Prince George's Baseball Battles Anne Arundel At Home On Thursday

Prince George's Baseball Battles Anne Arundel At Home On Thursday

Anne Arundel (15-16, 9-7 MD JUCO) at
No. 9 Prince George's (21-8-1, 7-7-1 MD JUCO)
Thu, April 20, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Prince George's Baseball Field | Largo, Md.



opening pitch…
 Prince George's continues its six-game homestand when Anne Arundel comes to town to complete the season series on Thursday. The Owls have won the last four games in the series, including taking the first meeting this year 7-1 in Arnold on Mar. 28. Prior to this four-game winning streak the Riverhawks won five consecutive in the series dating back to the 2014 season.

the word on the riverhawks… Anne Arundel, who is battling Camden County on Wednesday, comes into play on Wednesday 15-16 overall and 9-7 in league play after defeating Harford 3-2 in 10 innings on Tuesday. Samuel Ryan leads the team with a .431 batting average with 47 hits, 22 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple, four homers and 28 RBIs. Mark Scarlas is hitting .310 with 26 hits, 12 runs scored, seven doubles, a triple, three homers and 18 RBIs while Matthew Semanick is batting .298 with 25 hits, 23 runs scored, five doubles and nine RBIs. Dustin Gosnell leads the pitching staff with  50.2 innings pitched, a 5-3 record, 61 strikeouts and a 2.84 ERA.

last time we met… Michael Hovermill, Jr. pitched a complete-game gem to propel Prince George's Community College past Anne Arundel Community College 7-1 on Mar. 28. The freshman allowed one run on four hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts on 117 pitches in a nine-inning complete game to earn his first win of the season. Hovermill 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.  Bay To went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Owls while Brandon Crosby posted two hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Jared Davis registered two hits, two runs scored and an RBI, and Dakota McFadden tallied two hits, a run scored and an RBI in the winning effort. Nathaniel Anthony picked up one of the four hits against Hovermill and knocked in the only run for the Riverhawks in the loss.

last time out… Austin Adams smacked a walk-off RBI single in the opener and then made the game-saving catch to end the game in the nightcap to propel Prince George's Community College doubleheader sweep against 17th-ranked Frederick on Saturday. The Owls won the first game 3-2 and then rallied for a 10-9 victory in the nightcap. Adams, who entered the opener as a defensive replacement, smacked the first pitch that he saw into left center to score Dakota McFadden with the decisive run to give the Owls their second-straight walk-off after rallying for a 17-16 victory against CCBC Dundalk on Thursday. After Ryan Faircloth capped a four-run rally with a decisive two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Miciah Thomas sent a deep drive to right center field with a runner on first that Adams was able to track down for the second out and then doubled the runner off second to end the game and complete the two-game sweep. Adams finished the afternoon with two hits, one run scored and an RBI. McFadden ended the day with four hits and three runs scored while Brandon Crosby posted three hits, three runs scored and an RBI. Dwayne Coleman added two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs in the nightcap. Jonathan Mahoney allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in the opener. Michael Hovermill, Jr. pitched the final frame with one strikeout to earn his second win of the week after picking up the victory in a 6-2 win at CCBC Essex on Tuesday. James Wilcox III tossed the final 1.2 innings of the nightcap with one walk and one hit to earn the victory. For the week, Wilcox went 2-0 with a save after allowing one run on three hits with three walks in 7.1 innings of work.

next on tap… Prince George's concludes its four-team, six-game homestand on Saturday with a doubleheader against Chesapeake. The twinbill against Chesapeake has been moved from a road two-game set to home. Prince George's, who is 13-6-1 at home this season, has 13 regular season games left on the schedule and will play nine of those contests at the Prince George's Community College Baseball Field.

nationally ranked… Prince George's is ranked ninth for the second time this season. The Owls entered the poll in the ninth spot on Apr. 4 and then dropped out into the receiving votes category last week. The squad responded by going 4-0 against Division II competition and rejoined the poll on Tuesday. Cumberland County took over the top spot in the poll after receiving two first-place votes and 63 points, two points ahead of Rowan Glouchester (61 points), who also received two first-place votes. St. Cloud Tech notched three first-place nods, but sits at No. 3 with 59 points while last week's top team Brookdale dropped to fourth with 52 points. Tyler (41 points), Niagara County (30 points), Northampton (22 points), Century (17 points), Prince George's (13 points) and Onondaga (9 points) round out the Top-10 in the national poll.

milestone numbers… Prince George's has won 20 games for the first time under head coach Buddy Foster. The Owls reached the milestone with a 3-2 win against No. 17 Frederick on Apr. 15. Foster is now just seven wins shy of 100 wins for his career.

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 25 bases, joined 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 98 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 16 multi-hit games this season while Harold Marte (12), Bay To (11), Dakota McFadden (11), Dwayne Coleman (9), 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 (3), 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 11 of its last 14 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 97 runs in the 11 wins and has tallied 21 innings with two or more runs scored, including five four-run frames, four five-run innings, a six-run inning outburst and a nine-run outburst against Montgomery. The Owls have accounted for 79 of their 97 runs in this span in a multiple scoring run inning. The team has pounded out 135 hits in the 11 victories, including 42 extra base hits (29 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 25 stolen bases while Dakota McFadden ranks sixth in doubles (14). As a team, the Owls lead Division III in slugging percentage (.584) and batting average (.387) while ranking second in on-base percentage (.470), fourth in triples (18), sixth in home runs (23), seventh in stolen bases (71), ninth in runs (276), ninth in RBIs (235), ninth in hits (354) and 10th in doubles (75). 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 (25), fourth in hits (51), second in batting average (.464), third in on-base percentage (.551), sixth in doubles (12), sixth in runs scored (44) and ninth in RBIs (36). Dakota McFadden ranks fourth the circuit in doubles (15) and fifth in ERA (2.72). Jonathan Mahoney ranks sixth in strikeouts per nine innings (11.37) and Bay To sits third in triples (4) and sixth in doubles (12) while Dwayne Coleman is seventh in batting average (.427) and Siri-Jacob Ramirez is ninth in triples (3). Harold Marte sits sixth in slugging percentage (.759), ninth in batting average (.422) and ninth in on-base percentage (.500). As a team, the Owls lead the conference with a .387 batting average while ranking second in on-base percentage (.470), second in slugging percentage (.584), second in triples (18), third in stolen bases (71), fourth in hits (354), fourth in doubles (75), fourth in RBIs (235), fourth in runs (276) 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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