The Fannin County Rebel baseball team had a great season where they finished third in the region and barely missed a chance to advance in the state playoffs. Saturday, the Rebels were in Franklin County competing in the first round of the state playoffs to see which team would be advancing. The day before, Fannin had a doubleheader against Franklin where they won the first game 11-7, and lost the second 10-1. Saturday’s game was the last chance Fannin had in furthering their season but missed it by one pesky point.
All you saw on the field from both teams was hustle and heart. Garrett Rogers was on the hill for the majority of the game where he walked three batters and struck out one. The Rebels started to put runs on the board in the second inning when Carson Beavers stepped up to the plate. The bases were loaded when Beavers hit a pop fly to left field, sacrificing himself as an out so that his teammate on third, Blake Rogers, could score. The bases were loaded once again when Miles Johnson went up to bat and hit a bomb in deep center field, advancing to second base and bringing in three teammates. Franklin was determined to get their lead back and managed to get enough runs on the board to be one point behind Fannin at the end of the second inning with a score of 4-3.
Franklin was determined to catch back up to Fannin while the Rebels were just as determined to keep their lead. Franklin stole the lead in the bottom of the third inning just for Rebel, Miles Johnson, to hit a home run and tie the game 5-5.
Both teams were holding the other on defense until the bottom of the fifth inning when Franklin scored, putting them one point ahead of Fannin. Franklin continued to extend their lead over the Rebels until they finally came back in the top of the seventh. Chandler Kendall followed Johnson’s lead and hit a home run, bringing in two teammates and tying the game 8-8. Fannin had a perfect three up and three down outs on defense, advancing to the game into an extra inning.
Each team refused to let the other score, resulting in the game to have ten innings. The tension got higher and higher as the innings increased. Rebel, Bryson Pack, had a phenomenal throw from center field to throw a runner out at home plate. Everyone in the stands and on the field were going so crazy that law enforcement had to come and sit in both dugouts. Carson Beavers was the leadoff batter in the top of the tenth inning where he was walked and advanced to first base. With two outs, Miles Johnson hit a bomb to left field, advancing to second base and bringing Beavers home. Fannin closed out the top of the tenth inning with a 9-8 lead over Franklin. Carson Beavers started off pitching in the top of the tenth inning where he walked the first batter. Chandler Kendall came in to relieve Beavers on the mound. With a runner on first base, Kendall threw the perfect pitch for Franklin to hit a home run and close out the game with a 10-9 victory over Fannin.
The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night;
Chandler Kendall-2, Miles Johnson-1, Blake Rogers-1, Matthew Shirah-2, Drew Foresman-2, Carson Beavers-1.
Despite their heartbreaking loss, Fannin played a great game and had many accomplishments over their season. The Rebels overall record for the season was 18-13, they finished third in their region, and so far they have had two of their seniors commit to playing college baseball.
The Fannin Rebels had a great baseball season where they finished third in the 3A region 7. The Rebels were on a roll towards the end of their season, winning eight region games in a row. Fannin’s 7-11 region record advanced them into the first round of the state playoffs.
Fannin’s overall record for the season was 17-11. Over the whole season, the Rebels earned 183 runs while they had 138 scored on them. Friday, the Rebels traveled to Franklin County to play the first round of the state playoffs. It will be decided who will move on in the playoffs after the best two out of three games between the teams. Fannin walked away with a win for the first game of the night with an 11-7 victory while Franklin came back in the second game and claimed an 10-1 victory.
When asking head coach Jon Ayres his thoughts so far on the season, he stated,“The boys played well in the last half in our region schedule. We won eight games straight to end the region season and earned the number three seat. I feel like we have a good opportunity as we travel to Franklin County and play the best two out of three that will take place Friday and possibly Saturday. We are very excited for the opportunity and we’re looking forward to having a chance to move on in the state playoffs.” The whole team seemed to be excited about their accomplishment and eager to go compete. “I am very proud of our whole team this season. We have all worked very hard to get to where we are and hopefully we can continue to advance in the playoffs,” Rebel junior, Steven Stacey, shared with the FYN sports team.
