Maryland JUCO Team Preview: Allegany College of Maryland Trojans


Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director

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JUCO programs across the state of Maryland are eager to get back on the field after their season's were cut short by Covid-19 in 2020. As the calendar quickly turns and teams begin to ramp up for their season's to begin in early March, we begin our coverage of the Maryland JUCO Conference with a preseason preview of all fourteen schools. In each preview, we will take a look back at the shortened 2020 season, examine key players that return and those that have moved on or left the program, look at new faces, and finally take a sneak peak at whats ahead for the 2021 season. Today we continue our preseason previews with a look at the Allegany College of Maryland Trojans.

 

Allegany COllege of Maryland  2021 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach: Mike Carter (2nd Season)  k
Mascot: Trojans
2020 Record: 7-7
2020 MD JUCO Finish: N/A
2020 DII Region XX Finish: N/A
Twitter Handle: @ACMSports
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CLICK HERE to view the Allegany College of Maryland 2021 Baseball Schedule
CLICK HERE to view the Allegany College of Maryland 2021 Baseball Roster

 

Returning Starters: 12

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Jason Altuve SS 5 .143 .294 143 2 2 0 0 0 2 1
Brendan Brady SS 14 .415 .479 .512 12 17 1 0 1 6 1
Andrew Butts 3B/OF 8 .095 .296 .143 4 2 1 0 0 2 1
Robert Fernandez C 9 .208 .345 .250 6 5 1 0 0 3 0
Matthew Gonzalez  3B 8 .148 .207 .333 2 4 2 0 1 6 0
Eli Lashley OF 10 .368  .586  .421 
Wyatt Lepley 1B 12 .349 .378 .395 10 15 2 0 0 10 1
Garrett Pullium  1B/OF 11  .360  .448  .600  0 1 6 0
Gavin Rush SS/OF 13  .160  .400  .200 
Gage Shaffer 1B/OF 11  .405  .488  .865  14 15 5 14 
JT Stevenson  OF .324  .343  .324  11 
Noah Zimmerman  2B 10  .400  .429  .567  12  14 

 

Returning Pitchers: 4

PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
Wyatt Lepley RHP 1 0 0 0 2.0 1 3 1 2 0 4.50
Garrett Pullium LHP 5 17.1  17  11  13  4.67 
Gage Shaffer RHP 4 6.1  0.00 
Noah Zimmerman  RHP 1 1.0  0.00 

 

Key Losses

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Casey White  INF 12  .341  .400  .409  13  15 
PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
None Listed                        



Top Newcomers

Nick Berryman RHP/C Keswick Christian School (FL)
John Dhima RHP Urbana (MD)
Thomas Fogle RHP Walkersville (MD)
Brandon Gomez RHP Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy (NY)
Ethan Huffman RHP Viera (FL)
Trent King Surrey Christina School (BC)
J.R. Luttrell LHP Hedgesville (WV)
Justin Wobb C Harrison (GA)

 

Committed Players on Current Roster

None at this time. 

 

2021 Season Snapshot

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 Shaffer, Garrett Pullium, Noah Zimmerman, Eli Lashley, Wyatt 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 Rush, Jason Altuve, Andrew Butts, Robert 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 Dhima, Thomas Fogle, Brandon Gomez, Ethan Huffman, J.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. 

 

 

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