The 2014 tournament is taking place from July 4-11 with four playing sites located in Bartow County, including LakePoint, Cass High, the old Cass High and the Cartersville Baseball Complex.
Twelve Bartow County players, spread amongst five teams, are participating in the tournament.
Overall, 240 teams are competing in 30 eight-team pools. The winner of each pool will advance to the knockout round of the tournament. Currently, the 643 DP Athletics 17U Cougars are the only team featuring Bartow County players that lead their respective pool. The Cougars roster has three Cartersville High players, including rising senior pitchers Wyatt Barnett, Jack Mayo and Lane Wilson.
Both Mayo and Wilson contributed to Cartersville’s postseason run to the Class AAA state championship. Wilson finished the postseason with a 1.58 ERA and allowed just 18 baserunners in 17 1/3 innings to go along with two saves.
Mayo came on in relief in Game 1 of the semifinals series against Buford and threw two shutout innings to keep the Canes in the game. He then started Game 3 of the series before Lane Wilson relived Mayo and picked up the win.
Ironically, Mayo and Wilson are teammates on the Cougars along with Buford’s Game 1 starter in the semifinal series, Jake Higginbotham, who is committed to Clemson.
The Cougars are 4-1 and have scored 19 runs, allowing just five.
Wilson pitched on Sunday against the Knoxville Stars 17U and threw three innings with two strikeouts in the Cougars’ 3-1 victory.
The Cougars play their next game today at Allatoona High at 2 p.m.
The Doubleday Rockies 17U also have three county players on the team, including Adairsville rising senior Reese Spencer, and Cartersville pitchers Alex Adsit and Garrett Rutledge.
Rutledge was another player who was key to Cartersville’s playoff run as, he threw a complete game in each of his five playoff starts, and even came on for a save in Game 3 of the semifinals against Buford after throwing a complete game the day before. He finished the postseason throwing 35 2/3 innings, allowing just 10 runs and striking out 30.
The Rockies are 2-2 and currently sit in sixth place in Pool Q. Their next game is today at Reinhardt College at 4:30 p.m.
Rising junior Elliott Anderson is another Cane competing in the tournament for the East Cobb Astros 16U Grey. Anderson won each of his two playoff starts for the Canes, pitching to a 3.00 ERA with nine strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings pitched.
The Astros are currently third in Pool F at 3-1. Their next game is at 11:30 a.m. today at the East Cobb Baseball Complex. Anderson picked up a win in each of his two postseason starts for the Canes
Cass High is well represented at the tournament as well. Nelson Baseball School 17s features three Colonels, including rising seniors Bradley Hood, Chris Hill and Cody Ledbetter. Hill was named to The Daily Tribune News All-County team after recording a 1.65 ERA in 29 2/3 innings in 2013. Hood also was one of Cass’ top pitchers as he finished 2013 with a 3.36 ERA in 33 1/3 innings to go along with 34 strikeouts.
Nelson Baseball school is 3-2, currently in fourth place in Pool P. The team’s next game is today at 10:30 a.m. at LakePoint.
Rounding out the Bartow County players participating in the tournament is Titans 17U, featuring the Cartersville battery of pitcher Micah Smith and catcher Elliott Berrey. Both will be seniors next season after contributing to the Purple Hurricanes in 2014. The Titans are 1-3 in Pool I, in sixth place, and play their next game at the old Cass High at 9 a.m. today.