Connor Justus helps Georgia Tech to ACC series sweep


Former Cartersville and current Georgia Tech shortstop Connor Justus continued his impressive production this week as he puts himself on the radar in his first MLB draft-eligible season. He hit his second home run in as many weeks to help Tech sweep a conference series with Virginia Tech.

Justus was not the only former Bartow County high school player to have a big week in college, though. Adairsville’s Sean McDermott was another Bartow player to hit his second home run in a two-week span. Meanwhile, Cass alum Brandon Etheridge had one of the biggest hits of the season for Georgia Highlands when he hit a two-run triple to help the Chargers split a conference series with the GCAA favorite, Darton.

Clifton Dempsey (Maryville College So., Cartersville) — Dempsey started all four games this weekend against Sewanee. He went 3-for-16 in the series with four RBIs, a run scored and two walks during the week. Dempsey is now hitting .328 on the year with nine RBIs and six stolen bases.

Ty Fowler (Tennessee Wesleyan College Jr., Cartersville) — Fowler saw action on the mound in one of his team’s three games over the weekend against Reinhardt, earning the last out of a game on a strikeout. He also walked one in the appearance. Fowler has thrown 5 1/3 innings across four appearances this season, recording eight strikeouts while allowing seven runners to reach base and two runs.

Robert Harris (Troy University Sr., Woodland) — Harris received two innings of work in a game against Georgia Southern Saturday. He pitched the final two frames and allowed two runs on two hits, a hit by pitch and a walk. Harris has now pitched 13 2/3 innings on the year across eight appearances and has allowed eight earned runs on 14 hits and seven walks with 12 strikeouts and a .255 batting average against.

Harrison Hatfield (Shorter University So., Cartersville) — Hatfield went 1-for-5 with a walk and a run scored in two games during a series with Lee University over the weekend. He has a .973 fielding percentage in 37 chances this season as a middle infielder.

Bradley Hood (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cass) — Hood pitched two innings in relief for the Chargers in their series against Dalton. He allowed one earned run on a hit and three walks with two strikeouts. Hood has pitched nine innings across nine games this season. He has allowed four earned runs on nine hits, three walks and has struck out eight.

Tripp Jamieson (University of the Cumberlands Jr., Cartersville) — Jamieson went 0-for-8 in two starts at first base during a three-game series with Shawnee State. For the season, Jamieson is hitting .250 with a .310 on-base percentage and a .462 slugging percentage in 52 at bats. He has three doubles, a triple and two home runs to go along with 13 runs scored and 14 RBIs.

Connor Justus (Georgia Tech Jr., Cartersville) — Georgia Tech earned a nice three-game sweep over Virginia Tech in ACC play over the weekend to get back in several of the top 25 rankings. Justus did his part as he went 6-for-12 during the series with two walks, four runs scored, three RBIs, one double and his second home run of the season. Justus is now leading the team with a .416 batting average while batting second in the order and starting at shortstop. He holds a .494 on-base percentage and a .649 slugging percentage while leading the team in extra-base hits with 12. He also has 21 runs scored, 16 RBIs and four stolen bases in 77 at bats.

Cody Ledbetter (Young Harris College Fr., Cass) — Ledbetter saw his first action of his college career last week against Mars Hill, tossing 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit, one walk and two runs.

Sean McDermott (Cleveland State CC Fr., Adairsville) — McDermott continues to rake for Cleveland State while batting in the No. 3 hole. He went 6-for-20 in four starts last week with a walk, a home run and a double. He added three RBIs and three runs scored. McDermott is hitting .364 in 77 at bats this year with a .409 on-base percentage and a .506 slugging percentage. His home run was his second in as many weeks and he has now driven in 15 runs and scored 15 runs.

Hunter Osborn (Reinhardt University So., Cartersville) — After seven starts, Osborn finally drew his first loss of the season during a game Saturday against Tennessee Wesleyan. He threw five innings, allowed four runs on six hits and four walks with four strikeouts. He is now 4-1 on the season with a 1.95 ERA in seven starts, 37 innings. He has a .197 batting average against with 27 strikeouts.

Mason Robinson (Wallace State-Dothan So., Woodland) — Robinson went 4-for-12 with a double and two runs scored during a four-game conference series with Chattahoochee Valley last week. He is now hitting .263 on the season with a .364 on-base percentage and a .461 slugging percentage in 76 at bats. He has 13 runs scored and seven RBIs on the year.

Tristan Smith (Young Harris College Fr., Adairsville) — Smith has produced when given an opportunity all season, but is now asserting himself as the starting shortstop for Young Harris. He started four games last week against Mars Hill and Francis Marion. He went 6-for-17 over the course of the week with three walks, three runs scored and two RBIs. In eight starts and 13 games played, Smith is second on the team with a .343 batting average in 35 at bats. He holds a .425 on-base percentage and .429 slugging percentage to go along with seven runs scored and three RBIs.

JoJo Underwood (UNC Greensboro Jr., Cartersville) — Underwood saw action in one game off the bench this weekend against Marist Sunday. He went 1-for-1. He is now 2-for-9 on the year with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.

Chaz Wilson (Columbus State University Jr. Cass) — Wilson tossed one inning in a win against No. 25 Lander Friday and did not allow a baserunner, striking out two. Wilson has made eight appearances and has allowed a run to score in just two of those appearances. He has allowed six earned runs 12 1/3 innings on nine hits with 13 strikeouts.