Maryland Power 25 Countdown: #14 Catoctin

Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director


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Every week throughout the season we will release our Power 25, ranking the top twenty-five teams from across the Old Line State. Today we continue our Preseason Power 25 countdown by taking a look at our #14 team, the Catoctin Cougars from Frederick County. We will release one team in our countdown each weekday leading up to the release of our 2020 #1 Preseason Power 25 team on March 19th. Then, on March 20th our PBR Maryland staff will release it's final preseason predictions for the upcoming 2020 season as team get ready to square off on opening day later that afternoon.


Catoctin Cougars 2020 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach: Mike Franklin efw
Mascot: Cougars
County: Frederick 
Conference: Central Maryland Conference
MPSSAA Classification: 1A West Region II
2019 Record: 15-5
2019 MPSSAA Playoff Run: Lost in the MPSSAA 1A
Sectional Finals to Boonsboro (16-11).
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Returning Starters: 7

Mason Albright (Jr.) LHP/OF
Bryson Cabellero (Jr.) INF/RHP
Briar Castellow (Sr.) LHP/INF
Dylan Click (Jr.) INF
Hayden Dextradeur (Sr.) OF
Dusty Isanogle (Jr.) C
Logan Simanski (So.) INF

Returning Pitchers: 6

Mason Albright (Jr.) LHP/OF
Bryan Cabellero (Jr.) RHP/INF
Briar Castellow (Sr.) LHP
Colby Horning (Sr.) RHP
Ayden Shadle (Jr.) LHP
JJ Zirkle (Jr.) LHP


Returning Players with Post-Season / Pre-Season Honors

Mason Albright - 2019 All-CMC First Team, 2020 MSABC Preseason All-State, 2019 PBR Maryland Preseason All-State Second Team, 2019 PBR Maryland All-State Third Team.
Briar Castellow - 2019 All-CMC Second Team 
Dylan Click - 2019 All-CMC Honorable Mention
Dusty Isanogle - 2019 All-CMC Second Team
Logan Simanski - 2019 All CMC Honorable Mention 


Key Losses

Mark Rogers LHP 


Top Newcomers

Joseph McMannis (Fr.) SS/RHP


2020 Key Players

Mason Albright (Jr.) LHP/OF
Dylan Click (Jr.) INF
Dusty Isanogle (Jr.) C


Players Signed / Committed to College

Mason Albright (2021) - Virginia Tech University
Briar Castellow (2020) - Wilson College
Colby Honing (2020) - Fairmont State University
Joey McMannis (2023) - University of Maryland


Season Snapshot

Catoctin returns a deep roster with seven starters and six pitchers back from a season ago. Junior LHP Mason Albright (Virginia Tech) headlines the staff which also includes returning seniors Briar Castellow (Wilson College) and Colby Horning (Fairmont State), and juniors Bryan Cabellero, Ayden Shadle, and JJ Zirkle. At the plate, head coach Mike Franklin will look for his seven returning starters; Albright, Cabellero, Castellow, Dylan Click, Hayden Dextradeur, Dusty Isanogle, and Logan Simanski to lead the way. The Cougars will also get a boost both on the mound and at the plate in 2020 from the very talented freshman and University of Maryland commit Joseph McMannis

Catoctin fell in extra innings  last year to defending 2018 State Champion Boonsboro in the 1A West Sectional Finals. Under the new MPSSAA Regional alignment, the 1A West Region will look a little different as both Boonsboro and Francis Scott Key bump up to 2A. Brunswick, and Smithsburg remain as Clear Spring and and Hancock enter Region II of the 1A West this season to complete the five team pod. Catoctin will be the favorite to punch a ticket to the State Quarterfinals out of the 1A West Region II and they will also be one of the favorites even as a 1A school to win the Central Maryland Conference in 2020.