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Forsyth County rising up the college baseball ranks
A list of county college baseball players this past season
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West Forsyth's Chris Cullen (left) and Forsyth Central's Chap Lindstrom exemplified how Forsyth County natives are making an impact at all levels of college baseball. Cullen started 41 games at catcher for Division I-power South Carolina, while Lindstrom hit .339 in 52 games for NAIA-member Reinhardt. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

On Friday, former Lambert baseball star Seth Beer was named college baseball’s national player of the year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Clemson outfielder is the first freshman to ever win the honor.

But Beer wasn’t the only Forsyth County native performing on big stages in college baseball this past season.

There was West Forsyth’s Chris Cullen, who helped South Carolina reach the NCAA Super Regionals with 41 starts at catcher. There was Forsyth Central’s Danny Bermudez and Reed Clark and Lambert’s Dylan Biumi helping Western Carolina win the Southern Conference championship and reach the NCAA Tournament. There was South Forsyth’s Devin Gearhart who was named the best defensive third baseman in Division II.

Forsyth County baseball talent was plentiful in the college ranks again. Here’s a list of every county player who posted stats on a college team this past season:

BLESSED TRINITY

Keenan Innis, Georgia Tech: The junior outfielder and Cumming native hit .200 (10-for-50) in 32 games (eight starts) for the Yellow Jackets with 10 runs scored, one double and two RBI as Georgia Tech finished 38-25 overall and 13-16 in the ACC.

FORSYTH CENTRAL

Danny Bermudez, Western Carolina: The senior catcher hit .296 (67-for-226) in 61 games (all starts) for the Catamounts with 51 runs scored, 11 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBIs as Western Carolina finished 31-31 overall, 15-9 in the Southern Conference and won the SoCon Tournament Championship. Bermudez was named to the SoCon’s Second Team.

Andrew Gist, Georgia: The junior pitcher appeared in 15 games (six starts) for the Bulldogs and went 3-2 with a 5.18 ERA in 48 2/3 innings. Gist allowed 51 hits, 14 walks and struck out 37 as Georgia finished 27-30 overall and 11-19 in the SEC.

Logan Howard, Georgia College: The freshman pitcher appeared in six games (four starts) and went 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA in nine innings. Howard allowed 11 hits, 10 walks and struck out six as the Bobcats finished 31-16 overall and 19-11 in the Peach Belt Conference.

Dee Kelly, Oglethorpe: The sophomore infielder hit .214 (12-for-56) in 25 games for the Stormy Petrals with seven runs scored, one double, home run and nine RBI.

Chap Lindstrom, Reinhardt: The senior first baseman hit .339 (56-for-165) in 52 games (all starts) with the Eagles with 35 runs scored, 11 doubles, five home runs and 34 RBI as Reinhardt finished 29-25 overall and 11-17 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Lindstrom was named to the AAC’s Second Team.

Josh Meese, Reinhardt: The freshman catcher and infielder hit .182 (2-for-11) in six games (three starts) for the Eagles with two runs scored, two doubles and an RBI.

Spencer Transue, Oglethorpe: The senior infielder hit .257 (27-for-105) in 40 games for the Stormy Petrals with 19 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, home run and 17 RBI as Oglethorpe finished 20-23 overall and 9-12 in the Southern Athletic Association.

Nik Verbeke, Spartenburg Methodist: The sophomore pitcher appeared in 13 games (11 starts) for the Pioneers and went 6-2 with a 3.70 ERA in 58 1/3 innings. Verbeke allowed 75 hits, 19 walks and struck out 50 as Spartanburg Methodist finished 42-20 overall.

LAMBERT

Brady Ballstadt, Piedmont: The freshman outfielder hit .299 (38-for-127) in 39 games (all starts) for the Lions with 27 runs scored, five doubles, one triple, two home runs and 23 RBI as Piedmont finished 21-19 overall and 6-12 in the USA South Conference.

Seth Beer, Clemson: The freshman outfielder hit .369 (75-for-203) in 62 games (all starts) for the Tigers with 57 runs scored, 13 doubles, 18 home runs and 70 RBI as Clemson finished 44-20 overall, 16-14 in the ACC and hosted an NCAA Regional. Beer was named the ACC Player of the Year, won the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball’s national player of the year from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award as national player of the year from USA Baseball.

Dylan Biumi, Western Carolina: The sophomore pitcher appeared in 23 games (one start) for the Catamounts and went 3-2 with a 5.45 ERA in 34 2/3 innings. Biumi allowed 42 hits, 21 walks and struck out 38.

J.J. Clements, Sewanee: The freshman pitcher appeared in 11 games (one start) and went 0-3 with a 7.85 ERA in 18 1/3 innings. Clements allowed 31 hits, seven walks and struck out four as the Tigers finished 5-35 overall and 4-17 in the Southern Athletic Association.

J.D. Dutka, Florida Southwestern:  The freshman utility player hit .305 (58-for-190) in 50 games for the Buccaneers with 41 runs scored, 15 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 34 RBI at the plate while appearing in six games (no starts) on the mound with a 1.42 ERA in 6 1/3 innings as FSW finished 22-28.

