That is because three out of the eight teams with Bartow County players have made the 24-team elimination round in the 2013 Perfect Game WWBA tournament taking place throughout the Atlanta area.
Around 200 teams were entered into the tournament. The three teams that made the final round all went undefeated in their six games to qualify.
The remainder of the tournament will be played out today and Friday before a champion is crowned.
Both teams associated with the Nelson Baseball School-the 17U team and 18U team-made the elimination round. The 17U team went 5-0-2 and features Bartow players Brandon Etheridge, Cass; Sam Russell, Cass; Noah Sims, Cass; and Hunter Siniard, Woodland.
Sims pitched the entirety of a rain-shortened game during the tournament. He threw five shutout innings, allowing three hits, no extra base hits and no walks while striking out five.
Etheridge made strong contributions to the offense as the leadoff hitter. He walked seven times in five games, some of which were shortened due to rain.
The NBS 18U team won all six their games and features Luke Patterson, Woodland; Camden McGill, Woodland; and Chaz Wilson, Cass.
McGill set the tone as the leadoff hitter as NBS 18U erupted to outscore opponents 45-5.
McGill hit 9-for-17 with three walks. He scored seven runs thanks, in large part, to his five stolen bases.
Wilson also contributed behind the plate and at the plate with a 5-for-13 showing to go along with three RBIs.
Patterson started one game and had a phenomenal outing. He pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits, three walks and striking out five for a 3-0 win.
Connor Justus, Cartersville, and his East Cobb Yankees also made the single-elimination tournament by winning all of its games.
Justus contributed to his team’s 58 runs in just six games.
NBS 17U play at 11:30 a.m. today in the first round of the single-elimination tournament. NBS 18U has a first round bye and will await an opponent to play at 4:30 p.m.
The East Cobb Yankees also have a first round by and will play at 2 p.m.