Justus, Goss, D-I baseball players have big opening weekends

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The season kicked off this weekend for NCAA Division I college baseball players.

Several former Bartow County high school players got off to strong starts to the season, including former Cane Connor Justus for Georgia Tech and Michael Goss for UNC-Greensboro.

There also were many other players not at the D-I level who also had strong weeks for the respective college teams.

Here is how Bartow baseball players did this past week:

Clifton Dempsey (Maryville College So., Cartersville) — Dempsey has begun establishing himself as the regular second baseman for the Scots as he played in all three games for Maryville in its three-game series over the weekend against MacMurray. He started the last two games at second and went 3-for-7 on the weekend, scoring a run in each game and adding a stolen base to help Maryville sweep MacMurray. He is now 5-for-13 on the season (second on the team at .385) with a double, two walks, three stolen bases, two RBIs and four runs scored.

Bo Edwards (University of North Georgia R-Sr., Adairsville) — Edwards played in one game of North Georgia’s three-game sweep over Georgia Southwestern State over the weekend, but played a big part in the 11-2 win Saturday as he went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a walk in the start at designated hitter. He has played in four games this season, started two, and is 2-for-11 with two doubles, an RBI and a walk.

Brandon Etheridge (Georgia Highlands College So., Cass) — Georgia Highlands played four games last week against three teams — a 12-2 win Wednesday against Cleveland State, a 3-1 loss Saturday against St. Louis, a 3-0 win against Lincoln Trail Saturday and a 2-1 win Sunday against St. Louis. Etheridge started and batted second in the order in the three weekend games, going 3-for-10. He went 1-3 with an RBI and a run in the 3-0 win Sunday against Lincoln Trail. He then went 2-for-4 with a double, eventually coming around to score the first run in the first inning of Sunday’s game. Etheridge is now 12-for-43 (.279) on the season with a double, three RBIs, seven runs scored and two stolen bases.

Ty Fowler (Tennessee Wesleyan College Jr., Cartersville) — Fowler saw his first action of the year Saturday in a 13-4 win over Indiana University Southeast. Fowler threw one inning and struck out the side without allowing a hit or walk.

Michael Goss (UNC-Greensboro R-Jr., Cartersville) — UNC-Greensboro opened its season with a three-game series against High Point this weekend. Goss, who is in his first season with UNC-Greensboro after transferring from Chattanooga State, had a big debut as he went 6-for-13 in the series with a double, a home run, two walks and a hit by pitch. He drove in five runs and scored another four as UNC-Greensboro took two out of three from High Point.

Robert Harris (Troy University Jr., Woodland) — Harris saw his first action of the season Friday against Northern Kentucky, throwing two shutout innings with four strikeouts. He allowed one hit and two walks in the 10-3 win.

Bradley Hood (Georgia Highlands College Fr., Cass) — Hood threw 2/3 of an inning Saturday in Game 1 of a doubleheader for the Chargers. He allowed one hit and struck out a batter in the outing. He threw seven pitches, six for strikes to the three batters he faced. Hood has now thrown two innings in three appearances in the Chargers’ first 13 games. He has struck out three batters and has yet to allow a run.

Tripp Jamieson (University of the Cumberlands Jr., Cartersville) — Jamieson continues his hot hitting to start the season for the Cumberlands. He played in three of the four games for the Patriots last week, starting two at first base. He went 2-for-6 on the week with a double, triple, walk, two RBIs and three runs scored. He is currently 6-for-13 (third on the team with a .462 batting average). He also has two doubles, a triple and a home run for an impressive 1.000 slugging percentage. He has two walks for a .500 on-base percentage with nine RBIs and seven runs scored.

Connor Justus (Georgia Tech Jr., Cartersville) — Justus began his season on a high note as he played a major role in helping the Yellow Jackets win their first three games against Purdue, Western Michigan and VCU. Justus started all three games at shortstop and went 7-for-12 with two RBIs, two runs scored, two stolen bases and a double in the first three games. He went 2-for-3 against Purdue in a 5-2 win with a double, RBI and walk. He went 2-for-5 in a 13-0 win over Western Michigan with a run and an RBI, and went 3-for-4 with a run and two stolen bases against VCU.

Sean McDermott (Cleveland State CC Fr., Adairsville) — McDermott has been one of Cleveland State’s best hitters in the early going as he bats in the cleanup spot and starts at first base. He went 1-for-3 Wednesday in a game against Georgia Highlands last week and 3-for-6 in a two-game series Saturday against Vincennes University with a run scored. For the season, McDermott is 10-for-30 with two doubles, five runs and five RBIs.

Hunter Osborn (Reinhardt University So., Cartersville) — Osborn received a start Saturday at home against St. Francis, throwing five shutout innings with five strikeouts. He allowed just one hit, three walks and one hit by pitch. For the season, Osborn has thrown 14 2/3 innings across three starts and is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA, a .167 batting average against, a 1.30 WHIP and 13 strikeouts.

Mason Robinson (Wallace-Dothan CC So., Woodland) — Robinson played in four games this week, going a combined 4-for-14 with three walks, four runs scored, three RBIs, a double and a stolen base. His biggest game came against West Georgia Tech when he went 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base in a 13-1 win. Robinson has played in nine games this season and is 6-for-32 with one home run, three doubles, five walks, five runs scored, three RBIs and three stolen bases on the year.

JoJo Underwood (UNC-Greensboro Jr., Cartersville) — Underwood saw action in two games at catcher for UNC-Greensboro over the weekend and went 0-for-1 at the plate.

Tyler Will (Berry College Jr., Cartersville) — Will pitched 1/3 of an inning in relief Saturday in a 5-4 win against Fontbonne. A couple of errors made the outing tough as Will allowed four runs and two unearned runs on three hits and no walks.

Asa Williams (Reinhardt University Jr., Cartersville) — Williams started three of the five games last week for Reinhardt at catcher. The Eagles went 4-1 with a loss at Faulkner, three wins at home against St. Francis on Friday and Saturday and another win against Goshen College Sunday. Williams went 4-for-8 on the week, going 1-for-2 Friday against St. Francis with an RBI and a hit by pitch, going 1-for-3 against St. Francis Saturday with an RBI and hit by pitch, and he went 2-for-3 Sunday with three RBIs against Goshen. He is 7-for-23 (.304) with two doubles and six RBIs in seven starts this season at catcher.

Chaz Wilson (Columbus State University Jr., Cass) — Wilson pitched two scoreless innings in a 12-5 win Saturday in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Young Harris. Wilson gave up one hit, one walk and had two strikeouts while pitching the seventh and eighth innings of the win. He has seen action in two games so far this season and has not allowed a run in 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. He has allowed just one unearned run with three hits, four walks, no extra-base hits and owns a .188 batting average against.