Athletes Beyond Bartow: Howard faces the minimum in three consecutive appearances

(L-R) Sam Howard, Anthony Seigler, and Maggie Ashmore

Former Cartersville High baseball standouts Sam Howard and Anthony Seigler continued to produce for their respective MiLB clubs this past week while Kingston's Maggie Ashmore failed to make the cut at Epson Tour's event in French Lick, Indiana.


SAM HOWARD — Toledo Mud Hens (9th yr. pro; Triple-A Detroit Tigers organization; Georgia Southern; Cartersville HS) … had one of his best weeks of the 2022 season in three relief appearances last week. The southpaw retired all eight batters he faced in those outings. Howard retired both batters he faced Tuesday in the fourth inning during an 8-3 loss at the Iowa Cubs. He then entered in the fifth inning with two outs Thursday and retired all three batters he faced into the sixth inning during an eventual 6-3 loss to Iowa. He registered one strikeout in the Thursday appearance. Saturday, during a 6-0 win, the 29-year-old again faced the minimum with one strikeout in an eighth inning appearance against the Cubs. With the solid week, Howard’s ERA falls to 3.04 in 26 appearances. He is 1-2 on the season with 28 strikeouts in just under 24 innings on the mound. Toledo (53-51) is currently in fourth place in the International League’s West Division. The Mud Hens are 9.5 games behind first place Nashville. They host a six game series Tuesday through Sunday with the Omaha Storm Chasers.

ANTHONY SEIGLER — Hudson Valley Renegades (5th yr. pro; High Class-A New York Yankees organization; Cartersville HS) … starting four games last week for the Renegades playing at Jersey Shore, the former Yankees’ first roud draft selection was 2-for-14 but coaxed six walks in his 20 plate appearances. The switch hitting catcher also scored a pair of runs. Seigler now has a .243 batting average in 2022 in 235 official at bats. He has seven homers, 32 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases. Hudson Valley (54-47 overall) is 20-15 in the South Atlantic League’s second half standings and trails the Brooklyn Cyclones by 0.5 game in the second half North Division race. The Renegades host a six game series with the divisional first half champion Aberdeen Iron Birds Tuesday through Sunday.

MAGGIE ASHMORE — Epson Tour Golf (3rd year pro; Augusta University; Kingston, GA) … missed the 36-hole cut at the French Lick Charity Classic after shooting a pair of 77s. It was a second straight missed cut for the 27-year-old since her T21 finish at the Twin Bridges Championship. The next Epson Tour event is the Four Winds Invitational August 12-14 at South Bend Country Club — also in Indiana.

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