MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Fresh off the first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Championship in school history, the Georgia College baseball team has eighteen players seeing action in collegiate summer leagues.
The Bobcats have the most participants scattered over 11 different leagues this summer, with the most being three in the Ohio Valley League (OVL).
Senior catcher Joe Scott (Warner Robins, Ga.) and sophomore pitcher Lyndon Meadows (Warner Robins, Ga.) are both members of the Georgia River Rats in the Georgia Baseball League. Freshman catcher Henry Rowland (Augusta, Ga.) joins classmate Mason Colquitt (Norcross, Ga.) and sophomore Stewart Rich (Macon, Ga.) on the Hoptown Hoppers of the OVL.
In the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, Rob Hogenkamp (St. Louis) and Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) both play for the Seacoast Mavericks. While sophomore Seth Bancroft (Suwanee, Ga.) and junior John Clark (Duluth, Ga.) are both in the Great Lakes Collegiate League, Bancroft plays for the Lima Locos, and Clark for Linkin County.
Senior Taylor Hinshaw (Winder, Ga.) plays for the Newark Pilots and Jordan Brooks (Macon, Ga.) the Utica Brewers both in the Perfect Game League. The Syracuse Salt Cats' roster in the New York Collegiate League features both Colton Montgomery (Cartersville, Ga.) and Daniel Szathmary (Suwanee, Ga.).
Junior catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) plays for the Walnut Creek Crawdads in the Far West Collegiate League, and All-Region shortstop Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.) is in the New England Collegiate League, playing for the North Adams Steeplecats.
John Welborn (Locust Grove, Ga.) patrols the outfield for the OTC Bearcats in the Sunbelt League, while Justin Blue (Mulberry, Fla.) is a pitcher for the Regina Red Sox in the Western Major League. Righthander Christian Wonders (Stuart, Fla.) takes to the bump for the Springfield Sliders in the Prospect League.
A number of these Bobcats have made an immediate impact on their respective teams, led by Montgomery, who was named the NYCBL Player of the Day June 18 for a 5-for-8 effort with six RBI over the course of a doubleheader.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.