7/24 - Giants Exit Playoffs
The wild playoff game took two days, two fields, storm delays, and field light problems, but it was finally completed on Monday. Unfortunately, the result was not as the Giants would have wished.
Paraphrasing what Giants intern Jake Shulman said, "The Giants have a lot to celebrate. By securing the third seed, the Giants matched their best finish ever in CRCBL play. Five Giants’ players earned All-Star nominations and one was chosen as an alternate. Two Giants played for the CRCBL Sunbelt Classic team. Saul Garza also finished the season on the league leaderboard for Home Runs and RBIs.
Though it may not have ended as hoped, Giants’ fans and players should remember the 2018 season proudly. Go Giants!"
Photo of the Day 7/22/18
© 2018 Eye on the Ball. All rights reserved.
Game photos by Eye on the Ball have been posted on www.eyeonball.com Click HERE to go directly to the Giants photo page.
2018 Team photos and player portraits now available!
Ripken Collegiate Baseball Players Collect 9,499 Pounds for Manna Food Center
Gaithersburg Giants Win Challenge for First Time as League Sets Record
On Saturday June 30, nearly one hundred college baseball players who have come from across the country to play summer baseball in Montgomery County collected 9,499 pounds of food at twelve Giant Food stores across Montgomery County for the Manna Food Center. The Gaithersburg Giants upset the perennial champion Rockville Express to win the Ninth Annual Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League's Feed the Hungry Challenge by collecting an individual team record 3,205 pounds of food. Players from the Bethesda Big Train, Rockville Express, and Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts also collected food on Saturday. Despite wilting heat, the league total was the highest in the nine years of the challenge as three of the four teams recorded dramatic increases over previous years. In the nine years of the competition, the college players have collected 53,171 pounds of food — nearly 27 tons of food for Montgomery County's neighbors in need. Thanks to the Manna Food Center, Giant Food, and Text Design for supporting this community service program of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.
Jackie DeCarlo, Manna Executive Director, said "Once again the Cal Ripken League teams came together for the local community in an impressive effort. The Manna team thanks all who made the collection of nearly five tons of food possible. It is especially valuable to get this food now to restock our shelves for the summer.” Ripken League Co-Founder Bruce Adams, who initiated the Feed the Hungry Challenge in 2010, said: “Seeing these college ballplayers who have come here from all across the country pitch in to serve our Montgomery County neighbors in need — especially in this incredible heat — reminds us of the good there is in the world when we all work together.”
Giants Sent Five to Cal Ripken League 2018 All-Star Classic, Two to Sunbelt Classic
This year's CRCBL All-Star Game took place on WEDNESDAY, July 11, at Bethesda's Shirley Povich Field (home of the Big Train). Gates opened at 4:15 p.m. Game play started around 7:00. Admission will be charged.
Again this year, the Giants played for the North All-Star team (Giants, Redbirds, Dodgers, Thunderbolts, Express).
This year's Sunbelt Classic will be played July 16th and 17th at Wingate University in South Carolina. The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League is sending 25 players chosen from across the league.
Ryan Brown #3
Jaret Bennett #15
Alex Klitsas #45
Andres Machado #44
Saul Garza #30
Noah Walker #10
Sam Bertleson #9
Gaithersburg Giants Name Five-Year Anniversary Team
This year, as part of Gaithersburg’s five-year anniversary celebration, 19 former Giants have been selected to the Five-Year Anniversary Team. The eight pitchers and eleven position players chosen represented the Giants in a big way both at and away from Criswell Automotive Field at Kelley Park. From leading the team and the CRCBL in home runs, to posting some of the lowest earned run averages in the league, these players had tremendous seasons while wearing the navy and gray. From now on, these players will live on in Gaithersburg Giants' lore.
