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Pair of North Georgia players drafted
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DAHLONEGA — North Georgia College & State University catcher Daniel Petitti and right-handed pitcher Chris Rearick were selected Wednesday in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Daniel and Chris,” head coach Tom Cantrell said Wednesday evening. “They had tremendous careers at North Georgia and will be assets to their respective professional programs.”

Petitti was selected in the 37th round with the 1,115 overall pick by the Oakland Athletics, while Rearick went in the 41st round of the draft to the Tampa Bay Rays with the 1,241 overall pick.

“Daniel is the best catcher to ever play at North Georgia,” Cantrell said. “His defensive skills were unprecedented at the Division II level, and even though Chris was only here for one year, he made an immediate impact on our program and will be greatly missed.”

This season, Petitti picked up his third ABCA/Rawlings Southeast Region Gold Glove award in the last four years as the senior had another stellar defensive campaign behind home plate.

He threw out 21 base stealers, a mark that was tops in the Southeast Region, and committed just four errors in 378 chances for a .989 fielding percentage.

He had a stolen base allowed percentage of .462 and allowed just two passed balls on the year. At the plate, Petitti hit .233 with nine doubles, three home runs, and 16 runs batted in.

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