2016 Team Preview: North Hagerstown

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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2016 high school season, we will be taking a glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: North Hagerstown HS
Nickname: Hubs
Class:  3A
Conference: MVAL
Head Coach:  Drew Crawford
Years as HC:  5th
Twitter: @hubsbaseball
Team Website: www.hubsbaseball.com
2015 Record: 10-12
2015 Post Season: Lost in Sectional Semi-Finals

Returning Starters/Position: 5
Returning Starters/Pitcher: 2

Players with Post-Season Honors

Marqui Hoffman ?? 2nd Team All-MVAL
Malik Carey ?? Honorable Mention All-MVAL
Patrick O??Connor ?? Honorable Mention All-MVAL

Players to Watch

SS/P Patrick O??Connor
CF Malik Carey
P Matt Shipley
C Kaleb Corbin
OF Marqui Hoffman
P/1B Justin Atkins

Season Outlook

The Hubs will look to key offensive returners OF Marqui Hoffman (.386 BA), CF Malik Carey (.329), and P/SS Patrick O??Connor (.286 BA, 36 IP, 3.31 ERA). The Hubs stole 45 bases in 22 games last season with Carey leading the way with 11.  They will have to find a replacement for Hunter Martin, who was second on the team with a .343 BA tied for second with 6 2B??s. Overall the Hubs will have to replace three starters that hit over .320 for them in 2015. The pitching staff will be headed up by O??Connor and Matt Shipley (30.2 IP) anchoring the staff. Newcomers to keep an eye on are C Kaleb Corbin, who should take over as the team starting catcher, and P/1B Justin Atkins, who will be vying for a spot in the rotation attempting to help from the loss of key pitcher Kenny Daniels and replacing his 39.2 IP and 3.18 ERA.