Fifteen out of 25 Terps (60 percent) played on teams ranked in CSB’s Top 35.
Five Terps played for the Cal Ripken League’s Baltimore Redbirds, the most of any club. Four pitchers (Tyler Blohm, Mike Rescigno, Hunter Parsons, Andrew Miller) combined for a 1.79 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 110.1 dominant innings, while Marty Costes tied for third in the league with seven homers.
Three more played for the Redbirds’ league rival Bethesda Big Train. The two clubs have met in the CRCBL championship the last eight seasons. John Murphy, Justin Morris and Peyton Sorrels all brought the CRCBL title back to Bethesda this summer after the Redbirds won the last four league titles.
Kevin Smith was vital to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox taking home their third-straight Cape League championship and the top spot in CSB’s rankings. In addition to being named the CCBL Championship Series MVP, Smith led his club in hits, doubles and extra base knocks. While the Brewster Whitecaps failed to crack the rankings, both Smith and Brewster’s Nick Dunn earned All-League infield honors. Also on the Cape, Ryan Selmer’s Wareham Gatemen checked in at no. 31 on CSB’s list.
The Matsu Miners, summer home to both AJ Lee and Madison Nickens, battled to the nineteenth national ranking after winning the Alaskan Baseball League title. As Perfect Game League champions, Danny Maynard and Cameron Enck’s Amsterdam Mohawks fill the no. 12 spot. This summer, Enck set a league record with a miniscule 0.39 ERA.
Up north in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the runner-up Sanford Mainers were powered in large part by center fielder Zach Jancarski. The rising junior led the Mainers in both runs and hits.
After a disappointing 2016 compared to their 40-win seasons and NCAA Super Regional appearances in 2014 and 2015, a sharp summer looks to be a positive early start for the 2017 Terps.
Now that summer leagues around the country have concluded, we’ll take a final look at how Terps performed.
The biggest story by far is shortstop Kevin Smith, who helped lead the Y-D Red Sox to the Cape Cod League championship. He hit .370 with 3 homers, 7 RBI and 6 runs scored to capture the CCBL Playoff MVP award as the Red Sox won their third straight title. During the regular season, Smith was just as impressive, leading the Red Sox with 43 hits and 12 doubles while hitting .301 and playing in all but three of the team’s games.
Second baseman Nick Dunn enjoyed a fine summer in the Cape as well, finishing in the top ten in the league in hitting (.311, 9th), hits (51, T-3rd), RBI (25, T-3rd) and runs scored (26, 5th) while knocking eight doubles, two triples, and a homer. Brewster failed to make the playoffs, but that doesn’t take anything away from Dunn’s stellar summer campaign. Right-hander Ryan Selmer finished the regular season with a 3.17 ERA and 12 strikeouts across 22.2 innings of relief for the Cape’s Wareham Gatemen. He made only one playoff appearance, allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.
In the Cal Ripken League, outfielder Marty Costes put together a nice season for the Baltimore Redbirds, hitting .319 with a team-high seven home runs and 24 RBI.
His fellow Terps in Baltimore, pitchers Mike Rescigno, Andrew Miller, Tyler Blohm and Hunter Parsons each enjoyed strong seasons as well, all finishing with ERAs below 2.50. In one playoff appearance, Rescigno tossed 2.2 shutout innings with four strikeouts. Miller was just as dominant in the postseason, allowing just one earned run in 5.1 innings of work. While Blohm and Parsons struggled in the playoffs, their regular season numbers are nothing to scoff at, as they posted ERAs of 2.07 and 1.41, respectively.
Down the road, catcher/first baseman Justin Morris finished his summer with the Bethesda Big Train hitting .287 with 10 doubles and 25 RBI. He drove in four more runs in the playoffs en route to the Big Train winning their first Cal Ripken League championship in five years. John Murphy and Peyton Sorrels did not blossom in Bethesda however, as Murphy’s ERA neared 5 while Sorrels hit just .156.
