GHC baseball players show skills for pro scouts, prep for 1st season
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Six Bartow County athletes who are playing at Georgia Highlands College got a chance to show their skills to Major League Baseball scouts on Wednesday.

The six, Austin Adams of Cartersville, Ty Fowler of Cartersville, Stephen Collum of Cartersville, Camden McGill of Woodland, and John Hood of Woodland, Luke Patterson of Woodland, are members of the Chargers baseball team, which was invited to participate in the Shorter College Scout Day.

Head coach Mike Marra said a number of Georgia Highland’s pitchers caught the eye of Major League Baseball scouts during a recent scrimmage at Darton State College.

Shorter extended the invitation to the Chargers so additional scouts could assess their talent as well, according to Marra.

The Chargers will be kicking off their inaugural spring season of baseball in early February.

That schedule includes 17 home games and one highly anticipated tilt against 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association world-series participant Walters (Tenn.) State Community College.

The Chargers will play 11 weekday home games at the East Cobb baseball complex and six weekend games at Woodland High School.

The home season kicks off at Richard Bell Field in Cartersville on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. against Cleveland (Tenn.) State Community College.

The schedule also includes a nonconference game in Rome against local rival Shorter University’s JV team. The Chargers and Hawks will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 26. GHC will open conference play on Tuesday, March 4, against South Georgia State College. The team’s first conference home series takes place the weekend of March 7.

“We’re excited about our schedule,” said Marra, who is entering his first season with the Chargers. “There are some great challenges on it and some opportunities for our home fan base to see high-caliber clubs come through Cartersville.

“We’ve got a powerhouse conference schedule, which is a huge boost for us, as well as a trip to Florence, S.C., to play in the prestigious Pepsi Invitational. It’s a strong schedule and definitely a step up from what many of our players have been used to as we continue to try and build a competitive experience to prepare ourselves for postseason play.”

Among the nonconference highlights are a four-game series against Piedmont College, the single game set with nationally ranked Walters State, a home series with Chattahoochee (Ala.) Valley Community College and a road doubleheader at Chattanooga State Community College.

GHC’s schedule for October includes play with four-year institutions around the state:

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m., the University of West Georgia, at West Georgia;

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m., Young Harris College, at Young Harris;

Saturday, Oct 26, 2 pm., Georgia Southwestern State University, at GSW.