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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.