Lakers Well Represented For Post Season Honors


The Garrett Laker baseball team had three players named first team All-Region XX DII and two more players were named second team All-Region XX DII. Joey Johnson (Woodsboro, MD) catcher, Ryan Merante (Hollywood, FL) 3rd baseman and Mitch Davis (Parkersburg, WV) outfielder were named to the first team. Conor Archer (Parkland, FL) and Johnny Kesling (Fairmont, WV) designated hitter were named to second team.

Joey Johnson was also named 1st team All Maryland JUCO catcher. It marks the first time in Coach Hallenbeck’s tenure that a player made first team All Maryland JUCO back to back years. Johnson was named first team designated hitter in 2014.  

“When you are having a year like we are having it is no surprise we landed five guys on the first and second team. You don’t win 31 games without tools in the shed sort of speak. You could be the best coach in the world but if you don’t have quality players you are not going to win period, “says Coach Hallenbeck. “We had a couple of other guys I thought were deserving as well but I guess we will just keep playing with a chip on our shoulder. This is a team effort. Everyday it’s somebody different coming through for us, whether it’s making a big pitch, getting a key hit or making a great play. These teams don’t come around very often and we are just enjoying the ride, “added Hallenbeck.    

The #3 seeded Lakers open up the final four tournament tomorrow Friday May 8th against #2 seeded Cecil in Frederick, MD at 10am.

Pictured Above Top (L-R) Joey Johnson, Ryan Merante, Mitch Davis Bottom (L-R) Conor Archer, Johnny Kesling

Lakers Advance To Final Four

The Garrett Lakers came back to defeat CCBC Catonsville yesterday in the first round of the NJCAA Region XX Division II Baseball Tournament. The Lakers were trailing 4-1 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9'th inning, they woke up their bats, driving in 3 runs to tie the Cardinals at 4-4. In the bottom of the 10'th inning Dontae Eubanks drove in the winning run to make it 5-4. The lakers have advanced the Final Four of the NJCAA Region XX Touranment which is being held at Frederick CC. The Lakers will face Cecil College Friday at 10 am in the first round of the double elimination touranment!

Garrett Baseball to Host Playoff Game

By beating Allegany yesterday 22-10 the Lakers have locked up the #3 seed for the DII Region XX tournament which we will be hosting tomorrow Tuesday May 5th. Format is listed below

First round of DII Region XX playoffs

11am – #7 seed CCBC-Dundalk v.s. #6 seed CCBC-Catonsville @ Garrett College

2:30pm – Winner of 11am game v.s. #3 seed Garrett College @ Garrett College

11am - #5 seed Allegany v.s. #8 seed Anne Arundel @ CCBC-Essex

2:30pm – Winner of 11am game v.s. #4 seed CCBC-Essex @ CCBC-Essex

#1 seed Frederick and #2 seed Cecil have a bye into final four tournament May 8-10 @ Frederick

Please drop by and support your Lakers.

The Lakers finished the regular season 30-19. They have won 7 in a row and finished 16-5 in their last 21 ball games. Since 1974 there have only been 3 other teams in the history of the school with 30+ wins.

Johnson, Shultz Help Lakers Edge Trojans

Joey Johnson threw 8 2/3 innings to pick up his second win of the year on the mound to defeat Allegany College of Maryland 4-3 at “The Rock” on Monday afternoon. Johnson scattered seven hits, allowing two earned runs while walking three and striking out seven. Johnson needed help to finish the game though. In the bottom of the ninth with the score 4-2, Nemo Trexler ran down a ball hit deep to centerfield by Tanner Klein for the first out of the inning. Colton Sivic then singled. After a fly out to right field, pinch hitter Trevor Harman singled to left field. Mike Santiago then singled to center to score Sivic. Johnson then walked Miguel Torres to load the bases with two outs. Heath Shultz came on to relieve Johnson and struck out Brandon Miller to preserve the victory for the Lakers and earn his first save of the year.

“That was playoff baseball. Two pitchers pitching their guts out to try and help their teams win a ball game. Joey pitched his heart out as did Dylan Womer. Womer kept us off balance most of the day and really deserved better. We got two runs on a couple of miscues by them, but that’s what you have to do in games like these try to capitalize on mistakes. We executed early in the game but I felt like we left a couple of runs out there when we didn’t execute late. We need to clean that up before the weekend. I’ve known Steve a long time and he will have his guys ready when they make the return trip to the lake on Friday. This win puts us a game ahead of them but if we don’t win Friday this win today won’t mean much, “says Lakers Head Coach Eric Hallenbeck.

The Lakers are 26-19, 11-10 in Maryland JUCO play and 7-6 in Division II regional games. Next game is Thursday April 30th at CCAC-South campus single game at 4pm. GC finishes with 3 key DII region games over the weekend at home; Friday May 1st against Allegany single game at 3pm and then on Saturday 12pm double header with CCBC-Dundalk.

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Camper Throws Out Ceremonial First Pitch

Garrett Baseball summer camp participant Bryson Krumpach threw out the ceromonial first pitch before saturday's double header vs. Westmoreland County CC.  Bryson won the single A group, and was the overall points champion this summers' Baseball Olympics comeptition which includes accuracy throw, base - running, long toss, bunting, and sunflower seed spitting contest. Bryson plays first base for the Lions Club Orioles in Frostburg, Maryland.

"I am not suprised Bryson won his age group and was overall points leader. Bryson doesn't miss a camp or clinic we have here. He loves to play, is very coachable, and wants to get better," said Coach Hallenbeck.