Maryland baseball was well-represented in the Cape Cod League this summer, but two Terps will return to College Park as champions.
Outfielder Marty Costes and second baseman Nick Dunn helped the Brewster Whitecaps win the league’s three-game championship series over the Bourne Braves over the weekend. Dunn was named co-MVP of the series, as he went 5-for-10 and drove in three runs in the second game.
Dunn becomes the second Terp in as many years to capture playoff MVP honors, following former middle-infield partner Kevin Smith. Only Vanderbilt has previously had players win the honor back-to-back.
Costes’ numbers don’t quite match those of Dunn, but Brewster isn’t holding the trophy without this eighth-inning grab.
Costes was taken in the 25th round of June’s MLB Draft, but elected to play his junior season at Maryland. It’s a long way from the 2018 season and an even longer way from the next draft, but he and Dunn certainly boosted their stock on the Cape.
Maryland pitchers Tyler Blohm and Hunter Parsons played in the same league this summer, but their teams didn’t win big trophies. On the whole, though, it was a successful summer for a handful of Terps.
In other news
Class of 2018 pitcher Will Glock committed to Maryland baseball last night.
Maryland women’s soccer doesn’t bring a good track record into 2017, but there’s reason for optimism.
ESPN released its initial 2018 mock draft yesterday. Justin Jackson is 15th.
Five-star Maryland guard target Keldon Johnson has a new highlight tape out.
Brendan Moore is on the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list, which means he’s already hit some extremely narrow qualifications. Per the award’s website:
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award will be presented annually to the nation’s outstanding Division I college offensive player who meets one or more of the following criteria: 1. Born in Texas; 2. Graduated from a Texas high school; or 3. Played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college. The player must also exhibit the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell, including integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, community, and tenacity – Specifically tenacity to persist, drive, determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.
Here’s to hoping Moore displays those “enduring characteristics” all season long.