Former Laker Signs Professional Contract With Baltimore Orioles

Allen Bencid

Former Garrett Laker baseball player Allan Bencid recently signed a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Bencid was a catcher for the Lakers in 2012 and 2013, under current Head Coach Eric Hallenbeck. Bencid boasts a .988 fielding percentage and .277 batting average in the 2012 season. In the 2013 season he had a .983 fielding percentage, .217 batting average and .246 slugging percentage. Not only did he find success on the field at GC, but he also found it in the classroom, he was awarded the 2013 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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Lakers Baseball Set to Open Season on the Road

The Garrett Lakers Baseball Team and Coach Eric Hallenbeck are set to open their 2015 season this weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC. Coach Hallenbeck returns for his 11'th season.

# Name Position Class Hometown
1 Dontae Eubanks MIF SO Charlotte Court House, VA
2 Conor Archer MIF SO Parkland, FL
3 Jonathan Coss MIF/RHP FR Waynesburg, PA
4 Ryan Merante UTL/RHP FR Hollywood, FL
5 Ricky Christoff Corner FR Sharpsville, PA
6 Mitch Davis OF/RHP FR Parkersburg, WV
7 Israel Santana C SO Miami, FL
8 Raygelo Melfor RHP FR Curacao, Netherlands
9 Josh Cale C SO Fishersville, VA
10 Tyler Byers RHP/OF SO Williamsport, MD
11 Cutter Atha OF SO Fairmont, WV
12 James Bolander MIF/RHP FR Fairmont, WV
13 Ryan Colaw 1B/RHP FR Petersburg, WV
15 Matt Ferrara LHP FR Severna Park, MD
16 Mark Smith UTL/RHP FR Thurmont, MD
17 Laythen Good OF FR Buffalo, WV
19 Joey Johnson C/RHP SO Woodsboro, MD
21 Robbie Harper RHP FR St. Marys, WV
22 Logan Manz OF/LHP FR Frederick, MD
24 Jake Forgrave RHP/INF FR Toronto, Canada
25 Forrest Spurlock 1B SO Madison, WV
27 Nemo Trexler OF/RHP FR Johnstown, PA
28 Stephen Haer LHP/OF SO Meyersdale, PA
29 Brandon Catena RHP FR Mississauga, Canada
33 Johnny Kesling 1B/RHP FR Fairmont, WV
40 John Kitchen UTL SO Pittsburgh, PA
45 Heath Shultz LHP/OF FR Frederick, MD
50 Chris Nakashima 1B/DH FR Mississauga, Canada

Baseball Announces Winter Clinics

Garrett College Baseball Winter Clinic (The next generation of Lakers)

Get a jump start on the competition this upcoming baseball season by attending one of Garrett Baseball’s winter clinics. Pitching clinic will emphasize mechanics, types of pitches and increase velocity. Hitting Clinic will emphasize mechanics, approach and drills to correct flaws in the swing.

Pitching Clinic

Feb 20 5-6:30pm Ages 7-12

           6:30-8pm Ages 13-17  


Hitting Clinic

Feb 21   12-1:30pm Ages 7-12

             2-3:30pm   Ages 13-17

(Limit 15 per time slot)

Location: Garrett Baseball indoor facility

Cost: $35.00 per session

Instructors: Head Baseball Coach Eric Hallenbeck, Assistant Coaches and current players

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For more information visit or call Eric Hallenbeck Head Baseball Coach 301-387-3331

Five Lakers Make List of Top Returning Position Players in NJCAA

Pictured Above L-R: Forrest Spurlock, Ryan Merante, Dontae Eubanks, Conor Archer, and Joey Johnson

Joey Johnson, Dontae Eubanks, Conor Archer, Ryan Merante and Forrest Spurlock were named as five of the top returning position players in the North East District. Johnson heads the list leading the team in hitting (.433), doubles (14) and RBI’s (41) last year for the Lakers. Eleventh year head coach Eric Hallenbeck could potentially have his entire starting infield back from last year. “Merante played a lot of third base for us last year; this fall we worked him in the outfield. If Merante wins the job at third we will have an all sophomore infield”, says Hallenbeck.  Combined these five players had 551 at bats last year which should help the Lakers make some noise in 2015. “We were young last year and took our lumps. This year not only do we have these five guys but another six returners who saw a lot of action last year and we have depth. Our freshmen class is very talented as well and will push for playing time. We definitely look good on paper but last time I checked you don’t win games on paper. We have to go out and prove each and every day that we are one of the top teams in the region”, added Hallenbeck.

Laker Hurler’s on list of top returning pitchers in NJCAA

Joey Johnson and Tyler Byers were named as two of the top returning pitchers in the North East District. The district is comprised of eight teams in Region XIX and nine teams in Region XX. Johnson posted a 4-1 record and Byers was 2-2 in 2014. “Joey evolved as our number one pitcher down the stretch. We had eight wins in Region XX play and he had four of those wins on the mound for us. Byers was our go to guy out of the bullpen all year. He just has the mentality that you are looking for in a relief pitcher”, says 11th year head coach Eric Hallenbeck. Both players were major contributors in helping the Lakers finish fourth in the region and hosting the first round of the playoffs last year.

Pictured Above (L-R) Joey Johnson, Tyler Byers