Prince George's Baseball Continues Homestand With Doubleheader Against Frederick On Saturday

Prince George's Baseball Continues Homestand With Doubleheader Against Frederick On Saturday

Frederick (27-8, 8-5 MD JUCO) at
Prince George's (19-8-1, 5-7-1 MD JUCO)
Sat, April 15, 2017, 12 p.m.
Prince George's Baseball Field | Largo, Md.



opening pitch…
 Prince George's continues its four-team, six-game homestand on Saturday when Frederick comes to Largo for a doubleheader. The two teams split the doubleheader last year in Frederick.

the word on the cougars… Frederick, who had its eight-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss in the nightcap of a twinbill against the College of Southern Maryland on Thursday, comes into play on Saturday 27-8 overall and 8-5 in league play. CJ Mackinson leads the team with a .434 batting average with 33 hits, 24 runs scored, eight doubles, two homers and 15 RBIs. Jett Manning is hitting .423 with 44 hits, 40 runs scored, 13 doubles, five triples, a homer and 28 RBIs while Nick Fuhrmann is batting .387 with 29 hits, 19 runs scored, six doubles, a homer and 21 RBIs. Colby Rudis fuels the pitching staff with 56.1 innings, a 5-1 record, a 2.40 ERA and 57 strikeouts.

last time out… Bay To capped a seven-run rally over the final two innings with the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to surge Prince George's Community College past CCBC Dundalk 17-16 on Thursday. After the Owls scored six times in the eighth to tie the game at 16, Brandon Crosby singled down the right field line with two outs to start the decisive rally. Dwayne Coleman singled through the left side to move Crosby to second before To dropped a single into right center to bring home Crosby with the winning run and put the Prince George's players and fans into a frantic celebration. To finished the day 5-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBIs while Coleman was 5-for-7 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Crosby had four runs scored, two hits and an RBI while Dakota McFadden registered three hits, five RBIs and two runs scored, including smacking a three-run homer in the seventh. The Owls scored 10 of the final 11 runs in the game, but pinch hitter Siri-Jacob Ramirez made the ninth-inning heroics happen thanks to a bases-loaded bases-clearing base hit to tie the game at 16 in a six-run eighth. Crosby, Coleman and McFadden also registered RBIs in the stanza. James Wilcox III pitched the final 3.2 innings, allowing one run on one hit with two walks to earn his second win of the year. Wilcox also tossed the final two innings of Tuesday's 6-2 win against CCBC Essex to earn the save.

next on tap… Prince George's continues its four-team, six-game homestand on Thursday against Anne Anne Arundel before Chesapeake (Apr. 22) comes to town in that span to conclude the home stretch. The twinbill against Chesapeake has been moved from a road two-game set to home. Prince George's, who is 11-6-1 at home this season, has 15 regular season games left on the schedule and will play 11 of those contests at the Prince George's Community College Baseball Field.

nationally ranked… After ending the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Baseball Rankings in the ninth spot last week, Prince George's dropped out of the poll this week and into the category of receiving votes with two points.

theft master… Freshman Brandon Crosby became the third player in the last five years to reach 20 steals in a season after swiping two bases against Harford on Apr. 4. Crosby, who currently has 23 bases, joins Roland Eusesio (26, 2016) and Abdiel Marcano (29, 2014 and 20, 2013) as the only players with 20 steals in that stretch.

this is how we roll… Prince George's players have recorded at least two hits in a game 94 times this season. The squad has also had three hits in a game by a player 27 times, four hits by a player five times and three five-hit performances. Brandon Crosby leads the way with 15 multi-hit games this season while Bay To (11), Dakota McFadden (10), Dwayne Coleman (8), Siri-Jacob Ramirez (7), Austin Adams (6), Kilian Bloat (6), Ryan Faircloth (5), Jared Davis (4), Thomas Thorgersen (4), Quentin Rohrbaugh (3), Naquan Holden (2) and Bryan Waltemath (2) have also notch multi-hit contests this season. Crosby has tallied eight games with three hits while Bloat (3), Marte (3), McFadden (2), Coleman (1), Faircloth (1), Holden (1), Ramirez (1). Adams has two four-hit games and Coleman, McFadden and Waltemath each have one four-hit performance this season while Coleman, To and Ramirez each recorded a five-hit performance this season. Crosby has posted a hit in 25 of the 28 games this year.

punch out kings… Five Prince George's pitchers have recorded nine strikeouts or more in a game this season. Jonathan Mahoney posted 11 strikeouts in a five-inning game against Central Virginia on Feb. 8 while Michael Hovermill, Jr. registered 11 strikeouts in nine innings against Anne Arundel on Mar. 28 for the top strikeout mark this season. Dakota McFadden struck out 10 College of Faith hitters on Feb. 18 in seven innings while Mahoney posted nine punch outs against Orange County on Feb. 26 and Kilian Bloat registered nine strikeouts against UVAA on Feb. 17. Thomas Thorgersen recorded nine of his 12 outs recorded via the strikeout against Harford on Apr. 4. Prince George's suffered its first loss of the season against the Fighting Owls when a pitcher tallied at least nine punch outs in a game and sits 5-1 on the year when a hurler reaches that feat.

