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Bartow players establishing roles in college lineups

Baseball and softball seasons are in full swing at the college level and former Bartow high school players are establishing roles on their college teams.

Adairsville alum Tyler Washington, Cartersville grad Carrington Evans and former Colonel Brandon Etheridge have all established themselves as regulars in the lineup for their college teams over the past couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, Sean McDermott at Cleveland State and Michael Goss at UNC-Greensboro had already established themselves in the respective lineups, but continue to produce in the middle of the order.

In softball, Reinhardt and Georgia Highlands had light weeks with just a pair of games each. Still, Taylor Braselton and Taylor Weeks put up numbers in those two games for Reinhardt, While Lauren Womack had a couple of good games for the Chargers.

The week for collegiate Bartowans also saw Peyton Gollhofer win on the tennis court and Blake Perry have a strong showing on the track.

BASEBALL

Elliott Anderson (Auburn Fr., Cartersville) — Anderson threw two innings in a 10-1 win over Jacksonville State on March 15. He allowed three hits, but no runs, striking out one as he pitched the seventh and eighth innings. He threw 18 of his 25 pitches for strikes. Anderson had a bad outing in his second appearance of the year, which accounts for his 13.50 ERA, but has mostly been solid in his six appearances out of the bullpen. He has thrown 4.2 innings and has four strikeouts.

Brandon Etheridge (Limestone Jr., Cass) — Etheridge went 2-for-8 with two runs scored, an RBI and a hit by pitch in a three-game series over the weekend against North Greenville. He started all three games in right field. He is now hitting .271/.343/.407 on the season in 59 at bats with 11 runs scored and nine RBIs. He has played in 22 of his team’s 27 games and started 17. He has also pitched 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Carrington Evans (Augusta University Fr., Cartersville) — After a torrid stretch to start the season in which Evans moved up to the cleanup spot of Division-II Augusta’s lineup, the former Cane cooled down this week. He went 2-for-13 with a run and an RBI. He is still hitting .361, which is second on the team, and boasts a .415 on-base percentage and .444 slugging percentage. He has scored 10 runs and driven in five more in 12 games played, six starts, including four last week.

Michael Goss (UNC-Greensboro Sr., Cartersville) — Goss started three games at first base in his team’s four-game sweep of Lafayette last week. He went 5-for-10 in those three games and had an extra-base hit in each. He hit a triple and two doubles, adding two walks, three runs scored and two RBIs to his impressive statline. Goss is now hitting .306 and has started 19 of his team’s 20 games. He has a .400 on-base percentage, a .516 slugging percentage, 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored in 62 at bats.

Sean McDermott (Cleveland State So., Adairsville) — The Mercer commit had another big week for Cleveland State CC. He went 5-for-14 with two home runs, a double, five runs scored and four RBIs while starting four games at first base and another at DH. He is now hitting .395, which leads regulars in the Cleveland State lineup, with a .437 on-base percentage and a .671 slugging percentage. His home run total is up to five, and he has 19 runs scored and 22 RBIs in 76 at bats while batting every day in the No. 3 hole in the lineup.

JoJo Underwood (UNC-Greensboro Sr., Cartersville) — Underwood played in three games of UNC-Greensboro’s four-game sweep of Lafayette. He came off the bench in all three and went 0-for-3. He is now 4-for-26 on the year with a home run and a double, five runs scored and
three RBIs.

Tyler Washington (Young Harris Jr., Adairsville) — Washington continues to rake for Young Harris and had another big week. He went 7-for-11 in a three-game series with Francis Marion over the weekend. He scored a run in each game and added two walks, a hit by pitch, a double and two RBIs while making three starts in left field. Washington is leading Young Harris in batting for the season by almost 70 points at .426. He also has a .492 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage with 12 runs scored and eight RBIs in 54 at bats.

BASKETBALL

Emmanuel Holloway (UU Korihait Uusikaupunki (Finland Korisliiga), Woodland) — Holloway played one game last week and scored 11 points with two assists and a block as his team took an 87-62 loss to Kataja Basket. There are just three games left in the season for Korihait and Holloway is averaging a team-high 12.5 points with three rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 27.2 minutes per game.

Adrian Rogers (Malbas Oresund Malmo (Swedish Basketligan), Cartersville native) — Rogers played in two games last week as his team’s season is dwindling down to the final few games. The first game on March 13 saw Rogers score 10 points in 35 minutes on 4-of-6 shooting from the field with five assists, three rebounds and one steal in a 103-73 loss to Sodertalje. He then scored 11 points on 5-of-11 from the field in 34 minutes with three assists, but his team lost 102-55 to the Norrkoping Dolphins.

