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Five former Clarksville prep baseball standouts heading to NJCAA World Series with Columbia State


Columbia State Community College ChargersClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville will be well represented in Grand Junction, Colorado May 24th through 31st, as five former local prep baseball standouts are among the team members of the Columbia State Community College Chargers squad that qualified for the 57th annual Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

Three of the five prepped at Rossview High School – Austin Atwell, Tyler Stewart and Dylan Stewart – while the other two – Scooter Hightower and Josh Wilson – played at Clarksville High School.

Clarksville well represented at NJCAA World Series. (CSCC Sports Information)

Clarksville well represented at NJCAA World Series. (CSCC Sports Information)

All five are key players for the Chargers, who have already won the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association and NJCAA Region VII championships, as well as earn the school’s seventh World Series berth — it’s first since 1997.

Wilson has played in 52 of the Chargers 55 games this season (outfield/pitcher) and is hitting at a .329 clip. He has five doubles, two triples and a home run among his 54 hits this season, while scoring 32 times and driving in 28.

Wilson has a 1-0 win-loss record with a 0.00 ERA in limited action on the mound.

Atwell has played in 49 games this season in the outfield for Columbia State and is hitting .314, with nine doubles, four triples and three home runs among his 54 hits this spring. He has also scored 30 times and has driven in 33.

Hightower and Tyler Stewart are the Chargers top two pitchers this season, with Hightower boasting a 10-1 win-loss mark – in 14 games – with a 2.02 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 93.2 innings of work and Stewart right behind him with a 7-1 record and a 2.08 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 73.2 innings pitched.

Both are allowing under a hit per-inning pitched, with Hightower giving up 0.82 hits per inning, with Stewart giving up 0.81.

Rounding out the group is Dylan Stewart, who is 2-0 on the season, in eight appearances, with 17.2 innings worked.

Columbia State (44-11) is currently ranked sixth in the nation, in the last NJCAA coach’s poll, and will be joined in the World Series field by No. 1-ranked Chattahoochee Valley Community College (47-9), No. 2 Delgado Community College (43-11), No. 3 Iowa Western Community College (51-11), No. 5 Spartanburg Methodist College (46-16), No. 10 Miami Dade College (35-15), No. 13 Midland College (40-23) and three unranked teams Johnson County Community College (50-12), Blinn College (34-26) and Cochise College (40-29).

The Chargers will play in the World Series opening game at 9:00am on May 24th against Iowa Western.

The Junior College World Series is a 10-team, double-elimination tournament.

You can follow Columbia State on the NJCAA World Series website link — where it will be running live stats, live video and live audio of each World Series contest.

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