Local baseball players compete in WWBA 17U tournament

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Cartersville High rising junior Davis Williams spent a majority of his time on the field as a courtesy runner with the Canes this past season. But he showed recently during the WWBA 17U national championship tournament that he could be a big asset for Cartersville moving forward.

Williams earned two pitching wins while seeing action on the mound in five of seven pool-play games for an East Cobb Astros 16U team that finished 6-1. Across 10 innings, Williams finished with a 2-0 record, 2.10 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He struck out seven to just one walk.

Offensively, Williams had a .231 batting average and .375 on-base percentage in six games. The versatile right-handed hitter, who could be asked to play a number of positions at the high school level with the Canes replacing nearly their entire starting lineup, also scored five times and drove in four runs.

According to information provided to the Daily Tribune News, Williams was one of nine local players to compete in the tournament, which took place at LakePoint and surrounding high school fields. There were six Cass players and two Woodland players who were said to have participated in the event.

Both Wildcats were part of an East Cobb Yankees 17U squad that wound up 2-5.

Class of 2021 catcher Drew Billings hit .300 with three RBIs, while striking out two batters in a brief pitching appearance. Classmate Peyton Posey finished 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, and the right-hander gave up no earned runs with three strikeouts over six innings in a losing effort.

One of the Cass players, Matt Shook, played in every game for 643 DP Jaguars 16U. Shook hit .176 with a .263 OBP. He stole three bases, scored twice and drove in a run. On the mound, he pitched to a 1.30 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 5 1/3 innings.

A couple of Colonels saw action for Nelson Baseball School, which also finished 2-5.

Trey Scott, who will be a junior this fall, struck out two while allowing no earned runs over three total innings. Rising senior Logan Nelson also saw action, tossing two innings with two earned runs given up and walking in one of his five at-bats.

A trio of Cass players contributed for yet another 2-5 team, Charlie Culberson baseball 17U.

Rising junior Jayden Smith gave up two earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in the left-hander's lone pitching performance. He finished 2-for-8 at the dish with an RBI. Blaine Ingram had four hits to go along with a walk, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base. The rising senior had one scoreless appearance but allowed five earned runs in his other outing. Class of 2020 Colonel Karson Kelley reached on a hit-by-pitch in one of his four plate appearances.

A few of the players discussed above and several more local baseball players are also currently participating in the WWBA 16U national championship.