BALTIMORE – Ten Retriever baseball players will represent UMBC this summer in summer ball leagues. Three athletes will compete in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRL), with two others playing locally in the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League (MCBL). The other five are split among clubs in the Coastal Plans League (CPL), Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCL), and Valley Baseball League (VBL).
Rising juniors Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville), Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson), and Joe Vanderplas (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) will all play for the Vienna Riverdogs in the 12-team, wooden bat Cal Ripken League. The league is based in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro areas and runs from mid-June through late July.
In addition, rising sophomores Cory Callahan (Sykesville, Md./Good Counsel) and Conor Hax (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) will stay in the area this summer, playing for Dig In of the MCBL.
Second baseman Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) and pitcher Tim Kelly (Hampton, Va./York/Virginia Tech), who sat out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer policy, will head south for the Coastal Plains League.
Classmates Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) and Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley), who were both named to the America East All-Rookie Team, head back north for the HCL on Long Island.
Rising junior hurler Riley Stephenson (Frederick, Md./Boonsboro), meanwhile, will compete in the Valley Baseball League in Virginia for New Market.
The 2014 UMBC baseball team went 17-29, earning a sweep of America East rival Albany and its first-ever series win over league foe Maine. The Retrievers upped their team batting average over 24 points from 2013 and bumped their team fielding percentage up to .963.
2014 Summer League Assignments
Cory Callahan – Dig In (MCBL)
Andrew Casali – Shelter Island (HCL)
Vince Corbi – Petersburg (CPL)
Hunter Dolshun – Riverhead (HCL)
Conor Hax – Dig In (MCBL)
Tim Kelly – Peninsula (CPL)
Kevin Lachance – Vienna (CRL)
Denis Mikush – Vienna (CRL)
Riley Stephenson – New Market (VBL)
Joe Vanderplas – Vienna (CRL)