Athletes Beyond Bartow update for week ending March 26
Most college baseball and softball teams around the country have started conference play and are deep into their regular season schedules as we enter the final week of March.
Local players in multiple programs made significant contributions this past week.
Two local athletes playing professional basketball overseas are wrapping up their 2016-17 seasons this week.
This update, for the week ending Sunday, March 26 also includes collegiate tennis and track and field.
BRANDON ETHERIDGE — Limestone College (Junior, OF, Cass HS). . . was 4-for-13 this past week, scored four runs, stole a base, and was hit by a pitch as the Saints won three of four games. Limestone defeated non-conference Francis Marion and won two of three at Southern Wesleyan. Etheridge is hitting .294 with a homer and nine RBIs. Limestone (18-13, 7-8 Conference Carolinas) plays a non-conference game at Carson-Newman Tuesday, hosts non-conference Lander University Wednesday, and hosts a three-game weekend conference series with Emmanuel Friday and Saturday.
CARRINGTON EVANS — Augusta University (Freshman, OF, Cartersville HS). . . went 3-for-4, scored a run, and drove in two runs last Friday in a 9-4 win over Armstrong State. The Jags swept a three-game conference series with the Pirates. Evans has a .361 batting average with a homer and five RBIs. Augusta (13-14, 7-8 Peach Belt Conference) plays a non-conference game at Newberry Tuesday, hosts Paine College Wednesday, and plays a non-conference three game series at Catawba (NC) Friday and Saturday.
TY FOWLER — Tennessee Wesleyan College (Senior, P, Cartersville HS). . . started on the mound last Wednesday in a 15-6 win over Talladega College (AL), but received a no-decision. Fowler went 2 innings, allowed a pair of earned runs on three hits and a walk. He has a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings across seven appearances and two starts. Batters are hitting .250 against him and he carries a 1-0 record. The Bulldogs (23-10, 10-2 Appalachian Athletic Conference) were 3-2 last week and will host a three-game conference series with Milligan College (TN) Friday and Saturday.
MICHAEL GOSS — UNC-Greensboro (Senior, 1B, Cartersville HS). . . started in one of the Spartans’ three games this past weekend with Western Carolina. He went 3-for-4 and scored two runs in an 8-2 win on Sunday as UNC-Greensboro won two of three games in the conference series. Goss has a .333 batting average and has started 20 of 22 games for UNCG this season. He has two home runs, 14 RBIs, with eight extra base hits. The Spartans (15-9, 2-1) host a non-conference game with UNC-Asheville Tuesday and return to Southern Conference play Friday through Sunday at East Tennessee State University.
SEAN McDERMOTT — Cleveland State CC (Sophomore, 1B, Adairsville HS). . . the Mercer University commit was 3-for-15 with three walks, two runs scored, and one RBI in four games last week. The Cougars won twice at Tusculum College JV and won one of three conference games at Columbia State CC. McDermott has six homers and a .363 batting average with 23 RBIs in 26 games this season. CSCC (19-9, 6-6 TCCAA) will entertain the Bryan College JV Wednesday in a doubleheader and will host a three-game conference series with Walters State CC Friday and Saturday.
TYLER WASHINGTON — Young Harris College (Junior, OF, Adairsville HS). . . hit safely in all five games last week for the Mountain Lions. He was 6-for-20 with seven RBIs, a pair of homers, five runs scored, and one stolen base. YHC defeated Anderson University (SC) last Tuesday, lost at Southern Wesleyan Wednesday, and won one of three conference games at home against Georgia College over the weekend. Washington has a .392 batting average with 16 RBIs in 18 games this season.
CHAZ WILSON — Columbus State University (Senior, RHP, Cass HS). . . was called on to enter a tied game in the bottom of the ninth Sunday at University of Montevallo. The Falcons had the winning run at second base with one out. Wilson was asked to intentionally walk the first batter faced, then was touched for a ground ball single that resulted in Montevallo’s third walk-off win of the weekend series. Wilson has a 3.00 ERA in four relief appearances this season with four strikeouts and a .250 batting average against. Columbus State (18-11, 10-5 Peach Belt Conference) is 1.5 games back in conference play and will host Middle Georgia State Tuesday in non-conference action before traveling to Georgia College Friday through Sunday for a three-game Peach Belt Conference series.
TAYLOR BRASELTON — Reinhardt University (Senior, SS, Woodland HS). . . was 5-for-14, scored five runs and drove in two as the Eagles went 2-1-1 in doubleheaders at Georgia Gwinnett College and at home withMontreat (NC) College. The home games were both wins. RU (27-10-1, 5-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) plays a conference doubleheader at Tennessee Wesleyan College Wednesday and another conference doubleheader at Bluefield College (VA) Sunday.
SYDNEY FLOWERS — Reinhardt University (Senior, OF, Woodland HS). . . went 2-for-3 with one RBI against Montreat in the second game of a doubleheader last Friday. She scored a run as a pinch runner in the first game vs. Montreat and made an appearance in a 5-5 tie with Georgia Gwinnett College last Tuesday. Reinhardt (27-10-1, 5-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) plays a conference doubleheader at Tennessee Wesleyan College Wednesday and another conference doubleheader at Bluefield College (VA) Sunday.
