Six ’Jacks named to all-region baseball squad
Brainer, Holliday selected for Division I first team; Gregory, West, Bruce, Woolford all on second team
An unprecedented six Chesapeake College players were named to the NJCAA Division I Region XX all-region squad, including the first-team selection of sophomores Brad Brainer and Cody Holliday.
"It just goes to show the great seasons enjoyed by those players, and by our team," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, whose Skipjacks finished with a 30-21 record. "It’s especially impressive because it’s the coaches in our region, who see all the players on a regular basis, who select the all-region teams."
Brainer, a Kent Island High School graduate, hit .354 with five home runs, 27 RBI, a team-leading 55 runs scored, and a school-record 38 stolen bases. Brainer whose older brother, Bryan, was an all-region pitching standout at Chesapeake in 2004 and 2005 led the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference in steals this season and led the Skipjacks with 20 extra-base hits.
"Brad brought his ’A’ game every day. He played hard every game and was both an excellent player and an excellent student," said Szymanski of his second baseman. "He really had a great career at Chesapeake, and he comes from a great Chesapeake College family."
Holliday, a Havre de Grace High graduate who was an all-region choice last year as a freshman, hit a team-leading .377 with a team-high 60 hits. He also drove in 21 runs, scored 42 times, and had 18 extra-base hits.
"Cody did an excellent job for us he’s a great hitter, excellent outfielder, and solid all-around player," said Szymanski.
Brainer was also selected first-team all-state by the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference’s coaches while Holliday was named to the all-state second team.
Four Skipjacks shortstop J.T. Gregory, pitcher/third base Bryan Woolford, outfielder/pitcher Eddie West, and pitcher Kurt Bruce were included on the all-region second team. Gregory (.340 average, 32 RBI, 38 runs), Woolford (.348, team-high six home runs and team-leading 34 RBI), West (353, three home runs, 18 RBI, 21 runs, 2-1 pitching record with one save) and Bruce (5-2 record, 3.24 earned-run average) were all freshmen.
"It’s a good sign," Szymanski said of having so many freshmen earn all-region honors. "It’s positive to have those players returning next year coming off such great freshman seasons. A year of experience in this league is critical."
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