MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – This summer, members of the Georgia College Baseball team competed in collegiate summer leagues across the country.
Many of the Bobcats continued their winning ways into the summer, as Matthew Chester (Evans) and Cassius Young (Atlanta) contributed to a championship for Top Speed Baseball, Brennan Crooms (Metter) and Cam Hill (Marietta) teamed for a title with the Hoptown Hoppers, and a quartet of Bobcats took runner-up honors with the Macon Bacon.
Four Bobcats called Macon home this summer, as Cal Gentry (Perry), Forrest Wilson (Marietta), Bryce Bowen (Elberton) and Chris Rolick (Marietta) took the field for the Macon Bacon of the Coastal Plain League (CPL). Former All-American Gentry finished the season with 45 hits and seven stolen bases. Wilson had a 5.95 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 12 appearances. Rolick was named to the All-Coastal Plain League Second Team, tallying a league-best eight saves, striking out 25 in 16 2/3 innings. Bowen fanned 20 batters in 11 2/3 inning pitched, finishing with a 4.63 ERA. The Bacon finished second in the CPL South Division with a 30-21 record.
Also in the CPL with the Fayetteville SwampDogs was KC Brown (Rincon). He was 23-for-85, driving in 16 runs and scoring seven times as well. The SwampDogs finished with a 24-26 record.
More CPL action this summer for rising senior hurler Kyle King (Johns Creek), as he took a slot on the roster for the Gastonia Grizzlies. King was honored as a second team All-CPL (Coastal Plain League) selection. He was 3-1 in five starts, owning a stellar 2.16 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 25 innings. The Grizzlies finished 33-18, first in the CPL West.
Making the trip to Oneonta, New York was Josh Hudgins (Dunwoody), Ashton Sturgell (Evans) and Baylin Moore (Albany). The trio of Bobcats played for the Oneonta Outlaws in the Perfect Game League (PGL). Moore was 32-for-130 this season, scoring 23 runs and driving in 22. On the mound, Hudgins was 2-3 in eight outings. He owned a 5.81 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 31 innings. Sturgell made 12 appearances, allowing 25 earned runs over 19 1/3 innings and striking out 17. The Outlaws ended their season with a 16-27-1 overall record.
Also in the PGL, playing for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, were pitchers Luc Scudellari (Roswell) and Kyler Pelfrey (Adairsville). Scudellari made seven appearances, owning a 1-0 record and 4.21 ERA. He has also fanned 40 over his 21 1/3 innings of work. Pelfrey had 4 2/3 innings of work, allowing seven runs and fanning five. The DiamondDawgs were 29-17, third in the PGL East.
The longest trip belongs to the duo of Chester and Young, as they played for Top Speed Baseball in California's Golden State Collegiate Baseball League (GSCBL). Chester hit .354 with 29 hits, two home runs, sixteen RBIs and eighteen runs, while Young hit .336 on 42 hits, including nine doubles, two triples, and six home runs. Top Speed finished 35-9, the top record in the GSCBL.
Bobcat fans could find Noah Mendlinger (Alpharetta) and Mitchell Sutton (Fayetteville) in Brookhaven, playing for the Brookhaven Bucks of the Sun Belt League (SBL). Mendlinger tore up SBL pitching, batting .378 on a team-high 42 hits. He had eight doubles, a triple, 28 RBIs and 31 runs. Sutton had a hit and a walk in six trips to the plate. The Bucks ended their season with a 21-12 record.
Pitchers Tristen Thompson (Bishop) and Kole Newman (Savannah) played for the Champion City Kings in Springfield, Ohio, members of the Prospect League (PL). Newman made seven appearances, allowing 18 runs over 9 2/3 innings, and striking out seven. Thompson made eleven appearances, with a 14.11 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings of work. The Kings finished 25-34.
The Bobcats had a pair of hitters on the roster for the Hoptown Hoppers in Kentucky. Both Hill and Crooms were on the roster for the Hoppers, members of the Ohio Valley League (OVL). Crooms hit .255, owning two doubles, a triple and a home run among his 12 hits. He drove in eleven and scored seven times. Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Freshman of the Year, Hill had 25 hits, 23 runs and twelve RBIs. He had a home run and two triples as well. The Hoppers finished 26-13, the best record in the OVL West.
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