Chargers honored ahead of intrasquad scrimmage


The Georgia Highlands baseball team is having an intrasquad scrimmage today at noon at LakePoint, and the game will be an opportunity for Bartow sports fans to see some quality baseball as the program is looking forward to what could be its best season yet in its third year.

The Chargers will begin their season Feb. 5.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to kind of see where we’re at at this point,” head coach Mike Marra said of the intrasquad scrimmage. “We’ve been in practice for two weeks. We have two weeks before we play. Every pitcher is going to get an inning of work, get in a competitive situation. It’s good competition and gives us a chance to see some thing we need to see because we have some decisions to make. There’s a couple of spots where we know who’s playing where, but the pitching rotation is completely unsettled right now.”

On Thursday, two Charger pitchers were named to list of NJCAA top returning pitchers, and on Saturday, another was named as one of the top returning position players.

Will Griffin and Bryan Quillens were named to the list of top returning pitchers. Griffin posted a 1.41 ERA last year with 38 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings pitched. Quillens is an Eastern Kentucky commit.

Zach McCrum was named to the list of top returning position players. He hit .331 last year with three home runs, 14 doubles, 14 walks, 29 RBIs and 24 runs scored.

Also honored was Brandon Bell as one of the top incoming freshmen.

Marra said he expects to see some pro scouts at the intrasquad scrimmage and at early season games. After Dalton Geekie was drafted last year by the Braves, Marra believes there will be another Charger pitcher drafted this year, either Quillens, Mercer transfer Chandler Newton or Georgia Tech transfer Daniel Gooden.

“We possibly could have three guys get drafted this year,” Marra said. “Two left-handed pitchers that are transfers, [Newton and Gooden], they have a chance. ... Bryan has been doing really well. Bryan can be 89-92 [mph], in that range with his fastball. They’re all upper-80s, lower-90s guys with their fastball. We have had a ton of schools reach out to us in the fall. There’s going to be a lot of visibility for us because we have a pretty good pitching staff.”