Bencid Finishes First Season in Gulf Coast League

Eric and Allan

Former Garrett College catcher Allan Bencid finished up his first year in the Gulf Coast League, the Baltimore Orioles rookie minor league team. Bencid, who played for the Lakers in 2012-2013, hit .286 with four runs scored and four runs batted in. On August 29, he went 1-2 at the plate, drove in two runs and threw out a base-runner stealing third to help the GCL Orioles beat the GCL Rays 4-1 in the season finale.

Merante Rawling's Gold Glove Award Recipient


Sophomore, Ryan Merante (Hollywood, FL), was named a 2015 NJCAA ABCA/Rawling's Gold Glove Award Recipient. This award is given in conjunction with the American Baseball Coach’s Association. The Gold Glove award honors the top defensive players from each district; selections were made by each division’s respective sport committee.

Ryan helped lead the Lakers to the Region XX Final Four tournament. Throughout the season he racked up 54 put outs, 44 assists, and boasted a fielding percentage of .961.

Click here to see the full list of award recipients.

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

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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.