Maryland JUCO Conference Podcast, Preview & Predictions


Kyle Campbell
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With the Maryland JUCO season kicking off around the state tomorrow; today we recap our preseason previews of all fourteen schools and make our predictions for how we see the 2021 season shaking out. Be sure to follow us throughout the season on social media and right here at our Prep Baseball Report Maryland JUCO Headquarters.

 

PBR Mid-Atlantic · PBR Maryland Podcast #4: Maryland JUCO Conference Preview

 

PBR Maryland Podcast No. 4 OUTLINE

Segment #1: (4:14) Maryland JUCO Conference Overview and Divisional Breakdown

Segment #2: (12:53) Division 1 Maryland JUCO Team-By-Team Analysis
- (13:46) Hagerstown CC Team Preview
- (16:42) Harford CC Team Preview

Segment #3: (21:43) Division 2 Maryland JUCO Team-By-Team Analysis
- (21:52) Allegany College of Maryland Team Preview
- (26:30) Anne Arundel CC Team Preview
- (29:41) CCBC Catonsville Team Preview
- (33:51) CCBC Dundalk Team Preview
- (36:11) CCBC Essex Team Preview
- (39:17) Cecil College Team Preview
- (42:19) Chesapeake College Team Preview
- (44:50) Frederick CC Team Preview
- (49:29) Garrett College Team Preview
- (53:18) Montgomery College Team Preview
- (56:15) College of Southern Maryland Team Preview

Segment #4: (58:34) Division 3 Maryland JUCO Team-BY-Team Analysis
- (58:34) Prince George's CC Team Preview

Segment #5: (1:01:34) Maryland JUCO Conference and Regional Predictions

 

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Former Allegany alum Mike Carter's first season as skipper was short-lived as Covid-19 ended everyone's year prematurely. The Trojans were .500 through the first fourteen games with a very young squad, returning just one piece of the starting lineup in 2019 (JT Stevenson) and three arms on the mound. While fourteen games didn't offer much more in the way of experience in 2020, the extra time has afforded Carter the opportunity to add another solid incoming freshmen class to mix with the twelve returning starters and four returning arms in year two.

Stevenson, Gage ShafferGarrett PulliumNoah ZimmermanEli LashleyWyatt Lepley, and Brendan Brady headline a strong core group of returners from last year's everyday lineup. All of which were off to a great start at the plate, each hitting over .324 in that fourteen game span. Fellow returners Gavin RushJason AltuveAndrew ButtsRobert Fernandez, and Matthew Gonzalez along with freshmen Nick Berryman and Justin Wobb round out what looks to be a fun offense to watch with plenty of fire-power.  

On the bump, Carter has assembled a stable of arms to provide depth behind the one-two punch of Pullium and Shaffer. Look for Lepley and Zimmerman to both get opportunities again this season in addition to key freshmen John DhimaThomas FogleBrandon GomezEthan HuffmanJ.R. Luttrell, and Berryman. 

Carter is no stranger to understanding how to navigate the long JUCO season and prepare his teams for post-season play. In nine seasons prior to Allegany, Carter took CCBC Essex to six straight NJCAA Region XX DII Final Four's (2013-2018), winning it all in 2016 and further advancing to the NJCAA DII World Series in 2018 for the school's first appearance back in Enid, Oklahoma after 26 years. The Trojans open up Maryland JUCO Conference play Saturday, March 6th at home against CCBC Catonsville before traveling the next weekend to Harford CC and finish the opening month with eight NJCAA Region XX DII games in total. Expect this team to grow as the season progresses and don't be surprised if come tournament time they make a splash.

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 Allegany College team preview.

 

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First year head coach Nick Hoffner takes over a Riverhawks program thirsty to return back the NJCAA D2 Region XX Tournament after missing out for the first time under former head coach Chris Jenkins' tenure back in 2019. Hoffner has hit the recruiting trail hard since taking over but that won't start to pay dividends until next season when a strong 2021 class arrives on campus.

