Maryland JUCO Team Preview: CCBC Dundalk Lions


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 CCBC Dundalk Lions.

 

CCBC Dundalk 2021 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach: Matt Backert (2nd Season)  f
Mascot: Lions
2019 Record: 0-11
2019 MD JUCO Finish: N/A
2019 DII Region XX Finish: N/A
Twitter Handle: @CCBCDunBaseball
CLICK HERE to view the CCBC Dundalk Baseball Website
CLICK HERE to view the CCBC Dundalk 2021 Baseball Schedule
CLICK HERE to view the CCBC Dundalk 2021 Baseball Roster

 

Returning Starters: 3

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Jake Brack  INF 7 .200 .333 .267 3 3 1 0 0 1 0
Kyle Hansel INF 5 .182 .250 .273 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
Nick White INF 7 .105 .292 .211 2 2 2 0 0 2 0

 

Returning Pitchers: 4

PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
Jake Brack  RHP 3 0 0 0 4.1 7 7 7 5 4 14.54
Nate Griffin  RHP 3 0 1 0 15.2 22 14 13 6 14 7.47
Kyle Hansel RHP 2 0 1 0 3.0 5 5 5 6 5 15.00
George Moore  RHP 1 0 0 0 0.2 3 4 4 0 0 54.00

 

Key Losses

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Qynton Davis OF 6 .308 .500 .615 5 4 1 0 1 3 0
Kaleb Whitlock OF 7 .222 .391 .389 5 4 3 0 0 5 1
PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
Grahme Akehurst  LHP 3 0 1 0 10.0 12 14 11 4 8 9.90

 

2020 Lions Moving On

*List of players from last year's team that are playing a 4-year schools this season.

Qynton Davis (La Sierra University)

 

 

Top Newcomers

Jac Carll (Fr.) 1B/P Harford Tech (MD)
Timothy Crawford (Fr.) RHP Kenwood (MD)
Matt Fino (Fr.) C Bel Air (MD)
Kevin Gamble (Fr.) OF Glenelg Country School (MD)
Ben Hall (So.) RHP/OF Transfer from Garrett College
Jared Jackson (Fr.) INF/P Owings Mills (MD)
Doyle McNew (Fr.) C Towson (MD)
Mike Newsome (Fr.) Transfer from Misericordia University
Jouseph Rodriguez (Fr.) INF Edgewood (MD)
Chaney Skeans (Fr.) C/OF Kent Island (MD)
Tre Taliaferro (So.) INF Transfer from City College of San Francisco

 

Committed Players on Current Roster

Nate Griffin RHP (Nuemann University)

 

2021 Season Snapshot

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 Hansel, George 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 Fino, Doyle 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. 

 

 

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