Members of the Georgia College baseball roster will look to sharpen their skills in the coming months, joining teams in collegiate summer baseball leagues.
"Summer baseball is a great opportunity for players to learn more about themselves and in many cases unlock their potential on the field,” said GC interim head coach Kane Keith. “It can truly be the turning point in a player's collegiate career. Although summer ball is a great platform for becoming a better player it is about more than getting reps on the field. Most of these experiences provide players with initially uncomfortable situations that can play a key role in their personal development."
Three Bobcats will take the field for the nearby Macon Bacon. Pitcher Chris Rolick (Marietta) will play for the Bacon for his second-straight summer season, joined by infielders Cassius Young (Atlanta) and Noah Mendlinger (Alpharetta). Young was beginning a breakout-type junior season in 2020, hitting .453 with four home runs and 21 RBIs. The 2020 campaign was the first for Mendlinger as a regular in the starting lineup, as he hit .356 with three home runs and 15 RBIs before the shutout due to COVID-19. Mendlinger will be going into his junior season at GC in 2021. Rolick had some early-season struggles in 2020, after showing promise as a freshman in 2019 with a 4-1 mark and three saves. The Bacon begin their season July 1.
Reliever Ashton Sturgell (Evans) will throw for the Wilmington Sharks this summer. Sturgell had made five appearances with a 3.00 ERA in the 2020 season. He’ll be a junior in 2021 for GC. The summer campaign for the Sharks begins July 3.
Catcher John Hale (Homewood, Alabama) puts on a jersey for the Bombers in the Power Summer Collegiate League (PSCL). Hale redshirted the 2020 season for the Bobcats. The PSCL began play June 12. Hale is 2-for-7 over four games of action, scoring two runs.
Outfielder Baylin Moore (Albany) will do battle for the Juno Beach Loggerheads. Moore redshirted the 2019 campaign for GC and had played in five games in 2020, hitting .444 with three RBIs and a run. The Loggerheads play in the Collegiate League of the Palm Beaches, with action to start July 1.