7 AAA All Region Teams Announced

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Congratulations to all athletes chosen for All Region Honors in 7-AAA baseball for the 2018 season’

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Senior Jack Gobble Signs Letter of Intent

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Fannin County Senior Jack Gobble took center stage on Tuesday as he signed his National Letter of Intent to further his education and baseball career at Cleveland State Community College located in Cleveland TN.  The Cougars are coached by Mike Policastro and have a 2018 record of 36-17 overall.  The most recognized teams that the Cougars face are Bryan College, Piedmont College and Jackson State Community College.  Policastro and the Cougars have an impressive 20-7 home record and really liked what they have seen in Gobble.

Gobble, the senior catcher for Fannin Co. has been raised a Rebel starting at 5 years old when he first took the field as a tee-baller and has remained a Rebel through his high school career.  Jack spent several years on the travel baseball circuit playing for teams as Team Elite, East Cobb Blacknights and Barrett Baseball.  In 2012, Coach Scott Pischota (former Major League player) took Gobble and his team to experience the atmosphere of Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown New York.  Jack Gobble and his teammates were all inducted into the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame that was founded by Coach Lou Presutti.

The stats for Gobble are proof that as he has continued to play that he deserves the opportunity to continue his career at the next level.  Gobble made is debut as a starter on Varsity for the Rebels in his Sophomore year and put up a .211 batting avg., a .263 slugging percentage and over his Junior and Senior years those numbers improved.  In his Junior season, Gobble had a batting avg. of .276 with a slugging percentage of .345.  As the catcher gobble had a .971 fielding percentage.  His Senior year he came out shining with a .341 batting avg.  Gobble had 11 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and brought in 22 RBI’s.  Behind the dish, he had a .980 fielding percentage and threw out 50%(15 of 30) of the runners that attempted to steal the next base.

In 2017, Gobble was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year and chosen as 2nd Team All-Region.  Coach Ayers has nominated Gobble for the 2018 All-Region and 2018 All-State teams that are chosen by High School coaches across Georgia. Coach Ayers also stated that if Jack plays his cards right, we could very well be watching Gobble play for a major D-1 program in the future.  An interesting fact on Gobble that will probably surprise a few people is that Gobble has played the Violin for 10 years and really enjoys picking it up and having a little fun with the bow.

Jack’s parents Mike and Althea Gobble are excited that their little boy has grown up and has chosen to go to the next level as a student and as an athlete. Family, friends, teammates, and coaches look forward to seeing what the future holds for this awesome young man.

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Fannin 10U All-Stars Take District Runner-Up

FCRD Baseball, Sports

The Fannin County Recreation Department 10U All-Stars achieved the status of 2016 District Runner-Up last weekend, after battling through the tournament held in Jefferson.

After winning the tournament opener against Union County 20-18 June 17, Fannin fell to the consolation bracket with a 15-0 loss to White County June 18.

The comeback started with a 17-7 win over Dawson County and a 10-9 triumph over the hosting Dragons June 19. Fannin returned June 20 to topple Hall County 13-11 and White County 6-5. In the title game against Lumpkin County, Fannin fell in a hard-fought 13-11 contest to claim the District Runner-Up Trophy.

 

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Fannin Wins 2016 ETC Summer Slam

FCRD Baseball, Parks and Recreation

The 2016 Ellijay Telephone Company Summer Slam 10U Invitational was held last Friday night, at Field One of the Gilmer County Parks and Recreation.

Fannin defeated Gilmer in the opener, 10-4. Copper Basin then beat Pickens 7-2, to set up the title game. After a thrilling affair, Fannin bested Copper Basin 8-5 to win the tournament. Gilmer downed Pickens in the third-place game, 14-3.

The 10U Fannin Rage, winners of the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The 10U Fannin Rage, winners of the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The 10U Copper Basin Cougars, runners-up of the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The 10U Copper Basin Cougars, runners-up of the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The 10U Gilmer Bobcats took third place in the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo courtesy of Jody Cantrell)

The 10U Gilmer Bobcats took third place in the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo courtesy of Jody Cantrell)

The 10U Pickens Dragons took fourth place in the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo courtesy of Jody Cantrell)

The 10U Pickens Dragons took fourth place in the 2016 ETC Summer Slam Invitational. (Photo courtesy of Jody Cantrell)

 

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Gilmer Walks-Off, Defeats Fannin 10-9

Fannin County High, FCHS Baseball, Sports

For eight innings, the game was fairly one-sided.

