MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Members of the Georgia College Baseball team continue to work hard this summer, competing in collegiate summer leagues across the country.
Sophomore Cassius Young (Atlanta) made his home in Oneonta, New York with the Oneonta Outlaws in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) this summer. An All-Star selection, Young finished .291 on the year with four home runs, a team-high 31 RBIs and 27 runs scored. The Outlaws were 16-29.
Five Bobcats were on rosters in the Sunbelt League this year, including three with the league runner-up Marietta Patriots. Redshirt freshman Chris Rolick (Marietta) earned a spot on the All-Star Team and made nine starts, going 2-4 with a 4.81 ERA and 38 strikeouts over 33 2/3 innings. The strikeout total was good for second on the squad. Classmate Brian DeCarlo (Acworth) made five relief appearances, owning a 2.84 ERA and four whiffs in 6 1/3 innings. Junior Tristen Thompson (Oconee) added four relief appearances with a pair of strikeouts. Senior Brooks Luther (Dallas) finished second on the team with 11 appearances, tossing 10 1/3 innings with a 1-1 record and 3.48 ERA. He fanned 14 while walking just five. The Patriots were 18-17 clinching the league's final playoff spot.
Marietta swept two from the Norcross Astros to advance to the Sunbelt Championship. Rolick got the start in the series opener Aug. 3 against the Brookhaven Bucks, taking a hard-luck loss with just two runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Patriots fell 2-0. Thompson also threw in the game, picking up two outs without allowing a hit. The Bucks took game two and the league championship Aug. 4 by an 11-4 score. DeCarlo had a relief appearance in this one, walking a pair and not allowing an earned run.
Sophomore catcher Austin Holloway (Social Circle) played in the Sunbelt for the Atlanta Crackers, going 20-for-97 with 16 runs and 11 RBIs. The run total tied for the team lead, while the RBIs ranked third. The Crackers went 20-12, falling to eventual champion Brookhaven Bucs in the playoffs. In that series, he was a combined 3-for-10 with two RBIs, a run, a double and a stolen base.
Righty hurler Connor Wilson (Newnan) threw in eight games with three starts for the Gwinnett Tides, amassing a 1-1 mark and 2.81 ERA. The senior fanned 20 in 16 innings, his ERA ranking second among the Tides' starters. Gwinnett finished 8-21.
Both redshirt freshman catcher Jay Saunders (Moultrie) and sophomore pitcher Trevor Evans (Milledgeville) were members of the Madisonville Miners in the Ohio Valley Collegiate Summer League this year. Saunders was chosen for the All-Star Team, hitting .289 with a home run, 17 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Evans made six starts on the hill, going 2-3 with 21 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings. The Miners finished 14-25.
Three members of GC Baseball were in the Coastal Plain League (CPL), each playing for three different teams. Junior Cal Gentry (Perry) was a regular starter for the Macon Bacon, leading the squad with 24 runs, hitting .268 with a home run and 14 RBIs. The Bacon finished the season 22-26, qualifying for the playoffs and falling in the first round.
The CPL's Gastonia Grizzlies featured junior hurler Kyle King (Johns Creek) from the Bobcat roster. King threw in seven games with one start, going 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in 12 innings. The Grizzlies finished 23-26.
Righty Matt Studdard (Conyers) threw for the Asheboro Copperheads, seeing action in six games with a pair of starts. He owned an 0-1 record and a 4.76 ERA with 14 strikeouts over 17 innings. The team finished 16-32.
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