The energy was high for Fannin in their first game of the night. The Rebels got their lead early in the second inning with a score of 6-1. It was a great night on offense for the Rebels, especially for Chandler Kendall and Jack Gobble who each scored a home run for the night. Kendall’s homer brought two of his teammates to home plate in the second inning while Gobble scored one run with his in the fifth. Not only were the Rebels on fire on offense, but also on defense. Rebel, Carson Beavers, had a great running catch in left field where he got the first out of the third inning. In the fourth inning, Chandler Kendall had a snatch at shortstop where he then threw to first basemen, Matthew Shirah, who had a stretching catch for the out. Matthew Shirah pitched the majority of the game where he walked five batters and struck out two. Rebels Tyler Norton, Garrett Rogers, Chandler Kendall, and Blake Rogers all came in the game to pitch and relieve one another. Fannin closed the first game with an 11-7 victory over Franklin County.
The second game was a different story for the Rebels. Fannin struggled to put the ball into action as well as contain Franklin on defense. Grant Baker pitched the majority of the game for Fannin where he walked three and struck out five. Rebels, Bryson Pack and Dylan Walton, came to the mound to relieve Baker after his four innings of pitching. Chandler Kendall continued his streak for the night and hit a home run, scoring Fannin’s only point. After seven innings of play, Franklin County defeated Fannin 10-1. With Fannin winning the first game and Franklin winning the second, the teams were matched up to play on Saturday to determine who would be advancing in the playoffs.
Saturday, the Fannin Rebels traveled to North Carolina to take on the Murphy Bulldogs. Fannin was looking for a win for their last game of the regular season while Murphy was looking to remain undefeated.
Murphy decided to get an early lead in the first inning of the game while Fannin struggled to compete against their offense. Carson Beavers started off pitching for the Rebels where he walked two batters and struck out one over a total of two innings. The Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead over the Rebels at the end of the first inning. The Bulldogs kept extending their lead while the Rebels didn’t manage to get a run on the board until the fourth inning.
Not only did Fannin struggle on defense, but also offense. Murphy’s pitcher, Caleb Irwin, threw a great game over three innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Bulldogs, Joey Curry and Nathan Barolet, made an appearance in the game to come in and pitch. The two pitchers added more strikeouts to the board, putting the total number of strikeouts for the day at 13.
Chandler Kendall came in to pitch for Beavers in the fourth inning. Kendall pitched a total of two innings where he struck out three batters and walked only one. The Rebels started to make things happen on offense when Garrett Rogers stepped up to the plate. Rogers hit a bomb to right field that advanced him to third base. Blake Rogers went to the plate with the same determination, hitting a pop-fly to center field, and sacrificing himself as an out so that his teammate could score. Rogers run put the score at 4-1 with Murphy still in the lead. Not only did Garrett start off the inning on offense, he also closed it on defense with a great throw from left field where he threw a runner out at third base.
Fannin lost their fire in the fifth inning where they had no luck hitting the ball. In the bottom of the fifth, Dylan Walton came in to pitch for the Rebels. Walton pitched a total of 0.2 innings where he walked four batters and allowed two hits.
Rebel, Tyler Norton, came in the game to pitch at the bottom of the sixth inning. Norton pitched a total of 0.1 innings where he walked one batter and allowed only one hit. Just a few pitches later, Fannin relieved Norton on the mound with Bryson Pack. Pack only had time to throw one pitch that was hit and brought Murphy’s last run in to get the ten point lead they needed to end the game. The Bulldogs closed out the game with an 11-1 victory over Fannin.
Fannin’s loss puts their overall record at 17-11 while Murphy remains undefeated. Catch Fannin’s next game on Thursday, April 26, as they travel to Franklin County for the first round of the state playoffs!
