6/18- Great Pitching Earns Another Win
The Giants inked another win, this time over the Express on Monday at Raptor's Field due to some more shiny pitching and more sparky offense. Read Jake Shulman's recap under the "results" tab above.
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
Trace Bucey #19, OF, Howard Junior College
Bucey, a sophomore at Howard Junior College, will look to make a name for himself this summer, his second with the Giants. Originally from Corpus Christi, TX, Bucey graduated from Carroll High School, but not before busting out as an outfielder for the Tigers. An All-District selection three times at Carroll, Bucey was named a 2014-2015 Perfect Game Underclass All-American and earned a 2016 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American honor. In 2016, Bucey was named an All-South Texas All-Star and earned a selection to the prestigious Texas Rangers Area Code team. Bucey’s accomplishments at Carroll earned him a spot in the Carroll High School Hall of Fame. After graduating from Carroll, Bucey went north to Austin to play for the Longhorns. In 8 games as a freshman (4 starts, all as a designated hitter), Bucey had a double, 3 RBIs, and 2 runs scored. Bucey recently decided to transfer to Howard Junior College to continue his collegiate baseball career. Last summer, Bucey hit .239 in 26 games for the Giants, scoring 17 runs and drawing 15 walks.
Jackson Campbell #4, C, Belmont University
Bruins Head Coach Dave Jarvis sends another player to Gaithersburg this summer, as freshman catcher Jackson Campbell will look to be a rock behind the plate for the Giants. In 29 games this season for Belmont (20 starts), Campbell hit .211 with 5 doubles, 4 home runs, and 13 RBIs. Behind the plate, Campbell has posted a solid .965 fielding percentage.As a senior for Logan County High School in Russellville, KY, Campbell hit .400 with 32 RBIs and 36 runs scored. Across four varsity seasons for Logan County, Campbell hit .336 in 130 games. A 5’10’’ righty, Campbell was the #2 ranked catcher in the state of Kentucky in the Class of 2017 (Perfect Game). In a 9-8 win over the University of Tennessee, Martin on March 25, Campbell homered twice, driving in 4 crucial runs. Campbell’s second homer (a 2-run shot) came in the bottom of the 10th inning, allowing the Bruins to tie the game after letting up two runs in the top half of the frame.
Matthew Charles #8, RHP, Texas State
Charles is a right-handed pitcher out of Houston, currently finishing up his freshman season at Texas State. At Houston Heights Charter School, Charles earned a 2017 Preseason Texas Region Honorable Mention by Rawlings-Perfect Game before committing to play for the Bobcats this year. Though a highly touted prospect out of high school, Charles has yet to take the field for the Bobcats.
Travis Craven #7, P, Whitman College
Currently a sophomore at Whitman College, Craven brings some college experience to the Giants this summer. A native of Goleta, CA, Craven graduated from Dos Pueblos High School after captaining the varsity squad his senior season. With Dos Pueblos Craven earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors after posting a 2.67 career ERA, including a stingy 0.82 ERA in his sophomore season.As a freshman for Whitman, Craven posted a respectable 4.32 ERA and 3-4 record over 10 appearances (9 starts). Last summer, Craven played for the Conejo Oaks of the California Collegiate League. Craven did not log any game time this year for Whitman.
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