12/4/2017 | Baseball
DAHLONEGA – Fresh off a historic season that included a NCAA Southeast Region Championship, head University of North Georgia baseball coach Tom Cantrell has announced the signing of four student-athletes during the early signing period last month. Cantrell has added Hunter Cain, Tim Conway, Jackson Hodnick and Bryant Pietri to the Nighthawk family.
Cain, a pitcher and first baseman from Dacula, Georgia, has played for Archer High School and Team Elite in the summer. He has been named a second-team All-County pitcher. His stats include a 1.81 ERA combined with a 5-0 record in 27 innings of work. At the plate, Cain hit .271 with one homer, two doubles and nine RBI.
“Hunter is a big strong projectable player coming to us from Archer High School,” said Cantrell. “On the mound, Hunter has a power arm with some big upside and can throw multiple pitches for strikes. At the plate he is a strong physical hitter with some power potential. Hunter is a guy that attended one of our prospect camps and is a good fit for our program. He is a great young man from a good family and we are happy to have him on board here at North Georgia!”
Conway, a right-handed utility player from Decatur, Georgia, hit .424 a year ago for Decatur High School and his summer team, the Colt .45’s. He hit four home runs, 10 doubles and 35 RBI, as well as stole 15 bases and had a 1.306 OPS. Conway was named to the All-County and All-Region First Team as well as the DeKalb County Player of the Month.
“Tim is an extremely athletic player who can play multiple positions from Decatur High School,” Cantrell stated. “He has the potential to hit for average and hit for power and he can run as well. Tim has a great frame that he will continue to add on to and is very projectable. He is a toolsy player and we are excited to get him in the program! Tim will be a great addition to our team and we are excited to add him to the Nighthawk family! ”
A right-handed pitcher from Evans, Georgia, and Greenbrier High School, Hodnick went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 16 innings pitched this summer for Baseball Scoutz USA. He was named an honorable mention for the All-Region team.
Cantrell said of Hodnick, “Jackson is a big strong pitcher from a quality program over at Greenbrier. He has great potential on the mound and his better days are ahead of him. He can throw multiple pitches for strikes and has a good hard breaking ball that he can throw on or off the plate for swings and misses. Jackson exemplifies what it means to be a student athlete as he is a great student as well. We are excited to welcome Jackson to the North Georgia family!”
Pietri went 6-0 with two saves and an ERA of 0.23 last season for Loganville High School, marking the lowest ERA in LHS history. The righty threw 30 innings and struck out 30 batters as well.
“Bryant is a quality young man from a great family coming to us from a successful Loganville program that has had some quality pitchers over the years and Bryant is another one that fits that mold,” said Cantrell. “He has a live fastball and a quality breaking ball and had a lot of success last season on a state championship team. Bryant has a loose athletic arm action and we are excited to see him reach his potential. He will be a great addition to our pitching staff next season!”