Cartersville baseball quartet land on all-state team

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The Cartersville baseball team landed three players on the Class 4A all-state first team and had another tabbed as honorable mention on the squad selected by Georgia Dugout Preview Magazine earlier this week.

Recent graduates Mason Barnett and Preston Welchel joined rising senior Josh Davis on the first team, while another member of the Class of 2019, Logan Martin, picked up an honorable-mention nod.

Per stats provided by the Canes, Welchel slashed .408/.520/.745 with nine doubles, three triples and six home runs. The South Alabama signee produced 40 hits, scored 29 runs and drove in 34. He earned 20 walks against 15 strikeouts, while featuring in every game this year.

A steady presence in center field, Welchel didn't have an error all season en route to being named Region 5-AAAA player of the year.

The region's pitcher of the year, Barnett threw two complete games, while compiling a 0.47 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and a .131 batting average allowed. In 12 starts, he finished with 90 strikeouts to 24 walks, while giving up four earned runs over 59 1/3 innings.

The Auburn signee will be a pitcher only moving forward, but for the Canes, he still provided a solid bat in the middle of the order, slashing .419/.538/.581 in region play.

Davis, the lone junior to see regular playing time this past season, finished the year as the team-leader in hits (43), runs scored (32) and stolen bases (8). A highly touted recruit in the Class of 2020, Davis produced a triple-slash line of .391/.468/.536 with seven doubles and three home runs.

Martin threw 60 innings, striking out 90 against 22 walks, to go with a 1.98 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 9-1 record. He was one of the pleasant surprises across the state after not having played for the Canes the past two years. A University of the South-Sewanee signee, Martin appeared in 14 games (12 starts) and allowed just four extra-base hits — all doubles — and a .200 batting average against.