By Coleman Hamstead
CCBC Catonsville has clinched the 2017 Maryland JUCO title. The Cardinals currently own a perfect 16-0 conference record (31-5 overall) with two games two play. Their closest competitor is Chesapeake College who has finished with a 15-3 Maryland JUCO record.
The Cardinals are led by Amber Cosgrove who's batting .450 with 59 hits, 19 Extra base hits and a conference leading 61 RBIs.
Other big time players for the Cardinals include Heidi Smith (.358 average, 13 extra base hits, six home runs, 25 RBIs), Samantha Cadigan (.383 average, 41 hits, six home runs, 37 RBIs), Sarah Heagy (.549 average, 56 hits, 13 extra base hits, 32 RBIs) and Stephanie Yarrish (.412 average, 41 hits, 17 extra base hits, 37 RBIs). Heagy leads the conference in batting average, while Cadigan is leading the conference in saves (4) and is tied for third in the conference for homers with Smith.
On the mound, the Cardinals are led by Kimberlee Cook. She is top five in the conference in multiple pitching categories including third in earned run average (2.19), fifth in strikeouts (65) and tied for first in wins (15).
Chesapeake (22-13 overall) is led by Cat Ramagnano. Ramagnano leads the conference in home runs (12) and stolen bases (28) and is second in batting average at .495.
Other notable players for the Skipjacks include Abigail Nelson (.443 average, 54 hits, 25 extra base hits, 49 RBIs) and Savannah Miller (.363 average, 41 hits, 21 extra base hits, 38 RBIs). Both Miller and Nelson are top five in the conference in RBIs. Miller is tied for third in the conference for homers with six.
On the mound the Skipjacks have one of the conference's top pitchers in Megan Joyner. Joyner is tied for the conference lead in wins (15), third in the conference in earned run average (2.16), third in strikeouts with 71 and is tied for second in saves with two.
Other teams that finished .500 or better in the conference include College of Southern Maryland (12-6) Harford Community College (11-7), Cecil College (9-9) and Hagerstown Community College (9-9).
Southern Maryland is led by Allison McLane. She is tied for third in the conference in batting average at .457, tied for eighth in RBIs with 32 and is second in home runs with seven.
Other big contributors for the Hawks include Andrea Kline (.384 average, 22 extra base hits, 29 RBIs), Caitlin Peters (.306 AVG, 12 extra base hits, 30 RBIs) and Corrine Fernald (.354 AVG, 35 hits, 28 RBIs).
At pitcher, the Hawks have the conference leader in earned run average (1.88) and strikeouts (141) in Chloe Day. Day has huge leads in both categories and a record of 13-5, good for third in the conference.
Harford came out with a very young team this year, only having two sophomores on the roster. The Fighting Owls are led by Emily Bowler who posts a .350 batting average, 25 extra base hits, and 43 RBIs, the latter worthy of fourth in the conference.
Emily Bowler also pitches for the Fighting Owls and is fourth in the conference with a 2.28 earned run average and second in strikeouts with 125.
Alexis Valentine leads the team in batting average and hits at .457 (tied for third in Maryland JUCO) and 58, respectively. Lindsay Bowler has a team leading 12 steals which puts her at sixth in the conference.
Cecil is led by its big three that includes Gaylen Lane with a .400 batting average, 40 total hits, and 29 RBIs. The Seahawks have two of the top five stolen base leaders in the conference with Rebecca Ashman in second with 22 and Kyralee Comeaux in third with 20.
To go along with their steals, Ashman is batting .362, has 42 hits, and 27 RBIs and Comeaux is batting .306, with 33 hits and 29 RBIs.
Hagerstown has rebounded after starting the season slow, in large part to the contributions from Katie Gelslinger (.455 average, 46 hits, 31 RBIs). Other big time players that have emerged for the Hawks include Madison Bachtell (.348 average, 31 hits, 26 RBIs) and Alexis Shearer (.390 average, 46 hits, 18 RBIs).
The rest of the conference includes Allegany College of Maryland (5-11), Anne Arundel Community College (4-14) Frederick Community College (3-11), Garrett College (0-8), and Montgomery College (0-14).
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