With the Ripken League’s Gaithersburg Giants, infielder Pat Hisle hit just .221 in the regular season, but went 2-for-8 in the playoffs with an RBI in the postseason. His teammates, Nick Pantos and Truman Thomas, struggled as well. Pantos’s solid 3.53 ERA was overshadowed by his worrisome 1:1 K:BB ratio, and Thomas finished the season with a 5.91 ERA. For the Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts, catchers Nick Cieri (.301, 5 HR, 24 RBI) and Ty Friedrich (.351, 7 RBI) both flourished in limited time, while Jared Price notched four saves.
In the Valley League, Andrew Green made 13 appearances in the regular season, posting a 6.88 ERA, and did not make a playoff appearance.
Meanwhile with the Amsterdam Mohawks, Cameron Enck set a Perfect Game League record with a 0.39 ERA during the regular season. He continued his brilliance in the playoffs as well, going 2-0 in two starts with a 1.38 ERA in 13 IP as the Mohawks won their fourth league title in five years. Catcher Dan Maynard never got hot during the regular season, hitting just .185 with 16 RBI in 26 games, but he turned it on come playoff time, going 4-for-13 with three doubles.
In the New England Collegiate Baseball League, outfielder Zach Jancarski was a key player on a Sanford Mainers team that made it all the way to the championship series. During the regular season, he hit .288 with 10 doubles and 20 stolen bases, and he stayed hot into the playoffs, hitting .294 with eight runs scored in eight games. Jamal Wade contributed in more ways than one for the Keene Swamp Bats, hitting .267 in 75 at-bats, while pitching to a 1.58 ERA in 11.1 innings on the mound.
In the Alaskan League, AJ Lee and Madison Nickens played for the title-winning Mat-Su Miners, although neither saw any playing time in the postseason. Lee recovered from a slow start to hit .255 with 20 runs scored in the regular season, but Nickens struggled the whole summer, hitting just .146 with no extra-base hits.
Each player’s regular season statistics are available in the table below.
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.
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In the Cape Cod Baseball League, Nick Dunn and Kevin Smith continue to impress, posting batting averages that rank in the top ten in the league. Dunn is batting .366 in 17 games—good for fourth in the CCBL. He leads the Brewster Whitecaps in hits (26), including one home run. Dunn has a hit in eight of his last nine games, and six of those games have been multi-hit affairs, including a four-hit ballgame. Smith is hitting .324 for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 19 games—ranked 9th in the CCBL. The shortstop also leads the Red Sox in doubles with six.
Ryan Selmer, playing for the Wareham Gatemen in the CCBL as well, struggled at the onset of the summer, but has since settled in. The tall right-hander hasn’t allowed a run in his last two appearances (1.2 IP).
A majority of Terps are calling the Cal Ripken Baseball League home this summer. Marty Costes continues to flat-out mash for the first-place Baltimore Redbirds. The freshman is slashing .354/.463/.692 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in 20 games. His average is seventh in the CRCBL and his home run total leads the league. On the mound for the Redbirds, Mike Rescigno, Hunter Parsons, Andrew Miller and incoming freshman Tyler Blohm have been dominant. The four arms are a combined 7-0 with a 1.88 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 70:11.
Pat Hisle has been swinging a hot bat for the Gaithersburg Giants. The infielder is working on a five-game hitting streak, which includes a 2-5 ballgame that saw Hisle drive in four runs on the back of his second home run of the summer. Truman Thomas and incoming freshman Nick Pantos have been strong on the mound. Thomas is 3-0 in four starts with a 2.82 ERA, striking out 17 and walking nine. Pantos is 0-2 in one start in five appearances, posting a 3.55 ERA.
Nick Cieri has been heating up at the plate as well. The junior has a hit in six straight games, and has his average up to .278 on the summer for the Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts. Cieri has also smacked two home runs, including a game-winning walk-off three-run shot last week against the DC Grays. Incoming freshman Ty Friedrich is batting .353 in 12 games, hitting a home run and stealing four bases.