In the meantime, the Riverhawks return 13 players from last year's team. Catcher E.J. Santana and infielder Lennie Lehner returning as catalysts in the lineup that also includes fellow returners Jon AldermanMatt JohnsonJaden JonesCameron Rees, and Tripp Templeton. On the bump, righty Brad Zoellner returns as the team's ace but Hoffner knows that in order to be successful this year; he will need several others to step up in the rotation. Aforementioned returners Johnson, Rees, and righty Gavin Umphries figure to be three major contributors alongside Belmont Abbey transfer AJ Zeak and freshman Preston Moltz. Look for Zeak and fellow transfer Ian Adams to also make an impact in the lineup for the Riverhawks this year.

Anne Arundel opens at home against perennial Maryland JUCO powerhouse Harford CC on March 2nd before running through six other conference opponents in the opening month. Six out-of-conference games scheduled against Delaware Tech in March figures to be a good opportunity for Coach Hoffner to see what all of his guys can do as they hope to gel quickly without a trip south to open the season due to Covid-19.

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 Anne Arundel CC team preview.

 

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Look no further than at CCBC Catonsville's roster this season to see the impact Covid-19 is making on JUCO teams returning a wealth of experience. 18th year Head Coach Dan Blue returns ten position players, nine pitchers, and has put together one of the stronger incoming freshman classes in the Maryland JUCO Conference, with several players capable of seeing early playing time. With all of that experience and a loaded incoming freshman class, CCBC Catonsville figures to stand a really good shot of contending for the conference and NJCAA Region XX DII titles this spring. 

On the mound, Tyler GreenTravis WeaverDan Delaney, and Jason Skeen all return from the Cardinals starting rotation a season ago. Look for Coach Blue to lean on Ausitn Galda and Preston Mauzy as anchors in the bullpen along with fellow returners James HurstJ.R. Simmons, and Trevor Smoot providing depth when called upon. In addition to the aforementioned stable of experienced returners back on the mound in 2021; freshman Alex ElliottJulian FullerJimmy Jaecksch, and Tomas Martinez all could see some type of role as well on the mound at some point this year. 

Offensively, sophomore Aronne Dutton returns as the spark plug atop the lineup with his tremendous speed and ability to wreck havoc on the bases with Dwayne ThomasCesar Castillo-BaezNick Carpio, and Sam Rodriguez looking to add pop in the middle of the order. Catcher Tyler Shadle returns as well providing stability behind the dish and also figures to play a key role in the lineup alongside fellow returners in Simmons and Smoot. Of the incoming freshman class, look for Caleb BaileyMark BradyWyatt MooreOrlando Perez Jr.Trent Rowland, and the aforementioned two-way players in Elliott, Fuller, Jaecksch, and Martinez to get some opportunities to crack the lineup throughout the year. This year's lineup on paper looks to be as balanced of an offense you will see across the conference. 

Like many other Maryland JUCO Conference schools, the Cardinals will also forgo their annual trip down to Florida this year to kick off the season. Instead, CCBC Catonsville will open at home against rival CCBC Essex on March 2nd and grind through 22 games in the opening month against conference and regional perennial powerhouses Harford CC, Chesapeake College, Potomac State (WV), and Northampton (PA) just to name a few. Expect this very tough schedule to really prepare them at making a fourth straight trip to the NJCAA Region XX DII Final Four which they will host come May. 

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 CCBC Catonsville team preview.

 

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The Lions struggled early last season finishing winless up until Coivd-19 ended everyone's season prematurely. Second year head coach Matt Backert returns another young squad this season with just seven returners and close to 30 freshman and transfers incoming. 

On the mound, Nuemann University commit Nate Griffin returns as the ace alongside fellow returner and veteran leader Jake Brack. Also looking to provide much needed depth on the bump this year are Kyle HanselGeorge Moore, Garrett College transfer Ben Hall and freshman Timothy Crawford

Brack also will be a key piece in the everyday lineup this year for the Lions with Misericordia transfer Mike Newsome providing pop in the middle of the order. A trio of freshman catchers in Matt FinoDoyle McNew, and Chaney Skeans will get early opportunities to lead the staff behind the dish as well as contribute in the lineup. Hall will also provide depth in the outfield outside of his duties on the mound and fellow returners Hansel and Nick White will be looked upon to make an impact offensively.

