Fannin Co. falls to Holy Innocents in doubleheader

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Gabe Buchannan on the mound for Fannin Co.

Last night, March 6, Holy Innocents Episcopal traveled from Atlanta to take on Fannin Co. (2-7, Region 7-AAA) for their first game at home in a doubleheader. The Rebels had just come from a tough loss to Calhoun in a doubleheader and looked to redeem themselves against the Golden Bears. Despite their efforts, the Rebels found themselves losing the first game 4-2 and the second 8-3.

Logan Hughes was the one to get things started at the bottom of the second inning as he hit a hard ball to left field that brought in two runs for Fannin to take a 2-0 lead. Jerritt Holloway showed off his good arm from behind the plate as he earned the first out of the third inning by throwing a runner out on first from a lead. The Golden Bears answered the Rebels call as they had runners on base and hit the ball in the gap between left and center field to bring in runs and tie the game 2-2. The game remained tied until the top of the fifth inning where Holy Innocents scored on a Fannin Co. error to take a 3-2 lead. The Rebels were unable to score anymore runs for the rest of the game while the Golden Bears earned one more to end the game with a 4-2 victory. Gabe Buchannan was the one to take the loss for Fannin Co. on the mound where he struck out nine batters over five innings. Hughes relieved Buchannan at the top of the sixth inning where he closed out the game and struck out five batters overall. 

Jerritt Holloway in as catcher

Hughes got things started for Fannin Co. once again to begin the second game as he earned a single and drove Carson Beavers home during the process to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. Due to a Fannin Co. error in the second inning, Holy Innocents was able to score two runs and take a 2-1 lead. The Golden Bears continued the trend into the third inning where they were able to score another run and extend their lead 3-1. Fannin Co. answered the call as Tyler Fox stole home to earn a run for Fannin Co. and put the score at 3-2 to end the inning. Holy Innocents continued the trend in the fourth inning as they were able to earn another run to extend their lead 4-2. At the top of the fifth inning, the Golden Bears offense came to life. Holy Innocents was able to put the ball into action and put pressure on the Rebels which led to errors and resulted in the Golden Bears scoring four runs to extend their lead 8-3. The Rebels were unable to make a come back, but were able to keep Holy Innocents from scoring any more runs. Carson Beavers was the one to take the 8-3 loss for Fannin Co. on the mound where he struck out three batters overall. Fannin Co. kept putting in new pitchers throughout the game as Brady Martin struck out two batters over one inning, Chance Stacy struck out three over 2.2 innings, Jordan Bennett struck out one over one inning, and Wyatt Rogers struck out one over one inning.

Catch the Rebels next game Tuesday, March 10, as they take on the Lumpkin County Indians at home starting at 5:55 p.m.

Rebels drop both ends of a doubleheader at Calhoun

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On Saturday, Feb. 29, the Fannin Co. Rebels baseball team (2-6) traveled to Calhoun to take on the Yellow Jackets (7-0) for a doubleheader. The Rebels had just come from an unsuccessful weekend in Brunswick and hoped to redeem themselves in Calhoun, but fell short in both games as they lost the first 2-1 and the second 4-3.

Both teams showed great effort in the game as they came out ready to play. Pitching on both ends was solid. Matthew Shirah was the one to take the mound for Fannin Co. as he struck out seven batters through five innings. The teams played solid defense as they allowed no scores to run until the seventh inning.

At the top of the seventh, Blake Rogers was the one to get things started on offense for Fannin Co. as he hit a fly ball home run to centerfield to put the score at 1-0. Rogers came in from the bullpen to relieve Shirah at the bottom of the seventh inning. After a Fannin Co. error, the Yellow Jackets had runners on second and third.

On a passed ball, Calhoun hustled to the plate to tie the game 1-1 to put the game into an extra inning. The Rebels went 1-2-3 in the inning. Fannin Co. was looking to return the favor and hold Calhoun in hopes of putting the game into another extra inning. The Yellow Jackets were determined as they put the ball into action and loaded the bases to hit a line drive and bring a runner home to end the game with a 2-1 victory. 

Fannin Co. hitting came alive in the second game of the day as they out-hit Calhoun six to four. Despite the Rebels performance on offense, the Yellow Jackets were able to pull off another victory with a score of 4-3. Carson Beavers was on the mound for Fannin Co. where he struckout 11 batters over six innings.

