Several college baseball and softball teams began their seasons this weekend, while others began their second weeks in action, and several Division I baseball teams start up this week.
Many former Bartow County high school baseball and softball players are playing key roles on their teams in the early going, and a few had big weekends at the plate.
Former Cane state champ Tripp Jamieson started his season with a grand slam, while Adairsville grad Sean McDermott went 5-for-11 over the weekend.
In softball, former Lady Wildcat Randi Wimpy is off to a strong start to the season in hopes of being named an all-American again, while teammates and fellow Bartow County natives Taylor Braselton, Sydney Flowers, Hunter Irvin and Taylor Weeks are all seeing action.
Former Lady Cane Annalyn Yantis also made her college debut for Samford, and former teammate Kailah Rain continued her hot hitting at Embry-Riddle.
Clifton Dempsey (Maryville So., Cartersville) — Dempsey went 2-for-2 while playing second base during a 12-6 win Friday against Sewanee. He went 2-for-4 on the weekend and appeared in three games for Maryville, also playing third base.
Bo Edwards (North Georgia Sr., Adairsville) — Edwards went 0-3, all as a pinch hitter, in a three-game series over the weekend against Kentucky Wesleyan.
Brandon Etheridge (Georgia Highlands So., Cass) — Georgia Highlands had a busy weekend with five games in three days, two against Chattanooga State and three against Walters State. Etheridge went 4-for-16 in the series with a walk, a stolen base, an RBI and two runs scored as the Chargers went 1-4.
Harrison Hatfield (Shorter So., Cartersville) — Hatfield saw action at second base in games Friday and Saturday against LeMoyne-Owen. He went 0-for-1 at the plate in a four-game series.
Evan Hilton (Georgia College Jr., Woodland) — Hilton pitched 2/3 of an inning Sunday in a 19-3 win over Albany State. He allowed one hit, three walks and one run with two strikeouts.
Bradley Hood (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cass) — Hood threw one perfect inning in a game Friday against Walters State. Hood struck out two in the inning.
Tripp Jamieson (Cumberlands Jr., Cartersville) — Jamieson went 4-for-8 with seven RBIs and four runs scored in the season-opening three-game series this weekend against Brescia. Jamieson hit a grand slam and walked in another run for a five-RBI game in Game 1 of a doubleheader Friday. In Game 2, Jamieson went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. In the third game of the series Saturday, Jamieson went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
Sean McDermott (Cleveland State Fr., Adairsville) — McDermott continues to start at first base and bat cleanup for Cleveland State as a freshman. He had a big series over the weekend in helping the Cougars take two out of three from Gordon State. He went 5-for-11 during the weekend series with one walk, three doubles, three RBIs and four runs scored. Through six games this season, McDermott is 7-for-21 with three walks, four runs scored and five RBIs.
Hunter Osborn (Reinhardt So., Cartersville) — After throwing five innings of one-hit, shut-out ball in Reinhardt’s season opener, Osborn allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings Saturday in a 6-3 loss to Ave Maria. Osborn was in line to pick up the win before a four-run sixth inning by Ave Maria. He allowed six hits and three walks in the start while striking out one.
Mason Robinson (Wallace-Dothan So., Woodland) — Robinson hit a double during a weekend series against Andrew. He made one start, but played in both games of the series, going 1-for-7.
Triston Smith (Young Harris So., Adairsville) — Smith saw action as a pinch runner in a game Sunday against Newberry.
Tyler Will (Berry Jr., Cartersville) — Will pitched one scoreless inning, working around two hits, to earn a save Saturday in a 5-2 win at home against Guilford. Will has pitched two scoreless innings in two appearances for Berry, and looks to be the team’s closer.
Asa Williams (Reinhardt Jr., Cartersville) — Williams started two of Reinhardt’s three games at catcher this weekend. He caught Osborn in one of the games and went 0-for-1 at the plate with a walk. He also started Sunday’s game and went 1-for-5 with a double.
Chaz Wilson (Columbus State Jr., Cass) — Wilson threw 3 2/3 innings with two strikeouts, allowing one unearned run in a middle relief appearance Wednesday, part of an 8-7 win over Albany State.
Bethany Ballard (Armstrong State Jr., Cass) — Ballard pinch hit during a game Friday in Palm Beach, Florida. She came through with a two-run double as Armstrong State came away with a 5-0 win.
Taylor Braselton (Reinhardt Jr., Woodland) — Reinhardt played four games last week, winning all four, and Braselton has been starting in center field and leading off. She is 5-for-13 (.385) through the first four games with three runs scored, two walks and an RBI. She went 2-for-2 against Taylor Saturday with a run, an RBI and a walk.
Sydney Flowers (Reinhardt Jr., Woodland) — Flowers has started three games at third base for Reinhardt and has scored one run.
Lacey Fritz (Southeastern Louisiana Jr., Woodland) — Southeastern Louisiana played five games this weekend to open the season. Fritz appeared in four of those games and went 1-for-7 with two walks.
Hunter Irvin (Reinhardt Fr., Cartersville) — Irvin has made three appearances as a pinch hitter so far this season. She had a hit and two RBIs Friday against Taylor.
Kailah Rain (Embry-Riddle So., Cartersville) — Embry-Riddle played two doubleheaders Friday and Saturday, the first against South Carolina Beaufort and the second against St. Thomas. Rain had a hit in each game and went 5-for-12 on the weekend with a double, two sacrifice bunts, an RBI and five runs scored. She is now hitting .353 on the year while batting in the No. 2 spot in the order and starting in center field. Over six games, 17 at bats, she has six hits, scored six runs and stolen two bases.
Taylor Weeks (Reinhardt Jr., Adairsville) — Weeks has started each game at shortstop and batted in the No. 2 slot in the lineup for the first few games of the season for Reinhardt. She is 3-for-11 (.273) with two walks, a double and three RBIs.
Randi Wimpy (Reinhardt Sr., Woodland) — The three-time all-American is off to another strong start to the season for Reinhardt. She is 6-for-12 through the first four games with a home run, two triples, a double, four walks and five RBIs. Her biggest game came Saturday against Georgetown when she went 2-for-4 with a home run, triple, four RBIs and two runs scored.
Annalyn Yantis (Samford Fr., Cartersville) — Samford played five games in three days, beginning Friday, to open the season. The Bulldogs went 2-3, beating Lipscomb and Belmont, and losing to No. 11-ranked Louisiana Lafayette 1-0. Yantis saw action in the circle in the 10-1 win over Belmont Sunday. She pitched one perfect fifth inning, only needing four pitches to get out of the frame.