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Maryland JUCO Team Preview: Hagerstown CC


Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director

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JUCO programs across the state of Maryland began preseason practices back in early January. As the calendar quickly turns and with several teams getting ready to open up their 2019 campaigns in the next few weeks, 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 2018 season, examine key players that have moved on or left the program, look at some new faces and key players for the upcoming season, and finally take a sneak peak at whats ahead for the 2019 season. We continue our preseason previews with a look at the Hagerstown CC Hawks.

 

Hagerstown CC 2019 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach: Scott Jennings (19th Season) k
Mascot: Hawks
2018 Record: 27-24
2018 MD JUCO Finish: 6th Place
2018 D1 Region XX Finish: 3rd Place
Twitter Handle: @hccathletics
CLICK HERE to view the Hagerstown CC Baseball Website
CLICK HERE to view the Hagerstown CC 2019 Baseball Schedule
CLICK HERE to view the Hagerstown CC 2019 Baseball Roster

 

2019 PBR JUCO NATIONAL PRESEASON RANK: NR

 

Returning Players with 2018 Postseason Honors

Robbie Houck: MD JUCO All Conference - Honorable Mention

 

Returning Starters: 4

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Nate Cotton INF 41  .248  .362  .400  27  26  12 
Robbie Houck INF 50  .352  .430  .469  50  51  15  26 
Enrique Morales C 27 .164  .325  .311  11  10  16 
Austin Moser C/1B 40  .311  .400  .451  17  38  27 

 

Returning Pitchers: 1

PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
Josh Colliflower RHP 14  42.2  46  42  34  35  57  7.17 

 

Key Losses

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Quin Ambeault C/1B  48  .357  .449  .506  40  55  14  37 
Tanner Helms OF  46  .315  .399  .510  28  45  16  33  10 
Colby Shimmel OF  46  .382  .544  .562  24  34  25 
Geraghty Showe 1B  49  .377  .462  .481  33  58  14  33 
Andrew Wenner OF  50  .355  .451  .500  58  61  13  23  16 
PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
Jared Durning RHP  12  37.1  41  31  24  20  35  5.79 
Patrick O'Connor RHP  16  48.2  64  37  32  10  40  5.92 
Colby Shimmel RHP  12  72.1  67  47  32  11  77  3.98 
Colby Smith RHP 15  53.0  70  58  41  25  47  6.96 

 

Quin Ambeault (Frostburg State University)
Colby Shimmel (Barton College)
Geraghty Showe (Frostburg State University)
Andrew Wenner (Hood College)

 

Top Newcomers

Josh Kerns RHP Spring Mills (WV)
Evan Marushak OF Emmaus (PA)
Andrew Mathias INF Boonsboro (MD)
Josh Menders INF Mountain View (VA)
Dylan Reid RHP Catoctin (MD)

 

Key Players for 2019

Josh Collifllower (So.) RHP Clear Spring (MD)
Nate Cotton (So.) INF Columbia (NY)
Robbie Houck (So.) INF Middletown (MD)
Josh Kerns (Fr,) RHP Spring Mills (WV)
Evan Marushak (Fr.) OF Emmaus (PA)
Andrew Mathias (Fr.) INF Boonsboro (MD)
Josh Menders (Fr.) INF Mountain View (VA)
Enrique Morales (So.) C Rabun Gap (NY)
Austin Moser (So.) C/1B Smithsburg (MD)
Dylan Reid (Fr.) RHP Catoctin (MD)

 

2019 Committed Players

None at this time.

 

2019 Season Snapshot

Entering his 19th season as the head coach of the Hawks, Scott Jennings is confident that even though this years squad on paper is very young and inexperienced; they have what it takes to continue the streak of 18 straight winning seasons at Hagerstown CC. Returning Maryland JUCO All-Conference awardeeRobbie Houck and sophomore RHP Josh Colliflower will be looked upon as leaders with 19 new freshman on the roster for 2019. Expect to see fellow sophomore returners Nate Cotton, Enrique Morales, and Austin Moser's roles increase as well this year. Freshman Josh Kerns and Dylan Reid figure to see plenty of work on the mound while Jennings hopes that Evan Marushak, Andrew Mathias and Josh Menders will make enough impact in the Hawks lineup to make up for some of their key losses from last years team.

Hagerstown will once again travel to Vero Beach, Florida to kick off their 2019 season. The 10-day, 14-game trip should provide the freshman with plenty of early opportunities and time to become comfortable playing at the JUCO level before returning home to host Harford CC on March 16th for a double-header. The early double-header with Harford CC is magnified even more so this year with the number one seed in the Region XX DI regular season now receiving an opening round bye in the 3-team double elimination format. (Chesapeake College moved from DI to DII following the conclusion of the 2018 season). Despite their youth, expect the Hawks to be competitive once again in both the Maryland JUCO Conference and in the NJCAA Region XX DI Tournament in 2019.

 

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