Along with cracking the top eight by seasons end to qualify for the Region 20 DII Tournament, setting the tone once again for the future will be the key goal for Backert. CCBC Dundalk opens on March 2nd at home against Cecil College and faces a tough opening month with nine conference opponents (seven of which are DII region opponents), further increasing the need to get off to a better start in 2021.

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 CCBC Dundalk team preview.

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It figures to be an interesting year for head coach Sean O'Connor and the CCBC Essex Knights. Covid-19 ended their 2020 campaign after just six games leaving first year head coach O'Connor and his staff with many unanswered questions. However, combine several core players returning and a solid group of new faces; O'Connor believes that this year's team has the capability of contending for a NJCAA Region XX title by season's end. 

Starting on the mound, the Knights will miss the services of righty Rocco Márquez but do return lefty Jeffrey Young, both of whom logged over 40 innings in 2019. With Young set as a starter in the rotation again this season, O'Connor will lean on a plethora of transfers and freshman to round out the staff and provide depth. Look for transfers Rolando Heredia-BustosAustin Mumaw, and Jeff Jones to make immediate impacts on the bump alongside freshmen Damon AyarzagoitiaRyan ConroyToddy Murphy, and Alexander Rivera

Defensively the Knights look to be strong up the middle returning shortstop JJ Erazo, second basemen Max Jinjika, and middle infielder Alvin Carela. All three will also look to provide a spark in the lineup in front of a strong middle of the order headlined by returners Devin JohnsonMitchell Haywood, and Cam Powers. Fellow returner Luis Gonzalez, transfer Sammy Canela, and freshman Luis MarreroJordan Daddio, and Nick Hemstreet also figure to get plenty of opportunities to crack the starting lineup throughout the season and play key roles for second year manager O'Connor. 

This year's Knights squad has big shoes to fill after pretty much a whole season off following a NJCAA DII World Series berth in 2018 and runner-up finish in the NJCAA DII Region XX Tournament in 2019. It will be important for O'Connor and the Knights to hit the ground running this year without a trip south to open the campaign due to travel restrictions stemming from the pandemic. Instead, CCBC Essex will open with two mid-week games against cross campus rival CCBC Catonsville before playing host to Maryland JUCO powerhouse Harford CC in a double header on March 7th and finishing out the opening month with a total of ten NJCAA Region XX DII games. 

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 CCBC Essex team preview.

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23rd year NJCAA Hall of Fame head coach Charlie O'Brien returns a much deeper squad in 2021 albeit with several returners that only logged time in parts of a fourteen game shortened 2020 campaign due to Covid-19. Prior to last year's shortened season, the Seahawks missed qualifying for the NJCAA Region XX DII tournament after a disappointing 8-30-1 2019 campaign.

Coach O'Brien hopes to return back to those regional playoffs with a talented group offensively led by power hitting third baseman Andy Imbierowicz. Imbierowicz was off to a hot start in 2020 batting .413 with 19 hits and 16 RBI's through the fourteen game span. Also returning and looking to lead the way offensively this year for the Seahawks is Patrick O'BrienDavis JenkinsBrendan Reilly, and Dante Disabatino. Freshman Rafael Solano and AJ Thorp add depth to a solid infield core and both posses the ability to add pop in the lineup. 

On the mound, O'Brien will rely more on depth with just Cameron Blankenship looking to assume one of the starting spots in the rotation at this time. Blankenship logged a team high 24 innings pitched in 2020 going 2-1 with a 4.88 ERA in 5 appearances. That depth starts with several returners including righties Colin BalthaserBrandon SnyderGarrett HillsgroveSlothing CheVince Kershner and lefty Tucker Sanders. Furthermore, University of Tampa transfer Alden Dobosz and Lehigh Carbon CC transfer Dylan Lehman are expected to make an immediate impact on the mound. 

