Marra signs first two Canes to play baseball for the Chargers
by Andrew B. Adler
Apr 24, 2013 | 1106 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ty Fowler and Austin Adams have been playing baseball for and against each other since they were 7-years old.

A decade later, the two made the decision to play baseball for at least another two years together by signing with the Geogia Highlands Chargers on Monday.

They also put their mark on the Chargers’ inaugural baseball season by becoming the first two Cartersville Purple Hurricanes to ever be recruited and signed by coach Mike Marra.

“They [Ty and Austin] are both winners,” said Marra following the spring signing ceremony that took place at the student center located on GHC’s Cartersville’s campus. “That is why they will be wearing a Chargers’ baseball uniform next season.”

Currently, the two Canes are part of a high school baseball team that has already clinched the 5-AAA region championship.

The Canes are scheduled to play North Murray on the road today, and then close out the regular season Thursday at Gordon Central.

“It’s a great feeling and a dream come true knowing I will be playing collegiate baseball in my hometown,” said the 17-year old Fowler, the 6-3, 180-pound senior who bats right and throws right.

Adams, who turns 18 in early May, prety much uttered those same exact words.

“I’ve been thinking about playing for Georgia Highlands since last fall when coach Marra first talked to me,” he said. “To play college baseball is a dream come true, especially playing for the Chargers “

Fowler’s ability to play several positions is what garnered Marra’s attention the most.

“Ty is a very versatile player who catch, pitch and play the outfield,” said Marra of the Chargers’ 12th overall selection.

“He [Ty] also hits with power to all parts of the field,” added Canes’ coach Stuart Chester, who was on hand to see his son, David, who plays for Dawson County sign with the Chargers as well.

Chester described Adams “as a tough, hard-nosed player who can hit for average and power.”

The 11 players who signed on Monday joined Marra’s first group of recruits he signed back in January.

Those signees included Woodland’s John Hood, Luke Patterson and Camden McGill.

“I am still scouting ballplayers at high schools throughout Bartow County,” Marra said. “I hope to add another 12 to 15 signees before fall practice begins.”

Fall practice is scheduled to begin in August, and the regular season is to get underway in early February 2014.

“There are so many pieces that goes into creting a successful baseball program,” Marra said. “To have gathered so many talented men makes the effort very rewarding. It’s especially rewarding when you know the talent these players have.”