Canes Welchel, Tromza help teams win respective PG tournaments


Cartersville High baseball players helped their respective teams win the 18U and 16U Perfect Game Summer Showdown events Sunday at LakePoint.

Preston Welchel, hitting in the No. 4 spot and playing center field, helped carry the East Cobb Yankees to the 18U title with an incredible performance during the 40-team tournament.

The soon-to-be senior went 6-for-13 against the high-level competition, finishing with three doubles, three walks, six runs scored and seven RBI.

In the championship game against East Cobb Colt .45s 17U, the South Alabama commit wound up 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI.

Rising junior Chandler Tromza started the championship game in the 16U division, which featured 68 teams, for 643 DP Cougars Sterling. He went 0-for-3 in the 7-5 comeback victory over 643 DP Baseball Mang.

Overall, Tromza finished 4-for-14 with a triple, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI in helping his team to an undefeated tournament run.

A handful of other local players also featured in the 16U tourney.

Cartersville's Logan Martin pitched in three games for Astros Team East Cobb 16U Zilleox. His first two outings went well. He pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings to close out a pair of victories.

Martin struggled a bit in his third showing. He gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with three walks against four strikeouts.

Josh Davis, who will start his junior year next week, featured in just one game for DRB Elite 16U Bradshaw. He went 0-for-2 with a walk in that outing.

Rising Cartersville senior Peyton Willoughby walked twice and scored a run, while also pitching one inning for the East Cobb Twins 16U.

A pair of Cass High players saw a lot of playing time for the East Cobb Sun Devils.

Thomas Botts finished 4-for-10 at the dish with a double, a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. He also pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up no earned runs on one hit and one walk.

Teammate Sam Melton had a hit, walked three times and scored a trio of runs across five games.

Fellow Colonel Austin Baker put together a nice tournament, reaching base seven times in six games for Georgia Scorpions 2020 Legacy.

Baker finished 4-for-12 with three walks, two RBI and a run scored. He even pitched once, striking out two but allowing three earned runs on four hits and two walks over two innings.

A trio of Bartow County players featured for Titans Baseball 16's Alumbaugh with Carterville's Alan Thacker, Cass' Ajami Harmon and Woodland's Zach Wilson.

Thacker had two hits, a walk and a run scored. He also tossed a hitless inning with a strikeout. Harmon went hitless. Wilson had one hit, one walk and one run scored.

In the 18U competition, Gage Morris saw more plate appearances than he did the entire season for the Canes. He picked up one hit in six at bats. A standout relief pitcher, Morris allowed one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings for 643 DP Jaguars Hightower.

Morris' bullpen mate during the high school season, Cohen Wilbanks did his part to see 643 DP Tigers Beasley reach the quarterfinals.

Wilbanks and Co. fell to Welchel and the Yankees, but not before the former had put together a solid showing.

He earned a complete-game win in the team's playoff opener, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. At the plate, Wilbanks went 2-for-4 with three runs, two walks and an RBI.

Ben Ammons only saw action in one game for USA Showcase, but he made the most of it. The rising Woodland senior pitched 3 2/2 scoreless innings in the team's opener, striking out four while walking two and allowing one hit. He also drew a walk in the game.