It was a very important day for Fannin County High School Senior Grant Baker and his family. With his mother Linda and his father Brandon at his side, Grant took his place at the table to sign his National Letter of Intent. His choice for furthering his education was Point University in West Point, GA. Known as the Skyhawks, Point University is a NAIA private Christian college in the Appalachian Athletic Conference with universities as Reinhardt in Waleska, GA. and Bryan College in Tennessee.
In Attendance for the ceremony were School Administrators, Coaches, teammates, and family all looking on in excitement and support for Baker as he continues his education and do one thing he loves, that is to play the game of baseball. Grant Baker has played this game most all his life starting in recreation ball through Fannin Co. Recreation Department to present where he is finishing his high school career with the Rebels. In the last three years as a Rebel, Baker has won 11 games and pitching 109 innings with 87 strikeouts and a earned run average right at 3.00. Baker helped lead the Rebels to their first playoff appearance in several years after the 2017 regular season and is competing hard to do the same in the 2018 season.
His High School Accolades include the 2015 JV Rebel Award and the 2017 Fannin Co. Pitcher of the Year. Baker also has played travel baseball for the East Cobb Black Knights out of Marietta, GA where he was named to the Perfect Game All-Tournament Team 9 consecutive times.
Congratulations to Grant Baker and his family on this great opportunity in continuing his education and growing in to the man he wants to become.
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This past Thursday, The Lumpkin County Indians traveled to Fannin County to take on the Rebels for a double header. Fannin won the first game of the night 5-1 and they were looking to claim a victory once again.
Grant Baker started off pitching for the Rebels in the second game of the night where he walked four batters and struck out four. Garrett Rogers was the go to guy on defense for the Rebels with his perfect inning of three balls hit to him in left field and all three being caught. Chandler Kendall started the bottom of the first inning with a line drive to left field where he made it to first base. Gabe Buchanan stepped up to the plate and closed out the first inning after hitting Kendall home, putting the Rebels in the lead 1-0.
Fannin had a quick inning on defense in the top of the second where they allowed one runner to get on base, then got three outs in a row. The Rebels got their second wind on offense when they all started to put the ball into action and get an early lead over Lumpkin. The bases were loaded when Carson Beavers stepped up to bat. Beavers hit a ball deep center field, bringing in two runs, and advancing Drew Foresman to third base. Gabe Buchanan hit a fly ball to left field, sacrificing himself as an out so that Foresman could score. Miles Johnson also hit a bomb to left field where he advanced to first base and brought Beavers home. Jack Gobble followed the trend with his hit to left field as he advanced to second base and brought Johnson home. Matthew Shirah brought in the final run of the inning when he hit a ground ball to left field, allowing Gobble to reach home and put the score at 8-0.
In hopes of making a comeback, Lumpkin managed to load the bases in the third inning, but could only manage to score one run. Fannin stepped up to bat, looking to continue their hitting streak to find the Indians having a perfect inning of three outs in a row. Lumpkin put a run on the board and held the Rebels, making the score 8-1 at the end of the third inning.
The bases were loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning when Matthew Shirah went up to bat. Shirah got a double from hitting the ball deep center field, bringing Miles Johnson and Garrett Rogers home, and advancing Blake Rogers to third base. Drew Foresman stepped up to the plate and hit a line drive to right field, bringing Rogers home, and advancing Shrah to third base. Carson Beavers followed the trend by hitting a line drive to right field, bringing Shirah home, and advancing Foresman to second base. The Rebels runs put them with a 12-1 lead over the Indians at the end of the fourth inning.
Dylan Walton came in to relieve Baker from the mound in the fifth inning. Walton finished the top of the fifth by striking out two batters, and walking none. Fannin’s lead proved to be too great for the Indians to overcome, resulting in the game to come to an early end with the Rebels in the lead 12-2.
The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night; Chandler Kendall-1, Miles Johnson-2, Jack Gobble-1, Garrett Rogers-2, Blake Rogers-2, Matthew Shirah-2, Drew Foresman-1, Carson Beavers-1.
Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 13-10. Catch the Rebels next game on Tuesday, April 10, as they take on Union County at home starting at 5:55!
Last night, the East Hall Vikings traveled to Fannin County to take on the Rebels in a double header. The Vikings were looking to redeem themselves from their 7-3 loss in the first game while Fannin was hoping to continue their winning streak.
Senior, Grant Baker, started off the game on the mound. Baker pitched a total of six innings where he walked four batters and struck out three. Fannin had a perfect inning of three up and three down outs on defense. The Rebels attacked the plate and got their lead early in the game. Miles Johnson got things started for Fannin and hit a ground ball to left field, making it to first base and bringing in a run. Blake Rogers continued his great night of batting by hitting a bomb to center field, advancing to second base, and bringing in two more runs for Fannin. The Rebels wrapped up the first inning with a 3-0 lead over East Hall.
The Rebels were on top of their defense with another perfect inning of three up and three down outs. At the bottom of the second inning, East Hall started making mistakes on defense. Johnson stepped up to the plate and put the ball into action, ready to bring Chandler Kendall home. Johnson advanced to second after an overthrow to first base while Kendall went on an overthrow to home and was safe after very close call at the plate. Kendall’s run put the Rebels in the lead 4-0 over the Vikings at the end of the second inning.
In the third, fourth, and fifth innings, East Hall fought to get one point on the board while the Rebels did the same. Fannin started to make mistakes on the field in the third inning, resulting in East Hall to get a run on the board. However, Fannin came back and redeemed themselves by claiming one more run on offense. The score remained at 5-1 with Fannin in the lead until the top of the sixth inning.
Rebel sophomore, Gabe Buchanan, proved to be an asset on defense at third base with his diving catches and great outs. Miles Johnson had his best moment of the night in the bottom of the sixth inning. With Kendall on second base, Johnson hit a ball out of the park, putting two more runs on the board. Fannin finished the sixth inning with a score of 7-1 against East Hall.
At the top of the seventh inning, Chandler Kendall came to the mound as a relief for Grant Baker. Kendall closed out the game with one walk and two strikeouts. The Vikings put more runs on the board, putting the final score of the night at 7-4. East Hall’s efforts were not enough to catch up to Fannin before Kendall threw his third strike, finishing the game.
The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night; Chandler Kendall-3, Miles Johnson- 2, Gabe Buchanan-1, Bryson Pack-1.
Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 10-10 while East Hall stand at 10-8. Catch the Rebels next game on Tuesday, April 3, as they travel to take on Lumpkin County at 5:55!
Last night, the Rebels started off spring break with some baseball. The East Hall Vikings traveled to Fannin County to take on the Rebels for a double header. Fannin had lost their previous game to East Hall and were looking to redeem themselves with a win.
Rebel, Matthew Shirah, started off pitching for the Rebels. Shirah walked two and struck out three batters over a total of six innings. The game was going quick, but the score was not progressing for either team. For the first two innings, the score stayed tied at 0-0 where the Rebels had perfect three up three down outs in each inning.
East Hall started to swing their bats and get on base in the top of the third inning. In response to the Vikings offense, the Rebels started to pick up their defense. Jack Gobble was behind the plate for the Rebels and brought in their third out of the inning by throwing a runner out on a steal at second base. Fannin’s hitting came alive at the bottom of the third inning. Blake Rogers stepped up to the plate for the Rebels with the bases loaded and hit a bomb to left field. Rogers got a double and brought all three runners home, closing out the third inning with a 4-1 lead over East Hall.
The action continued on through the end of the fourth inning. Each team kept adding onto their score and progressing their lead. Chandler Kendall continued the Rebels trend and hit the ball to left field, bringing in a run. Miles Johnson followed Kendall’s lead and hit one to center field, brining Kendall home. Fannin kept their lead over East Hall and finished the inning with a score of 6-3 where it remained the same until the top of the sixth.