Tentatively speaking, Cecil is set to open the season this Sunday at home against Delaware Tech before facing a daunting opening month of March in which they will play 16 of their 22 NJCAA Region XX DII games. That said, a fast start will be imperative to earning an opportunity back into post-season play come seasons end.

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 Cecil College team preview.

 

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The Skipjacks entered last season with and extremely young roster returning just one arm from a 2019 team that went 30-14-1 before being upset by Garrett College 5-3 in the play-in game to the NJCAA Region XX D2 weekend Final Four. With Covid-19 shutting down the season early, 22nd year head coach Frank Szymanski begins this year's campaign with a similar young and inexperienced roster.

On the mound, Coach Szymanski will lean heavily on their five returners headlined by a pair of righties in Danny Leo and Nick Gatton. Former Chesapeake-AA standout Dylan Young figures to be another key peice on the bump alongside fellow returners in lefty Devin McClendon and righty Sal Biondollo. Freshman Wilfredo Mendez from Caesar Rodney (DE) could provide a huge boost in the rotation at some point as well. 

Offensively, Andrew BradyJuan ContrerasMatt Ferony, and Will Pope will look to provide consistency with several younger guys getting an opportunity early to earn roles in the everyday lineup. Aforementioned Young and Mendez will both pull double duty this year in the infield and outfield respectively with Radford transfer Keaton Goetzger adding some much needed pop to the middle of the order. 

Similar to all of the other Maryland JUCO Conference schools this year, Chesapeake will not travel south to Myrtle Beach, SC as they have several times in the past due to Covid-19 restrictions. Instead the Skipjacks will travel to Cecil College on March 13th to open with a double header and run through five conference opponents in the opening month.

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 Chesapeake College team preview.

 

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As true across much of the JUCO landscape, Frederick returns a very experienced squad in 2021 under 19th year head coach Rodney Bennett. Last year's team looked poised to contend for not only the Maryland JUCO Conference title but also a Region XX championship and NJCAA DII World Series berth. Expect much of the same this year even with ten players having moved on to four-year schools as Coach Bennett and his staff continue to attract some of the best talent across the Mid-Atlantic Region. 

Two seasons ago, the Cougars were one win away from punching their ticket to the NJCAA DII World Series falling two games to one in the best-of-three Northeast District Championship Series against Region XIX champion Lackawanna CC (PA). Replacing Jacob Berry (Tennessee Wesleyan University), Priamo Lozada (Morehead State University), Brett Stallings (George Mason University), and Jacob Wetzel (Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs) amongst others won't be an easy task but the Cougars do return three starters from last year's everyday lineup and a slue of arms on the bump. 

Look for Justin AcalNicco German, and Brodey Neveker to lock down the infield and lead the offensive attack along with returning catcher Spencer Rhoads, top newcomers Klay CottisWyatt MilesBrevin Neveker, and transfer Jacob Gay adding depth to the lineup. Frederick also looks to be very strong on the mound with eight returners headlined by 2019 Maryland JUCO All Conference First Team and NJCAA D2 All Region XX - First Team selection AJ Cieslinski. Cieslinski appeared in 13 games for the Cougars in 2019 going 8-1 with a save. Lefty Nick Karlinchak (15 APP in 2019 with a 6-2 record, and a 3.05 ERA in 41.1 IP), righty Max Proctor (19 APP in 2019 with a 1-1 record, one save, and a 3.94 ERA in 32 IP), and righty Brodey Neveker (10 APP in 2019 with a 3-1 record and a 4.32 ERA in 25 IP) figure to also play key roles on the mound alongside fellow returners AJ BaadteRyan BerryJohn CummingsDavid GingrasRiley Grant, key freshman Riley Warren, and transfer Matt Michel

Bennett's teams have won at least 30 games in each of the last 14 years prior to last year's incomplete season and look poised to push that streak to 15 in 2021. Expectations will be high once again for this year's squad but Coach Bennett is accustomed to that as his teams are perennially considered as one of the favorites to win the Maryland JUCO Conference and NJCAA D2 Region XX Tournament. Frederick won't travel to Florida this year to open up the season as they have done traditionally in the past, due to travel restrictions imposed upon them from the college. Rather, Coach Bennett and the 2021 Cougars will jump right into Maryland JUCO Conference play on February 9th at home against Allegany College of Maryland and weave it's way through seven of the fourteen Maryland JUCO programs throughout the remainder of the month.