Blake Rogers was on fire for the day as he earned his second home run in the first inning to score two runs. Jerritt Holloway played a great game on offense as he earned two hits for Fannin Co. The game was back-and-forth as Calhoun answered the Rebels’ call and scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the first to tie up the game 2-2.

The Yellow Jackets were able to hold Fannin Co. as they went on to take the lead in the bottom of the third inning with a sacrifice fly. At the top of the sixth inning, Gabe Buchannan made it to first on a dropped third strike and advanced Jacob Priesing to home plate to tie the game 3-3. Calhoun was able to shut Fannin Co. offense down at the top of the seventh inning as they kept them from scoring any runs. Brady Martin relieved Beavers on the mound to close the game where he earned the first out with a strikeout.

After an error in the field, the Yellow Jackets were able to get on base. With a runner on, Calhoun was able to hit a single and bring a run in to close out the day with a 4-3 victory. 

Catch the Rebels next game Tuesday, March 3, as they take on Ringgold at home starting at 5:30 p.m.

 

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About five years ago I told my dad, who is one of my biggest fans but also one of the most blunt people you’ll ever meet, that I wanted to be the first female head coach in the NFL.

“You can’t do that, Lauren,” he said.

“Why?” I argued.

I was expecting some drawn-out response about how I didn’t know enough about football.

“Because you can’t go in the men’s locker room,” he said flatly.

Ah, I hadn’t thought of that.

That was my senior year of high school, and never did I think I would be where I am now.

I grew up an UGA fan; my grandad attended college there in the ’60s and the red and black passed down into my veins. I learned to spell Georgia by chanting the fight song in my head (I still do subconsciously whenever I have to write it out!) I had an UGA cheerleader outfit and one of my baby pictures has me holding a stuffed bulldog. One of my nana’s fondest memories is of dancing around the living room with me as an infant when Georgia scored a big touchdown against Georgia Tech. I’ve never considered myself athletic, but I believe I owe a lot of my passion for sports to Papa Skip and Nana.

Papa Skip, Nana, my momma and I at the Georgia v. Florida game in 2017

Flash forward a few years and the first time I stepped foot on a sideline was as a cheerleader for the 8th grade Mill Creek rec football league. Cheerleading was not for me, and within a year I traded in pom poms for a six-foot flag pole as a member of the Mill Creek High School Colorguard.

In high school I lived for Friday night lights, and I have many fond memories of screaming myself hoarse for the Hawks while in the stands with the marching band. It was a well-known fact that I was the most spirited person in the band when it came to football, and while my coach would be yelling at me to pay attention during our warm-ups I’d be busy trying to figure out how much yardage we’d gotten from the last pass.

I guess my fellow classmates took note of my love for the game as well, because they voted me their Homecoming Queen my senior year. That is still one of my all-time favorite memories from high school- hearing my name called while standing on the 50 surrounded by family and friends.

My senior year of high school I was elected Homecoming Queen. This was the moment after my name was called. Look at my dad’s face!

I graduated from Mill Creek in 2015 but I had a hard time staying away from Markham Field. The University of North Georgia doesn’t have a football team, and Mill Creek decided to get really good the year after I left (this was the fall of 2015, the year they got knocked out by Colquitt County one round before the state championship.)

In the spring of 2016 I heard of an opportunity to work for the Gwinnett Braves, Triple-A minor league affiliate for the Atlanta Braves. Needing a summer job but hoping to avoid retail, I took it. I spent the next two summers as a Guest Relations Representative scanning tickets and welcoming fans. In addition to my already-sound knowledge of football, I learned all I could about America’s favorite pastime and a new love was born.

I spent one more summer at Coolray Field before graduating college, and this time it was as a member of the Promotional Team. That may be the most fun I ever had at work. Our team set up the on-field promotional games, signed up contestants, sold 50/50 raffle tickets and overall worked to make sure people had a good time. I certainly did- the memories I made with my team that year will forever be some of my favorites.

For a while I told people that I wasn’t interested in sports journalism, but the Lord as he fortunately often does had other plans. I got the opportunity to intern with the UNG Athletic Department my senior year of college, and I left Gwinnett County to plant some roots in the North Georgia mountains.

I worked for the Gwinnett Braves (now Gwinnett Stripers) for three seasons. Here I’m in my third season as a member of the Promo Team.

Two months ago I still wasn’t certain that I’d ever work in sports again, but when baseball started back up I knew I couldn’t live without it. I was fortunate enough to find an opportunity to apply with FetchYourNews.com, and even more fortunate to get an offer. And here we are.

