Athletes Beyond Bartow: Updates on local pro and college athletes
Charles Wilson / BartowSportsZone.com
Updates on professional and collegiate athletes from Bartow County for the week ending May 21, 2023.
ANTHONY SEIGLER — Somerset Patriots (NY Yankees Double-A affiliate; 6th-yr. pro; Cartersville HS) … appeared in four games this past week going 1-for-12 at the plate with five walks and three runs scored. The catcher/DH also stole one base. Somerset (23-15) split six games during the week with the Reading Fightin Phils and is in second place in the Eastern League’s Northeast Division. The Patriots trail Portland by 2-½ games. Somerset has a six-game series at the Erie Sea Wolves this Tuesday through Sunday.
RUSSELL SHEALY — Crown Legacy FC (MLS Next Pro League; MLS Charlotte affiliate; Syracuse; Cartersville resident; Darlington HS) … one of four goalkeepers to have seen action this season for Crown Legacy, Shealy has yielded four goals with three saves in three games started at the beginning of the season. The 22-year-old started in a 2-2 draw with Huntsville on March 26, a 2-1 win over FC Cincinnati 2 on March 31, and a 3-1 win on April 9 over New York Red Bulls II. Crown Legacy FC (7-1-1) currently leads the MLS Next Pro Eastern Conference by five points over Columbus Crew 2.
BUCK BRUMLOW — University of Georgia (So., Cartersville HS) … carded rounds of 68-74-69 — 211 (2-under-par) as the Bulldogs won the NCAA Bath, Michigan Regional by eight shots over Illinois last Monday through Wednesday. Brumlow finished 18th in a field of 77 players with teammate Ben Van Wyk winning the individual title at 10-under par. Fellow teammates Caleb Manuel (7-under), Maxwell Ford (4-under), and Connor Creasy (1-under) all placed in the top 20. The UGA regional championship was their first since 2019. The 13-team regional was conducted at the par-71, 7,090-yard Eagle Eye Golf Club with Georgia, Illinois, Oregon, Florida, and Texas advancing to the NCAA Championships May 26-31 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
ANSLEY EVANS — Reinhardt University (So., Woodland HS) … seeing action in three of the Eagles’ four NAIA Opening Round tournament games in Ashland, Oregon, Evans was 1-for-6 with two walks at the plate. Reinhardt beat Southeastern University (Florida) and the University of Vanguard (California) before being eliminated with back-to-back losses to opening-round host Southern Oregon University. In 39 games this season, Evans hit for a .352 average including one home run and 16 RBIs. The Eagles finished the year with a 37-13 record.
ERYN LEE — Reinhardt University (Fr., Cass HS) … in four games at the Ashland, Oregon NAIA Opening Round tournament, Lee was 2-for-10 at the plate and scored two runs. Reinhardt beat Southeastern University (Florida) and the University of Vanguard (California) before being eliminated with back-to-back losses to opening-round host Southern Oregon University. In 43 games this season, Lee batted .327 with 10 RBIs and stole 15 bases. The Eagles finished the year with a 37-13 record.
LOGAN MARTIN — University of Kentucky (Sr., Cartersville HS) … tossed an inning of scoreless relief Saturday in an eighth-inning appearance at home against 3rd-ranked Florida. He received no decision in an eventual 5-2 loss to the Gators. The pitching appearance was the first for the senior since April 22 against Texas A&M. Martin (1-1) has appeared in eight games (seven starts) with a 4.24 ERA in 23-⅓ innings. The 19th-ranked Wildcats open the SEC Championship Tournament in Hoover, Alabama Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. EDT against Alabama in an elimination game. The winner advances to the double-elimination portion of the bracket to play top-seeded Florida. The SEC tournament continues through Sunday.
GUNNER MILLSAP — Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (Fr., Cartersville HS) … walked three of six batters faced but struck out a pair and worked a scoreless eighth inning Friday as the Cougars lost 18-13 at Lindenwood University (Missouri). He then worked another scoreless eighth inning Saturday allowing one walk and no hits in an 11-5 loss. SIU-E (26-27, 9-15) opens the Ohio Valley Conference tournament Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. EDT in an elimination game against Tennessee Tech. The winner moves into the double-elimination portion of the OVC Tournament in Marion, Illinois which continues through Saturday.
DEVIN WARNER — Georgia Gwinnett College (Jr., Cartersville HS) … only had one unsuccessful pinch-hitting appearance last week as the Grizzlies earned a trip to the NAIA World Series by going 3-1 in Lawrenceville to win their Opening Round bracket. GGC had a win over Midway (Kentucky) and then won two of three matchups with Freed-Hardeman (Tennessee) to win the tournament. The No. 2 Grizzlies (50-6) received a first-round bye in the 10-team NAIA World Series and will play the Taylor (Indiana)/MidAmerica Nazarene (Kansas) winner on Saturday. The double-elimination tournament continues through Friday, June 2 in Lewiston, Idaho.
PRESTON WELCHEL — Tennessee Wesleyan University (So., Cartersville HS) … appeared in two games and had eight RBIs in a 30-18 win over Cumberland (Tennessee) last week at the NAIA Opening Round Bracket in Upland, Indiana. The Bulldogs finished 1-2 in the tournament with both losses to eventual runner-up, Point Park University (Pennsylvania). In two games, Welchel was 5-for-8 at the plate including a pair of doubles, one homer, two walks, six runs scored, and eight RBIs. For the season, the outfielder hit for a .281 average including six home runs and 30 RBIs appearing in 42 games. TWU finished the year with a 43-11 record.
COHEN WILBANKS — Georgia Gwinnett College (Jr., Cartersville HS) … a starter in all four games as the Grizzlies won the NAIA Lawrenceville Opening Round Bracket last week, the catcher was 3-for-14 at the plate including a double, two sac bunts, one sacrifice fly, and four RBIs. Georgia Gwinnett had a win over Midway (Kentucky) and then won two of three matchups with Freed-Hardeman (Tennessee) to win the tournament. The No. 2 Grizzlies (50-6) received a first-round bye in the 10-team NAIA World Series and will play the Taylor (Indiana)/MidAmerica Nazarene (Kansas) winner on Saturday. The double-elimination tournament continues through Friday, June 2 in Lewiston, Idaho.
DAVIS WILLIAMS — Birmingham-Southern College (So., Cartersville HS) … collected his fourth pitching victory of the year Saturday as the host Panthers beat Lewis & Clark College (Oregon) in an elimination game at the NCAA D-III Regionals. Williams entered with one out in the fifth inning and completed the game without allowing a run. The right-hander scattered three hits and a pair of hit batsmen while striking out six of twenty batters faced in a 15-8 win. BSC was eliminated by Universite of La Verne (California) Sunday in a game Williams worked two innings of relief. He yielded a pair of earned runs on four hits and one walk facing 13 batters in the second and third frames of an eventual 15-10 loss. Williams pitched 51 innings this season appearing in 16 games (four starts). He had a 4.06 ERA with 43 strikeouts. Birmingham-Southern’s season ends with a 39-11 record.