Howard makes season debut, McDermott continues raking

Spring sports seasons continued to grind on for Bartow County alumni this week.

Peyton Gollhofer was the hero for Ball State tennis, winning the deciding match in their slim win over Miami (Ohio).

On college diamonds, former Adairsville Tiger Sean McDermott, coming off a conference player of the week award, dropped bombs for Cleveland State, while Taylors Braselton and Weeks continued their torrid seasons for Reinhardt.

In the minor leagues, Cartersville alumni Sam Howard made his first appearance. Howard was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque in the Colorado Rockies organization to start the season and pitched 2.2 innings in his season debut on Friday against Reno. He gave up three hits and one run and struck out three.

Connor Justus also got a promotion to start the season, as he’s now playing with the Class-A Advanced Inland Empire 66ers in the Los Angeles Angels organization. After going hitless in his first four games last week, he’s salvaged something by getting three hits in his last two games, including a crucial two-run double on Monday in a 7-3 win.


Brandon Etheridge (Limestone Jr., Cass) — Etheridge had a big game on April 12 at Wingate, going 2-for-6 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. All of his contributions were important in the game, as Limestone won 11-10. Overall, Etheridge hit 4-for-17 with a walk and four runs scored for the week while maintaining his role as the 2-hole hitter and right fielder. For the season, Etheridge is batting .286 with two home runs, a .363 on-base percentage, a .412 slugging percentage, 24 runs scored and 14 RBIs in 119 at bats. He has played in 39 of his team’s 44 games and started 34 in his first year with Limestone.

Carrington Evans (Augusta Fr., Cartersville) — Evans batted in the cleanup spot in the order in two games last week, starting all four of Augusta’s games in right field. He went 4-for-18 with two runs and two RBIs as Augusta lost to Lenoir-Rhyne on April 12, and then won one of the games in a three-game conference series over the weekend at Georgia College.

Michael Goss (UNC-Greensboro Sr., Cartersville) — UNC-Greensboro had a rough week, dropping a 10-1 game at North Carolina State and then losing two out of three in a home conference series against Wofford. Goss still hit well, though, going 5-for-16 with his fourth home run of the year, two doubles, a walk, six RBIs and a run scored. He is now batting .356/.417/.596 with 21 runs scored and 30 RBIs in 104 at bats as the team’s regular first baseman.

Cody Ledbetter (Young Harris So., Cass) — In a rare appearance, Ledbetter pitched two-thirds of an inning on April 11 in a 16-9 win. Ledbetter allowed four runs on two hits and two walks in his part of the third inning.

Sean McDermott (Cleveland State So., Adairsville) — McDermott was named the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Player of the Week two weeks ago after hitting .500. He followed up the accolade by having an even better week. He went 7-for-13 with two home runs, a triple, three doubles, four runs scored, four RBIs and two walks. His biggest game came Friday in a 9-0 win over Southwest Tennessee, when he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer. Adding to the big statistical week, McDermott also watched his future team, Mercer, break into the top 25 of the DI national rankings. The Adairsville grad is now hitting .394 with eight home runs, both leading the team. He also has a .459 on-base percentage and an impressive .709 slugging percentage with 34 RBIs and 29 runs in 127 at bats.

JoJo Underwood (UNC-Greensboro Sr. Cartersville) — Underwood played in two of his team’s four games last week, going 0-1 against Wofford and seeing time as a defensive replacement at catcher in an April 11 game at North Carolina State.

Tyler Washington (Young Harris Jr., Adairsville) — Washington had a hit in all but one of his team’s five games last week. Young Harris went 2-3 on the week, including one win in a three-game conference series against Montevallo over the weekend. Overall for the week, Washington went 5-for-20 with three walks, three RBIs, three runs and a double. He is now hitting .311/.379/.410 on the year with 24 RBIs and 23 runs in 122 at bats.


Taylor Braselton (Reinhardt Sr., Woodland) — Reinhardt and its five Bartow players are now done with the regular season, and will next play in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship beginning on April 26. Reinhardt finished tied for first place in the conference and is up to No. 16 in the NAIA top 25. Braselton did her part to win four out of six games last week. In the four games stats were available, the shortstop went 6-for-12 with three walks, six runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases. She is now hitting .448/.475/.521 with 54 runs and 25 RBIs in 165 at bats this year.

Sydney Flowers (Reinhardt Sr., Woodland) — Flowers played in all four games for which there were stats last week and went 2-for-10 with a walk, a hit by pitch and a run scored. Flowers is hitting .200 with a .333 on-base percentage, nine runs scored and six RBIs in 40 at bats.

Cassidy Howren (Reinhardt Jr., Adairsville) — Howren went 6-for-13 with three RBIs and three runs scored in four games last week. She is now hitting .257 for the season with a .325 on-base percentage and a .295 slugging. She has eight RBIs and 13 runs scored.

Kailah Rain (Embry-Riddle, Jr. Cartersville) — Rain went 0-for-8 with two walks and a run scored in three games last week against Barry. Rain is now hitting .196 on the year with a .286 on-base percentage in 79 at bats.

Taylor Weeks (Reinhardt Sr., Adairsville) — Weeks had exactly one hit in the last four games last week, going 4-for-13 with two walks and four RBIs. Weeks is second on the team to Braselton with a .395 batting average. She also has a .458 on-base percentage and a .469 slugging percentage. She has 25 RBIs and 35 runs in 147 at bats on the year and, along with Braselton, has played in all of her team’s games.

Lauren Womack (Georgia Highlands So., Cass) — Womack went 2-for-9 with two runs scored in four starts at shortstop as the Chargers split two doubleheaders last week. Womack is now hitting .298/.389/.360 in 114 at bats with 15 RBIs and 25 runs scored for the season.

Annalyn Yantis (Samford So., Cartersville) — Yantis pitched one inning in relief on April 12 in a 9-1 win at Tennessee Tech. She walked two and allowed one earned run, but no hits. Yantis has made five appearances on the year, pitching 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with a strikeout.


Peyton Gollhofer (Ball State So., Cartersville) — Gollhofer came up clutch last Friday as Ball State eked out a 4-3 win over Miami (Ohio). First, with the doubles point hanging in the balance, Gollhofer and Carmen Blanco beat the Redhawks’ No. 1 team 7-6 (8-6) to clinch that point. The singles matches were also close, meaning that the match would be on Gollhofer’s shoulders again. This time, she managed a 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles for the tiebreaking and clinching win. The Cardinals moved to 19-2 (7-0) with the win, setting up a mammoth season-ending match against Akron on Saturday. The Zips are also undefeated.


Bree Cole (Jacksonville State Fr., Cartersville) — Cole ran 11:44, good for sixth in the 3000 meters over the weekend at South Alabama’s invitational.

Samantha Patterson (Jacksonville State Jr., Woodland) — Patterson cleared her third and last attempt at 3.35 meters to finish 12th in the pole vault—first among her team’s vaulters—at South Alabama’s invitational.

Blake Perry (Jacksonville State Jr., Cartersville) — Perry finished 11th in the triple jump and 23rd in the 100 hurdles over the weekend at South Alabama’s invitational.


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