I don’t tell you all this to brag on my accomplishments or give you some long-winded biography. I want to be just as much a part of your community as you all are now a part of my daily life. When I come to your sideline I want to know each of you and each of you know me. Part of being a great sports reporter is establishing a relationship with your team and community. Part of that relationship includes establishing trust, and how can you can trust someone if you don’t even know them?

One of the biggest reasons I keep working in sports is because of the the communities they create and the people I get to meet. There’s something about having a team to rally around that gets inside of you and never leaves. The people I have met so far and the connections I have made are priceless and will forever be a part of who I am and a big reason for why I do what I do.

So here’s to the journey ahead, and here’s to memories that are yet to be made and the relationships yet to be formed. I can’t wait North Georgia!

Lauren Hunter

Chandler Kendall Furthers Baseball Career

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Fannin County High School senior, Chandler Kendall, made a decision to further his baseball career yesterday as he signed a letter of intent to play for Tennessee Wesleyan University who is currently second in the nation in NAIA. It was an eventful day as Kendall not only signed a letter of intent, but he also earned a spot in the Fannin County Hall of Fame as its members awarded him with a plaque. The honor is given to an athlete whose performance and productivity is above the norm. Instead of the Hall of Fame giving this honor every year, they wait for an athlete who is very deserving of the award. His classmates had to have thought the same as they voted him “most athletic” in the senior class.

Kendall is a triathlete at the school who excels at anything he attempts. This being the first year Chandler ever played high school football, he earned the position at starting wide receiver, was picked as player of the week twice, and was picked for offensive player of the week twice as well. Basketball and baseball on the other hand are sports that Kendall has competed and succeeded in for years now. Chandler was a three year varsity player for the Rebels basketball team where he was picked for numerous awards. Kendall’s sophomore year, he was awarded with Defensive Player of the Year and Best 3 Point Percentage. The trend continued his junior year as he received an All Region Honorable Mention, GA Tip Off Club’s Player of the month for January, led his team in charges, assists, and steals, and once again earned Defensive Player of the year and Best 3 Point Percentage. To wrap up his basketball career, his senior year he was awarded with Team FYN’s Player of the Week, 7AAA All Region Team, Player of the Year for Northwest Georgia Tip Off Club, Defensive Player of the Year, and the Most Valuable Player for the Rebel’s basketball team.

While Chandler competed hard and had many successes in his other sports, baseball is where his true passion lies. Kendall has been a varsity starter for Fannin County baseball for four years now. His sophomore year he was picked as offensive player of the year, was chosen by Georgia Dugout Club as one of the top fifty players in the state, earned a spot as first team all region infielder, and Perfect Game All American. Kendall continued to receive awards his junior year with the Offensive Player of the Year Award, first team all region infielder, all state honorable mention, Perfect Game All American, and led the Rebels in home runs with nine overall. Now as his senior year comes to an end, Chandler’s team is advancing to the Sweet Sixteen and he has now committed to playing college baseball.  

 

Goodluck to Chandler in all of his future endeavors as he continues his baseball career and to the Fannin County Rebels baseball team as they advance into the Sweet Sixteen!

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Fannin Finishes Baseball Season

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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.

Rebels Rally in Playoffs

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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.

Bulldogs Attack Rebels

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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!

Rebels’ Grant Baker Signs Collegiate Letter Of Intent

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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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Rebels Shut Down Indians

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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!

Rebels Conquer Vikings

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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!

Fannin Takes on East Hall

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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!

Rebels Take On GAC

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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!

Rebels Make Amazing Comeback

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The game was off to a slow start this past Tuesday as the Fannin Rebels took on the Dawson County Tigers at home. Although the Rebels didn’t start off with intensity, they made up for it towards the end of the game.

Pitcher for the Rebels, Garrett Rogers, allowed only one hit in the first inning which was shut down by second baseman, Tyler Norton, with a jumping catch. At the bottom of the first, Jack Gobble stepped up to the plate, hitting a ball to right field and advanced to second base. The Tigers made their third out before Gobble could reach home, leaving the score tied at 0-0.

The Rebels continued their attempts to make it to home plate and were slowly making progress. Dawson county started to make errors on the field, allowing the Rebels to get on base. Rebel, Carson Beavers, hit a line drive to center field and loaded the bases for Fannin. With scored points being in the Rebels reach, the Tigers made their third out of the second inning, keeping the score at 0-0.

