Maryland Power 25 Countdown: #18 Linganore

Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director


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It's hard to believe but the start of the 2020 Maryland high school baseball season is just two weeks away. 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 #18 team, the Linganore Lancers 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.


Linganore Lancers 2020 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach: David Keiling wef
Mascot: Lancers
County: Frederick 
Conference: Central Maryland Conference
MPSSAA Classification: 3A West Region I
2019 Record: 14-6
2019 MPSSAA Playoff Run: Lost in the MPSSAA 3A
Sectional Finals to Thomas Johnson (3-1).
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Returning Starters: 3

Ryan Barthlow (Sr.) INF
Matt Cunningham (Jr) RHP/INF
Garrett Schwartzbeck (Sr.) INF

Returning Pitchers: 3

Matt Cunningham (Jr.) RHP/INF
Ben Moore (So.) LHP
Cam Rokisky (Jr.) RHP


Returning Players with Post-Season / Pre-Season Honors

Ryan Barthlow - All-CMC Second Team
Matt Cunningham - 2019 PBR Maryland All-State Underclass / 2019 All-CMC First Team
Garrett Schwartzbeck - 2019 All-CMC Honorable Mention 


Key Losses

Cruz Cortez
Jacob Ference
Tyler Perry
Jake Santis 


Top Newcomers

Brody Eanes (Jr.) C
Adam Everett (Jr.) RHP/OF
Kai Hardesty (Jr.) RHP


2020 Key Players

Ryan Barthlow (Sr.) INF
Matt Cunningham (Jr.) RHP/INF
Ben Moore (So.) LHP
Cam Rokisky (Jr.) RHP
Garrett Schwartzbeck (Sr.) INF


Players Signed / Committed to College

Ryan Barthlow (2020) - Penn St. Harrisburg
Matt Cunningham (2021) - Mount St. Mary's University
Garrett Schwartzbeck (2020) - Elizabethtown College


Season Snapshot

Linganore enters the 2020 season with one of the strongest starting rotations in the Central Maryland Conference. 2019 All-CMC First Team selection Matthew Cunningham (Mount St. Mary's), junior Cameron Rokisky and sophomore lefty Ben Moore all return and are coming off strong campaigns 2019. The trio worked 95 innings for the Lancers on the bump last year striking out 92 batters and each posted sub 3.00 ERA's. Head coach David Keiling will lean on them to set the tone once again this season with a few key bats from last year's lineup having graduated. 

With Jake Santis, Jacob Ference (Salisbury), and Cruz Cortez gone, the Lancers will be looking for guys to step up and produce in the middle of the lineup. 2019 All-CMC Honorable Mention selection Garrett Schwartzbeck figures to be the spark plug at the top of the order with his ability to get on base and make things happen. Cunningham and senior All-CMC Second Teamer Ryan Barthlow are also returning impact bats looking to increase their production in the top to middle part of the order in 2020. Look for top junior newcomers Brody Earnes and Adam Everett to contribute immediately in the lineup with Everett and RHP Kai Hardesty adding depth to the already strong staff on the mound. 

Linganore's run in the playoffs last season ended with a 3-1 loss in the 3A West Region Sectional Semifinals to defending MPSSAA 3A State Champion Thomas Johnson. The Region remains exactly the same with the new regional alignments in 2020 providing yet again another looming showdown between the two schools for a spot in the State Quarterfinals on the line.