SOFTBALL

Bethany Ballard (Armstrong State University Sr., Cass) — Ballard saw one at bat and singled in a 6-0 win over Flagler on Sunday, her only plate appearance in the two games Armstrong State played last week. It was Ballard’s first hit of the year and she is now 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI on the season.

Taylor Braselton (Reinhardt Sr., Woodland) — Reinhardt and its five Bartow players played just two games last week, a doubleheader against Talladega on Friday. Reinhardt won both games and Braselton had another big week, going 3-for-5 with four runs scored, two walks, two RBIs and a stolen base. Not all games have been reported, but of the available statistics, Braselton is leading Reinhardt regulars with a .471 batting average and 41 runs scored. She also holds a .484 on-base percentage and a .546 slugging percentage to go along with 17 RBIs and a whopping 18 stolen bases. She has started all 32 games as the team’s everyday shortstop.

Sydney Flowers (Reinhardt Sr., Woodland) — Flowers pinch ran in the first game of a doubleheader against Talladega on Friday, and then went 1-for-1 with a run scored while playing right field in the second game. Flowers has played in 15 games this year, starting four, and is 4-for-26 with six walks, six runs scored and five RBIs.

Cassidy Howren (Reinhardt Jr., Adairsville) — Howren went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and a stolen base in the sweep of Talladega Friday. She is now hitting .235/.333/.265 on the year with nine runs scored and three RBIs in 68 at bats. She has played in all but one of her team’s 32 games and has 29 starts.

Sydney Hodorff (LaGrange So., Woodland) — Hodorff started and went 2-for-11 in four starts at third base last week. She continues to hit in the middle of the lineup and has played in all 18 of her team’s games, starting 17. She is 9-for-50 so far this year with a .226 on-base percentage, a double and four runs scored.

Hunter Irvin (Reinhardt So., Cartersville) — Irvin was a defensive replacement and played right field in the first game of a doubleheader against Talladega on Friday.

Taylor Waits (Brewton-Parker Fr., Cartersville) — Waits played one game last week on Saturday and went 0-for-2 against Middle Georgia State. Waits has played in eight games this season and is 2-for-11 with a walk and two runs scored.

Taylor Weeks (Reinhardt Sr., Adairsville) — Weeks went 2-for-5 with four runs scored, two RBIs, two walks and a stolen base in the doubleheader against Talladega on Friday. Weeks is now hitting .410/.475/.514 on the year with 32 runs scored and 18 RBIs in 105 at bats. She has started all 32 games for Reinhardt.

Lauren Womack (Georgia Highlands So., Cass) — Womack started both games at shortstop for the Chargers last week and went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored. She is now hitting .280 on the season with nine RBIs and nine runs scored in 75 at bats. GHC currently sits at 25-8 overall and 9-5 in the GCAA, just a half-game back of Georgia Military for first place in the conference.

Annalyn Yantis (Samford So., Cartersville) — Yantis threw a scoreless inning in relief in an 8-4 win over Western Illinois on Sunday. Yantis allowed just one hit and struck out one. She has now made four appearances in the circle and has allowed four runs on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout in 3.1 innings pitched.

TENNIS

Peyton Gollhofer (Ball State So., Cartersville native) — Gollhofer’s Ball State team won two matches this week, one on Wednesday over Butler (7-0) and one Sunday against Oakland (6-1). Gollhofer played Line 1 doubles on Wednesday, and her and partner Carmen Blanco won 6-2. On Sunday, Gollhofer played Line 1 singles and won 3-6, 6-4, 10-4. Gollhofer is now 5-4 overall in singles on the year while primarily playing on Line 1. She also is 6-3 in doubles this year.

TRACK & FIELD

Bree Cole (Jacksonville State Fr., Cartersville) — Cole finished 37th out of 62 athletes in the 5000 meters at Saturday’s Emory Invitational, running 20:35.

Spencer Fields (Rhodes So., Darlington) — Fields had a good performance at the Rhodes Invitational over the weekend, running 15:10.31 and winning a sprint at the end to place fifth in the 5000 meters.

Blake Perry (Jacksonville State Jr., Cartersville) — Perry just missed a podium finish at the Emory Invitational Saturday, taking fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.81. She added another top-10 finish in the triple jump, jumping 11.14 meters to finish ninth. The Gamecocks won the team title, their second victory in a row.

WRESTLING

Evan Cole (Cumberlands Jr., Cartersville) — Cole was recently named a 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete by the NAIA. Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average and above to be eligible for the award.

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