There were no points on the board until the fifth inning of the game. The Rebels started to make mistakes on defense, resulting in points for the Tigers on offense. At the bottom of the fifth, Fannin found themselves struggling to put the ball into play. They were unable to make their way to home plate, putting the Tigers in the lead 3-0.

The Rebels put in pitcher, Gabe Buchanan at the top of the sixth inning. Buchanan pitched two-thirds of the inning where he walked one batter and struck out two. Dawson added two more points to their score as the sophomore was pitching, resulting in senior, Grant Baker, to come in and pitch for the Rebels. As Baker pitched, Dawson added one more point to their score. Something sparked in the Rebels as they went up to bat. Rebel, Blake Rogers, started the action by hitting a bomb to left field, resulting in a double. It was a domino effect from there when Miles Johnson hit a ground ball to right field, bringing Rogers home and putting their first point on the board. Jack Gobble approached the plate with determination and hit the ball in the gap between center and right field, bringing in two more runners. As the Rebels increased their intensity, their score did the same. The Tigers still had the lead at the end of the sixth inning with a score of 6-4.

Fannin was determined to keep the Tigers from scoring in the seventh and final inning and that is exactly what they did. The Rebels had a quick three outs and were ready to start hitting. Blake Rogers started things off for the Rebels once again when he hit a ground ball to the shortstop who then overthrew first base, advancing Rogers to second base. Miles Johnson then hit a ground ball to second base, advancing Rogers to third and sacrificing himself as the first out of the inning. Grant Baker stepped up to the plate and followed the trend by hitting a grounder to center field, advancing to first base and bringing Rogers home. Garrett Rogers continued the streak by laying down a beautiful bunt on the third base line, advancing himself to first base and advancing Baker’s courtesy runner, Cody Jacobs, to second. Carson Beavers watched the ball with intent and ended up being walked by the pitcher, loading the bases once again. Chandler Kendall sacrificed himself as the second out of the inning by hitting a fly ball to center field where it was caught and Jacobs scored. Gabe Buchanan wrapped up the game with a hard line drive to left field, bringing in the winning run, putting the Rebels in the lead 7-6.

The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night; Chandler Kendall-1, Blake Rogers-2, Cody Jacobs-2, Garrett Rogers-1, Carson Beavers-1.  

Despite Dawson’s hard work at the beginning, the Rebels comeback proved to be to great to overcome. Fannin’s win put their overall record at 6-3. Catch the Rebels next game on Tuesday, March 13, as they travel to take on North Hall at 5:55!

Rebels Run Rule Bobcats

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Last night, the Gilmer Bobcats traveled to Fannin County to take on the Rebels for their first home game of the season. Everyone came out to support the Rebels who played an outstanding game.

Fannin took the field first while Gilmer stepped up to the plate. Rebel pitcher, Garrett Rogers, pitched a great game for Fannin, not allowing Gilmer to get a single run on the board. Rogers played all five innings where he struck out nine batters and walked only one.

In the first inning of play, Jack Gobble hit the ball in the gap between center and right field, bringing in one run. Gobble’s RBI put the Rebels in the lead, putting a score on the board for Fannin to add on to.

Fannin had a three up, three down second inning. Rogers struck the first two batters out while the third one hit a ground ball to second basemen, Tyler Norton, who threw him out to first basemen, Matthew Shirah.

Lead off batter for the Rebels, Chandler Kendall, stepped up to the plate ready to put the ball in to action in the third inning. Kendall hit a bomb deep left field that skimmed the outfielders glove then fell to the ground, resulting in his third double of the night. Not only was Kendall on fire on offense, but also defense. The Rebel had a great double play at shortstop, getting Fannin’s third out of the inning.

The fourth inning was like a case of deja vu. It was another quick inning where the first three batters got out the same exact way and order that they did in the second inning. As Fannin kept increasing their score, the Bobcats tried their best just to get one point on the board.

As Fannin took the field to start the fifth inning, they found themselves holding the Bobcats once again. The Rebels score was too high for the Bobcats to catch up to, resulting in the run rule to end the game with Fannin in the lead 11-0.

The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night; Chandler Kendall-2, Drew Foresman-2, Jack Gobble-1, Dylan Walton-2, Matthew Shirah-2, Blake Rogers-2.

The Rebels win puts their overall record at 2-2 while the Bobcats stand at 1-4. Catch Fannin’s next games tomorrow, February 24, at 12:00 and 2:30 as they travel to take on Flowery Branch High School!

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