6/19- 5 p.m. Tuesday's game has been cancelled
Tuesday's game vs the T'Bolts at Blair HS has been cancelled due to weather.
On Wednesday, the Giants host the Dodgers at Criswell Field starting at 7 p.m.
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News Flash! Giants in the 2018 MLB Draft
Giovanni DiGiacomo, OF, in the 29th round, 864th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Matt Pita, OF, in the 12th round, 367th overall, by the New York Yankees
Jake Slaughter, IF, in the 18th round, 548th overall, by the Chicago Cubs
Colin Morse, P, in the 26th round, 791st overall, by the Washington Nationals
Robbie Metz, IF, in the 25th round, 756th overall, by the Colorado Rockies
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Former Giant Seeks to Be the Next Yankee Great
- Jake Shulman
For Matt Pita, donning the pinstripes has always been a dream. Growing up, Pita idolized Derek Jeter, modeling his game after the great Yankee captain as he sought to one day step foot on a Major League Baseball field. On Wednesday, June 6, Pita inched closer to that dream. In the 12th round of the 2018 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees selected Pita – who played for the Giants two summers ago – with the 367th pick in the draft.
“It was incredible to get that phone call,” Pita said in an interview with Austin Petolillo of Pinstriped Prospects. “I’m stoked, it’s always been a dream of mine to play for the Yankees.”
As a member of the Giants in Summer 2016 and a three-year player for the Virginia Military Institute, Pita raked. Playing infield and outfield for the Keydets, Pita improved his batting average each year, hitting .322 in 2016, .364 in 2017, and .389 this season. This year, Pita finished in the top 5 in the Southern Conference in ten different categories. In fact, Pita led the league in total bases and slugging percentage and finished second in batting average. His stellar campaign earned him First Team All-Southern Conference and First Team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference honors.
One of the best players on the VMI roster, Pita broke the school record for total bases (163) in a season and recorded the most stolen bases (6) in a single game in VMI history (April 3rd at Longwood).
In 38 games with Gaithersburg in 2016, Pita hit .299 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs, more than enough to earn a spot in the CRCBL All-Star Game. “It was very evident early on how good he was,” Coach Jeff Rabberman said.
No doubt, Pita starred in his time at Gaithersburg. But Pita’s demeanor and leadership stood out more than anything during his time with the Giants. “From the moment he stepped on the field [in Gaithersburg], he kind of assumed that role that, hey, how I’m gonna go we’re gonna go,” Rabberman explained. “He’s one of my favorite kids that I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching.”
One of Pita’s defining physical characteristics is his size, or lack-there-of. “A lot of people told me that I’d never make it and that I’m too small to make it,” said Pita, who stands at just 5’10’’ tall. Yet, Pita has an extraordinary work ethic. “It’s been a little thing I can put a chip on my shoulder to play with,” Pita explained when discussing how his size has motivated him to put in extra work outside of normal practice hours. Rabberman similarly pointed to Pita’s diligence in describing his success: “he’s worked extremely hard to get where he’s at.”
Pita has the potential of Dustin Pedroia and Jose Altuve, both undersized infielders who have put together extraordinary careers based in their constant drive to prove their doubters wrong. Indeed, Pita models his game after Pedroia and Altuve, “just because of their size and what they had to go through.”
Surely, Pita has the tools, both on and off the diamond, to succeed in the pros. “I have no doubts that he’s going to have a very long and successful professional career,” said Rabberman. The Pinstripes are calling, and Matt Pita is ready.
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Feed the Hungry Challenge
Ninth Annual Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League's
Feed the Hungry Challenge
Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Help the local community as the Gaithersburg Giants participate in this annual challenge to benefit Manna food center.
Donate two or more cans/boxes of food and receive a family pass to a regular season Ripken League game in June or July! The team that collects the most food donations (by weight) wins the Annual Challenge cup!
Since 2010, the Montgomery County Cal Ripken League teams have collected nearly 22 tons of food for Manna Food Center in aid of our local neighbors in need.
Come meet the Giants at:
Goshen Crossing Giant Food 20044 Goshen Road
Flower Hill Giant Food 18250 Flower Hill Way
Shady Grove Giant Food 16837 Crabbs Branch Way
- Whole Grains - whole wheat pasta, brown rice, plain oatmeal (packets or canisters)
- Proteins - canned tuna, chicken salmon, canned or dried beans, nut butters
- Vegetables - canned, low sodium or no added salt
- Fruit - cans and cups packed in fruit juice
See you on Saturday, June 30!
