MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Fresh off a strong finish to another great season, the Georgia College baseball team has 14 players seeing action in collegiate summer leagues.
The Bobcats have participants scattered over six different leagues this summer, with the most being four each in both the Coastal Plains League (CPL) and the Northwoods League (NL).
First baseman Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) has returned to his home state to play for the Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast League. Ayres is 2-for-5 in the early going with four runs scored, also doing some pitching for the Sweets as in a scoreless inning he fanned two.
All-Peach Belt shortstop Brandon Benson (Loganville) is with the St. Cloud Rox of the NL. He has started six of the seven games thus far, driving in one and scoring another in a slow start.
PBC Pitcher of the Year Cameron Busby (Grovetown) and All-PBC outfielder Logan Mattix (Loganville) are also in the NL, playing for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. Busby has allowed just one run in 3 1/3 innings over his five appearances thus far, fanning three. Mattix is hitting .280 over the first six games, going 7-for-25 with four runs, a home run and three RBIs. He's also stolen two bases.
Also in the NL is Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek), pitching for the Kenosha Kingfish. In his first start, he went seven innings without allowing a run, striking out five for the win.
Utility Garrett Green (Bogart) is in the Sunbelt League, playing for the Gwinnett Tides with catcher Kyle King (Johns Creek). Green has played in both of their games thus far, going 1-for-3 with a stolen base, while King is hitless in two at-bats.
The Petersburg Generals in the CPL boast an unprecedented four Bobcats on their roster, with catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville) and All-Region outfielder Matthew Miller (Escondido, California) joining pitchers Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas) and Kane Keith (Hogansville) in Virginia. Over the first five games, Purcell is the only one to have played, hitting .375 on six hits, three runs scored and three steals.
Righty reliever Colin LoCurto (Kennesaw) is on the roster with the Covington Lumberjacks of the Valley Baseball League.
Righty reliever Brooks Luther (Dallas) and lefty Bradley Spinner (Roswell) are with the Sedalia Bombers of the MINK League. Luther has thrown an inning over two games of work, while Spinner has made a pair of starts, owning a 3.00 ERA and eight strikeouts over 12 innings.
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