Taylor, Cone and Veazey Featured In Sports Illustrated
Jared Walsh was named a top performer in the NECBL after batting .326 with 10 home runs for the Keene Swamp Bats.

Aug. 17, 2012

ATHENS-----With the Bulldogs back in Athens for the fall semester, here’s the latest news regarding Georgia Baseball from this summer.

Johnathan Taylor, Chance Veazey and former Bulldog Zach Cone are featured in the current issue of Sports Illustrated. The magazine devoted a seven-page spread to the trio. Taylor and Veazey serve as student assistants after separate accidents ended their playing career. Cone, a first round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2011, is batting .262 with 15 home runs and 53 RBI for the Class A Hickory Crawdads.

Georgia’s rising senior Kyle Farmer led the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to a 12-5 record, highlighted by winning a bronze medal in an international tournament in the Netherlands. Team USA went 2-3 against Cuba in Havana and was the first U.S. squad to travel there to face its national team in 16 years. Farmer wound up batting .250 with five doubles, eight RBI and fielded .967 as the starting shortstop. 

Four Bulldogs spent a part of their summer playing for the Keene (N.H.) Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). Sophomores Nelson Ward, Jared Walsh, Luke Crumley and Austin Wheeler helped the Bats to a league-best finish of 29-13. Walsh posted a .326 batting average with seven doubles, 10 home runs and 29 RBI. He also saw some time on the mound going 1-2 with a 5.73 ERA and notching 18 strikeouts in 11 innings. In the playoffs, Walsh batted .400 (6-for-15) with two home runs and six RBI. Walsh was named one of the top performers in the league by PerfectGameUSA.org.



Meanwhile, Ward finished the summer with a .309 average, seven doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Wheeler recorded a .263 average, hitting two doubles, a triple, three home runs and 17 RBI. Crumley went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and seven strikeouts in 10 innings before returning to Athens. The NECBL consists of 12 teams that play in all six New England states.

Rising sophomore Justin Bryan played for the Forest City Owls of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) as they ended with a mark of 34-22. He batted .234, slapping five doubles, one home run, with 14 RBI and seven stolen bases. He had perfect fielding in 38 total chances, appearing in 30 games with 23 starts. The CPL features 14 teams across North and South Carolina, and Virginia.

Rising sophomores David Sosebee, Taylor Hicks and Heath Holder played for the Oneonta (N.Y) Outlaws of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL). They helped the Outlaws go 25-22. Sosebee went 4-2 with a 3.48 ERA with 35 strikeouts, and a save in nine games including eight starts. Hicks went 1-5 with a 6.56 ERA in 11 games including seven starts. He tossed the Outlaws only complete game and registered 24 strikeouts in 48 innings. Holder batted .237 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and nine RBI. He also tossed four scoreless innings in two appearances.

Currently, the Bulldogs are going through their strength and conditioning program and individual workouts. Fall practice is slated to begin next month. 

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