COLLEGE PARK, Md. – With summer collegiate baseball leagues completed, we take a look back at the performance of Maryland baseball’s student athletes this summer.
Cape Cod League
Maryland had five players participate in the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League this summer; Marty Costes (Brewster Whitecaps), Nick Dunn (Brewster Whitecaps), Hunter Parsons (Y-D Red Sox, Tyler Blohm (Falmouth Commodores) and John Murphy (Wareham Gatemen).
Dunn had a spectacular summer, which saw him finish with a .333 average. Dunn had a league-high 16-game hitting streak during the season and notched seven doubles and 20 runs scored. The rising junior saved his best for last in Brewster’s title run, earning championship series co-MVP honors after batting .500 in the three-game set. For the playoffs, Dunn batted .306 with seven runs scored and seven RBIs.
Costes also played a large role in Brewster’s championship season, hitting a game winning home run that sent the Whitecaps into the championship series. In the deciding game three of the championships series, Costes notched a sac fly and made a spectacular diving catch the saved the Whitecaps’ 2-0 lead in the eighth inning. For the summer, the Baltimore native batted .293 with five home runs and 32 RBIs.
Blohm started six games for Falmouth, striking out 25 in 29.1 innings pitched with a 4.60 ERA.
Murphy headed to the Cape after completing his season with the Bethesda Big Train. Murphy tossed just 2.2 innings in two appearances
Parsons appeared 13 times for the Red Sox and tossed 14.2 innings, striking out 12. He finished with a 6.75 ERA.
Cal Ripken League
Maryland’s populated the Ripken League with nine players; Justin Morris (Bethesda Big Train), John Murphy (Bethesda Big Train), Zach Jancarski (Bethesda Big Train), Randy Bednar (Baltimore Redbirds), AJ Lee (Baltimore Redbirds), Mike Vasturia (Baltimore Redbirds), Jon Dignazio (Baltimore Redbirds), Richie Schiekofer (Silver Spring-Tacoma Thunderbolts) and Tommy Gardiner (Silver-Spring Tacoma Thunderbolts).
Morris, Jancarski and Murphy helped Bethesda capture the Cal Ripken League title. Morris was named championship series MVP after batting .500 with four RBIs and five runs scored. For the summer, Morris hit .308 with three homers and 12 walks.
Jancarski notched a .347 average for the Big Train in the regular season with 15 stolen bases and 20 runs scored. Murphy notched a 3.37 ERA in 24 innings pitched.
Bednar hit .327 with six homers and 27 RBIS for the Redbirds. He had a fantastic postseason, slamming three homers with a .412 average in five games. Lee rebounded after a slow start to the summer and finished with a .264 average with six double and 18 steals. Vasturia (5.40 ERA in 18.1 IP) and Dignazio (7.14 ERA in 11.1 IP) also appeared for the Redbirds.
Both incoming freshmen, Schiekofer and Gardiner both impressed for the Thunderbolts. Schiekofer batted .306 with five doubles while Gardiner hit .308.
Kevin Biondic played for the Thunder Bay Border Cats. The senior led his team with five home runs while batting .254 with 26 RBIs. He also tossed 16.2 innings with a 1.62 ERA.