This week's 'Athletes Beyond Bartow' report on local baseball and softball athletes in the college and pro ranks. This edition covers the week of February 24-March 1. A separate report for college basketball, tennis, track & field, and swimming may be read at this LINK.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
SAM HOWARD — Pittsburgh Pirates (7th yr. pro; LHP; Georgia Southern; Cartersville HS)… entered a 3-3 game in the seventh inning last Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox but only recorded two outs and gave up a three-run home run to Josh Ockimey following two walks. He also entered in the sixth inning Sunday against the Detroit Tigers during a 3-3 game allowing a hit, three walks, and a run. It was an eventual Pirates’ 8-4 loss. Pittsburgh is 2-7-1 in Grapefruit League spring training games this year. The Pirates have games this week in Florida with Toronto, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and the New York Yankees.
ANTHONY SEIGLER — New York Yankees (3rd yr. pro; C; Cartersville HS)… In the highlights of several recent articles regarding the switch hitting backstop, Bronx Baseball Daily projects Seigler as the Low Class-A Charleston River Dogs 2020 starting catcher. He was recently listed as the Yankees’ 15th-ranked overall prospect by Bleacher Report and 18th-ranked prospect by The Athletic. Seigler will look to stay healthy in 2020 to move up the Yankees’ farm system. He suffered season-ending injuries in 2018 and 2019.
SKYLAR CHAPPELL — Cottey College (Fr., C/1B, Woodland HS)… made a pinch hitting appearance but did not reach base Sunday in the Comets’ 13-9 second game win over Missouri Valley College. Cottey (12-4) has an unusual three week gap in the schedule before hosting Central Christian (Kansas) for a doubleheader March 25.
PRESLY EDWARDS — Wesleyan College (Fr., C, Cartersville HS)… went 0-for-3 Sunday in a pair of home losses to Pfeiffer University. She made an appearance as a pinch hitter in the opening game and started as the designated player in Game 2. This week, the Wolves (3-3) will host doubleheaders with Fort Valley State Tuesday and Agnes Scott Friday before traveling to Reinhardt Sunday afternoon for a twinbill.
SARAH FOX — Agnes Scott College (So., SS, Cass HS).. finished 3-for-6 with a walk and scored two runs in a home doubleheader loss to Salem College Sunday. Fox was also 3-for-5 and scored a run Saturday as the Scotties dropped a pair of games at home to Pfeiffer University. Through the first nine games, Fox is hitting .524 with a .600 on-base percentage. She has three RBI and five stolen bases. ASC (2-8) hosts Mississippi University for Women Tuesday and makes the trip to Wesleyan College Friday. Both dates are doubleheaders.
PARIS POSTON — Columbus State University (So., OF, Cartersville HS)… in a home, doubleheader split with Wingate University Saturday, Poston was 2-for-6 including a solo home run. Columbus State (7-8) will host Erskine College, Lynn University, and University of West Alabama Friday and Saturday in the Cougar Red-White-Blue Classic.
HANNAH TODD — Kansas University (Jr., P, Cartersville HS)… entered in the fifth inning Sunday and allowed a pair of earned runs on three hits and a walk in the Jayhawks’ 6-3 loss to host Texas A&M Sunday in the Reveille Classic. In the same event Saturday, Todd struck out the only batter she faced in the sixth inning in a 7-6 loss to the host Aggies. Kansas was 2-2 in the event with both wins coming over Southeastern Louisiana. Kansas (8-11) will host the Rock Chalk Challenge Friday through Sunday and will play Wichita State twice, Kansas City, and Drake twice.
LEVI AYERS — Georgia Highlands CC (So., Cartersville HS)… doubled home three runs Wednesday in the Chargers’ 20-0 win over Point University JV. He also faced five batters while closing out the eighth and ninth innings Saturday in a 7-2 win over Sinclair CC (Ohio). He retired the final two outs of the seventh inning but allowed an earned run on two hits in Sunday’s 8-3 win over Sinclair CC. GHC (19-4) hosts a doubleheader with Grand Rapids CC Thursday afternoon at LakePoint.
MASON BARNETT — Auburn University (Fr., RHP, Cartersville)… struck out two and walked one in closing out the ninth innings for the 20th-ranked Tigers last Tuesday in a 10-0 win over Alabama A&M. Barnett also walked one and fanned two in closing out the ninth inning of Sunday’s 6-0 home win over Wright State. Auburn (10-3) has now won five straight and hosts Samford Tuesday night prior to a three-game series Friday through Sunday with Chicago State.
BAILEY CAMPBELL — Young Harris College (Jr., 1B, Cass HS)… made a pinch hitting appearance and was hit by a pitch in Sunday’s 24-13 win at Francis Marion. The 33rd-ranked Mountain Lions (9-5, 3-3 Peach Belt Conference) host Tusculum Tuesday and will entertain UNC-Pembroke in a three-game series Friday through Sunday.
