SAVANNAH -- Taylor Whitenton continues to shine for the New York Mets organization. The former Heritage star, pitching for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats, was recently named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Whitenton, a 39th round pick (1,184th overall) in 2009 after playing a year at Darton Junior College, spent the week pitching 10 shutout innings against the Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies affiliate) and the Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox), allowing just six hits while striking out nine batters.
Whitenton leads the Sally League in ERA (2.70) and is tied for second in WHIP (walks + hits/nine innings pitched) at 1.12. Despite the Sand Gnats owning the league's best record during the first half, which clinched a league playoff spot, Whitenton is the first player on the team to capture a player of the week honor.
Mustangs Start Season With Big Win
The East Atlanta Mustangs football team got the 2011 season off on the right foot this past weekend. The Mustangs, made up of players who are either home-schooled or attend a school without a football team, defeated the Northside Christian Saints (Woodstock), 34-6. In the victory, the Mustangs had no trouble spreading the wealth as five players had rushing touchdowns in the blowout win.
Dakota Allgood got the scoring started with a one-yard touchdown and the Mustangs took a 21-0 lead into halftime on scoring runs by Dion Smith (eight yards) and Daniel Compton (three yards). In the second half, Garrett Ferguson scored from three yards out and Khadyle Curry's fourth quarter touchdown run from one yard out capped East Atlanta's scoring.