Former Augusta Christian Star Josh Whitaker capped what has been a breakout first half of the season in the Texas League by being named a starter in the Texas League All-Star Game.
The game will be played in Little Rock, Ark., on Tuesday night. The 6-3, 225-pounder has been tearing the cover off the ball since opening day. He is second in the entire league in hitting (.324), slugging percentage (.537), and RBI (42). The RBI total is astounding, considering Whitaker has missed action twice because of injury. He has only played in 49 games, which is 16 fewer than anyone in the top ten in RBI in the league. He has also smashed nine homers and leads the league in home runs per at bat with a long ball every 21 times he steps to the plate.
Whitaker has been solid throughout his professional
career, but in 2014 he has
really come into his own. The success could stem from his hard work this off-season. Whitaker did crossfit workouts to improve his strength and stamina.
Local golfers perform well
The Georgia Junior Golf Championship was held this week in Brunswick and Columbia County was well represented in the event. Ten players from Columbia County competed in the event. Though several locals struggled, a trio of players found their way into the Top 15. Charles Huntzinger (Duluth, Ga.) fired a final round 65 to come from behind and win the prestigious event by a shot over Ty Waller of Griffin. Waller played great in the final round as well. He carded a 66, but came up one shot short. Huntzinger finished the event with rounds of 69-72-65 to claim the title. As for the locals, Lakeside’s Hunter Dunagan continued his terrific spring.
The rising junior at LHS fired an -8 under 64 to capture Medalist Honors at the Class AAAAA State Championships and was recently named as the area’s top prep golfer by The Augusta Chronicle. Well, the cherry on top of his sundae was a great week in Brunswick. Dunagan was the top local finisher with a tie for seventh after finishing 2 under with rounds of 70-75-69. Just behind Dunagan was the Greenbrier duo of Tyler Barker and States Fort. Barker closed with a final Round 68 to earn a tie for ninth. He was -1 under with rounds of 75-72-78. Fort began with rounds of 70-72 and seemed positioned to make a run in the final round, but could get nothing going on Wednesday, carding a final round 74. Fort finished even par for the event and tied for 13th. Here is a look at the other Columbia County players who were in the field at the Georgia Junior Championship.
T54: Joseph Kim (Martinez) +18 (77-74-81)
T63: Jack Rautenstauch (Evans) +20 (79-78-79)
MC: Alex Shead (Appling) 81-77
MC: Cole Madison (Evans) 79-80
MC: Harrison Harper (Evans) 80-83
MC: Isaac Hergott (Martinez) 79-86
MC: Andrew Duffie (Evans) 85-85