Hood College Baseball Announces Incoming Class

Hood College Baseball Announces Incoming Class

FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College baseball coach Cory Beddick has announced the Blazers' incoming recruiting class.

The group of 17 incoming freshman consists of 11 position players, two pitchers and four players who can contribute in both areas.

"The Hood College baseball coaching staff is extremely excited to announce our group of incoming freshmen baseball players," said Coach Beddick. "The characteristic that jumps out to me about this group is that they are winners. These talented ballplayers have been successful at the high school level, which for several of them includes state championships on top of countless individual accolades.

"We are looking forward to their immediate contribution to our baseball program on the field and within our campus community. We know these student-athletes will be represent our program and college in a first-class manner. We are anxious to add these individuals to an already extremely talented roster and expect to have a successful 2016-17 campaign.​"

The group joins a program that won 16 games in its second year of existence. Beddick was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Coach of the Year after guiding the Blazers to seven league wins, more than double the previous year. 


Meet the Class of 2020

DYLAN BECK
Utility
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6-1/164
Hometown: Ashburn, Va.
High School: Stone Bridge
Planned Major: History

Before Hood: Played baseball at Stone Bridge...Won a state championship to go along with two regional titles and a pair of conference championships...Qualified for the regional playoffs three times...Named all-conference second team...April 2016 LoCo Sports Athlete of the Month...Played club for Diamond Elite U18...Named to All-WWB team in 2015. 

Personal: Parents are Michael Beck...Has a brother named Tyler.

PJ COSDEN
Pitcher
Bats/Throws: L/L
Height/Weight: 5-10/190
Hometown: Gettysburg, Pa.
High School: Gettysburg
Planned Major: Business Administration

Before Hood: Played baseball at Gettysburg for Ryan Brady...Also played football under Matt Heiser and wrestled for Chris Haines...Member of Future Business Leaders of America...Played club for High Heat coached by Kirk Martin.

Personal: Parents are Phil Cosden and Amy Mitchell...Has three sisters, Katie, Bella and Ana.

TREVOR DELANE
Utility/Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6-3/165
Hometown: Colonial Beach, Va.
High School: Colonial Beach
Planned Major: Biology

Before Hood: Played baseball at Colonial Beach for Brent Steffey and basketball for Chuck Parker...Helped team to a pair of conference playoff appearances in baseball...Two-time all-conference selection (junior year as a catcher, senior year at first base)...Four-time all-conference scholar-athlete...National Honor Society member...Attended Chesapeake Bay Governor's School...Played club for Richmond Braves under Meade Langhorne...Won 2015 Cubs World Series Championship.

Personal: Parents are Hollie Delane and Nathan Delane...Has two brothers, Mason and Jaxson, and a sister named Brooklynn.

BRADY DUFF
Infield
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 5-8/150
Hometown: Timberville, Va.
High School: Broadway
Planned Major: Political Science

Before Hood: Played baseball at Broadway for Tim Turner, football for Brad Lutz and basketball under Dwight Walton at Broadway...In baseball, was named all-conference first team and All-Valley Second Team...All-3A West Honorable Mention...Finished fourth in the Valley with a .393 batting average...In football, was among the Valley District leaders in receiving yards...Finished among the Valley District leaders in 3-point field goal percentage...National Society of High School Scholars...DECA...WBTV...SCA...Honor Roll...Played club for Broadway Bandits under Bryan Duff, Hometown Chaos for Chris Cheshire and Elite Baseball for Matt Wertz.

Personal: Parents are Bryan Duff and Amy Duff...Has brothers named Camden and Drew and sisters named Jordan and Bentley.

JOSH GREENBERG
Outfield
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 5-9/200
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
High School: Stone Bridge
Planned Major: Business Administration and History

Before Hood: Played baseball for Eric Lascomb at Stone Bridge...Team won a state title, two conference championships and two regional championships...Named all-conference second team...Played club for Post 2001 under Coach Hough...Team went undefeated...Honor Roll.

Personal: Parents are Alan Greenberg and Rita Greenberg.

JORGE HERNANDEZ
Infield/Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6-2/185
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
High School: Queens Teaching
Planned Major: Business Administration

Before Hood: Played baseball for Jose Cortes at Queens High School of Teaching...Made it to PSAL Third Round, finishing the season 14-2...Struck out 86 batters as a pitcher during his senior year...Member of ARISTA Honor Society...Honor Roll (Golden Apple)...Played club for the Long Island Force, coached by Anthony Passalacqua.

Personal: Parents are Jorge Hernandez and Madeline Hernandez...Has a brother, Daniel.