JAKE COLLUM — Snead State CC (Fr., RHP, Cass HS)… worked the final inning and one-third Sunday and picked up the pitching victory as the Parsons came from behind to beat East Mississippi CC 5-3. Collum fanned three of the five batters he faced. Snead State (10-2) has won five straight has four conference games with Marion Military Institute this week — a doubleheader at home Thursday and a doubleheader at MMI Saturday.
CLIFTON DEMPSEY — Toccoa Falls College (Sr., Inf., Cartersville HS)… in four games last week, Dempsey was 4-for-15, hit by a pitch, scored two runs, and stole a base. The Screamin’ Eagles lost to 22nd-ranked Middle Georgia State and won one of three at USC-Beaufort. Toccoa Falls (4-9) plays at Truett McConnell University Tuesday and travels to Edward Waters (Florida) for a three-game series Friday and Saturday.
CARRINGTON EVANS — Augusta University (Jr., OF, Cartersville HS)… went 2-for-15 in four games last week with a double, run scored, walk, and one RBI. Augusta beat Coker Wednesday and won one of three games at Flagler College over the weekend. The Jaguars (4-12, 2-7 Peach Belt Conference) host Saint Rose College (NY) Wednesday and a three-game series with Columbus State Friday through Sunday.
LANE GRIFFITH — University of West Georgia (Sr., C, Adairsville HS)… help the Wolves sweep a three-game series at Shorter over the weekend by going 4-for-10 at the plate with a walk, two RBI, three runs scored, and a sacrifice fly. Following the productive weekend, Griffith is hitting .245 through 16 games with six RBI. West Georgia (12-4, 7-2 Gulf South Conference) hosts Wingate in non-conference games Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Pensacola for a three-game conference series at University of West Florida Saturday and Sunday.
HUNTER HICE — Georgia College (So., Inf., Adairsville HS)… in a start as designated hitter Friday, Hice went 1-for-3 with a walk as the 8th-ranked Bobcats topped the 20th-ranked Nighthawks 7-4. Georgia College swept the three-game Peach Belt Conference series in Dahlonega to improve to 11-1 on the season and 7-1 in conference action. The Bobcats travel to USC-Aiken for a PBC three-game set Friday through Sunday.
KENNY JINKS — Shorter University (So., LHP, Woodland HS)… worked the ninth inning allowing only one hit and no runs Saturday in the Hawks’ 15-12 home loss to West Georgia. Shorter (11-4, 1-4 Gulf South Conference) has a home game with Morehouse College Tuesday before hosting conference-foe Mississippi College in a three-game series Friday and Saturday.
LOGAN MARTIN — Sewanne: University of the South (Fr., RHP, Cartersville HS)… suffered his second pitching loss of the season Sunday as the Tigers fell to Centre College (KY) 7-2. Martin, in his fourth start of the year, went five innings allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, three walks, and a hit batsman. He struck out six. Sewanee (7-3-1, 1-2 Southern Athletic Association) plays at Covenant College Tuesday before hosting a non-conference, three-game series with Rose-Hulman Tech (Indiana) Saturday and Sunday.
HUNTER OSBORN — Point University (Jr., RHP, Cartersville HS)… worked the eighth inning Sunday of the Skyhawks’ 15-3 home win over Bluefield College (Virginia). Osborn allowed a hit, but retired the side facing only four batters as Point completed an Appalachian Athletic Conference three-game sweep of the Rams. The Skyhawks (11-2, 3-0) travel to Auburn University-Montgomery Tuesday, host Tuskegee University Wednesday, and will entertain NAIA top-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan in a three-game AAC series Friday and Saturday.
DEVIN WARNER — Grayson CC (So., OF, Cartersville HS)… enjoyed a productive weekend series as the Vikings swept Carl Albert State (Oklahoma) in a three-game series. Warner was 6-for-11 with a pair of home runs, three doubles, three walks, six runs, and four RBI. He also had an 0-3 game last Monday in a 4-2 loss to Navarro CC. Grayson (11-2) plays San Jacinto CC at Sam Houston State Monday and has a Friday-Saturday, home-and-home with Murray State (Oklahoma).
PRESTON WELCHEL — University of South Alabama (Fr., OF, Cartersville HS)… made a start as designated hitter Saturday and went 1-for-4 scoring one run in the Jaguars’ 13-3 loss to visiting Gonzaga. He also made unsuccessful pinch-hitting appearances Tuesday in a 5-0 win over New Orleans and in a 2-0 win Friday over Gonzaga. South Alabama (7-6) is scheduled to play at Alabama Tuesday and will play a three-game series at Arkansas Friday through Sunday.
CAUY WILLIAMS — Wallace State-Dothan CC (So., RHP, Woodland HS)… faced the minimum and closed out the seventh inning on the mound Saturday as the Governors beat Pensacola State CC 12-4. Wallace State-Dothan (8-6) takes a four-game winning streak into Tuesday’s home game with Grand Rapids CC. The Governors then play a four-game, home-and-home series Thursday and Saturday with Lurleen B. Wallace CC.