The Gilmer High School Bobcats entered the top of the ninth inning last night with an 8-2 lead over the Fannin County High School Rebels.

Then, the Rebels racked up seven runs and forced an previously unforeseeable bottom of the ninth.

However, the Cats pounced for two runs in the final frame of the game, capped off by a Rylan Cochran walk-off single that gave Gilmer the 10-9 victory.

The summer squad special started slow and was filled with countless substitutions and excitement. After a slow start to the offensive category for both teams, the Bobcats erased the goose egg from the run column in the bottom of the third.

Chandler Morris drew a leadoff walk, before Drew Healan reached base on a bunt. After Will Barnes laid down a bunt to move the runners up 90 feet each, Brooks Rosser smacked a single to plate the first two runs of the game. Tyler Woody then singled and Jonas Griggs drew a walk, before a double play put a temporary damper on the Bobcats offense.

Fannin wasted little time in responding. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Grant Baker singled and Garrett Rogers followed by drawing a walk. Austin Brown then tied the game up, with a long triple. However, a flyout also dampened the Rebels chances of inflicting further damage.

Gilmer went to work quickly in the bottom of the fourth, looking to break the deadlock. Sam Nicholson singled to begin the Cats fourth, before Brandon Weaver was hit by a pitch. After a double steal, Avery Bertolini garnered a sacrifice groundout that plated Nicholson and put GHS back out front. Morris then laid down a bunt that scored courtesy runner Taylor Nolan and doubled the Gilmer lead. After a Healan single, another groundout ended the Bobcats fourth.

Bobcat Brooks Rosser looks to connect last night against Fannin. Rosser had a 4/5 night at the plate, recording two RBIs in Gilmer's 10-9, nine-inning victory over the Rebels. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Bobcat Brooks Rosser looks to connect last night against Fannin. Rosser had a 4-for-5 night at the plate, recording two RBIs in Gilmer’s 10-9, nine-inning victory over the Rebels. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Another pair of Gilmer runs came home in the bottom of the fifth. Rosser and Woody smacked back-to-back singles to begin the frame, before Griggs drew a walk to load the bases. Later with one out, a fielding error allowed courtesy runners Nolan and Tyler Wright to score and extend the Bobcats lead to 6-2. A pair of strikeouts then ended the fifth.

GHS added to its lead once more in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Eric Stallings sprinted home on a wild pitch to give Gilmer a 7-2 lead. The eighth Bobcats run came in the bottom of the eighth, after an error allowed Tripp Pierce to score.

FCHS started their rally in the top of the ninth. After a double and a walk, Chandler Kendall singled to cut the Gilmer lead to 8-3. Later with one out, Hunter Gray doubled to trim the Fannin deficit to three. Then with two outs, Gray scored on a wild pitch and Rogers singled to plate Clay Holloway and leave the Cats with an 8-7 lead. Baker and Rogers then scored on a pair of wild pitches during the next at-bat, to give the Rebels their first lead of the evening. A strikeout then ended the top of the ninth and cooled off the Fannin bats.

Stallings drew a leadoff walk for the Bobcats in the bottom of the ninth, before Wright reached on an error with one out. The next at-bat saw Patrick Spagnola tie the game at 9-9 on a single. Rylan Cochran then provided the game-winning single that plated Wright and gave Gilmer the wild 10-9 victory.

Summer league action will continue until the end of June. The Rebels will welcome the Bobcats for the return game June 16. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

 

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JV Bobcats Finish Season with Losses to Rebels, Indians

FCHS Baseball, Sports

The junior varsity Gilmer High School Bobcats finished the regular season 11-3 and laid claim to the second seed in the Mountain League championship tournament.

However, losses to the seventh-seeded Fannin Rebels (5-2) and fifth-seeded Lumpkin Indians (5-4) in the tournament at Gilmer High School last Friday and Saturday kept the Bobcats from ending the season with a repeat championship.

In the nightcap of the tournament Friday, the Rebels and Bobcats entered the sixth inning with Fannin ahead 3-2. With two outs and one runner on, a Bryson Pack single extended the Rebels lead to 5-2. A pair of errors followed, with the second bringing Pack home to score. A flyout kept Fannin from further adding to its lead.

