Maryland JUCO Team Preview: Hagerstown Hawks


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 Hagerstown CC Hawks.

 

Hagerstown CC 2021 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach: Scott Jennings (21st Season) k
Mascot: Hawks
2020 Record: 10-4
2020 MD JUCO Finish: N/A
2020 D1 Region XX Finish: N/A
Twitter Handle: @hccathletics
CLICK HERE to view the Hagerstown CC Baseball Website
CLICK HERE to view the Hagerstown CC 2021 Baseball Schedule
CLICK HERE to view the Hagerstown CC 2021 Baseball Roster

 

Returning Starters: 4

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
TJ Kalagher  3B 11  .219  .375  .250 
Andrew Mathias  2B .250  .333  .500 
Dillon Sunnquist C .393  .469  .500  10  11 
Corey Walters 1B 13  .304  .360  .457  14 

 

Returning Pitchers: 8

PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
Ryan Clark  RHP 7.0  2.57 
Ryan Delorbe  LHP 8.0  12  15  2.25 
Wyatt Freeman  RHP 3 9.2  0.93 
Will Grove RHP 11.0  12  2.45 
Seth Hartman RHP 7.0  10  6.43 
Mike Hawbaker RHP 12.1  11  1.46 
Josh Kerns RHP 1.1  47.25 
Kam Mays-Hunt  RHP - -  

 

Key Losses

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Josh Menders  SS 12  .405  .500  .595  12  17 
PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
Brock Smith LHP 12.1  10  19  4.38 

 

2020 Hawks Moving On

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

Steven Ricketts (Fairmont State University)
Brock Smith (Radford University)

 

Top Newcomers

Brenden Moshos C Manheim Township (PA)
Nick Papageorge INF Wheatley (NY)

 

Committed Players on Current Roster

Will Grove RHP (Frostburg State University)

 

2021 Season Snapshot

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 Clark, Ryan Delorbe, Wyatt Freeman, Seth Hartman, Mike 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 Mathias, TJ Kalagher, Dillon 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. 

 

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