Danny Edgeworth, Mercer: The junior infielder hit .265 (61-for-230) in 61 games (all starts) for the Bears with 44 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 41 RBI as Mercer finished 38-23 overall and 16-8 in the Southern Conference.

Eric Furphy, Georgia Southern: The freshman infielder hit .167 (3-for-18) in 11 games (six starts) for the Eagles with five runs scored and three RBI as Georgia Southern finished 36-24 overall and 16-14 in the Sun Belt Conference.

Nick Guimbarda, Presbyterian: The freshman infielder hit .189 (7-for-37) in 30 games (six starts) for the Blue Hose with seven runs scored, two doubles and four RBI as Presbyterian finished 27-30 overall and 12-12 in the Big South Conference.

Ian Kimbrell, Florida Southwestern: The freshman infielder hit .319 (51-for-160) in 48 games for the Buccaneers with 26 runs scored, eight doubles and 22 RBI.

Harrison Lee, Sewanee: The sophomore pitcher appeared in 12 games (no starts) and went 1-4 with a 8.41 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. Lee allowed 23 hits, 14 walks and struck out 17.

Trey Logan, Georgia: The sophomore infielder hit .160 (4-for-25) in 27 games (six starts) for the Bulldogs with four runs scored, two doubles and two RBI.

Brock Maxwell, Reinhardt: The freshman outfielder hit .182 (4-for-22) in seven games (all starts) for the Eagles with three runs scored and a stolen base.

Ben McCurley, Piedmont: The freshman pitcher appeared in 10 games (all starts) for the Lions and went 2-3 with a 4.78 ERA in 43 1/3 innings. McCurley allowed 56 hits, 25 walks and struck out 28.

James Owen, Oglethorpe: The senior catcher appeared in one game for the Stormy Petrals.

Thomas Reddin, Florida Southwestern: The freshman pitcher appeared in 16 games (one start) for the Buccaneers and went 0-1 with a 7.23 ERA in 18 2/3 innings. Reddin allowed 22 hits, 15 walks and struck out 18.

Joe Vonderschmidt, West Georgia: The sophomore pitcher appeared in 13 games (no starts) for the Wolves and went 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. Vonderschmidt allowed nine hits, eight walks and struck out 12 as West Georgia finished 42-16 overall, 22-11 in the Gulf South Conference and reached the Division II NCAA South Regional.

Matt Vonderschmidt, Piedmont: The freshman pitcher appeared in 20 games (no starts) and went 3-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 34 2/3 innings. Vonderschmidt allowed 46 hits, 10 walks and struck out 23.

NORTH FORSYTH

Max Bening, Piedmont: The freshman pitcher appeared in eight games (all starts) for the Lions and went 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA in 34 1/3 innings. Benning allowed 42 hits, 14 walks and struck out 27.

Matthew Heard, Georgia College: The freshman pitcher appeared in five games (no starts) for the Bobcats and went 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in 5 2/3 innings. Heard allowed five hits, one walk and struck out eight.

Dylan Powers, Toccoa Falls: The sophomore pitcher appeared in 15 games (12 starts) for the Eagles and went 5-4 with a 3.42 ERA in 79 innings. Powers allowed 67 hits, 30 walks and struck out 57 as Toccoa Falls finished 22-29 and reached the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series.

Trevor Sams, North Georgia: The redshirt junior infielder hit .354 (69-for-195) in 50 games (all starts) for the Nighthawks with 48 runs scored, 20 doubles, 13 home runs and 65 RBI as North Georgia finished 32-20 overall and 14-16 in the Peach Belt Conference.

SOUTH FORSYTH

Gavin Crimmins, Spring Hill: The freshman utility player hit .308 (4-for-13) in nine games (two starts) for the Badgers with three runs scored, one double and three RBI as Spring Hill finished 29-16 overall and 18-3 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Logan Cole, Truett-McConnell: The freshman pitcher appeared in 20 games (two starts) for the Bears and went 3-1 with a 7.24 ERA in 32 1/3 innings. Cole allowed 43 hits, 25 walks and struck out 18 as Truett-McConnell finished 28-27 overall and 13-14 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Andrew Cooley, Georgia Highlands: The sophomore infielder hit .259 (14-for-54) in 21 games for the Chargers with nine runs scored, two triples and eight RBI as Georgia Highlands finished 28-31.

Devin Gearhart, North Georgia: The redshirt junior infielder hit .314 (60-for-191) in 52 games (all starts) for the Nighthawks with 46 runs scored, 14 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 30 RBI. Gearhart received the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Glove Award as the best defensive third baseman in NCAA Division II.

Justin Graczyk, Reinhardt: The freshman outfielder hit .600 (3-for-5) in one game (one start) for the Eagles with two runs scored, two doubles and four RBI.

Jaesung Hwang, Lipscomb: The redshirt senior pitcher appeared in 12 games (no starts) for the Bison and went 3-1 with a 6.05 ERA in 19 1/3 innings. Hwang allowed 27 hits, nine walks and struck out 18 as Lipscomb finished 31-27 overall and 12-9 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Austyn Jacques, Spring Hill: The junior infielder hit .212 (7-for-33) in 16 games (nine starts) for the Badgers with nine runs scored, two doubles and five RBI.

