'Athletes Beyond Bartow' baseball update for week ending April 24


This week's 'Athletes Beyond Bartow' baseball report includes updates on 16 of the 24 former local high school baseball players currently contributing at their respective college programs across the country. A few schools are closing out their 2016 seasons and other are moving into conference and/or regional championship tournaments.


Bartow Sports Zone maintains a roster of local athletes competing currently on college or professional rosters. See the 'Athletes Beyond Bartow' page on this web site for more.



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CLIFTON DEMPSEY — Maryville College (Soph., Cartersville HS) . . Dempsey has a .331 batting average with 18 RBI in 43 games this season. The Scots (29-15) set a school record for wins in 2016 and await a potential at-large bid to the NCAA D3 Tournament after losing in their conference playoffs championship round. The NCAA D3 tournament field will be announced on Sunday, May 8.


BRANDON ETHERIDGE — Georgia Highlands CC (Soph., Cass HS) . . . went 5-for-15 with a walk, scored four runs, and drove in one during a four-game series with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College this past week. Etheridge has a .290 batting average in 47 games played with 17 RBI. The Chargers (24-24, 9-11 in GCAA) play a four game series against Gordon College this week with single games April 26 at the Rome Braves’ State Mutual Stadium and in Barnesville on April 28. The two teams also have a doubleheader April 30 at Gordon College.


MICHAEL GOSS — UNC-Greensboro (Jr., Cartersville HS) . . . went 5-for-12, including a pair of doubles and a triple with three runs scored and two RBI in a three-game home series with East Tennessee State April 22-24. Goss has a .331 batting average for the season in 30 starts. He has 18 extra base hits, a .551 slugging percentage, and 26 RBI. UNC-Greensboro (31-11 overall, 10-2 Southern Conference) leads the conference standings. UNCG has a home game vs. Campbell April 26 and a home conference series with Samford April 29-May 1.

ROBERT HARRIS — Troy University (Jr., Adairsville HS) . . .made an eighth inning relief appearance April 23, allowing a run on three hits in an 18-5 home, conference loss to University of Texas-Arlington. Harris has made 15 relief appearances for the Trojans for 24 and 1/3 innings and a 5.92 ERA. He has 26 strikeouts. Troy (23-18 overall, 9-9 Sun Belt Conference) has a three-game, conference series April 29-May 1 at Texas State University.


HARRISON HATFIELD — Shorter University (Soph, Cartersville HS) . . . scored a run in two at bats during a 9-6 loss at Southern Wesleyan April 20 and was 0-for-2 in a loss at University of West Florida April 23. Hatfield has appeared in 21 games for the Hawks with nine starts. The Hawks (13-32 overall, 6-24 Gulf South Conference) conclude their season this week with a home, non-conference game against Emmanuel College April 26 and a three-game, conference set vs. Christian Brothers University April 30-May 1.


BRADLEY HOOD — Georgia Highlands CC (Fr., Cass HS) . . . made a one inning relief appearance April 23 in a 14-9 loss at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He allowed three runs on three hits and two walks. Hood has worked 13.2 innings in 12 appearances for the Chargers. He has ten strikeouts and has a 4.61 ERA. GHC (24-24, 9-11 GCAA) has a four-game series with Gordon College that begins April 26 at the Rome Braves’ State Mutual Stadium. Gordon will host a single game April 28 and a doubleheader April 30.


TRIPP JAMIESON — Univ. of the Cumberlands (Jr., Cartersville HS) . . .went 2-for-7 with a walk, run scored, and one RBI as UofC split a pair of non-conference games April 19 and 20 against Milligan College (TN) and Asbury (KY). He then went 2-for-6 with a walk, run scored, and two RBI starting two games of a home, conference series with University of Pikeville (KY) April 23-24. Jamieson has a .263 batting average with two homers and 19 RBI in 35 games for the Patriots. Cumberlands (33-20 overall, 9-12 Mid-South Conference) hosts 6th-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan April 26 and opens play in the Mid-South Conference Tournament April 29 against Lindsey Wilson in Columbia, KY.