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 Frederick CC team preview.

 

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Garrett College was denied the opportunity to make it three straight appearances in the NJCAA Region XX DII Final Four last season after Covid-19 ended everyone's season mid-March. The Lakers entered the 2020 campaign with a much younger squad after losing several key pieces from their 2019 team that finished third. This year head coach Eric Hallenbeck in his 17th season returns a more balanced roster albeit with limited experience due to the shortened season last year. 

On the mound, righty Michael Joyce returns for his third season as the ace of the Lakers staff. Lefty Skylar Kanacsky, and fellow right-handed returners Bradie MooreCoby HowatineckJustin FluhartNoah MankinDylan McCartney, and Pat Bart all figure to play key roles on the staff again this season. Fairmont State transfer Kelan Hoover has the ability to make an immediate impact on the bump while fellow transfer Cam King, and freshmen Hunter White will add depth to a solid staff overall.

Offensively, third baseman Juan Pinero headlines a well balanced lineup that includes Quintin Smith and Elijah Hanible at the top of the lineup and Colby Johnson and Brandon Lucas in the middle of the order. Pinero was off to a sizzling start in 2020 batting .486 while scoring 24 runs in that thirteen game span. Peyton CarrNate Darwin, and Tanner George also figure to play key roles in the everyday lineup alongside key freshman Brennan White

Due to travel restrictions stemming from the current pandemic, Garrett will not travel south to open the season like they have become accustomed to in years past. Instead, the Lakers will open on the road at Harford CC on March 6th and navigate their way through six Maryland JUCO Conference opponents and twelve out-of-conference games in the opening month. A back-loaded NJCAA Region XX DII schedule in April will provide Hallenbeck the opportunity to play several guys early and solidify roles before making a push towards earning a fourth appearance in the Final Four in the last six years notwithstanding last year's shortened season.

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 Garrett College team preview.

 

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The 2020 Hagerstown Hawks were primed to make a serious run at the Maryland JUCO Conference and NJCAA Region XX D1 title before Covid-19 ended everyone's season prematurely. Head Coach Scott Jennings and his staff have really done a nice job on the recruiting trail and they return several key players on this year's squad which should translate into another solid season.

The depth and talent on the mound looks to be a significant strength this year with eight guys back headlined by the hard throwing Kam'ron Mays-Hunt (Arkansas State transfer). Righty Will Grove also projects as a key conference starter again this year with Ryan ClarkRyan DelorbeWyatt FreemanSeth HartmanMike Hawbaker, and Josh Kerns providing experienced depth. Brock Smith (Radford) and Steven Ricketts (Fairmont State) will surely be missed from the rotation but without a doubt this staff has the makings of one of the top in the state.

At the plate, look for Andrew MathiasTJ KalagherDillon Sunnquist, and Corey Waters to lead the way as the top four returners from their lineup in 2020. Freshman catcher Brenden Moshos and freshman infielder Nick Papageorge are both expected to provide and immediate impact in the lineup as well to make up for the loss of 2019 Maryland JUCO All Conference First Team and NJCAA D1 All Region XX First Teamer Josh Menders.

Hagerstown is the only Maryland JUCO program keeping with tradition of opening up the season down south this year. An early trip to Vero Beach, Florida will provide the Hawks with thirteen games in nine days before returning home for four non-conference tune-ups prior to traveling to NJCAA Region XX D1 foe Harford CC for two extremely meaningful games on March 20th. Another winning season in 2021 would make it 20 consecutive for Coach Jennings and the program.

