Tarleton dominant on diamond for Skyhawks

Alford named to Sun Belt second team

Travis Tarleton is wrapping up his collegiate baseball career in style.

The Heritage graduate and senior at Point University in West Point, Georgia was recently named an all-Appalachian Athletic Conference member and the honor is well deserved.

Tarleton, who transferred to Point from Georgia Perimeter after a standout career at Heritage, set the school’s career saves record by picking up his 26th save earlier in the season.

In 2014, the senior right-hander has been dominant. The 6-2 Tarleton is 3-0 with an 0.34 ERA and 10 saves in 26 1/3 innings pitched and has struck out 27 batters while walking just nine. Opponents are hitting a paltry .082 with just one earned run being scored against him. In the classroom, Tarleton has been just as good, compiling a 4.0 grade-point average.

Point had two others named to the all-conference team in junior right-handed pitcher/outfielder Dylan Griffin (Griffin, Georgia) and junior outfielder/infielder Trey Chambers (Mobile, Alabama).

Tarleton, who through Monday was also hitting. 277 with 17 RBIs as one of the team’s first basemen, continued his outstanding senior campaign in the Skyhawks’ victory over Union College (Kentucky) in the first round of the AAC Tournament Monday. The Conyers native had two hits and drove in a run, while firing a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 7-2 win.

Alford 2nd team honoree

Callie Alford received another honor on the softball field recently. The former Heritage stand out was named a second-team all-Sun Belt Conference member after finishing the regular season with a .309 batting average and 25 RBIs and was third on the team in walks (24) and runs scored (31).

It’s the third second-team conference honor in as many seasons for the junior catcher/third baseman, who was a two-time all-state member while at Heritage.

Georgia State (30-25), the No. 3 seed, played its Sun Belt Tournament opener Wednesday against sixth-seeded Louisiana-Monroe in a game that ended too late for this edition.