2018 Gaithersburg Giants Player Highlights
Giovanni DiGiacomo #11, OF, LSU
DiGiacomo, a 2018 high school graduate, is preparing to take the next step in his baseball career as he joins the vaunted LSU Tigers Baseball roster. A 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American, DiGiacomo has led the Canterbury High Cougars (Fort Myers, FL) to a 25-5 overall record this season. Last season, DiGiacomo helped lead Canterbury to their second consecutive state championship (the Cougars are currently trying to make it three in a row). In 57 games for Canterbury over the last two seasons (he transferred to Canterbury from Naples High School prior to his junior year), DiGiacomo has racked up a .440 batting average, scoring 53 runs and knocking in 66. Scouts laud DiGiacomo’s speed, highlighting his top-of-the-order potential to get on base and cause chaos on the base paths. His speed also helps in the outfield, where he has flashed impressive range to go along with a strong arm. DiGiacomo also had interest from TCU, Florida, South Carolina, and Florida Gulf Coast. The Giants will look to DiGiacomo to provide a speedy spark both offensively and defensively this summer.
Anthony Felitti #46, LHP, Shippensburg University
A teammate of DeCarlo’s at Gaithersburg, Felitti also dominated the Maryland high school baseball circuit before continuing his career at the college level. Ranked as the top left-handed pitcher in Maryland in the Class of 2016 (3rd overall), Felitti earned 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American honors (he made the Atlantic-All Region 2nd Team). A captain of the Gaithersburg squad for both his junior and senior years, Felitti posted a career 1.46 ERA with a 19-3 record across three varsity seasons. In over 108 innings pitched, Felitti recorded a whopping 176 strikeouts. Among the long list of high school awards, Felitti was a two-time First-Team All-Division and earned The Washington Post First-Team All-Met honors. As a key member of Gaithersburg’s 2015 state championship team, Felitti was the runner-up for the 2015 Gatorade Player of the Year award. As a redshirt freshman this year at Shippensburg, Felitti has posted a 7.27 ERA in 7 appearances (1 start, 8.2 total innings pitched), striking out 7. Felitti picked up wins for the Raiders on back-to-back appearances in mid-April, first against Shepherd (1 IP) and then four days later against Lock Haven (1.1 IP).
Joey Goodwin #40, IF, UMBC
Goodwin, a freshman at UMBC, will be charged with locking down the corners this summer. Playing mostly first base and third base for UMBC, Goodwin has seen action in 31 games, posting a .359 average with 18 RBIs and 15 runs scored, an impressive stat line for a freshman who did not get his first appearance until March 24 at Florida Gulf Coast. A native of Rockville, MD, Goodwin knows the area well, having graduated from Good Counsel last year. There, Goodwin earned WCAC First-Team All-Conference honors twice, in both 2015 and 2016. Though primarily a short stop at Good Counsel, Goodwin transitioned to the corner positions this year with UMBC. Goodwin also earned Second-Team All-Conference honors as a hockey player for Good Counsel. In perhaps his best offensive performance of the season, Goodwin went 3-4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored in a 13-0 victory over Towson on April 25.
Kiernan Higgins #14, RHP, Coastal Carolina
Higgins, a righty out of Buffalo, NY, brings more big-name talent to the Giants this summer. A member of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (currently ranked 21st in the NCAA DI rankings), Higgins knows what it takes to be a part of a winning team. Though he has not seen time on the mound this spring, he brings a season of previous experience working with some of the best college players in the country to the Giants, as well as an eagerness to show off his own talents on the mound. At Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, Higgins was named to the First Team New York All-Catholic/Private Schools after an undefeated senior campaign in which he went 4-0 with a 1.33 ERA, striking out 36 batters in 21 innings pitched. Kiernan also excelled as a defenseman for the Bishop Timon-St. Jude ice hockey team, ranking second on the team among defenseman in terms of points. Though also possessing raw, natural skill, Higgins has been praised for his work ethic as he has used his freshman campaign to build up his strength in effort to earn his way to the mound next season.
Gaithersburg Giants Stand Tall in Goodwill Visit to Cuba
A team representing the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL) traveled to Cuba August 2-6, 2016 to play a Goodwill Mission Series with three of the top teams in the Cuban National Series.
The Ripken League players represented a great cross section from the league's teams including four Gaithersburg Giants: Nick Pantos #18 Pitcher, Trey Martinez #10 Catcher, Trey Bridis #3 Outfield, and Matthew Pita #33 Outfield.
Manager Brady Anderson, who played for the Baltimore Orioles in Cuba in 1999, explained the purpose of the games to Cuban television: "Because of the passion both countries have for baseball, we believe baseball has the potential for bringing the Cuban and American people together."
The Ripken League team won one game and narrowly lost two. According to Manager Anderson: "We played competitive games against three of Cuba’s top teams. The coaches and I are really proud of how well our guys represented the USA." B.J. Surhoff, who also played on the 1999 Orioles team in Cuba, and Ripken League co-founder Dean Albany joined Anderson on the coaching staff.
Please enjoy this photo coverage of the Giants players in Cuba from Cal Ripken League photographer Brenda Dunham of Eye on the Ball. Photos available on www.eyeonball.com