hovermill honored… Michael Hovermill, Jr. was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 27-April 2. It is Hovermill's first honor of the season. Hovermill pitched a nine inning complete-game gem in a 7-1 win against Anne Arundel Community College on Mar. 28, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts on 117 pitches. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning five times and retired 12 of 13 batters faced from the second to the fifth inning with the only hitter reaching base on an error in that stretch. The Riverhawks were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and twice Anne Arundel had runners in scoring position with no outs and the freshman got out of both innings unscathed. 

what a stretch…
 After going through a five-game winless streak, Prince George's has won nine of its last 12 games, including going 6-0 against NJCAA Division III teams and have won all four games against Division III Region XX competition. The squad has posted 84 runs in the nine wins and has tallied 18 innings with two or more runs scored, including four four-run frames, four five-run innings, a six-run inning outburst and a nine-run outburst against Montgomery. The Owls have accounted for 70 of their 84 runs in this span in a multiple scoring run inning. The team has pounded out 115 hits in the eight victories, including 40 extra base hits (27 doubles, 5 triples, 8 home runs).

region xx tournament…
 Prince George's Community College will host the NJCAA Division III Region XX Tournament on May 12-14 and looks to be in good position to be the top seed in the three-day event. The Owls swept CACC-Allegheny 6-2 and 11-1 on Mar. 26 and then swept Montgomery 14-11 and 3-2 on Apr. 2. Westmoreland County will come to town on Apr. 29.

in the nation… Brandon Crosby leads the National Junior College Athletic Association with 23 stolen bases. Dakota McFadden ranks fifth in doubles (13). Harold Marte has moved into 10th in home runs (6) and seventh in slugging percentage (.789) while Bay To is seventh in triples (4). As a team, the Owls lead Division III in slugging percentage (.596), batting average (.389) and on-base percentage (.471) while ranking third in triples (18), sixth in home runs (23), sixth in stolen bases (67), ninth in RBIs (227), 10th in doubles (73) and 10th in hits (334). NOTE: Prince George's is an NJCAA Division III member so these rankings only include Division III programs in the nation.

in the league… Brandon Crosby ranks second in Maryland JUCO in stolen bases (23), fourth in hits (48), third in batting average (.467), fifth in doubles (12), fifth in on-base percentage (.539), seventh in RBIs (35) and seventh in runs scored (41). Dakota McFadden ranks third the circuit in doubles (13), sixth in ERA (2.72), eighth in RBIs (34), ninth in slugging percentage (.722), 10th in wins (4) and 10th in innings pitched (36.1). Jonathan Mahoney ranks sixth in strikeouts per nine innings (11.25) and 10th in wins (4). Bay To sits third in triples (4), fifth in doubles (12), ninth in batting average (.414), sixth in slugging percentage (.747) and 10th in on-base percentage (.505) while Dwayne Coleman is sixth in batting average (.429) and Siri-Jacob Ramirez is seventh in triples (3). Harold Marte sits fifth in slugging percentage (.789), eighth in batting average (.421) and 10th in home runs (6). As a team, the Owls lead the conference with a .389 batting average while ranking second in on-base percentage (.471), second in slugging percentage (.596), second in triples (18), third in hits (334), third in doubles (73), third in stolen bases (67), fourth in RBIs (227), fourth in runs (263) and fifth in home runs (23) in the circuit. NOTE: The Maryland JUCO is comprised of all the teams from Maryland no matter what division affiliation (Division I, II or III).

the long ball… Prince George's has smacked 23 home runs this season. Harold Marte leads the team with six homers while Dwayne Coleman and Dakota McFadden have smacked four home runs. Ryan Faircloth and Bay To each have three round trippers, and Kilian Bloat, Brandon Crosby and Siri-Jacob Ramirez each have one long ball this season.  

the roster… Head coach Buddy Foster has added 11 freshmen to his team in 2017 while returning 10 players from last year's team.

a loss to the owls family... Legendary Prince George's baseball coach William "Bumps" Vaughan passed away at the age of 90 on Feb. 25. In his long career as a head coach includes 21 years at the helm of the Owls from 1986-2005. The Owls will be wearing a special patch on their uniforms in honor of Vaughan and the athletic department will pay tribute to the legendary coach at an upcoming game.

about the coach…
 Head coach Buddy Foster enters his sixth season as the head coach of the baseball team. Foster has been at Prince George's since the 2009 campaign after serving as the squad's pitching coach for three seasons before being elevated to the head coach position. He

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