The spring college sports season is roughly halfway done. Here are some notable performances from Forsyth County alums around the country. All statistical totals are as of Thursday.
Seth Beer (Lambert), playing what will most likely be his last college season with Clemson, has reinforced his status as one of the best college hitters in the country. Beer is batting a relatively modest .286, but he has a .443 on-base percentage, has walked 26 times and struck out just 14, and 14 of his 28 hits have gone for extra bases. Of those hits, 10 have been home runs, and Beer hit four in the previous week alone. Beer’s lack of speed and defensive prowess hamper his standing as a prospect, but he’s still expected to be picked early in the MLB Draft in June.
Georgia Tech is having another iffy season, sitting at 17-12 and 6-6 in the ACC, but Kyle McCann (Lambert) has been mashing for the Yellow Jackets, with a .325 average and team-best .662 slugging percentage. McCann, a sophomore who has primarily played at first base, has 25 hits in 77 at-bats, already eclipsing the total he amassed in 121 at-bats as a freshman.
Mason McWhorter (West Forsyth) has had an all-or-nothing season at the plate for Georgia Southern, with his total of 40 strikeouts being 14 more than any other teammate, but McWhorter has been productive when he has made contact. He’s second on the Eagles with a .284 average, and his .569 slugging percentage is best on the team by far. He has nine doubles, six home runs and 25 RBIs.
Andrew Grogan (North Forsyth) has started 10 games for Chipola College, a junior college powerhouse that won the NJCAA Division I World Series last June, and leads the team with a 2.08 ERA in 56.1 innings. Grogan, who committed to North Carolina over the offseason, has issued just five walks this season.
Georgia College has been one of the best teams in Division II this season, going 21-7 and 12-1 in the Peach Belt Conference, and Nate Schmal (South Forsyth) has been one of the Bobcats’ top bats, hitting .485 with a .636 slugging percentage in 21 games played. Schmal, a senior, is one of four Forsyth County grads on GC, along with Eric Furphy (Lambert), Trevor Guthrie (West Forsyth) and Logan Howard (Forsyth Central). Howard has thrown 18 innings out of the bullpen with a 3.50 ERA and 16 hits allowed.
The North Georgia baseball team made the Division II World Series last season largely on the strength of Forsyth County players’ contributions, and more alums are performing for the Nighthawks this year. Andres Perez (Pinecrest), who was drafted out of high school by the Braves, is mashing for UNG this season, batting .352 with 14 home runs and a .728 slugging percentage. Parker Morrison (Forsyth Central) has been one of the Nighthawks’ top bullpen arms, with a 2.96 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 13 hits allowed in 24 1/3 innings.
Brady Ballstadt (Lambert) is hitting .361 for Piedmont College, the second-best average on the Lions, with seven doubles, five triples and four home runs. The junior has also stolen 21 bases, the best total on the team. The Lions, as of Thursday, are 19-10 in the USA South Conference of Division III.
Bailley Concatto (West Forsyth), a four-time all-state honoree in her career with the Wolverines, has been one of the most productive players for Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, hitting .361 with a .439 on-base percentage for the Cougars, who are 14-11 with a 5-1 record in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Katherine Huey (South Forsyth) hasn’t maintained the scorching pace that earned her a national player of the week honor from espnW early in the season, but the freshman has still been plenty productive for Duke, hitting .269 with a .442 slugging percentage and compiling a 2.92 ERA, with 63 hits allowed in 64.2 innings.
Sofia Tapia (South Forsyth), currently in her sophomore season at Radford, is third on the Highlanders with a .294 batting average and .506 slugging percentage. Tapia is tied for the team lead with 17 walks.
The Young Harris softball team, playing in the Peach Belt Conference in Division II, has a staggering seven players hitting .300 or better, and Emily Harris (South Forsyth) has the second-best average on the Mountain Lions, hitting .371 with a .407 on-base percentage. The freshman has also stolen six bases for Young Harris, which is 24-12 overall and 7-3 in the PBC.
Villanova is currently ranked seventh in Inside Lacrosse’s Division I poll, and Eric Overbay (Lambert) has played in all 10 of the Wildcats’ games, racking up three goals and one assist, with 12 shots total.
Chris Price (Lambert), currently in his sophomore season as a defenseman at High Point, has played in all nine of the Panthers’ games this year and has started seven. Price has scored two goals and picked up seven groundballs.
Track and field
Savannah Carnahan (South Forsyth) earned SoCon Freshman of the Year honors in cross country and indoor track during her first year at Furman, and Carnahan has continued her progression in her sophomore outdoor season. She ran a 15:49.89 in the 5,000-meter run at the Raleigh Relays on March 30, which stands as the ninth-best time in the NCAA in the event this season.
Liz Galarza (West Forsyth), who won state titles in cross country and the 3200 meter run during her senior season with the Wolverines, has already carved out a spot at Georgia Tech as a freshman. Galarza currently owns the second-best time on the Yellow Jackets this spring in the 5,000-meter run, clocking in at 17:20 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on March 30. Galarza also ran 4:34.55 in the 1500 meters at the FSU relays on March 23, the fifth-best time on the team in that event.