Fannin held East Hall at the top of the sixth with another three up three down inning. Fannin however was not finishing the inning without another run on the board. Senior, Garrett Rogers, finished the inning by hitting Cody Jacobs home, putting the score at 7-3 with Fannin still in the lead.
The senior not only finished the sixth inning, but came in for Shirah on the mound to close out the seventh. Fannin had another perfect three up and three down inning, leaving Rogers striking out one batter, and walking none. The Fannin Rebels wrapped up their first game of the night with a 7-3 victory over the East Hall Vikings.
The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night; Chandler Kendall-2, Gabe Buchanan-1, Bryson Pack- 1, Garrett Rogers-1, Carson Beavers-1, Cody Jacobs- 1
Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 9-10 while East Hall stand at 10-7. Catch Fannin’s next game on Tuesday, April 3 as they travel to take on Lumpkin County at 5:55!
The Greater Atlanta Trojans traveled to Fannin County this past Thursday to take on the Rebels. Fannin was looking to get their eighth win of the season and redeem themselves from the tough loss they endured to North Hall the week prior.
The Trojans got their lead early in the game, forcing Fannin to try and catch up towards the end. The game started off slow. Both teams almost had a perfect inning on defense. GAC had a perfect three up and three down outs, while Fannin almost had the same with Garrett Rogers great pitching, allowing just one runner on base in the inning. Both teams were putting the ball into action, just not in the right places. Each team held the other, closing out the first inning with the score at 0-0.
GAC’s hitting game came alive at the beginning of the second inning. As the Trojans kept applying pressure to the Rebels, Fannin started to make mistakes on defense. The Trojans first point on the board was scored from an error in the infield, resulting in more points being added to their score. The Trojans closed the second inning with a 3-0 lead over the Rebels.
Although Fannin had their hiccups on defense, they were starting to make up for it. Rebels, Carson Beavers and Blake Rogers, got the most action in the outfield and stopped a few runners from scoring with great catches and throws. Catcher for the Rebels, Jack Gobble, was an asset behind the plate as he stopped runners from stealing bases with his quick throws.
Fannin finally started to put runs on the board in the fifth inning. They found what they were missing and started making things happen. Carson Beavers stepped up to the plate, sacrificing himself with a ground ball to the shortstop where he was thrown out at first base so that his teammate Cody Jacobs could score and Garrett Rogers could advance to third. Chandler Kendall followed the trend for the Rebels by hitting the ball to right field, advancing to second base. Gabe Buchanan brought Kendall home with his hard line drive to left field. The Rebels finished the inning strong, but were still behind GAC by one point with a score of 4-3.
With the lead being just within Fannin’s reach, GAC did whatever they could to prevent it from happening. Sophomore, Blake Rogers came in to pitch for Garrett Rogers for the rest of the game. Garrett Rogers pitched a great game where he allowed four hits, four runs over five innings,walked five, and struck out four. With Blake Rogers on the mound, he finally found his rhythm. Rogers threw the perfect pitch, resulting in GAC to hit a ball out of the park, brining in two runs. Despite Fannin’s efforts, they were unable to score at the end of the sixth, leaving GAC in the lead 6-3.
Although they struggled on defense, Fannin found their second wind at the plate. Chandler Kendall stepped up to the plate for the Rebels and was determined to make a comeback. Kendall hit a bomb out of the park, putting two more runs on the board, scoring his sixth homerun of the season. Blake Rogers finished the game strong for the Rebels allowing two hits, three runs over two innings, one walk, and three strikeouts. Despite Fannin’s effort to make a comeback, they were unable to catch up to GAC with a final score of 7-5.
The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night; Chandler Kendall-2, Cody Jacobs-1, Garrett Rogers-1, Carson Beavers-1.
The Rebels played a double header yesterday at GAC, winning one and losing one, putting their overall record at 8-9. Catch the Rebels next game Tuesday, March 27, as they travel to take on East Hall!