PAUL JACKSON
Pitcher
Bats/Throws: L/L
Height/Weight: 6-1/145
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md.
High School: The Avalon School
Planned Major: Nursing

Before Hood: Played baseball at The Avalon School...Won a state B championship and two conference championships...Was a two-time First Team Old Line Baseball Conference pick...State B First Team All-Tournament as junior...All-Tournament Maryland State Private School Championship as senior...Top Ten Maryland Prep Baseball Report for LHP as senior...Played club for Dig In Baseball for Steve Ballance and for the Mid Atlantic Bayhawks.

Personal: Parents are Dan Jackson and Christi Jackson...Has a brother named Joey and two sisters, Becca and Nikki.

JOE KROEGER
Catcher/Outfield
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6-0/185
Hometown: York, Pa.
High School: Central York
Planned Major: Business Administration

Before Hood: Played baseball at Central York for Mike Valencik...Member of the Varsity Club...Member of the Epilepsy Awareness Club...Played for Pleasureville American Legion under Bob Davis...Team was league co-champions.

Personal: Parents are Joe Kroeger and Karli Kroeger...Has a sister named Ashton.

AARON METTUS
Outfield
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 5-8/180
Hometown: Damascus, Md.
High School: Damascus
Planned Major: Business Administration

Before Hood: Played baseball for Greg Blake at Damascus...Two-time county champions...Won regional championship...All-Division First Team...3A Montgomery County MVP...MSABC All-District 2 First Team...All-Met Honorable Mention...Honor Roll...Played club for the BCC Patriots under John Schmidt, Elite Baseball coached by Brian McKenna and the ABC Bayhawks.

Personal: Parents are Carol Mettus and Doug Sarno...Has a brother named Connor and two sisters, Kaylen and Mirelle.

BRAD SAWYER
Pitcher/Utility
Bats/Throws: L/L
Height/Weight: 5-10/160
Hometown: Laytonsville, Md.
High School: Gaithersburg
Planned Major: Business Administration

Before Hood: Played baseball for Paul Fahrner and Jeff Rabberman at Gaithersburg High School and played golf for Randy Berger and basketball under Alan Snyder...Baseball team won the 4A Maryland State Championship and two 4A West Division titles...Two-time PVAC Champions...Named to All-4A West Division First Team...PVAC Player of the Year...Won President's Award...Honor Roll...Played club for Elite Baseball under Brian McKenna, the Mid-Atlantic Bayhawks and for Michael McMillen's Gaithersburg Giants.

Personal: Parents are Mark Sawyer and Karen Sawyer...Has two brothers, Robert and Justin, and a sister, Caroline.

TANNER SHORE
Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6-4/210
Hometown: York, Pa.
High School: Eastern York
Planned Major: Law and Criminal Justice

Before Hood: Played baseball at Eastern York for Blaine Garner...Eastern won back-to-back division championships in 2015 and 2016 for the first time in school history...Team was the county runner up as a junior...As a senior, the pitching staff led Pennsylvania in strikeouts...Individually, he finished third in the division in strikeouts as a senior...Member of the Distinguished Honor Roll...Played club for Elite Baseball of Lancaster for Brian McKenna and Matt Werts.

Personal: Parents are Wendy Shore and Jeff Shore...Has a brother named Matthew and a sister named Abby.

JORDAN SPENCER
Outfield
Bats/Throws: L/R
Height/Weight: 6-0/175
Hometown: Morris Plains, N.J.
High School: Morris Catholic
Planned Major: Business Administration

Before Hood: Played football for John Hack, basketball for David Grande and baseball for Pete Zoccillio at Morris Catholic...Won three basketball conference championships...Baseball conference champions once...Second team all-conference in football...All-Morris County Honorable Mention as a senior...All-Conference Second Team in basketball...DOY in baseball and second team all-conference...Played club for the Morris County Cubs, coached by Pete Zoccolillo.

Personal: Parents are Kevin Spencer and Elizabeth Spencer...Has four sisters, Christina, Marlee, Farrah and Halle.

WILL STACHURA
Infield
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6-0/160
Hometown: Germantown, Md.
High School: The Avalon School
Planned Major: Law and Criminal Justice

Before Hood: Played baseball at The Avalon School for Patrick Duffy...Team won 2015 OLBC Championship...Two-time All-OLBC Second Team...Played club for the Mid-Atlantic Bayhawks.

Personal: Parents are Jim Stachura and Terri Stachura...Has a brother named Jimmy and a sister named Devan.

The Blazers are also hoping to get strong contributions from Trent Copenhaver, Logan VanLeuvan, Michael Cheripka and Chase Thibeault. Copenhaver is a middle infielder out of Francis Scott Key and played for Woodsboro Post 282. VanLeuvan spent time at pitcher, catcher and first base for Winters Mill and Titans Baseball Club. Cheripka plans to be a two-sport athlete at Hood as a member of the swim team during the winter. Thibeault is an infielder from Atholton High School and Savage Baseball. 

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