Former Tiger swinging hot bat

By Kevin Eckleberry

March 9, 2014

Jackson Oliver is getting the solid part of the bat on the ball for the Columbus State Cougars.

Oliver, a sophomore from Troup High, is off to a fast start for the Cougars.

Oliver has played in all 24 of the Cougars’ games, and he is leading the team with a .382 batting average.

Oliver is second on the team with 25 RBIs, he’s tied for the team lead with seven doubles, and he’s tops on the team with 39 hits.

Oliver has an eight-game hitting streak, and he has had at least two hits in each of those games.

He also has at least one RBI in each game during the hitting streak.

In Sunday’s doubleheader sweep of Salem International University, Oliver had four hits and two RBIs.

Oliver hit .312 during his freshman season for the Cougars.

During his senior season at Troup, Oliver helped the team make it to the final four.

MARSHALL: Josh King, a former Troup Tiger now in his senior season with the Thundering Herd, is having a sensational season so far.

King has started three games and is 1-0, and he has given up just two runs, good for a 1.17 earned run average.

During his first three seasons at Marshall, King has been used mostly as a relief pitcher, although he has gotten a number of starts over the years.

A year ago, King appeared in 22 games, and he led the team with six saves.

Another former Troup Tiger, junior outfielder Eric Escobedo, is looking to get his season on track.

Escobedo has started all 11 games this season, and he is hitting .100, but he is tied for the team lead with six RBIs.

A year ago, Escobedo hit .266, and he finished the season red-hot with a .341 average in May.

GEORGIA: Drew Moody has gotten a small taste of SEC baseball as a freshman for the Bulldogs.

Moody, a LaGrange High graduate, has made the Georgia baseball team as a walk-on pitcher.

Moody has appeared in one game for the Bulldogs, and while he gave up two hits, he didn’t allow a run in his one outing, which lasted two-thirds of an inning.

Moody had numerous opportunities to play somewhere on a scholarship, but he was intent on being a part of the Bulldogs, even though he wasn’t guaranteed a roster spot.

Moody had a 0.97 ERA as a senior for the Grangers, and during his two years with the team, he had two no-hitters and seven one-hitters.

SOUTHERN UNION: Price Peters, a freshman from LaGrange High, is off to a fast start in his first season for Southern Union.

Peters, a catcher, has played in 13 games, and he has a .303 batting average to go along with one home run and four RBIs.

Peter has also walked four times, and he has a .439 on-base percentage, and he’s second on the team with 10 runs scored.

During a 5-3 win over Wallace State on Sunday, Peters had two hits, including a double, and an RBI.

GORDON COLLEGE: Kane Keith, a freshman from Callaway High, has been a busy member of the Gordon College pitching staff.

Keith has started five games, and in his most recent game he had his best performance of the season.

Facing Northwest Florida State College on Feb. 28, Keith pitched eight innings, and he gave up just one run on seven hits to get his first collegiate win.

For the season, Keith is 1-4 with a 4.30 ERA.

LAGRANGE COLLEGE: Jarred Adams, a freshman from Troup High, has been a key member of the Panthers’ pitching staff.

Adams has started three games, and he is 1-2 with a 3.32 earned run average that is the best among the team’s starters.

Former Callaway Cavalier Chris Laye has played in eight games, and he’s hitting .259, and he has a pair of doubles among his seven hits.

Jim Reed, a junior from Troup High, has struggled to a .119 batting average with three RBIs.

POINT UNIVERSITY: Brandon Butts, a freshman from Troup High, had two hits in three at-bats during the second game of a doubleheader against Bryan College on Sunday.

Bryan College won 10-6.

Former Callaway Cavalier Drew Elliston pitched in relief for Point during Sunday’s game, and he went 3 2/3 innings and allowed four runs.

In the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, a 5-3 win for Point, Butts had one hit and he also scored a run.

Butts has become an every-day starter for Point, and former Troup Tiger Justin Neighbors is a reserve for the Skyhawks, and

Elliston has pitched out of the bullpen.

CVCC: Former Troup Tiger Cody Sheffield has appeared in two games for Chattahoochee Valley Community College, and he has allowed one run in two innings.

Sheffield has struck out three batters and given up three hits.

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