Freshmen John Murphy and Peyton Sorrels have struggled this summer for the Bethesda Big Train. Murphy is 1-2 with a 6.19 ERA in four starts and Sorrels is batting just .158 in 18 games. Justin Morris has fared better for the Big Train, batting .270. He’s also walked 16 times, good for an on-base percentage of .452.
Like Dunn and Smith in the CCBL, Zach Jancarski finds himself among the NECBL’s best hitters. Playing for the Sanford Mainers this summer, Jancarski is batting .356 in 17 games, fourth in the league. The outfielder has also shown off his speed as well, swiping 11 bags.
Elsewhere in the NECBL, Jamal Wade continues to impress on the mound. The right-hander has yet to allow a run in 4.2 IP, striking out 10 and walking one. Wade earned his first win last week against Jancarski’s Mainers, striking out two and walking one in 0.2 innings of work, helping the Keene Swamp Bats to a 2-1 victory (Wade and Jancarski did not face eachother). At the plate, Wade is batting .222 with a home run and four RBIs. More notably, he has seven walks to just two strikeouts.
In the Alaskan League, both Madison Nickens and AJ Lee have struggled at the plate for the Mat-Su Miners, posting identical .179 batting averages.
Danny Maynard is batting .224 for the Amsterdam Mohawks in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The freshman has a home run and 11 RBIs in 20 games. Cameron Enck is playing for the Mohawks as well, and has shined. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA in four starts (five total appearances), with 14 strikeouts in 24 innings.
Finally, in the Valley League, Andrew Green, has struggled in nine appearances for the Purcellville Cannons. Green is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in eight innings.
The Terps’ double-play tandem of Nick Dunn and Kevin Smith are taking the Cape Cod League by storm. To put it simply, the rising sophomore and rising junior are raking. Building on a breakout freshman campaign that earned him Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors, Dunn leads the Brewster Whitecaps with a .368 batting average that ranks eighth on the Cape. His .478 on-base percentage is third in the league, and has been aided by good plate discipline (six walks and two hit by pitches through just nine games). His 14 hits are sixth most in the league, and he ranks third on the Whitecaps with a .899 OPS. MBN’s Jake Eisenberg caught up with him earlier this summer.
Smith, one year Dunn’s senior, also leads his team, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, in batting average (.342, 13th in the league), with the second highest on-base percentage (.390) and third best slugging percentage (.526). He is also tied for the team lead with two stolen bases. Jake Eisenberg had the chance to talk to Smith as well.
After tying Dunn for second on the Terps with 18 extra base hits in 2016, Smith’s four doubles and five extra base hits this summer rank tied for second and fourth in the league respectively.
The lone Terrapin pitcher spending his summer on the Cape is Ryan Selmer. In two appearances and three innings for the Wareham Gatemen, Selmer has allowed three earned runs, walked one and struck out four. Jake Eisenberg spoke to Selmer on Monday.
The freshman sensation who led the 2016 Terps in extra base hits, Marty Costes, has continued slugging his way through the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. Costes, one of five Terps on the Baltimore Red Birds, ranks first on his club and third in the CRCBL with three homers. Through 12 games, he’s slashing .293/.375/.561. However, his walk and strikeout rates have both increased from his freshman season at Maryland. His walk rate has risen from 9.3% to 10.4%, while his K% has jumped from 9.69% to 14.6%.
The other four Terps on the Red Birds roster, all pitchers, have all looked sharp thus far.
After clawing his way into the midweek role in 2016, and likely a weekend starting gig next season, Hunter Parsons has continued his success in the CRCBL. Through three starts, Parsons is 2-0 with a dominating 0.69 ERA, second lowest in the league, and 1.08 WHIP. He’s allowed just one extra base hit, and opponents are hitting just .200 against him in 13 innings. He ranks tied for seventh in the CRCBL with 14 strikeouts.
Fresh off being selected in the 25th round of the MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, Mike Rescigno has performed well out of the bullpen. He’s allowed just one run in seven innings, striking out nine and walking one. His 1.28 ERA and 1.14 WHIP have both dropped drastically from his 2016 collegiate season (5.59 ERA, 1.91 WHIP), with an opposing batting average of .250, 88 points lower than this season in College Park.
