Four Colquitt County High baseball players have been selected to participate in this week’s Georgia Underclassmen Showcase.

The Showcase features the state’s top 100 rising seniors and top 60 rising sophomores and juniors.

The players are divided into teams that will play one game each this week at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville.

Representing Colquitt County will be rising seniors Mack Hathcock and Ross Goforth, rising sophomore Kodi Bishop and rising junior Adam Merritt.

Hathcock received an automatic place in the event as a member of Team Georgia, which played in the Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma last week.

The left-handed hitting center fielder and pitcher will play for Georgia Team 2, which will play at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday against the team from Tennessee.

Hathcock hit .306 with three doubles, three triples and two home runs and stole 12 bases for the Packers this season.

Goforth and Bishop will play on Georgia Team 6, which will play at 1:30 p.m. Thursday against Georgia Team 5, which includes Merritt on its roster.

Goforth was an All-Region player for the Packers last season, starting at third base and batting .413 while hitting a team-leading eight home runs and driving in 33 runs.

Both Merritt and Bishop are multi-position players.

The Showcase schedule begins today with Alabama meeting Tennessee at 6 p.m. in a game featuring the two states’ rising senior players

Also on Wednesday, Georgia Team 1 will face Alabama at 9 a.m. Also on Thursday, Georgia Team 3 will play Georgia Team 5 at 9 a.m. and Tennessee will play Alabama in a matchup of rising juniors and sophomores.

The showcase will conclude on Friday with Georgia Team 7 facing the Alabama team of rising juniors and sophomores at 9 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., Georgia Team 8 will face the Tennessee team of rising juniors and sophomores.

Georgia players qualified for the Showcase by attending one of 12 region showcases held throughout the state. One of those region showcases was held on June 10 at Valdosta State University.

Former Parkview coach and Atlanta Braves scout Hugh Buchanan put together a group of professional and college scouts to evaluate the players and select the top 100 senior and top 60 juniors and sophomores from the regional showcases.

The evaluations will be useful tools for players during the recruiting process.

Colquitt County coach Tony Kirkland was active in the evaluation process and also was on the coaching staff of the Team Georgia team that took part in the Heartland Classic tournament last week in Oklahoma.

The Georgia Team went 4-3 overall and won its opener over Texas, which hadn’t lost in three years. Georgia’s first loss was to the Maryland team whose pitcher struck out 16 batters.

Georgia also defeated Colorado 17-1, fell to Ohio 9-8 and beat Oklahoma and Arkansas in its final two pool play games.

In its first tournament game, Georgia committed six errors and was eliminated by Maryland.

Colquitt County’s Colin Kirkland played and was hitless in the series, but was flawless playing third base, handling six chances without an error.

The Colquitt County baseball team will conclude its summer schedule with a doubleheader against Lee County at 4 p.m. today at Ike Aultman Field and in a doubleheader at Lee County on Wednesday.



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