CONNOR JUSTUS — Georgia Tech (Jr., Cartersville HS) . . . went 2-for-6 with three walks, four runs scored, and one RBI as the 26th-ranked Jackets split a pair of mid-week, non-conference games with Mercer and Georgia State April 19-20. Justus then went 7-for-14 with a pair of walks, five runs, and five RBI as Georgia Tech won two of three ACC games at Clemson April 22-24. Three of his hits for the week were homers. Tech plays at Georgia April 26 and will host Coastal Carolina for three games April 29-May 1.


SEAN McDERMOTT — Cleveland State CC (Fr., Adairsville HS) . . . had one hit in each game and went 3-for-11 with 2 runs scored and a solo homerun as the Cougars dropped two of three at home to Dyersburg State CC. McDermott has a .390 batting average with 12 homeruns and 36 RBI in 43 games for CSCC. Cleveland State CC (28-18 overall, 15-9 Tennessee Community College Athletic Association) completes the regular season at Roane State CC in a three-game conference series April 29-30.


HUNTER OSBORN — Reinhardt University (Soph., Cartersville HS) . . . made his 12th start of the season April 24 at Bluefield College (VA) in a 3-2 loss. He pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out two. Osborn has a 6-4 season mark in 64 innings pitched with a 2.95 ERA. Reinhardt (28-23 overall, 9-15 Appalachian Athletic Conference) plays a three-game series at Bryan College (TN) April 29-30.


MASON ROBINSON — Wallace State-Dothan CC (Soph., Woodland HS) . . .doubled with two RBI in an 8-5 win against Central Alabama CC April 18. He was 2-for-9, scored two runs, with a double and one RBI playing in three of four games during a home-and-home conference series with Faulkner State CC April 21 and 23. Robinson has a .292 batting average with two homeruns, 22 RBI, and six stolen bases in 42 games for the Governors. WSDCC hosts Gulf Coast State College April 25 and plays a conference, four-game series with Wallace State-Selma April 28 and 30.



TRISTON SMITH — Young Harris College (Soph., Adairsville HS) . . . went 3-for-9 with a double and one run scored in a pair of non-conference losses April 19 and 20 to University of West Georgia and Brevard College. He then went 2-for-7 starting two of three conference losses at Georgia College April 22-24. Smith had a double, a walk, and scored two runs in the conference series. Young Harris College (12-35 overall, 6-21 Peach Belt Conference) has lost 11 straight. The Mountain Lions close out the 2016 season with a home, three-game conference series with Georgia Southwestern State April 30-May 1.

JO JO UNDERWOOD — University of North Carolina-Greensboro (Jr., Cartersville HS) . . . had one at bat April 20 at Elon. He currently has made 21 game appearances with a .167 batting average and 3 RBI in 12 at bats for the Spartans. UNC-Greensboro (31-11 overall, 10-2 Southern Conference) leads the conference standings. UNCG has a home game vs. Campbell April 26 and a home conference series with Samford April 29-May 1.


TYLER WILL — Berry College (Jr., Cartersville HS) . . . made an appearance April 19 and walked two batters at home against Covenant College. Will had 11 appearances and pitched 10 innings with a 3.60 ERA. The Vikings (27-17 overall, 11-10 Southern Athletic Association) went 2-2 in the SAA Tournament in Birmingham and were eliminated with a pair of losses to 7th-ranked Birmingham Southern College.


ASA WILLIAMS — Reinhardt University (Sr., Cartersville HS). . . started in left field April 19 for the Eagles in a 4-0 loss at 3rd-ranked Georgia Gwinnett College. Williams has battled recent injury and has a .200 batting average in 12 starts and 15 game appearances with 35 at bats. Reinhardt (28-23 overall, 9-15 Appalachian Athletic Conference) plays a three-game series at Bryan College (TN) April 29-30.


CHAZ WILSON — Columbus State University (Jr., Cass HS) . . . made a two inning relief appearance April 24 to close out the third game of a conference series sweep of visiting Armstrong State. He gave up a solo homerun, but no other baserunners and struck out one in a 13-8 win. Wilson has worked 18 and 1/3 innings in 13 relief appearances with a 5.89 ERA and 17 strikeouts. Opponents have a .206 batting average against him and his WHIP is 1.47. 13th-ranked Columbus State (36-10 overall, 21-6 Peach Belt Conference) has won 14 straight and needs to win two of three at home April 29-May 1 against UNC-Pembroke to win the conference regular season title. The Cougars, who have clinched no worse than the second seed in the PBC tournament, also play a non-conference game April 27 at Point University.



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