By Coleman Hamstead
After more than a month of baseball, here's where things stand in the conference…so far.
Harford Community College has hold of the top spot with a 15-0-1 record in Maryland JUCO play, followed by Hagerstown Community College with a conference record of 10-2.
The Fighting Owls (25-7-1 overall) are led by Peyton Sorrels who leads the team in batting average (.511), total hits (45), and RBIs (46). He currently leads the conference in batting average and RBIs.
Other big contributors for Harford include reigning Maryland JUCO Men's Student-Athlete of the Month (March) Luke Johnson (.398 batting average, 45 hits, 44 RBIs, 12 homers), Ryan Shinn (.384 batting average, 38 hits, 41 RBIs, 10 homers) and Tre Todd (.419 batting average, 36 hits, 27 RBIs, nine homers, 19 stolen bases). They are led on the mound by Will Reed, who is 5-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 42 strike outs.
The Hawks (23-7 overall) are led by Justin Smith (.419 batting average, 44 hits, 31 RBIs, 10 doubles). Smith has only struck out three times in 105 at bats. Matt Kline (17) and Sinjin Shoop (16) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the conference in stolen bases.
Cecil College rounds out the top three Maryland JUCO teams with a 9-4 record (12-15 overall).
Nick Roepkin and Joe Bagnerise lead the charge for the Seahawks with 34 and 29 hits, respectively, and 19 RBIs each. Bagnerise is also the only player on the team with double digit stolen bases (13). Joe Zirolli leads the team in batting average (.382) and home runs (5).
The next three best conference records come from Allegany College of Maryland (5-3), Anne Arundel Community College (6-5) and Chesapeake College (4-4).
The Trojan's (14-4 overall) success can be attributed to their star freshman Dan Fry. Fry is batting .484 (second in Maryland JUCO), has 31 RBIs, nine homers (third in Maryland JUCO) and 10 stolen bases. He leads the team in batting average, hits, runs scored, RBIs, home runs and steals.
The Skipjacks (19-10 overall) are well-rounded with multiple players contributing to the team. They're led by Tyson Troscinski (.282, 24 hits, six doubles, seven homers, 36 RBIs), Tyler Galazin (.413, 33 hits, 11 doubles, 14 RBIs), and Eddie Nevins (.313, 25 hits, 10 doubles, four HRs, 26 RBIs, 16 stolen bases). Troscinksi is fourth in the conference in RBIs and Nevins is tied for fifth in stolen bases.
On the mound for the Skipjacks is a strong freshman pitcher in Michael YaSenka. He is 3-0 on the season and holds a 3.09 ERA to go along with a conference leading 57 strikeouts.
The Riverhawks (12-14 overall) have a star of their own in Samuel Ryan. Ryan leads the team in batting average (.444, fourth in the conference), hits (40), doubles (6), home runs (4), and RBIs (28).
Dustin Gosnell leads the Riverhawks on the mound. He has a 5-2 record, 49 strikeouts (second in Maryland JUCO) and an ERA of 2.41 (fourth lowest in Maryland JUCO).
The rest of the conference standings include Montgomery College (4-5), Frederick Community College (3-4), CCBC Dundalk (4-6), Prince George's Community College (3-7), CCBC Catonsville (2-5), CCBC Essex (2-8), College of Southern Maryland (1-11) and Garrett College (0-4).
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