Sam Howard is off to a rocking start in Major League Baseball spring training camp.
The Colorado Rockies left-hander and former Purple Hurricane received his second appearance in spring training on Saturday. He pitched the fifth and sixth innings against the Seattle Mariners, allowing no baserunners with two strikeouts.
He has now pitched four scoreless innings this spring, allowed just one hit, no walks, and has struck out three.
In college action, several former Bartow high school players hit for high averages last week, including former Adairsville Tigers Sean McDermott and Tyler Washington, while Cass grad Bradley Hood had a pair of strong outings on the mound for Georgia Highlands.
Also of note, several basketball players are getting ready for their conference tournaments this week.
Elliott Anderson (Auburn Fr., Cartersville) — Anderson came on to pitch in the ninth inning Friday against Lipscomb. He allowed one hit, one walk and hit a batter, recording one out on a strikeout before being relieved. Anderson has now seen three appearances out of the bullpen for Auburn and has allowed three hits, three walks and three runs in 1.1 innings with two strikeouts.
Brandon Etheridge (Limestone Jr., Cass) — Etheridge went 5-for-15 in four starts in right field last week. He added two RBIs, one run scored and two stolen bases. For the season, Etheridge is hitting .268 in 41 at bats with a .362 on-base percentage, one triple and one home run. He also has pitched 2.1 innings and allowed no runs and four hits with three strikeouts. He has played in 16 of his team’s 21 games and started 11.
Carrington Evans (Augusta Fr., Cartersville) — Evans went 0-for-2 with a walk in his one game played last week. He came off the bench and played left field in the game. Evans is 4-for-11 this season with four runs scored, an RBI and three walks.
Michael Goss (UNC-Greensboro Sr., Cartersville) — Goss went 3-for-12 with three walks in four starts at first base this week. He added a double, an RBI and two runs scored as UNC Greensboro dropped a game to North Carolina State early in the week before bouncing back to sweep Maryland Eastern Shore in a weekend three-game series. Goss is now hitting .278 on the season in 36 at bats with a .349 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. He has started all 11 of his team’s games at first base and has two home runs, two doubles, eight RBIs and six runs scored.
Bradley Hood (Georgia Highlands So., Cass) — Georgia Highlands went 6-0 last week and Hood played a part. He pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout in a 5-4 win over Roane State on Feb. 28. He then pitched two innings in an 11-1 win over Macomb on Saturday, allowing just one unearned run on no hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Hood has now pitched five innings across three appearances out of the bullpen. He has allowed one earned run, four hits, one walk and has struck out seven.
Cody Ledbetter (Young Harris So., Cass) — Ledbetter made his first appearance of the season Thursday in a 12-5 win over Cedarville. He pitched one-third of an inning, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout.
Sean McDermott (Cleveland State So., Adairsville) — The Mercer signee continues to hit for a high average, as he went 6-for-14 with two runs scored in four games last week. He is now hitting a team-leading .449 on the year with a .481 on-base percentage and a .673 slugging percentage in 49 at bats. He has started all 13 games at first base, and has three doubles, a triple and two home runs to go along with 13 runs scored and 13 RBIs while hitting in the 3-hole for 10-3 Cleveland State.
JoJo Underwood (UNC-Greensboro Sr., Cartersville) — Underwood started two of his team’s four games last week, going 2-for-6. In one start against Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday, Underwood hit a double, walked twice, scored three runs and had two RBIs. He now has four hits in 21 at bats this season with a home run, three RBIs, five runs scored and two walks.
Tyler Washington (Young Harris Jr., Adairsville) — Young Harris only played one game last week and Washington got the start in left field. He went 3-for-4 in the game with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs. Washington now leads the team with a .370 batting average and a .452 on-base percentage in 27 at bats. He has played in 12 of his team’s 15 games, started six, and has eight runs scored and three RBIs on the year.
Emmanuel Holloway (UU Korihait Uusikaupunki (Finland Korisliiga), Woodland) — Holloway’s team picked up a much-needed win Wednesday against Pryinto, as the team moved to 5-26. It was the team’s first win since Nov. 30, 2016, a span of 18 games. Holloway played a major role in the 71-67 win, scoring a game-high 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. He added three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes. Korihait lost two days later to KTP Basket, but Holloway had another solid performance. He scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field with three rebounds, three assists and a block in 24 minutes. Holloway is now averaging a team-leading 12.6 points per game on 47 percent shooting from the field and 92.3 percent shooting from the free throw line. He also is averaging 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
A.J. Mosby (Alcorn State Jr., Cartersville) — Alcorn State will play in the first round of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament today on the campus of Alcorn State. The Braves are entering the tournament on a two-game losing streak after winning their previous 11. Illustrating his importance to the team, Mosby continues to rack up major minutes. He played 42 minutes in an overtime loss to Texas Southern. He scored five points with three assists and four rebounds in the game. He then scored 19 in 31 minutes on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 shooting from the free throw line in a loss Saturday at Prairie View. He added four assists, seven rebounds, a steal and a block to his statline.
