The Cartersville High School baseball team’s year came to an end Tuesday, but for former Canes Sam Howard, there are still four months to play left in the season.
Howard pitched Friday for the Modesto Nuts of the Class A-Advanced California League in the Colorado Rockies organization. He went three innings and allowed four runs on five hits, six walks and struck out two.
He holds a 3.64 ERA on the year in six starts with a 1-1 record. Opponents have hit just .205 against him and he has struck out 30 batters in 29 2/3 innings.
Former Georgia Highlands College pitcher Dalton Geekie got the ball three times in relief appearances since May 5. He threw one spotless inning against the Hickory Crawdads. He then pitched Saturday against the Augusta GreenJackets and threw two scoreless, hitless innings, allowing one walk. He also pitched 1 1/3 innings against the GreenJackets Tuesday and allowed four runs on two hits with two walks.
He holds a 6.50 ERA on the year with a .242 batting average against, a 1.22 WHIP and is 2-2 with a save in 11 games, 18 innings pitched.
Ty Fowler (Tennessee Wesleyan College Jr., Cartersville) — Fowler pitched one inning in Tennessee Wesleyan’s last regular season game against Talladega College May 4. He allowed a solo home run and struck out a batter in the inning. He has now pitched eight games, 10 innings, on the year and has allowed three runs with a .231 batting average against and 15 strikeouts.
Michael Goss (UNC Greensboro Jr., Cartersville) — Goss went 3-for-9 in a three-game conference series with Wofford over the weekend. He walked twice, stole two bases, scored two runs and was hit by a pitch during the series while starting at first base each game. He is now hitting .338 on the year with a .431 on-base percentage, 14 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 27 RBIs and 33 runs scored in 142 at bats for the team that leads the nation in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, doubles and triples.
Robert Harris (Troy University Sr., Woodland) — Harris threw two innings May 7 against Louisiana-Monroe, allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts. He now has a 6.10 ERA on the year in 19 appearances out of the bullpen, 31 innings. He also has a save and 30 strikeouts.
Connor Justus (Georgia Tech Jr., Cartersville) — Justus has made 87 consecutive starts for Georgia Tech as he continues to lead off for the Yellow Jackets and play shortstop. Georgia Tech lost two out of three in its ACC series this week against Miami, including a Monday night game on ESPNU. Georgia Tech bounced back with a 21-3 win over Savannah State Tuesday. Justus took five walks in the four-game stretch and went 4-for-14 with a hit by pitch, five runs scored and two RBIs. He is now hitting .362 with a .487 on-base percentage, 50 runs scored, 35 RBIs, 14 doubles, three triples and six home runs in 185 at bats. Georgia Tech also has turned 65 doubles plays this season to lead the nation.
Chris Morton (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cass) — Morton threw one inning during Georgia Highlands’ series with West Georgia Tech last week, allowing two runs to score on three hits. He has now pitched 6 2/3 innings on the year across nine appearances and holds a 4.05 ERA.
Mason Robinson (Wallace State-Dothan CC So., Woodland) — Wallace State ended its season with a four-game series split with Enterprise Sate. Robinson went 3-for-12 at the plate in the series with a double, two walks, a stolen base, two runs scored and two RBIs. He finishes the season hitting .299 with a .375 on-base percentage, 18 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 29 runs scored, 29 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 164 at bats.
JoJo Underwood (UNC Greensboro Jr., Cartersville) — Underwood came off the bench and played catcher and took one at bat against Wofford May 6.