 in the third and 3 in the fourth for the 8 run total in the game. Gilmer banged out a 10 hit day with Austin Daman(2), Avery Bertolini(2), Jonas Griggs(2) all having a multiple hit game.  Rhodes, Bertolini, and Miller each had 2 RBI on the day.  The final inning of scoring for the Bobcats was the 4th.  The Cats put up 3 runs on a double by Rhodes scored Daman and Davis followed by a Bertolini single that scored J. Rhodes.

Defensively, the Gilmer fielders played errorless ball in the no-region win over the Indians of Murray Co.  The Bobcats will travel to Fannin on Friday to try and get redemption for a 14-0 loss to the Rebels last week.  Weather permitting game time is set for 5:30.

Bobcats Fall To The Rebels

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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

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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

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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.

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