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Athletes Beyond Bartow: Former Canes earn MiLB pitching wins

May 19, 2024

Charles Wilson /

Former Cartersville High pitchers Mason Barnett and Logan Martin earned MiLB pitching wins this past week for their respective Kansas City Royals affiliates.

Meanwhile, several local athletes participated in collegiate post-season softball and baseball action.


Mason Barnett

MASON BARNETT — Northwest Arkansas Naturals (3rd-yr. pro; Kansas City Royals Double-A affiliate; Texas League; Auburn; Cartersville HS) … picked up his second pitching win of the season this past Sunday afternoon in a 4-⅔ inning relief appearance. He entered in the fourth inning of the Naturals’ 6-2 win at the Arkansas Travelers. He allowed two earned runs on four hits and one walk with five strikeouts in the victory. Barnett also made a 4-⅔ innings start last Tuesday with no decision in an eventual 5-4, 10-inning loss in the same series. Barnett (2-1, 5.02 ERA) gave up four earned runs on eight hits and one walk. He fanned eight of 23 batters faced last Tuesday. The Naturals went 3-3 against Arkansas last week. Northwest Arkansas (19-18) hosts the Amarillo Sod Poodles for a six-game series that begins on Tuesday through Sunday.

Logan Martin

LOGAN MARTIN — Columbia Fireflies (2nd-yr. pro; Kansas City Royals Single-A affiliate; Carolina League; Kentucky; Cartersville HS) …. made a five-inning start and picked up his first win of the season last Thursday as the Fireflies beat the visiting Charleston RiverDogs 2-1. He allowed one earned run on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts dropping his season ERA to 3.91. Columbia went 3-4 against Charleston last week. The Fireflies (19-18) play a six-game series at the Delmarva Shorebirds this week that continues Tuesday through Sunday.

ANTHONY SEIGLER — Somerset Patriots (7th-yr. pro; NY Yankees Double-A affiliate; Eastern League; Cartersville HS) … made four starts and six appearances last week in a home series against the Portland SeaDogs. The 24-year-old was 2-for-15 at the plate with two walks, one RBI, and two runs scored as the Patriots went 3-3 for the week. Somerset (19-19) plays a six-game series running Tuesday through Sunday at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.


VIC BEASLEY, JR. — Arlington Renegades (10th-yr. pro; Clemson; Adairsville HS) … had one sack and was credited with one pass breakup Sunday but the Renegades lost at the San Antonio Brahmas 20-15. It marked Arlington’s seventh loss in eight games this season. Arlington has two games remaining this season. They host the St. Louis Battlehawks on Saturday and complete the season at the D.C. Defenders on Sunday, June 2.


BUCK BRUMLOW — University of Georgia (Jr., Cartersville HS) … tied for 41st as an individual with rounds of 72-71-77 as the Bulldogs tied for seventh at the NCAA Austin Regional played on the University of Texas Golf Course. The top five teams — Texas, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Utah, and Wake Forest — advanced to the NCAA Championship later this month. 


ANSLEY EVANS — Reinhardt University (Jr., Woodland HS) … went 0-for-6 in two losses at the NAIA Opening Round tournament in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Eagles (42-10) were eliminated in losses to William Carey (Miss.) and Indiana Southeast last Monday and Tuesday. Evans hit .331 in 180 plate appearances with one home run and 41 RBIs while appearing in 50 games in 2024.

ERYN LEE — Reinhardt University (So., Cass HS) … went 0-for-5 at the plate in losses to William Carey (Miss.) and Indiana Southeast last Monday and Tuesday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi at the NAIA Opening Round. Lee hit .306 in 136 plate appearances with 15 RBIs. She appeared in 47 games in 2024. Reinhardt won the Appalachian Athletic Conference and finished the season with a 42-10 record.


MICAH EARWOOD — Georgia State University (So., Cartersville HS) … made a two-inning relief appearance in the sixth and seventh innings last Wednesday in the Panthers’ 13-6 loss at USC Upstate. Earwood allowed one earned run on one hit, two hit batsmen, and two walks. Georgia State (25-31, 13-17 Sun Belt Conference) opens the post-season tournament on Tuesday in Montgomery against Coastal Carolina.

COLT McKIBBEN — Lee University (So., Cartersville HS) … made two relief appearances in the NCAA D2 Regional at Tampa University. He closed out the final seven outs of a 24-7 win over Auburn Montgomery last Thursday. He also retired the final two outs of the eighth inning in last Saturday's 16-3 loss to regional champion Tampa. He allowed four earned runs on five hits and six walks in the three total innings on the mound. McKibben struck out two. He finished the season with 16 appearances (three starts) and an 8.00 ERA across 27 innings pitched. He struck out 23. 

HANK SMITH — Jacksonville State University (R-Fr., Cartersville HS) … made two appearances off the Gamecocks’ bench this past weekend in a series at Sam Houston State. He was 0-for-1 at the plate as a pinch hitter and was entered defensively at catcher. Jax State (18-34, 5-19 Conference USA) did not qualify for the CUSA eight-team post-season tournament. Smith made three starts this season and appeared in 12 games. He hit .091 in 13 plate appearances. 

STEVEN SPELL — Young Harris College (Grad student, Cass HS) … in four games at the NCAA D2 Regional in Salisbury, North Carolina, Spell was 4-for-17 at the plate with a walk, one double, and two RBIs. He was hit by a pitch twice and scored two runs. The Mountain Lions (41-15) went 2-2 in the double-elimination bracket falling to host Catawba College in the championship round. Spell hit .314 this season in 56 starts and 257 plate appearances. He hit three homers with 41 RBIs. He also hit .314 for his career in 729 plate appearances with 11 home runs and 111 RBIs.

Cohen Wilbanks

COHEN WILBANKS — Georgia Gwinnett College (Jr., Cartersville HS) … made three starts in the Grizzlies’ NAIA Opening Round tournament win at home. GGC went 4-1 in the double-elimination tournament and beat Faulkner University (Ala.) in the finals. The regional win advances Georgia Gwinnett to the NAIA World Series starting this Saturday in Lewiston, Idaho. Wilbanks went 3-for-13 with one walk, sacrifice, and RBI in last weekend’s tournament. The Grizzlies (51-7) are the No. 2 seed in the 10-team, double-elimination World Series bracket and will play the William Carey (Miss.) / Indiana Southeast winner on Saturday night. The national championship tournament, including Kansas Wesleyan, Arizona Christian, Hope International (Calif.), Reinhardt University, University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), and Tennessee Wesleyan, continues through the following Friday, May 31.


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