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 Hagerstown CC team preview.

 

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Harford CC returns a ton of talent from last year's Covid-19 shortened season. Combine that with another strong incoming freshmen class and a myriad of transfers and second year head coach Josh Houser and the Fighting Owls look poised to contend once again for not only the Maryland JUCO Conference title but also a berth in the NJCAA DI World Series out in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Expectations are high but that is nothing new for Harford. The perennial Maryland JUCO Conference powerhouse returns seven starters from last season's lineup and ten big arms on the mound. The offense has the potential to be even more explosive than prior seasons headlined by Reyce CurnaneAjay Sczepkowski, and Mason Hicks. Infielders Patrick CampbellBrelon Harden, and Brayden Parr will be tasked with getting on base in front of those big middle of the order bats that is also expected to include returner Jack Flanagan.  Of the top newcomers, look for transfers Nick GaitanJeremiah GuzmanJohn McNameeMatt RiveraAndrew Sicinski as well as freshmen Ethan KipleJoe Quelch, and Zach Smith to get opportunities early to crack the lineup and fill the holes left behind by Alex Barker (Monmouth) and Tom Brosnahan (Western Carolina). 

Aside from how fun this offense looks to be on paper, it might be the arms that garner the most attention throughout the season. This year's staff is littered with high caliber power arms beginning but not ending with righties Caleb MuscoCameron KalandrosJeremy Lapp and lefty Chris Hamann. Fellow returners Hunter Bell and Carter Heller are the only two currently on the roster committed for next year to Tennessee Tech and Gardner Webb respectively. And, Nick CollierZane GrimesJohn Torres, and Austin Rohlfing round out the list of ten returners on the bump. As for new faces that could play key roles throughout the season, they include transfers Nick HohensteinChris Wallace, and freshmen Connor BlantzJoe Clancy, Kiple and Smith. 

Harford once again will entertain a pretty regional schedule with the likes of non-conference opponents Rowan Gloucester (NJ), Bryant & Stratton (VA), Mercer County (NJ), and Potomac State (WV). The season begins with double-headers against Anne Arundel (March 2nd), Garrett (March 6th), and CCBC Essex (March 7th). While the talent and depth is evident, coach Houser continues to remind his players to take it one game at a time. Time will tell how good this team really is when they actually get back out on the field and grind through the ebbs and flows of a long JUCO season. However, when it's all said and done, expect to see the Fighting Owls in contention for both the Maryland JUCO Conference title and NJCAA D1 World Series berth.

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 Harford CC team preview.

 

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Dan Rascher returns for his 16th season at the helm of the Montgomery College baseball program in 2021. At the DIII level, Rascher guided the Raptors to three Region XX Championships and World Series appearances in 2013, 2015, and 2016. A move up to DII back in 2019 came with mixed results as the Raptors finished 4th but fell in the opening round game of the mid-week pod. With Covid-19 washing out the 2020 season for the most part; the Raptors, perennially one of the top programs in Maryland JUCO will look to bounce back this season and make some noise come postseason. 

Montgomery returns seven pieces from their starting lineup last year in infielders Miles LeVereJaden MinnickDan Weeden, outfielders Aivis NatividadEthan Semones, and catchers Chris Burger and Seamus Harrigan. Losing their biggest bat from 2020 in Gerald Buchanan will be tough but look for some of the aforementioned returners alongside freshmen Phaly Moravek and Nathan Proctor to collectively help bridge that gap. 

On the mound, Rascher returns just three arms in righties Minnick, Khalil Carroll, and lefty Ben Davis. Freshman righty Ty Morris will add some much needed depth with innings leader Jefferson Casillas also gone from a season ago. 

This year Montgomery will only play their 26 game Maryland JUCO Conference schedule, forgoing all non-conference games. Early season practices and intra-squad opportunities will be critical for Rascher to make sure the Raptors hit the ground running opening day against CCBC Dundalk on March 6th. Twenty of those 26 games are also NJCAA Region XX games with postseason implications on the line as only eight teams will qualify for the regional tournament once again in 2021. 

