College baseball and softball players begin seasons


The season is finally underway for many college baseball and softball teams.

As a result, several former Bartow County high school players were in action last week and over the weekend as they try to get off to a good start to the 2016 season.


Clifton Dempsey (Maryville So., Cartersville) — Dempsey has played in two of Maryville’s first three games and has registered one at bat.

Bo Edwards (North Georgia Jr., Adairsville) — Edwards started one of his team’s first five games at DH. He went 1-for-4 with a double in a 4-3 win over Valdosta State Jan. 30.

Brandon Etheridge (Georgia Highlands So., Cass) — Etheridge went 5-for-14 with three walks, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in Georgia Highlands’ four-game series sweep of Surry Community College over the weekend at LakePoint. Etheridge batted in the No. 2 hole and started each game in the outfield.

Harrison Hatfield (Shorter So., Cartersville) — Hatfield has taken one at bat in Shorter’s first three games and is 0-for-1.

Bradley Hood (Georgia Highlands So., Cass) — Hood threw one pitch to get one out in his lone appearance for Georgia Highlands Saturday in a 10-0 win over Surry. Hood came into the game with two outs and two runners on, but induced a lineout to second base to get out of the jam.

Sean McDermott (Cleveland State Fr., Adairsville) — McDermott had a solid weekend in his first college baseball series. He started all three games at first base and batted in the cleanup spot as Cleveland State took 2-out-of-3 from Roane State. McDermott went 2-for-10 with two RBIs and two walks in the series.

Hunter Osborn (Reinhardt So., Cartersville) — Osborn was Reinhardt’s opening day starter Friday as he picked up a win against Calumet-St. Joseph. Osborn threw five scoreless innings, allowed just one hit and struck out seven as Reinhardt won 3-0.

Mason Robinson (Wallace-Dothan So., Woodland) — Robinson started and batted cleanup in his team’s only game of the season so far. He went 0-3 with a walk in a 9-1 loss to Darton State. Darton won the GCAA and advanced to the super regional last year.

Tyler Will (Berry Jr., Cartersville) — Will threw one perfect inning in relief in Berry’s season-opening 8-4 win over Emory & Henry Saturday. Berry swept Emory & Henry in the three-game series.

Asa Williams (Reinhardt Jr., Cartersville) — Williams has started two of Reinhardt’s first four games at catcher and hit 2-for-6 with a double and an RBI. Williams was behind the plate during Osborn’s opening day start. He later went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the final game of the four-game series with Calumet-St. Joseph as Reinhardt swept the series to start the year 4-0.


Bethany Ballard (Armstrong State Jr., Cass) — Ballard received one at bat and has made two appearances in Armstrong State’s first seven ballgames.

Mallory Jackson (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cartersville) — Jackson started her first college game in right field for Georgia Highlands. She went 0-for-3 in the opener. The Lady Chargers are now 2-3. They swept Roane State Sunday after losing twice by a combined three runs to Shelton State Friday, and lost a 5-3 game to Cleveland State Saturday.

Ashley Jordan (Georgia Highlands So., Woodland) — Jordan started each of her team’s first five games in center field for Georgia Highlands. She went 5-for-16 with four runs scored and an RBI.

Kailah Rain (Embry-Riddle So., Cartersville) — An all-conference and all-region selection last year as a freshman, Rain got off to a good start this season as she went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two stolen bases in two wins over Keiser Friday. Rain started both games in center field and batted second in the lineup.

Lauren Womack (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cass) — Womack started all five games at shortstop for the Lady Chargers, batting as high as No. 5 in the lineup. She went 2-for-12 with three RBIs and a double.