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Athletes Beyond Bartow: Lawrence shines in final preseason tune-up

Former Cartersville High School pitcher Sam Howard has been activated by the Pittsburgh Pirates and former Hurricanes' quarterback Trevor Lawrence had his best performance of the 2021 preseason.


SAM HOWARD — Pittsburgh Pirates (8th-year pro; Cartersville HS) … the Pirates activated the southpaw Saturday and he made his first MLB appearance since July 9. Howard pitched the eighth inning in a 13-0 home loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He gave up three earned runs on four hits and a walk including a two-run home run to Dylan Carlson. For the season, the 28-year-old is 2-2 in 39 appearances with a 6.46 ERA in 30.2 innings with 43 strikeouts. Pittsburgh (48-83) is fifth in the National League Central trailing the division-leading Brewers by 31 games.

CONNOR JUSTUS — Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (6th-year pro; Miami Marlins organization; Cartersville HS)… went 2-for-8 in starts Thursday and Sunday last week for the Shrimp at the Norfolk Tides. Splitting time between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Jacksonville this season, the 26-year-old infielder has a .199 batting average in 211 official at bats. He has two home runs and 22 RBIs. Jacksonville (58-44) is in third place in the Triple-A East - Southeast Division trailing the first place Durham Bulls by seven games.

LUKE SCHILTZ - ACL Rangers (Texas Rangers organization; 3rd year pro; Cartersville native; Stoneman Douglas HS, FL). . . made his eighth appearance of the summer last Wednesday in a 19-1 ACL Rangers loss to the ACL Dodgers. Schiltz entered in the sixth inning with his team trailing 10-0. He pitched 2-1/3 innings allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks, fanning one. For the season, the right handed pitcher has a 9.31 ERA in 9.2 innings. The ACL Rangers (21-22) are in tenth place in the 18-team rookie level league.

ANTHONY SEIGLER — Hudson Valley Renegades (4th-year pro; New York Yankees organization; Cartersville HS)… the 22-year-old, 2018 draft first round pick remains on the 7-day injured list and has not appeared in a game since August 5. For 2021, the switch hitter has a .219 batting average in 151 official at-bats. He has four home runs and 24 RBIs. Hudson Valley remains in first place in the High A East North Division. The Renegades (63-38) lead Aberdeen by 12 games and plays at the Greensboro Grasshoppers this week in a six-game series through Sunday.


TREVOR LAWRENCE — Jacksonville Jaguars (1st-year pro; Cartersville HS) . . . Lawrence, who was named the Jags 2021 opening day starter at quarterback, completed 11 of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns with a 154.5 passer rating Saturday in his final preseason tune-up. Jacksonville won at Dallas, 34-14. Lawrence threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Pharoah Cooper and a 4-yard toss to Laviska Shenault Jr. The No. 1 overall choice played into the second quarter with the Jaguars’ first unit while the Cowboys sat their starters and several key reserves. Lawrence left the game with 11:42 remaining in the second quarter. Jacksonville opens the season in two weeks against the Texans.

MILLER FORRISTALL — Tennessee Titans (1st-year pro; Cartersville HS) . . . saw action but did not catch a pass in the Titans’ 27-24 preseason loss to the Chicago Bears. Tennessee will finalize its 53-man roster Tuesday.


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