Posted: 9:59 am Friday, March 28th, 2014

Baseball notebook: Georgia teams play in USA Invitational … Schmidt dominant for ALlatoona … Pitching carries Greenbrier … Columbia ace has 0.00 ERA … 

By Todd Holcomb

Milton, Parkview and Gainesville are in Cary, N.C., this weekend for the USA National High School Invitational, the premier national high school tournament in the country.

Parkview pitcher Mac Marshall, a lefthander committed to LSU, pitched a two-hit shutout Thursday in a 2-0 victory over Venice.

Marshall is 5-0 with an 0.00 ERA over 27 innings. He’s struck out 38. Parkview, which lost its opening game 6-1 to Regis Jesuit of Colorado, is 10-3 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAAA.

Milton is 2-1 lost to First Academy of Florida, beat Alison Niguel (Calif.) 3-2 and Mountain Point (Ariz.) 2-1. Gainesville beat Venice 6-3 and lost to Clovis (Calif.) 1-0.

The event is played at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Boxscores of the games can be found

Schmidt lights out for Allatoona

Fourth-ranked Allatoona of AAAAA is 12-0 start behind a couple of .400 hitters — Drew Swanson (.414) and Pete Derkay (.405) – and a spotless rotation of Cooper Murphy (4.0, 1.06 ERA, 33 IP), Clarke Schmidt (5-0, 0.50 ERA, 28 IP) and Grayson Harbin (3-0, 1.75 ERA, 12 IP). Schmidt has 47 strikeouts, nearly two an inning, and has allowed only 11 hits. He has committed to South Carolina. Schmidt threw a one-hit shutout in a 7-0 victory over seventh-ranked Rome on Thursday. He struck out nine.

Pitching carries No. 2 Greenbrier

Greenbrier, the Class AAAAA runner-up last season, is ranked No. 2 despite a .251 batting average. But the Wolfpack do have some power. Adam Sasser has four home runs during the 9-4 start. He’s hitting .313. Chris Michals has three homers. The rotation is young and outstanding with sophomore Connor Hogan (4-0, 2.05 ERA), junior Nick Sandlin (4-0, 1.46) and junior Josh Smith (0.00 ERA in 11 innings).

Atterburry maintains 0.00 ERA

Jalen Atterburry of fourth-ranked Columbia (AAAA) has not allowed an earned run in 25.2 innings but is 5-1 because of an unearned run in a 1-0 loss to No. 1-ranked Marist this week. He has struck out 36. Columbia is 13-3. The Eagles also lost 9-8 this week to defending AAAA champion Redan.

Defending champs in contention

Redan is 11-4 and ranked No. 8. Daren Osby has emerged as an ace pitcher. The senior is 6-0 with a 1.44 ERA in 34 innings. Corderias Dorsey, hero of the 2013 championship season, is 3-1 with a 2.26 ERA. He’s also hitting .366. Dorsey is the pitcher who shut out Marist in Game 1 of Redan’s two-game sweep of the finals last year. Redan’s top hitter is James Nelson at .396. He is a nephew of former first-round MLB Draft pick Chris Nelson.

Hope at Alcovy

Alcovy is only 6-9, but starter Dalton Reagin has been one of Region 2-AAAAAA’s top pitchers. Reagin has an 1.80 ERA over his last five appearances with 35 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

Transfer boosts Jackson County

Senior shortstop Patrick Overstreet is hitting .441 (15-for-34) with five home runs for sixth-ranked Jackson County of AAA. Overstreet is a transfer from Winder-Barrow. Andrew Fogarty is 3-1 with an 0.91 ERA. Jackson County is 10-3 after a 3-1 victory over fourth-ranked Oconee County this week. Fogarty got the win.

No. 1 Buford wins with dramatic comeback

No. 1-ranked Buford stayed unbeaten this week with a 9-8 victory in eight innings against North Hall. Buford had won its first 10 games by margins of at least five runs, including a 9-2 victory over North Hall on Monday, but trailed 8-3 in the seventh Thursday against the same team. Griffin Jolliff hit a two-run homer for the tie. Buford got a run in the eighth to win it. Good report of that game by Bill Murphy of the Gainesville Times.

ToddHolcomb moderator

Someone commented to say that there isn't enough coverage here in South Georgia or outside the metro.  I either can't find the comment or accidentally deleted it. ...

That's fair criticism, and I'd like to have more non-metro in the future. However, I will point out that last week, there was quite a bit from outside metro - Benedictine, Tattnall County, Brookstone, among others. 

I'll also point out that an e-mail was sent to every coach in the state (or those on file with the Georgia Dugout club) with a plea to send baseball information my  way. Everyone who responded to that request was accommodated. 

Please urge coaches to send newsworthy information to me -

That doesn't mean that I don't seek out information on my own. But it does mean that every coach in the state has any easy avenue to have his team and players recognized on this blog if he takes advantage of it.


FYI, Chris Nelson was a first-round pick in the 2004 MLB Draft, but he was taken by the Rockies with ninth pick of the draft. He was not the No. 1 overall pick.