Mosby is now averaging 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 30.6 minutes per game. He has started all 29 games this season and is shooting over 40 percent from 3.
Adrian Rodgers (Malbas Oresund Malmo (Swedish Basketligan), Cartersville native) — Malbas played one game last week, a 95-80 loss to Jamtland Basket. Rodgers scored 18 points in the game on 7-of-10 shooting from the field with six rebounds and four assists. Malbas is now 2-29 on the season, but Rodgers is leading the team in scoring by a wide margin at 15.3 points per contest. He also is averaging 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and one steal in 30 minutes per game. He has played in 26 of his team’s 27 games and is shooting 51.7 percent from the field.
Corey Tobin (Reinhardt Jr., Cartersville) — Reinhardt will play in the first round of the 32-team NAIA National Championship tournament Wednesday against No. 7-ranked Indiana University East. Tobin is averaging 7.8 points per game and shooting 39 percent from 3 in his first season with the Eagles while playing 21.6 minutes per game. He has played in 25 of the team’s 28 games and started 14.
Kennedy Bailey (Union Fr., Cartersville) — Bailey saw her first action of the season this weekend in two starts at catcher against Cincinnati Christian and Clarke. She went 0-for-4 at the plate.
Taylor Braselton (Reinhardt Sr., Woodland) — Reinhardt went 4-2 this week, including splitting its Appalachian Athletic Conference opening doubleheader against Point on Thursday. Braselton went 1-for-8 with a run and a stolen base while batting second and playing shortstop against Point. In the four games over the weekend, she had a couple of big hits, including a two-run double in a win over Avila on Friday, followed by a two-run single later that day in a win over St. Thomas.
Sydney Flowers (Reinhardt Sr., Woodland) — Flowers drew a walk in her lone plate appearance Thursday against Point. She also had a pair of bases-loaded RBI walks over the weekend.
Cassidy Howren (Reinhardt Jr., Adairsville) — Howren went 3-for-5 with a walk and a run scored in the AAC conference-opening doubleheader against Point on Thursday in two starts at catcher.
Sydney Hodorff (LaGrange So., Woodland) — Hodorff started five games at third base and came off the bench as a pinch hitter in another last week. She went 4-for-15 in the six games.
Taylor Waits (Brewton-Parker Fr., Cartersville) — Waits went 1-for-2 with a double in a game on Feb. 27 against USC Beaufort. She has played in three games this season and is 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Taylor Weeks (Reinhardt Sr., Adairsville) — Weeks went 3-for-9 while batting in the leadoff spot in Reinhardt’s doubleheader to open conference play on Thursday. She also had an RBI single in a win over Avile on Friday. She added an RBI, a walk and two runs scored in games later in the weekend.
Lauren Womack (Georgia Highlands So., Cass) —Womack went 1-for-9 with three runs scored and two stolen bases in starts at shortstop during two doubleheaders last week against Andrew and Abraham Baldwin.
Annalyn Yantis (Samford So., Cartersville) — Yantis pitched one-third of an inning against Massachusetts during a tournament at Mississippi State over the weekend. She allowed four runs on five hits. Those were the first runs Yantis has allowed on the year. Prior to that, she had pitched two scoreless innings across two appearances, allowing one hit and no walks.
Eric Dunlap (Montreat Fr., Cass) — Montreat took two 9-0 losses to Mars Hill and Georgetown College last week. Against Mars Hill on Feb. 27, Dunlap and partner Peopoldo Lucero lost 8-0 at 1 doubles. Dunlap then lost at singles 6-0, 6-3. The three games won were the most for a Montreat player on the day.
Peyton Gollhofer (Ball State So., Cartersville native) — Ball State played one match last week, a 6-1 win over Belmont. Gollhofer played Line 3 doubles and won her match, 6-0.
Sammy Rosario (Cumberland Sr., Cass) — Rosario competed in the NAIA Wrestling Championships in Topeka, Kansas, Saturday. Third-ranked Rosario won a 7-4 Decision over Midland University’s Isaiha Johnson in the backdraw at 133, but then lost two straight, a 4-3 Decision to Midland’s eighth-ranked David Berg and a 12-0 Major Decision against sixth-ranked Jake Sinkovics from the University of the Cumberlands in the fifth-place match. He finished sixth.