Zach McCrum, Georgia Highlands: The sophomore utility player hit .329 (53-for-161) in 51 games for the Chargers with 32 runs scored, nine doubles, 10 home runs and 29 RBI at the plate and appeared in eight games (three starts) on the mound going 0-5 with a 6.03 ERA in 31 1/3 innings.

Daniel Ross, Millsaps: The senior pitcher appeared in 12 games (six starts) for the Majors and went 1-4 with a 6.82 ERA in 31 2/3 innings. Ross allowed 61 hits, nine walks and struck out 13 as Millsaps finished 20-21 overall and 12-10 in the Southern Athletic Association.

Nate Schmal, Chattanooga State: The sophomore outfielder hit .349 (58-for-166) in 49 games for the Tigers with 51 runs scored, 11 doubles, six triples, two home runs and 45 RBI as Chattanooga finished 34-15 overall and 17-10 in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association.

Michael Strait, Richmond: The freshman outfielder hit .455 (5-for-11) in seven games (one start) for the Spiders with two doubles and four RBI as Richmond finished 28-24 and 11-13 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Collin Strall, LSU: The senior pitcher appeared in four games (no starts) for the Tigers and went 0-0 with a 9.82 ERA in 3 2/3 innings. Strall allowed seven hits, four walks and struck out five as LSU finished 45-21 overall, 19-11 in the SEC and reached the NCAA Super Regionals.

Anthony Trovato, Rollins: The freshman pitcher appeared in eight games (no starts) for the Tars and went 0-0 with a 12.27 ERA in 7 1/3 innings. Trovato allowed 16 hits, five walks and struck out seven as Rollins finished 24-25 overall and 8-16 in the Sunshine State Conference.

WEST FORSYTH

Addison Albright, Georgia:  The freshman pitcher appeared in seven games (no starts) for the Bulldogs and went 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings. Albright allowed nine hits, eight walks and struck out four.

Brett Anderson, Andrew College: The sophomore infielder hit .273 (45-for-165) in 49 games for the Tigers with 23 runs scored, 14 doubles, five home runs and 25 RBI as Andrew finished 21-32 overall and 10-18 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Will Canady, Gardner-Webb: The redshirt senior utility player hit .118 (2-for-17) in 16 games (one start) for the Bulldogs with three runs scored as Gardner-Webb finished 37-21 overall and 14-10 in the Big South Conference.

John Cassandra, Montreat College: The sophomore pitcher appeared in 15 games (13 starts) for the Cavaliers and went 3-9 with a 5.75 ERA in 76 2/3 innings. Cassandra allowed 91 hits, 26 walks and struck out 48 as Montreat finished 15-38 overall and 7-20 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Chris Cullen, South Carolina: The freshman catcher hit .238 (35-for-147) in 50 games (41 starts) for the Gamecocks with 19 runs scored, 11 doubles, one home run and 23 RBI as South Carolina finished 46-18 overall, 20-9 in the SEC and reached the NCAA Super Regionals.

Trevor Guthrie, Georgia College: The redshirt sophomore pitcher appeared in 12 games (10 starts) for the Bobcats and went 3-3 with a 4.87 ERA in 44 1/3 innings. Guthrie allowed 41 hits, 25 walks and struck out 24.

Connor Hawkins, Reinhardt: The freshman pitcher appeared in eight games (no starts) for the Eagles and went 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in 12 1/3 innings. Hawkins allowed 12 hits, 10 walks and struck out eight.

Jonathan Kizzar, Martin Methodist: The junior pitcher appeared in nine games (seven starts) for the Redhawks and went 2-2 with a 3.78 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. Kizzar allowed 30 hits, 11 walks and struck out 18 as Martin Methodist finished 23-25 overall and 8-15 in the Southern States Athletic Conference.

Derrick Pickvet, North Georgia: The freshman pitcher appeared in 19 games (one start) for the Nighthawks and went 2-2 with a 2.02 ERA in 26 2/3 innings. Pickvet allowed 25 hits, 15 walks and struck out 17.

Austin Shea, Toccoa Falls: The sophomore pitcher appeared in 15 games (four starts) games for the Eagles and went 3-2 with a 3.59 ERA in 42 2/3 innings. Shea allowed 40 hits, 17 walks and struck out 33.

Will Skidmore, Piedmont: The senior infielder hit .336 (50-for-149) in 40 games (34 starts) for the Lions with 35 runs scored, nine doubles, four triples and 17 RBI.

Josh Tate, Piedmont: The sophomore catcher hit .278 (15-for-54) in 24 games (18 starts) for the Lions with seven runs scored, four doubles and eight RBI.

Alec Wilson, Stanford: The freshman outfielder appeared in 14 games (no starts) for the Cardinal as a pinch-runner with three runs scored as Stanford finished 31-23 overall and 15-15 in the PAC 12 Conference.

Notice anyone missing from this list? Feel free to contact the FCN sports staff at sports@forsythnews.com.