JV Fannin Rebels third baseman Gabe Buchanon launches a throw to first against the Gilmer Bobcats last Friday night. Fannin went on to best Gilmer 5-2, to advance to the next round of the Mountain League championship tournament. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

JV Fannin Rebels third baseman Gabe Buchanon launches a throw to first against the Gilmer Bobcats last Friday night. Fannin went on to best Gilmer 5-2, to advance to the next round of the Mountain League championship tournament. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The Bobcats were unable to respond in the bottom portion of the frame, giving Fannin the victory.

In the third-place game against Lumpkin County, the Indians drew first blood in the top of the fourth. Jace Seabolt drew a leadoff walk, while Jordan Philips reached base on an error. Both later scored with two outs after a Will Higgins single that put Lumpkin out front, 2-0. Kyle Grunz added to the lead in the next at-bat by singling to bring Higgins home. Gilmer reliever Taylor Nolan then garnered a 1-5 double play to end the frame.

Gilmer cut into the Lumpkin lead in the bottom portion of the inning. Hunter Bowyer doubled to begin things, with Brandon Weaver following with a single. Evan Frady then flew out to score Bowyer, before Weaver later scored with two outs on an RBI infield single from Sam Nicholson. A groundout then kept the Bobcats from tying the game.

With GHS now breathing down their neck, the Indians wasted little time in adding some insurance in the top of the fifth. Holden Bass reached on an infield single to begin the frame. Later with one out, an error allowed him to widen the margin to 4-2. Bobcat reliever Eric Turner then produced a flyout and a strikeout to keep the deficit at two runs.

Turner doubled to begin the Bobcats fifth and later scored on an error during a bunt attempt by David Smith. Gilmer was unable to get another run across the plate, leaving Lumpkin out front, 4-3.

JV Lumpkin Indian Jacob Martin makes a first-inning connection last Saturday against Gilmer. The Indians went on to defeat the Bobcats 5-4, to claim third place in the tournament. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

JV Lumpkin Indian Jacob Martin makes a first-inning connection last Saturday against Gilmer. The Indians went on to defeat the Bobcats 5-4, to claim third place in the tournament. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Jacob Martin was hit by a pitch to begin the sixth and later scored with two outs on an RBI single from Austin Lane. Turner induced a groundout to hold the Indians to a 5-3 lead.

Tyler Woody reached on an error to start the Bobcats portion of the sixth and later scored with two outs on a passed ball. A strikeout again prevented Gilmer from tying the game.

Both the Indians and Bobcats got runners on in the seventh, but were unable to generate runs from the opportunities. The end result was a 5-4 Lumpkin victory.

Speaking on the tournament and the season as a whole, Gilmer JV coach Eric Tedders said, “Most of the runs we gave up were unearned, again. We had a lot of mental breakdowns on fielding and throwing. When we’re on, we’re a really good team. When we’re not, we’re not. I think overall, we’re the most talented team, but we had the most lapses in this tournament. Overall, we’re disappointed with the finish. We expected to do a lot better at the end. We’re very proud of the players, which have made great strides. I think we’re moving forward with a lot of positive things to take from this season, as far as growth. We can recognize mistakes and work on them as we move into the summer.”

The JV Gilmer Bobcats finished the season with an overall record of 11-5.

 

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Bobcats Topple Rebels Three Times in Two Days

FCHS Baseball, Sports

The JV Gilmer High School Bobcats are off to a 5-0 start this year, with three of those wins coming against 515 rival the Fannin County High School Rebels.

After winning the first game of a doubleheader against the Rebels 6-3 last Saturday (before downing Dawson in the second game 10-5), Gilmer traveled to Blue Ridge yesterday and defeating Fannin in two five-inning games, 6-2 and 10-8.

The Bobcats pounced in game one in the top of the second. Eric Stallings drew a two-out walk, swiped second on a errant pickoff throw, then found himself at third after a single from Avery Bertolini. Two batters later, a wild pitch brought Stallings charging home to get Gilmer on the scoreboard. A strikeout temporarily put a damper on the Cats scoring threat.

GHS tacked on two more runs in the top of the third. With one out and two runners on, Sam Nicholson grounded out to bring Hunter Bowyer home to score. During the next at-bat, a throwing error gave David Smith the chance to charge home and put the Bobcats out front 3-0. A flyout prevented Gilmer from further extending its lead.

