Sam Howard sets minor league career high with 10 strikeouts for Modesto Nuts

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Former Cartersville High pitcher and current Colorado Rockies minor leaguer Sam Howard set a new career High Friday when he struck out 10 batters for the first time in his professional career in a start at the San Jose Giants.

Howard went seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits with no walks. He threw 69 of his 87 pitches for strikes and retired the last nine batters he faced, including the San Francisco Giants’ No. 8 prospect, Chris Shaw, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Howard.

Howard now has 40 strikeouts, holds a 3.44 ERA and an impressive .197 batting average against in seven starts, 36 2/3 innings, this season for the Class A-Advanced Modesto Nuts.

COLLEGE PLAYERS

Adam Clark (Georgia Gwinnett College Sr., Cartersville) — The former DTN Pitcher of the Year for the Canes has made 13 starts for Georgia Gwinnett this year, which won the Association of Independent Institutions conference championship on May 10. Clark pitched seven innings in the championship game against Clarke and allowed one run on two hits and one walk with six strikeouts to earn the win. He has a 6-1 record on the year with 47 strikeouts and a 3.24 ERA in 66 2/3 innings.

Brandon Etheridge (Georgia Highlands So., Cass) — The Chargers ended their season with two losses to Darton State and East Georgia State in the GCAA conference tournament last week. Etheridge went 1-for-8 with a walk and a run scored in those two games. He finishes the year batting .283 with a .376 on-base percentage, 12 doubles, four triples, 50 runs scored and 39 RBIs in 212 at bats while starting every day in the outfield and batting in the No. 2 hole.

Michael Goss (UNC Greensboro Jr., Cartersville) — Goss went 0-for-5 with two walks and a run scored in two starts at first base during a weekend series with Western Carolina. Goss entered the week on a nine-game hit streak. He is now hitting .316 on the season with a .413 on-base percentage, 14 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 34 runs scored and 27 RBIs in 152 at bats.

Connor Justus (Georgia Tech Jr., Cartersville) — Justus went 2-for-12 with a run scored and an RBI in a weekend series at Virginia. Justus failed to reach base Saturday, the first time in 18 games he did not do so. He is still hitting .352 on the year with a .471 on-base percentage, 14 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 51 runs scored and 36 RBIs in 196 at bats while starting all 51 of Georgia Tech’s games at shortstop.

Chris Morton (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cass) — Morton pitched one inning in his last outing of the season against top-seeded Darton in the GCAA tournament Thursday. He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with a strikeout. Morton pitched 7 2/3 innings across 10 relief appearances and held a 5.87 ERA with six strikeouts on the year.

JoJo Underwood (UNC Greensboro Jr., Cartersville) — Underwood played in all three games of a weekend series with Western Carolina, playing third base in two games and catcher in the other.