Last Updated: July 3, 2015
RAPTORS PLACE 3 ON NJCAA ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
Congratulations to Mitch Spille, John Hanley, and Gus Gill for making the NJCAA D3 All-American team.
Mitch Spille selected as Rawlings Gold Glove Winner
Mitch Spille is the 6th Montgomery College recipient of this prestigious award in the past 8 years.
Mitch Spille has been selected as a Marucci Elite Hitter. Spille led Montgomery College with a .463 batting average. This award is given out to the top hitters in each district.
Montgomery College is heading to Kinston North Carolina to participate in the D111 NJCAA World Series May 23-28. The Raptors will play their first game on May 23 at 1:00 pm. Follow the Raptors live on NJCAAA TV. For all of the World Series tournament information please go to http://graingerstadium.com/activity/ . This marks the 8th time in the past 10 years that Montgomery College has qualified for the National Tournament.
MAY 13, 2015
1. Herkimer County Community College
2 Century College
3 Tyler Junior College
4 Rowan College at Gloucester County
5 Eastfield College
6 Northern Essex Community College
7 Riverland Community College
8 Cumberland County College
9 Montgomery College
10 Joliet Junior College
Raptors Win Another Region XX Title!!!
The Raptors (30-18) on Fri May 8th Defeated Prince George's Community College (15-20)
by a score of 13-5, winning easily in a mercy rule game in the 1st round of the Region XX Tournament held at Prince George's Community College.
The bats continued to stay hot as the Raptors defeated a determined Westmoreland Community College from Pennsylvania in the Championship game by a score of 17-7.
Montgomery College has won 8 of the last 10 Region XX Championships which is quite an accomplishment and have averaged over 30 wins a season.
The Raptors now take on a tough Rockingham CC squad from North Carolina for the District D title on Friday May 15th at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus field. The format is a best of three series with two games slated for Friday at 11am & 2:30pm. Game 3 if necessary will be played on Saturday the 16th at 12 noon.
The winner of the District will advance to the NJCAA World Series in Kinston, NC May 23-May28th.
Come out and support the Raptors. The large amount of vocal supporters for the Raptors at the Region XX Tournament was quite impressive. Thank you for the support!
Any Student / Athlete interested in playing baseball in the 2015-2016 season for the Montgomery College Raptors, please contact Coach Rascher at email@example.com or call 240-567-7743.
2014 NJCAA AWARDS
2014 NJCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICAN
OF Tyler Coleman Montgomery College Freshman
2B Antonio Pino Montgomery College Freshman
NJCAA DIVISION III
RAWLINGS GOLD GLOVE TEAM ANNOUNCED
OF Tyler Coleman Montgomery College Freshman
2014 ALL REGION XX TEAM ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to Tyler Coleman, Anthony Pino, Brandon Humbetson, Nick Ponafala, Gus Gill, and Ian Velez. These players were selected to the All Region XX Team.
MARUCCI D I I I BASEBALL ELITE HITTERS
Congratulations To Tyler Coleman and Anthony Pino both selected to First Team Maryland JUCO
Freshmen Tyler Coleman and Anthony Pino were selected to the MDJUCO Conference First Team. The MDJUCO Team is voted on and selected by the Maryland JUCO Coaches. Coleman had a batting average of .496 and did not make an error in the outfield. Pino hit .404 and did not make an error at 2nd base.
2013 NJCAA Academic All American
2013 NJCAA All Region 20
2013 NJCAA All American
Jacob Taylor- 1st Team
Greg Turlik- 3rd Team
2013 NJCAA ALL AMERICAN TEAM
Congratulations to Jake Taylor for winning the 2013 Gold Glove at the pitching position. This award recognizes 10 individuals who stand out defensively at their respective position. Taylor is the fourth recipient to receive this prestigious award from Montgomery College since 2007.
2013 ABCA/RAWLINGS NJCAA GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
Montgomery College Wins Region XX Championship
Montgomery College went 3-0 over the weekend to win the Region XX Championship. The Raptors set a school record with 40 wins and advance to the NJCAA World Series for the seventh time in the past eight years.
Greg Turlik, Jake Taylor, Jameson McGrane, and Sam Stefanelli were selected to the All-Tournament Team.
The Raptors will travel to Tyler, Texas to represent Region XX in the NJCAA World Series. The Tournament starts May 24 and runs through May 31.
Montgomery College baseball coach passes away
Lee, a Montgomery College pitching coach, remembered for contributions to baseball
by James Peters
The Washington, D.C., area lost a baseball icon with the Jan. 19 passing of Montgomery College pitching coach Duck Lee, who spent the better part of the past five decades promoting the sport he loved as an administrator and coach in his adopted country.
“He was a good friend to me,” Raptors baseball coach Dan Rascher said. “He cared about me not as a coach but as a person, and he cared about my family. That’s the thing I really appreciated about him. As far as baseball, (Lee felt) that there was a place out on the field for everybody somewhere. If you had respect for the game ... he welcomed you with open arms.
“He was a security blanket with all the knowledge he possessed. We often discussed things, and he gave me his opinion, and whether I used it or not, he left that up to me. He never said, ‘I told you so.’ He let me coach. That’s one thing I really respect about him.”
