6/24 - Giants Win Both Ends of Saturday's Double Header
The Giants reach .500 record with two wins on Saturday.
The Gaithersburg Giants look forward to welcoming their fans on MONDAY, June 26 at 7 p.m. as they take on the Aces at Chriswell Field in Gaithersburg's Kelley Park.
Late Offensive Give Giants Win (6/22)
by: Nick Mengle
The Giants won their 3rd game in a row after defeating the Baltimore Dodgers 10-4. Entering the 7th inning trailing 4-0, the Giants put together a rally to tie the game with an RBI single from Dax Roper (Coastal Carolina) and Jake Huggins (VMI) as well as a two RBI hit from Christian Torres (UMBC). To follow up the big inning the Giants had an even better 8th inning, as they scored six additional runs to extend the lead to 10-4. Huggins produced three more RBIs on his double, to give him four for the game, and Torres had one more RBI to give him three for the night.
By pitching 2.2 scoreless innings before the offensive surge, David Hutchison (Millersville) earned his first win of the season. After Hutchison’s performance Tyler Sapsford (Yale) and Kevin Graff (Texas State) came in to finish the game by each pitching a scoreless inning.
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Photo of the Game 6/21
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Giants Camp and Team Photo Day
Friday, June 30
Campers attending the Giants Baseball Camp will have the opportunity to have their photos taken with their favorite counsellors when Eye on the Ball visits camp at Gaithersburg High School on Friday, June 30, around lunchtime.
The Gaithersburg Giants players will also have their team photo and player portraits taken before the game starts on June 30.
Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League - Pitcher of the Week
Congratulations to Jaret Bennett (Charleston Southern University) of the Gaithersburg Giants for earning Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of 6/5-6/11. Jaret was 1-0 with 1 save, struck out 14 batters in 11 innings pitched and allowed just 1 hit while giving up no runs.
Giants in the 2017 MLB Draft
Bruce Zimmermann | P | The University of Mount Olive | Gaithersburg Giants 2014
Drafted: Round 5, overall pick #140 (Atlanta Braves)
MLB.com comments: “Zimmermann has a fastball that he can hit 92 MPH with along with an average curve and change. He has the frame and potentially the three-pitch arsenal to remain a starter in the minors, but it’s possible that he gets moved into a relief role”
For UMO in 2017, the lefty went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA over 98.2 IP. He struck out 129 hitters at a rate of 11.7 K/9. For the Giants in 2014, Zimmermann made 7 appearances in which he struck out 12 hitters and walked 5 over 18.2 innings of work.
Patrick Mathis | OF | University of Texas | Gaithersburg Giants 2015
Drafted: Round 22, overall pick #661 (Houston Astros)
Ryan Selmer | P | University of Maryland | Gaithersburg Giants 2015, 2016
Drafted: Round 31, overall pick #937 (New York Mets)
Steven Williams | C | Auburn University | Gaithersburg Giants 2017
Drafted: Round 35, overall pick #1052 (New York Yankees)
Hayden Cantrelle | P | University of Louisiana at Lafayette | Gaithersburg Giants 2017
Drafted: Round 40, overall pick #1202 (New York Yankees)
Eighth Annual Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League's
Feed the Hungry Challenge
Saturday, June 10
Your Gaithersburg Giants came in a solid second in this year's Feed the Hungry Challenge, by collecting 2,315 pounds of food for Manna! Way to go! Overall, the Giants, Big Train, Thunderbolts, and the Express (this year's winners) collected over 4 tons of food for Manna Food Center!
While They Were GoneBy: Nick Mengle
The 2017 Giants roster will feature a few familiar faces from last year’s club, including pitchers Matt Chanin and David Hutchison; catchers Trey Martinez and Michael McCann; and infielder Patrick Causa. Here is a look at how they played in their college seasons this spring before coming back to Gaithersburg
Matt Chanin spent his spring pitching for the UMBC Retrievers. The right hander made 11 starts including two complete game efforts to account for a total of 52.2 innings pitched for the season. In his start against St. Johns, Chanin recorded a season high 7 strikeouts in 6 innings of work. Chanin will look to build on his success from last summer where he pitched to a 1.76 ERA which ranked fourth in the CRCBL and tied for the league lead in wins with 6.
David Hutchison appeared in 15 games for the Albany Great Danes as a true freshman this past season. Primarily used as a reliever, the lefty totaled 27.1 innings of work. Hutchison earned his first career win against Hofstra on March 18th. A former High School Preseason Under Armour All-American, Hutchison will look to continue to have success at the next level. Last summer for the Giants, Hutchison pitched 9 innings over 5 games and had a record of 1-0.
Trey Martinez, a Gaithersburg native, started 39 games for the Towson Tigers as their catcher. As a batter, Martinez produced an even 20 RBI’s and tied for second on the team with three homeruns. An effective defender, Martinez threw out 21 potential base stealers to rank first in the CAA. Martinez led the Giants in average last summer when he hit .347.
Michael McCann returned to the field for the Texas Longhorns after taking a redshirt year in 2016. Playing in 35 games, McCann carried an average of .281 while collecting five extra base hits and 12 RBIs. His best game of the season was against UCLA where he tallied 3 hits, 2 RBIs and a stolen base in the team’s 10-5 victory over the Bruins. McCann played in 9 games for the Giants last year and hit .258 with 4 RBIs.
Patrick Causa played shortstop for the Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers in his sophomore season. He appeared in 47 games and had an average of .287 while collecting nine doubles and two homeruns. Causa also drew a team high 26 walks. In his time with Gaithersburg last summer, Causa ranked fifth on the team with an on base percentage of .379 over 33 games.
Gaithersburg Giants Player Bios
By Jonathan Tishman
Trey Martinez was born in Guam and attended Gaithersburg High School where he hit .363 with 22 doubles and 7 home runs. He totaled 70 RBI in his career. After graduating, he chose to play for the Towson Tigers, where he is now a sophomore, and a 5' 9" 205 lb catcher. He says that his most memorable experience was winning the Maryland 4A state championship as a senior - but his recent baseball trip to Cuba may also make his list.
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