The Five-Year Anniversary Team
Celebrating the Best of Gaithersburg Giants Baseball – Jake Shulman
Five years ago, the Gaithersburg Giants played their inaugural season in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. Since finishing third in the CRCBL that summer 2013 season, the Giants have built this well-regarded program into a premier destination for collegiate players searching for a competitive, enriching summer baseball experience. In honor of the Giants five-year anniversary, we would like to look back on the names that have helped build this franchise into what it has become today.
Read the rest of the story by clicking on the News tab above.
Looking for Game Recaps or Live Web Broadcasts?
Read all about it in Giants' intern Jake Schulman's excellent game recaps! Click on the Results tab above (in the main menu).
Jake, who hails from Rockville, MD, was a 2016 graduate of Wootton HS, and is currently a Junior International Relations major at Tulane University. The movie he "lives by" is Cool Runnings.
Hear the game direct from the Giants' broadcast booth by clicking the small green microphone symbol on the homepage. There is a media strip with the green microphone symbol, a dark blue Facebook symbol, and a light blue Twitter symbol.
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
To learn more click the News tab above in the main menu.
2018 Gaithersburg Giants Player Highlights
Brad Sawyer #20, LHP, Hood College
The fourth member of the Gaithersburg High School 2015 State Championship team to play for the Giants this summer, Sawyer returns for his second season with the team. Though he will pitch for the Giants, Sawyer has logged time both on the mound and in the infield for Hood College each of the last two seasons. The Potomac Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore in high school, Sawyer went on to play an integral role in Gaithersburg High’s state championship run, getting the final out to secure the win in the championship game. Sawyer also earned First-Team All-Division 4A West honors at Gaithersburg. With Hood, Sawyer has proved himself to be a dual-threat player, succeeding both on the mound and at the plate. In two seasons with the Blazers, Sawyer has a 3.69 ERA in 92.2 innings. In 18 starts, Sawyer has thrown two complete games, posting a career record of 7-6. In 86 AB, Sawyer has a career .453 average, including a .464 average this year (69 AB). In two seasons, Sawyer has also driven in 24 runs. Sawyer’s multi-faceted arsenal could prove incredibly valuable for the Giants.
Chandler Schultz #37, RHP, Belmont University
Schultz looks to bring a little bit of southern flare to the Giants this summer, as the Nashville native makes the trek east to the Atlantic coast. Though only a freshman at Belmont, Schultz has had ample time on the mound, making 20 appearances for the Bruins and logging 20.2 innings. In those appearances (all out of the bullpen), Schultz has a 1-0 record with a 10.89 ERA. Also a member of the Cross Country and Football teams at Ensworth High School in Nashville, Schultz led Ensworth Baseball in ERA and sacrifice bunts over the course of his career with the Tigers. Schultz throws an upper-80 mph fastball to go along with a mid-70s slider. Recruiters not only praised him for his athletic prowess but also his dedication to the classroom, where he earned a reputation as a strong student.
Barrett Smith #23, IF, University of Maryland
The lone Terrapin on the 2018 Giants’ roster, Smith is a homegrown Maryland kid. Before committing to UMD, Smith wowed at Archbishop Spalding in Severn, MD, where as a senior, Smith hit .444 with 33 RBIs and 16 extra-base hits, racking up a .504 on-base percentage and a .626 slugging percentage. His offensive prowess earned him a spot on the South team in the Brooks Robinson All-Star Game, as well as First-Team Baltimore Sun All-Metro and Honorable Mention Washington Post All-Metro honors. Smith helped lead Archbishop Spalding to three straight MIAA A Conference Championships. Now a sophomore at UMD, Smith has earned some playing time for the Terrapins. In 5 games this season, Smith has 1 double in 6 at bats and has also reached base on a hit-by-pitch. Smith walked on to the UMD squad after contemplating whether or not to play in college. In the summer prior to his junior season, Smith had Tommy John surgery, putting his baseball future in doubt and stalling his recruitment efforts. Smith wowed the Terps’ coaches with his consistent hard work, earning a roster spot in the fall of his freshman year at Maryland. Smith will look to bring that energy and grit to the Giants this summer.
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