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 Montgomery College team preview.

 

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Tenth year head coach Buddy Foster and Prince George's CC will look to continue their NJCAA Region XX DIII dominance again in 2021 with a solid group of players returning. The Owls got off to a 6-and-4 start in their first ten games prior to Covid-19 canceling the remainder of everyone's season. Making it back to the Mid-Atlantic District Best-of-Three Series for another shot at returning to the World Series for the first time since 2017 will be the goal.

Second baseman Aderlyn Cubilete headlines a strong core of returning starters from last season's lineup and will once again be looked upon to provide a spark after getting off to a hot start in 2020 hitting .364 through the ten game span. Alongside Cubilete and also expected to make a significant impact at the plate this year are Trey NewlandPayton Harmon, and Jake WillisCristian DesrosiersZach Hurley and Grayson Lewis round out the list returners and figure to play key roles in the lineup throughout the year as well. USC-Sumter CC transfer Wynston Dyer, and freshmen CJ AndersonTyler Kemp, and Ivan Suarez all will add depth to what year in and year out tends to be a very prolific high scoring offense. 

On the mound, coach Foster will look to several newcomers to provide depth behind right-handed returners Logan Marx and Ryan Mahanand as the Owls lose their top two arms inning wise from 2020 in Aaron Cooper and Zach Mendiguren. Look for Lakeland CC transfer Josh Scalish, Kemp and Suarez to fill some of those roles this season behind the aforementioned Marx and Mahanand. 

Currently Prince George's is slated to open the 2021 campaign at home against Anne Arundel on March 9th. The schedule after that is mostly incomplete at this time but when it's all said and done, expect coach Foster and the Owls to be a favorite to win their fourth consecutive NJCAA Region XX DIII title.

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 Prince George's CC team preview.

 

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Fifth year head coach Aaron Michael and the College of Southern Maryland Hawks enter the season with certainly more depth than they did at the start of last year. 2019 NJCAA DII All Region XX Honorable Mention shortstop Trevor Drummond, and catcher Peyton Myers are both third year players that will be catalysts in the lineup in 2021. Also returning from last year's lineup are outfielders Preston LongJesus Moscat, middle infielder Austin Simms, and third basemen Eli Wilhelm

On the bump, righties Dylan Bell and Ethan Zorbaugh will anchor a staff that will look to several younger guys to step up and find roles in the rotation throughout the season. Tampa University transfer Francis Segarra, freshman Layne FreeseMichael Guy, and Robby Racey look to add depth positionally in the infield while fellow freshman Justin Aponte and Liam Post figure to see early opportunities in the outfield. Also a part of a solid incoming freshman class are catchers Blake DiPietro and Ryan Huck whom both will add depth behind Myers defensively and look to make an immediate impact at the plate.    

Southern Maryland kicks off the 2021 season with an opening weekend double-header at home on March 6th against Potomac State (WV) and will run through six Maryland JUCO Conference opponents to round out the month. Coach Michael hopes that this will be the year the program qualifies for the regional tournament after missing out the last five seasons.

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2021 College of Southern Maryland team preview.

 

2021 Maryland JUCO Conference
Projected Order to Finish

Place  School  Division 
1st Harford D1
2nd Frederick D2
3rd Hagerstown D1
4th CCBC Catonsville D2
5th Allegany  D2
6th Chesapeake  D2
7th Garrett D2
8th Prince George's  D3
9th Cecil D2 
10th Montgomery D2
11th CCBC Essex D2 
12th Anne Arundel D2 
13th Southern Maryland D2
14th CCBC Dundalk D2

 

2021 NJCAA Region 20 Division 1 

Projected Team to Advance to the East District Tournament: Harford CC

 

2021 NJCAA Region 20 Division 2

Projected Team to Advance to the NJCAA D2 World Series: Frederick CC

 

2021 NJCAA Region 20 Division 3

Projected Team to Advance to the Mid-Atlantic District Tournament: Prince George's CC