SYDNEY HODORFF — LaGrange College (Sophomore, C, Woodland HS). . . went 4-for-13 with two doubles, one RBI, scored two runs, and walked three times as the Lady Panthers split doubleheaders at both Methodist and Meredith. LaGrange (7-17 overall, 6-10 USA South Athletic Conference) plays at Huntingdon College Wednesday, at Agnes Scott Saturday, and at Wesleyan College Sunday.
CASSIDY HOWREN — Reinhardt University (Junior, C, Adairsville HS). . . was 3-for-10 last week with a walk and two RBIs as the Lady Eagles went 2-1-1 in doubleheaders at Georgia Gwinnett College and at home with Montreat (NC) College. The home games were both wins. RU (27-10-1, 5-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) plays a conference doubleheader at Tennessee Wesleyan College Wednesday and another conference doubleheader at Bluefield College (VA) Sunday.
HUNTER IRVIN — Reinhardt University (Sophomore, OF, Cartersville HS). . . made a pair of defensive appearances in right field last week without an at bat as the Eagles went 2-1-1 in doubleheaders at Georgia Gwinnett College and at home with Montreat (NC) College. The home games were both wins. RU (27-10-1, 5-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) plays a conference doubleheader at Tennessee Wesleyan College Wednesday and another conference doubleheader at Bluefield College (VA) Sunday.
KAILAH RAIN — Embry-Riddle University (Junior, OF, Cartersville HS). . . started four of the Eagles five games last week and went 6-for-14 with two doubles, three RBIs, and a walk. She had at least one hit in all five games last week. The Eagles won two games at Keiser, but lost all three games at home to Palm Beach Atlantic. ERU (18-18, 10-7 Sunshine State Conference) plays a three-game conference series with Rollins University Friday and Saturday.
TAYLOR WAITS — Brewton-Parker College (Freshman, OF, Cartersville HS). . . went 1-for-11 and scored a run in five games last week for the Lady Barons. BPC was swept in three doubleheaders last week with Coastal Georgia, Mobile University, and William Carey (MS) University. The Barons (8-23, 3-9 Southern States Athletic Conference) returns to action April 7 at home vs. Bethel University (TN).
TAYLOR WEEKS — Reinhardt University (Senior, OF, Adairsville HS). . . was 4-for-11 last week with a run scored, two RBIs, and two walks as the Eagles went 2-1-1 in doubleheaders at Georgia Gwinnett College and at home with Montreat (NC) College. The home games were both wins. RU (27-10-1, 5-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) plays a conference doubleheader at Tennessee Wesleyan College Wednesday and another conference doubleheader at Bluefield College (VA) Sunday.
LAUREN WOMACK — Georgia Highlands College (Sophomore, SS, Cass HS). . . was 3-for-6 with one RBI in a doubleheader at Thomas University JV last Tuesday. She was then 2-for-7 with a double, two RBIs, and a sacrifice in a doubleheader sweep at Gordon State College Saturday. Womack was also spotless on defense and part of a double play at shortstop. She has a .296 batting average with 10 RBIs and 18 runs scored in 33 games this season. GHC (29-8, 11-5 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) is deadlocked with Georgia Military College for the GCAA lead and hosts GMC in a conference doubleheader Tuesday. The Chargers have a non-conference doubleheader at Brewton-Parker JV on Saturday.
ERIC DUNLAP — Montreat College (Freshman, Cass HS). . . lost an 8-6 doubles match March 12 with partner Jacob Summerville in a 6-3 team loss to IU East. He partnered with Lorward Choi March 14 for an 8-4 loss at Line 2 doubles in a team loss to Lenoir-Rhyne University. The Cavaliers (6-9 overall, 0-3 Appalachian Athletic Conference) host Brewton-Parker College Monday, travel to Milligan College Wednesday, play at Point University Saturday, and at LaGrange College Sunday.
PEYTON GOLLHOFER — Ball State University (Sophomore, Cartersville resident, Laurel Springs Academy). . . paired with Carmen Blanco to defeat their Line 2 Northern Illinois opponents 6-1 in doubles, but lost a hard-fought, three-set singles match 7-6, 6-7, 7-10 as the Cardinals won 6-1 as a team. BSU (14-2, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) hosts Bowling Green Friday and Buffalo Sunday.
TRACK AND FIELD
MILES BEARDEN — Kansas State University (Junior, Cartersville resident, Darlington HS). . . placed third in the high jump at the Hurricane Collegiate Inviational in Coral Gables, FL Saturday with a mark of 2.05m / 6-08.75. The Wildcats placed sixth of eight competing teams with the meet won by Bethune-Cookman. K-State competes next Saturday in the Emporia State (KS) Open.
EMMANUEL HOLLOWAY — UU Korihait Uusikaupunki - Finnish Pro League (Illinois State, Woodland HS). . . scored seven points with five rebounds and one assist in an 85-73 loss last Wednesday to Salon Vilpas. He then scored 21 points with five rebounds and three assists in an 83-81 loss to Kouvot last Friday. UU Korihait (5-30) will finish last in the league and concludes the 2016-17 season Thursday against Pyrinto.
ADRIAN RODGERS — Malbas Oresund - Swedish Pro League (Cartersville native, Centennial HS, Southern University). . . scored 25 points with seven rebounds, one steal, and one assist in a 95-74 loss to Boras Basket last Thursday. Malbas (3-28) will close the 2016-17 season at BC LF Lulea Wednesday.