By Chris Rogers
As summer ball across the country comes to a close, let’s take a look at how Terps have done in their respective leagues.
In the Cape Cod League, second baseman Nick Dunn and shortstop Kevin Smith were both named to the All-Star roster. Dunn, playing for the Brewster Whitecaps, ranks near the top of the league in numerous offensive categories, including average (.317, 7th), hits (51, 3rd), runs scored (25, 5th) and RBI (24, 4th). He has been reliable too, as he is the only Whitecaps player to appear in at least 40 games. Smith was deservingly named the starting shortstop for the East in the July 23 All-Star Game. Through August 2, he is hitting .295, and leads the Y-D Red Sox in hits (41) and doubles (12). Ryan Selmer, the lone Terps pitcher in the Cape, struggled early in the summer but has rebounded nicely of late. In 12 relief appearances, he has posted a 3.17 ERA, and tossed 4.1 scoreless frames last time out.
Closer to home, the Cal Ripken League is filled with Terps. Coming off a stellar freshman campaign, outfielder Marty Costes continued to hit this summer with the North Division champion Baltimore Redbirds. He led the team in homers (7) and RBI (24), ranking third in the league in the former, while hitting .319. Four Terps pitched for the Redbirds, including Hunter Parsons, who led the league in wins (6) and strikeouts (44), while ranking second in ERA (1.41). Sophomore left-hander Andrew Miller served mostly as a reliever this summer, making 13 appearances (one start) and posting a 2.37 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. Mike Rescigno, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants (25th round) in June but elected not to sign, was brilliant out of the bullpen as well, striking out 19 in 15.2 innings, with a magnificent 1.14 ERA. Incoming freshman Tyler Blohm was also drafted this June (Baltimore Orioles, 17th round) but chose to attend Maryland instead. This summer he posted a 1-0 record with a 2.07 ERA in seven games (four starts).
Down the road in Montgomery County, catcher/first baseman Justin Morris shined for the league-champion Bethesda Big Train, hitting .287 with 10 doubles, 25 RBI, and a team-high four triples. John Murphy and Peyton Sorrels, however, did not enjoy the same success Morris did in Bethesda. Murphy showed flashes of brilliance but pitched to a 4.71 ERA in seven starts, while Sorrels hit .156 with 6 RBI in 45 at bats.
While Morris impressed with the Big Train, two other Terps’ catchers did the same with the nearby Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. Nick Cieri hit .301 with 24 RBI and a team-high 5 long balls, and incoming freshman Ty Friedrich hit .351 in 37 at-bats. Tayler Stiles pitched only one game, allowing one run over five innings pitched, but teammate Jared Price turned in a solid summer, posting a 3.55 ERA in 12 relief appearances.
Senior utilityman Pat Hisle struggled to get anything going with the Gaithersburg Giants, as he finished the summer with a .221 average and 16 RBI, although he did throw a scoreless inning on the mound. His teammates, Nick Pantos and Truman Thomas also had mixed seasons pitching for the Giants. Pantos, an incoming freshman, made nine appearances (four starts) and owned a respectable 3.53 ERA, but struggled with his control (17 walks, 17 strikeouts). Thomas started off the summer hot, with a 2.82 ERA through his first four starts, but did not finish strong, as he ended up with a 5.91 ERA over 35 innings pitched.
Of the 15 Terps in the Cal Ripken League, seven (Costes, Rescigno, Parsons, Blohm, Morris, Cieri, Price) were named to the All-Star team.
In the nearby Valley League, Andrew Green has struggled for the Purcellville Cannons, with a 6.88 ERA and 2.18 WHIP in 13 games.
Going back up the coast, Zach Jancarski and Jamal Wade both put together nice summers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Jancarski, playing for the Sanford Mainers, hit .288 with 10 doubles, 27 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases (good for second in the league). Meanwhile, Wade made an impact with the Keene Swamp Bats on both sides of the field. In 72 at bats, he posted a .278 average and 11 RBI. Additionally, he returned to the mound for the first time since high school, tossing 11 innings as a reliever with an impressive 1.58 ERA and 22 strikeouts.
With the Amsterdam Mohawks of the Perfect Game League, right-hander Cameron Enck set a league record with his 0.39 ERA. In nine games (eight starts) he threw 46 innings, allowing just two earned runs while striking out 24. His battery-mate Dan Maynard has not found the same success, however, hitting just .185 with 16 RBI in 35 games.
In the Alaskan League, AJ Lee has rebounded nicely after a slow start to the summer. The infielder has hit .255 with 20 runs scored in 35 games. His Mat-Su Miners teammate, Madison Nickens, remains glacially cold, hitting just .150 in 18 games.