Fannin started cutting into the deficit in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs, a single from Bryson Pack brought Carson Burkett across the plate. Pack stole second during the next at-bat, then scored on a throwing error. Gilmer hurler Bradley Thomas then recorded a strikeout to keep the Rebels at bay.

JV Bobcat Tyler Woody is moments away from making a connection yesterday at Fannin. Against the Rebels, Woody tallied five RBIs to lend a hand in Gilmer winning both games of a doubleheader, 6-2 and 10-8. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

JV Bobcat Tyler Woody is moments away from making a connection yesterday at Fannin. Against the Rebels, Woody tallied five RBIs to lend a hand in Gilmer winning both games of a doubleheader, 6-2 and 10-8. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The Bobcats promptly got the runs back in the top of the fourth. Bertolini drew a leadoff walk, then came around to score on a Tyler Woody double that split the center-right gap. Woody moved to third on a wild pitch, before trotting home to score when Evan Frady doubled. Later in the frame, a two-out Koby Allen single allowed Frady to come across the diamond and widen the Gilmer lead to 6-2. A strikeout then ended the top of the fourth production for Gilmer.

The Rebels failed to respond before the game concluded, giving game one to the Bobcats.

Game two proved to be a thriller, and it started with Gilmer putting a four-spot on the scoreboard to begin the game.

Brandon Weaver and David Smith garnered back-to-back singles to start the contest, before Woody brought them both home to score with another double that landed deep in the outfield. Later with two outs, Brett Bennett singled to score courtesy runner Frady. An error during the next at-bat then brought Garrett Martin home, to give Gilmer an early 4-0 lead. Fannin starter Pack settled down and recorded a strikeout to get the third out.

JV Rebel Matthew Shirah puts the ball in play during game one of a doubleheader against Gilmer yesterday. Shirah had two RBIs in the second game, but Fannin dropped both five-inning games, 6-2 and 10-8. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

JV Rebel Matthew Shirah puts the ball in play during game one of a doubleheader against Gilmer yesterday. Shirah had two RBIs in the second game, but Fannin dropped both five-inning games, 6-2 and 10-8. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The Rebels started chipping away at the early deficit in the bottom half of the frame. Carson Beavers doubled to leadoff, before Matthew Shirah singled to bring Beavers home. Two batters later, Miles Johnson grounded out to bring Shirah across the plate. Bobcat starter Woody then recorded a strikeout and a groundout to cut the Fannin rally short.

FCHS then took its first lead of the day in the bottom of the third. Tyler Norton drew a leadoff walk, before coming around to score on a stolen base and two wild pitches. Two batters later, another wild pitch brought Burkett home to tie the game. The Rebels then took the lead when Pack jogged home after a balk call. A strikeout then ended the inning.

GHS responded by swiftly regaining the lead in the top of the fourth. Weaver picked up an infield single to start the inning, before joining Smith in scoring two batters later when Jonas Griggs doubled. Later in the frame, a walk gave Woody the opportunity to trot home and make the Bobcats lead 7-5. Norton then took over on the hill for Fannin and retired the first three batters he faced, to hold the Gilmer lead to two runs.

Fannin then took the lead once more in the bottom portion of the fourth. With one out and two runners on, Shirah grounded out to score Chandler Smith. Norton followed with a triple to score Beavers, then scored on the same play on a throwing error. A strikeout prevented the Rebels from opening up more than a one-run lead.

The Bobcats clawed their back out in front in the top of the fifth. Three straight singles started the frame, before Woody doubled to score Patrick Spagnola and Weaver. Griggs then grounded out to bring Woody home to score. A strikeout and a tag at home kept GHS out front, 10-8. Eric Turner then struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to give Gilmer the wild victory.

“Right now, we’re getting some good balance,” said head JV Gilmer coach Eric Tedders. “We hit the ball really hard in both games. Our pitchers stepped up, when they had to. I’m proud of the way they battled back (in game two) and stayed in it. They never gave up and they kept putting the ball in play and you see what happened.”

The losses drop the JV Fannin squad to 2-3 for the season.

The JV Rebels will travel to Lumpkin Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. first pitch, while the JV Bobcats will host Union for a doubleheader Thursday. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.

 

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