CHESTERTOWN, MD – Washington College head baseball coach Travis Turgeon has named Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional), Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic), Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South), Joe Kearney-Argow (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape), Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) and Joe Willis (Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway Regional) as the captains for the 2013 season. Cotterell is a captain for the second time, while the other five are first-time captains.
"I am pleased to announce our new captains for the 2013 season," says first-year head coach Turegon. "We had a great 2012 and look to build on it even though we lose some key pieces and we can find a way to replace the stats last year, but we really need to replace that leadership. As our captains know, I do not give anything unless it is earned and these six individuals have earned the right to lead our team. Each brings something unique to the table that will help lead us to a Centennial Conference Championship."
Aldrich, a senior pitcher, went 6-2 with a 3.43 ERA in a team-high 15 appearances in 2012. He tossed 42 innings and struck out 26 batters. His six wins last season was a career-high for the senior. In 33 career outings, 15 starts, he is 10-6 with a 4.01 ERA and 78 strikeouts. He has tossed three complete games and two shutouts, including a complete game blanking of McDaniel in 2012 Centennial Conference Baseball Tournament on May 5.
Connole, a senior centerfielder and pitcher, has been the team's leadoff hitter since he arrived on campus in 2009-10. Last season, he batted .371 with 52 hits, 37 runs scored, 28 RBI and 13 stolen bases, while drawing a team-best 23 walks. In three years on the team, he is batting .372 with 86 runs scored, 123 hits, 43 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 89 career games. He has pitched in four games in his career with the Shoremen, three of which were starting assignments. He is a two-time All-Centennial Conference pick, first team in 2012 and second team in 2011.
Cotterell, a senior first baseman, is a captain for the second straight season. Last season he batted a career-high .333 and also had personal bests in runs scored (26), hits (41), RBI (29), walks (21) and stolen bases (9). He also set the school record for putouts (268) and fielding chances (276) in a single season. He is a two-time member of the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll, being named to the squad in 2011 and 2012.
Kearney-Argow, a senior pitcher, went 3-2 in 11 appearances last year, nine of which were starts. He tossed his first complete game of his collegiate career on March 25 when he downed Maine-Presque Isle 2-1. The senior struck out a career-high 28 batters in 44 2/3 innings last spring. In three seasons with the Shoremen Nine, he is 11-8 with 76 strikeouts in 137 2/3 innings. In 33 career appearances, he has started in 22 of those 33 outings.
Marinelli, a junior second baseman/shortstop, batted a career-high .289 with 36 runs, 43 hits, 20 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He had 14 multi-hit games, including a pair of three-hit performances against Edgewood (March 13) and Maine-Presque Isle (March 25), and 10 multi-run games, including three three-run efforts, Anna Maria (March 12), at Franklin & Marshall (April 13) and Haverford (April 14). In 75 career games, 72 starts, he is batting .276 with 66 runs, 81 hits, 35 RBI and 20 stolen bases.
Willis, a senior outfielder, batted .264 in a career-high 35 games and 22 starts, with 14 hits and eight RBI. In the Centennial Conference Tournament last spring, Willis went 6-for-11 (.545) with a pair of RBI to help the Shoremen reach the championship game. He had two two-hit games and a two-RBI performance at Johns Hopkins. In 78 career games, 56 starts, he is batting .242 with one home run, 23 RBI, 19 runs and 45 hits.
The Shoremen are coming off of their most successful season in the program's history in 2012 where they went 28-12 and reached the Centennial Conference Tournament Championship Game for the first time and reached the tournament for the second time in three years. The 28 wins set the program record for wins in a season.