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.
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.
The Team FYN Sports Player of the Week for the Bobcats is Kell Weaver. Taking more shots from the perimeter has opened up another way for Weaver to put points on the board.
Just three weeks into the season, Weaver was averaging close to 20 points per game and has continued to put points on the board as well as control the boards with timely rebounds and blocks. Weaver is an unselfish player on the court who even with an open shot will kick the ball out to one of his teammates.
The Team FYN Sports Bobcat Player of the Week is Carter Hice.
In the first week of the season, Carter Hice showed how he would play the rest of the 2018-2019. Coming out strong, Hice scored 13 points in the first two games including being perfect from the free-throw line. Defensively, Hice leaves everything on the court and though he may collect a few fouls in a game he is a force to be reckoned with.