Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks Open 2018 Campaign Looking For Bright Future

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PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland – Maryland Eastern Shore baseball believes that Brian Hollamon is the leader they’ve been looking for. The Hawks’ fourth coach in five seasons brings an exceptional track record to the program and will look to lead The Shore to success in 2018 and beyond.

Their first test comes this weekend. After weather delayed the season’s start, the Hawks will travel to Rock Hill, South Carolina for a three game series with Winthrop. Games take place in the afternoons of Friday (Feb. 23), Saturday (Feb. 24) and Sunday (Feb. 25) at The Winthrop Ballpark.

Live video (http://bigsouthsports.com/watch/?Live=3999) is available for Friday only, and live stats will be offered for all three contests.
Winthrop holds the all-time series lead, four games to one. The Shore’s lone win came in the 2013 season.

The weekend marks the official beginning of Hollamon’s second coaching tenure with the Hawks. After working as an assistant coach and earning a graduate degree here, he spent the previous 14 seasons at Parkside High School in nearby Salisbury, where during his tenure the Rams won one Bayside conference crown, three Bayside South Titles, four Maryland 2A East Regional Championships, and two MPSSAA 2A State Finalist Appearances (2009, 2014). Parkside had a winning season every year Hollamon guided them.

He inherits a Hawks team with plenty of experience. The seniors encompass redshirted outfielder Tyler Friis (Appleton, Wisconsin) and infielder Jamison Trower (Chesterfield, Virginia), both critical to the Hawk offense. Four of the school’s nine seniors are pitchers, including Chris Melrath (Rising Sun, Maryland) and Toby Hoskins (North East, Maryland), who have each made significant contributions to the squad in three previous seasons.

Fellow upperclassmen such as juniors Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, Rhode Island) and Joey Nicastro (New Market, Maryland), along with sophomore Marty Tolson, Jr. (Stafford, Virginia) are also projected to make an impact.

Joining this group of talented veterans are 10 newcomers, all of them true freshmen. Dillon Oxyer (Pasadena, Maryland) and Chris Levere (King George, Virginia) head the recruiting class primarily made up of infielders, outfielders and utility players.

Challenges that could arise for the Hawks may include the graduation of two starting outfielders and the attrition of two weekend starters from last season.

The Hawks will look to improve from a 12-40 campaign in 2017, edging into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament on the final day of the season by going 9-15 in conference. They were eliminated after losses in the tournament to North Carolina A&T and Delaware State.

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