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Washington County to be represented at MSABC Junior Classic

June 25, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

Five individuals from Washington County will be involved in the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Junior Classic on Tuesday night.

Three junior players — Andrew Yacyk of North Hagerstown, Airin Martin of South Hagerstown and Ryan Bolton of Smithsburg — will be on the field for the West squad in the 8 p.m. all-star game against the North.

The contest will be the second of two games played at the Bowie Baysox Stadium in Bowie, Md. The South and East stars will play at 6 p.m.

Assistant coaches for the West team include David Warrenfeltz of Williamsport and Trey Cobb of Smithsburg.

Fred Kreiger, a director for the MSABC and West region chairman, said the event is “a nice thing for juniors and to be playing at Bowie. It’s a great opportunity to be seen by colleges.”

Leonard resigns post

Ben Leonard recently resigned as head baseball coach at Boonsboro to take a position as an assistant at Mount St. Mary’s.

Leonard spent five seasons as head coach and will remain at the school as a 10th-grade health teacher.

“I’ve got no regrets,” said Leonard of making the move. “I’ve enjoyed the time and this is another step in my coaching career.”

Leonard joins the staff of head coach Scott Thompson on a volunteer basis. Schools are allowed two paid assistants and one volunteer.

“I’ll be working with the outfielders, on hitting and recruiting on campus,” said Leonard, who began those campus duties on Monday.

Hill to Eckerd

Clear Spring senior star Nick Hill has selected his next residence for baseball and studies.

The All-Washington County first-team third baseman has signed on at Eckerd College, a Division II school and member of the Sunshine State Conference.

The Eckerd campus, located in St. Petersburg, Fla., sits on the waterfront of the Gulf of Mexico.

Hill hit .457 for the Blazers this year with four home runs, 19 RBIs and 28 runs scored. He also was 3-2 with two saves on the mound.

Shives gets nod

Clear Spring coach Mark Shives will be with Team USA and the 15U team that will travel to the Dominican Republic for a four-game series in August.

Shives, after serving as a coach for the 16U National Team Trials in 2011, has been named the 15U pitching coach.

Forty players have been invited to tryouts in Cary, N.C., beginning Aug. 4.

Red Sox roster

North Hagerstown’s Zane Schreiber and Yacyk and Clear Spring’s Logan Appel and Dylan Stouffer are all members of the prestigious Mid-Atlantic Red Sox team for 2012.

Also on the team are Hunter Szlafarski of Greencastle and Nick Graham of Chambersburg.

The Red Sox are slated to play a doubleheader on Saturday against the New Jersey Marlins at Mount St. Mary’s, the first game at noon.

Shives serves as the summer head coach.

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