Andrew Miller has a 3.85 ERA in four relief appearances (11.2 innings). He too has posted a phenomenal strikeout/walk ratio at 12/2. Rounding out the Terps contingent of the Red Birds pitching staff is incoming freshman left-hander Tyler Blohm, who was selected by his hometown Baltimore Orioles in the 17th round of the MLB draft. In two long relief appearances this summer, Blohm is pitching better than his 3.00 ERA would lead you to believe, as his 0.83 WHIP and .174 opposing batting average are better indicators of his summer success. Only one of his four hits allowed has fallen for extra bases.
Elsewhere in the CRCBL, John Murphy is 1-2 for the Bethesda Big Train in three starts. He’s allowed 10 earned runs over 15.1 innings with 10 strikeouts and five walks. In 12 games, Justin Morris is third on the Big Train with nine RBIs and leads the club with four doubles. Peyton Sorrels has started slowly in Bethesda, posting a .111 batting average with five runs and three hits through 27 at bats.
Truman Thomas has shut down opponents in both of his starts for the Gaithersburg Giants. He allowed just one earned run and three hits over six innings on June 17 and struck out one of every three batters he faced. A week earlier, in his summer league debut, he threw five shutout innings in a 13-0 blowout win. His 0.81 ERA is lowest of any Giant with at least eight innings pitched. Playing for his hometown club, Gaithersburg native Nick Pantos has a 2.34 ERA in 7.2 innings of relief.
Although his seven RBIs are tied for third most on the team, Nick Cieri has started slow for the Silver Spring-Tacoma Thunderbolts slashing just .231/.310/.385. Terps’ recruit Ty Friedrich is hitting .294 with a .520 on-base percentage in six games this summer from the catcher’s position.
Up in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, Jamal Wade seems to be making a transition to the mound. The outfielder—who hasn’t pitched since high school—has been one of the best relievers for the Northern Division-leading Keene Swamp Bats thus far. In three innings out of the pen, Wade’s 0.67 WHIP is only bested by his perfect 0.00 ERA. He’s faced 13 batters this summer allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out seven batters (53.8 K%). Also in the NECBL, Zach Jancarski is hitting .257 for the Sanford Mainers with five runs and nine hits in 10 games.
In New York’s Perfect Game League, Cameron Enck (2-1) has pitched phenomenally in three starts and four appearances for the Amsterdam Mohawks. In 18 innings, he boasts an identical 1.00 ERA and WHIP, while struggling opponents are hovering around the Mendoza Line.
Across the continent, Madison Nickens and A.J. Lee are still adjusting to the Alaskan League. Both have struggled at the plate, posting batting averages below .200 through eight games. But Lee has been perfect in the field for the Mat-Su Miners—he has not committed an error in 69 combined innings between third base, shortstop and second base. Nickens has been perfect defensively as well, not committing an error in 58 innings in the outfield.
On the heels of a Freshman All-American season that saw him lead the Terps in batting average and hits, Nick Dunn is continuing his success in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
The second baseman is playing for the Brewster Whitecaps, one of ten teams in the league. Although the Whitecaps have played just three games, Dunn has already shined, both in the field and at the plate. While the freshman went 0-4 in the season opener, he has gone 7-10 since, bringing his average on the season to .500 (7-14).
Dunn has put together back-to-back three-hit ballgames. The first came against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, the team Maryland shortstop Kevin Smith is playing for this summer. Dunn went 3-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, helping Brewster to an 11-6 win.. The following afternoon, Dunn reached base five times in his six at-bats. He went 4-5 with a walk, scoring three runs scored and notching one RBI in 14-6 victory over the Chatham Anglers.
MBN spoke to Dunn before his game against Chatham.
While the 2016 season is over, 29 Terps will continue playing this summer for various summer teams. Below is the full chart of each player, with which team they’re playing for, and the league in which the team plays. Throughout the summer, we’ll provide bi-weekly updates on the Terps’ summer ball activities.