Maryland RBI Athletes AAU Award Nominees
BALTIMORE, Md. – Maryland RBI Baseball athletes have been nominated for Maryland AAU 2015 baseball awards:
Outstanding Players – Garrett Correy, Zach Gamblin, Dominic Stanbery, Jake Fedorczyk
Outstanding Youth Sportsmanship Award – Jake Hoyer
Outstanding Youth Leadership Award – CJ Cummings
In addition, Ruth’s Baseball Ideals Baseball Club president John Pineau announced the nomination of Connor Graham (Northern HS, 2016; committed recruit to Virginia Wesleyan College) as the Maryland AAU Baseball nominee for Maryland AAU High School Athlete of the Year given to the top representative male and female athlete who competes in sanctioned AAU events for boys and girls basketball, baseball, football, golf, jump rope, lacrosse, martial arts, softball, soccer, volleyball, track and field, and swimming and diving.
Chris Cummings was nominated for the AAU Coach of the Year Award.
The Maryland RBI Baseball select-travel team has played a key role in advancing the sport of amateur youth wood bat baseball in Maryland. Maryland RBI manager Mike Graham, Cummings and assistant coaches Jim Hoyer, Ray Albaugh and Jerry Gamblin were for the first time selected the Maryland AAU Baseball Coaching Staff of the Year.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to coach Maryland RBI Baseball,” said Cummings. “I partner with a group of outstanding coaches whom I respect enormously. I look forward to continuing to serve with (fellow coaches) Mike Graham, Jim Hoyer, Ray Albaugh, and Jerry Gamblin to help our exemplary student-athletes reach new levels of success.”
Maryland RBI are coming off their 6th year since 2009, 6th consecutive winning season and 4th 30-win year in the team’s history. Maryland RBI advanced to the AAU National Championships in 2013.
“This is a great day for Maryland RBI Baseball,” Graham said. “AAU Baseball has not been as strongly represented in Maryland since Will Frazier coached that amazing Maryland Baseball Academy 13U team out of the Potomac Valley AAU District to the National Championship in 2010.
“With 215 victories over six years in existence, three consecutive state titles and regional and national championships and appearances, this honor is long overdue—for Chris and the staff. They have done a remarkable job burnishing Maryland AAU’s tradition of competitive youth baseball and richly deserve this recognition.”
The Maryland District of the Amateur Athletic Union (MD AAU) will salute the achievements of the honorees at the upcoming 30th AAU Annual Sports Awards Banquet, along with the District’s “2015 Outstanding Athletes, Coaches and Volunteers” in all AAU sports in Maryland. This special event will be hosted on Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Martins East Banquet Facility located at 9000 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, Maryland 21220.