Lee, who was 77 at the time of his passing, was born in Manchuria, China, in 1935 and later left the country toward the end of World War II to go to Seoul, Korea, where his family prospered before the city was overrun by North Korean forces in 1950. But it was also in Korea where Lee learned the generosity of the United States military, including the U.S. Marines. He served as a translator for the force in Korea. That generosity caused a deep respect for the United States.
“Duck liked to eat a lot, and I asked him about it and he said, `John, I starved a lot (in Korea),” said Montgomery College assistant head coach John Silk, who gave the eulogy at Lee’s funeral. “He vowed if he ever got out of that situation, he would never go hungry again. He used to tell me stories when he was in Korea as a young boy, such as his love for the USA, especially the Marines and the love for our soldiers. American soldiers gave them food, and he would hide it under his shirt from the communists. He had an affinity for this country. He was so grateful for the U.S. and the soldiers who helped protect him. He was so grateful for the American soldiers who shed their blood so we could be free.”
The North Korean invasion ended Lee’s hopes for playing high school baseball — he was a freshman when the invasion took place — but that didn’t stop the long-time Montgomery College coach from furthering the cause of numerous aspiring ballplayers throughout the years, including serving as the vice president of the Industrial League, a precursor to collegiate circuits such as the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, that boasted both college and former professional players among its ranks for four decades beginning in the 1960s.
“He brought a Korean team into the Industrial League in the middle or early ’60s, and it lasted about a year. His team didn’t have the sponsorships,” said former Industrial League president Charles Blackburn, who is now the executive director of the National Amateur Baseball Federation. “I recognized that he really did love the game of baseball. I suggested he help run the Industrial Baseball League. Eventually he helped run the league over the years.
“He was a very high integrity guy. Once he decided he was going to do something or serve on a committee, he was one of those guys who would see it right through to the end, (but) he preferred coaching young ballplayers. He ended up helping out with the Montgomery County team. He had a love for that.”
Along the way, Lee, who pitched batting practice up until shortly before his death, served as a Senior Advisor to the Los Angeles Dodgers and as a Supervisor to the Boston Red Sox for Korea, and he was instrumental in arranging games between Korean national and Olympic teams with squads in the Washington Industrial League from 1975-1994. Lee, who spent five years as Gaithersburg Post 295’s pitching coach, also took a team of Industrial League All-Stars to the White House as part of a national Amateur Baseball Month celebration.
“I remember when he went back to Korea to meet his wife to be,” Blackburn said. “His mother and father had selected three possibilities for a wife. He was going over there to interview them. I asked him what he was looking for and he said, `She must love baseball.’ It tickled me. He said, `I’m going to ask very pertinent questions to make sure they understand the game. I’m going to ask one of them what is the hit and run.’
“He was kidding a little bit about it, but he didn’t want to marry anyone who didn’t appreciate baseball.”
Lee’s love of baseball can be seen in his attention to detail — he carried a plastic milk carton to the field everyday filled with tape, string, scissors, glove oil and a lighter for field, glove and other equipment repair — through the many relationships he made with players and coaches alike, including former Montgomery College pitcher and pitching coach Pat Skellchock, whose fondest memory was of watching the then 64-year-old Lee complete a three-up, three-down inning as a pitcher in one of Montgomery College’s fall league games when the squad ran out of pitchers.
“The way he referenced stuff to the pitches, that stuff sticks in my head today that I tell my pitchers at Whitman,” said Skellchock, who is the pitching coach at Walt Whitman. “Duck was always positive. I try to be that way. He was a very fine man, (and) he knew the game. He was a great influence on me as a young pitching coach. He’ll live forever in my baseball world.”
Lee, who was laid to rest in Montgomery College apparel, also spent the last four years on the staff of Jeff Rabberman’s Gaithersburg Giants squad, which played in the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League. Rabberman, whose team is now in the Cal Ripken League, said he hopes to honor Lee during one game this summer, especially after the outpouring of love and respect for Lee that was displayed by his players when informed of Lee’s rapidly failing health just prior to his death.
“He always said the perfect thing at the right time,” Rabberman said. “I’m going to miss the guy. It’s been a hard week-and-a-half. The summer time, it’s really, really going to be hard. He was a man of honor.”
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Above 2010 Graduate Matt Civetti with his Coach Major League Hall of Famer Gary Carter of Palm Beach Atlantic University.
2009 NJCAA National Title Runners-Up.
NJCAA WORLD SERIES PARTICIPANTS
7 out of last 8 years!!
2006-Glens Falls, NY 2007- Tyler, Texas
2009 - Tyler, Texas
Jake Taylor selected as the TraveLynx Student-Athlete of the Week
4/27/2014 1:17:00 PM
Jake Taylor of the baseball team was selected as the TraveLynx Student-Athlete of the Week, for the period ending April 27.
2013 Graduate Jameson McGrane Limestone University
2013 Graduate Greg Turlik University of Maryland Eastern Shore
2012 Graduate Matt Selmer Southeastern University (Florida)
2012 Graduate Chris Kyser Florida Southern University
2012 Shawn Hendon UNC Greensboro
2011 Graduate Casey Liester Shepherd University
California University of Pennsylvania