The soon-to-be senior outfielder for Cass High has followed up a stellar high school season with some recognition in all-star games and showcases, including an invitation to the Georgia Dugout Club Top 100 Game in Lawrenceville Wednesday.
Etheridge hit .376 with a .516 slugging percentage this season. He scored 33 runs to go along with 17 RBIs and a home run while leading the Colonels to the second round of the state playoffs. He also pitched to a 3.05 ERA while striking out 83 batters in just 59 2/3 innings pitched this season.
He was recently named to the 7-AAAA all-region first team for his efforts with Cass this season.
“He was a tremendous center fielder. Whenever a fly ball was hit to center field, we felt Brandon had a chance to catch it — he covered that much ground. Nobody tested him [his throwing arm] all year,” Cass head baseball coach Adam Williams said of Etheridge after hearing he made the all-region first team. “He was our leadoff man and the catalyst for our offense. He was the kind of guy who got things going for us. If Brandon got on base, we were going to have a good day.”
Earlier this month, Etheridge played in the Perfect Game National Academic Showcase held in Fort Myers, Fla., June 1-2. He pitched one inning and recorded two strikeouts. At the plate, he played two games and went 4 for 6, including a triple and a game-winning RBI. He also had three stolen bases and three runs scored. The game requires a certain grade point average to qualify and Etheridge played in front of several college coaches and pro scouts at the event.
Etheridge also is invited to the Under Armour Baseball Factory Team One South Showcase being held in Peachtree City July 12-13. Some of the top players nationwide have been chosen for each of the regional Team One showcases and will get to play in front of a large contingent of pro scouts and college coaches.
Etheridge has already drawn interest from several Division I colleges and hopes to draw more with performances in these all-star games and showcases.