Wye Mills, MD - This team is relentless. This team does not quit. In the opening game against CCBC Catonsville on Monday, the Cougars were down 7-2 and fought their way back to a 16-9 victory. In the Championship Game of the Region XX D2 Tournament on Saturday against the Skipjacks from Chesapeake College, the Cougars found themselves trailing 6-0 heading into the 6th inning. The Cougars plated two runs in the top of the 6th, and this is where things got interesting. In the top of the 7th, Brendan Long singled and Michigan Daub reached base on a fielder's choice. That set the stage for FCC's leading hitter, Justin Acal. The sweet-swinging right-handed hitter came through in the clutch depositing a 3-run homer to make it a 6-5 contest. The Skipjacks scored 2 more in the bottom of the 7th to extend their lead to 8-5.
Here's where the fun begins. In the top of the 8th, Wyatt Miles got the bats going with a double. Brevin Neveker would trade places with Miles to make it 8-6. Heading into the 9th inning…it ain't over till it's over. With 2 outs in the 9th, Nicco German would reach on a single. Here comes the momentum swing, no pun intended. With two outs and two strikes, Wyatt Miles launched a 2-run no-doubter to tie it up at eight apiece. The Cougars tacked on 2 more runs in the 9th to take the 10-8 lead heading to the bottom of the 9th. The Skipjacks came close by scoring another run in the bottom of the 9th, but FCC closer, David Gingras shut the door and sealed the 10-9 FCC victory for a trip to the NJCAA Division II World Series.
The Cougars have won nine in a row and sit at 20-9 overall.
Stay tuned for updates on the World Series schedule and opponents. Play begins on May 29th in Enid, Oklahoma.
Here's What They Had To Say:
Head Coach Rodney Bennett:
"What a resilient group of young men that I am proud to be able to coach. This year of uncertainty in a pandemic was challenging for everyone but they overcame many obstacles by believing in each other to reach the ultimate level for their sport. Incredible what they have done."
"It was a lot of fun and very competitive. Glad we could pull it off." When asked about his 2-run HR, "I was just trying to barrel a ball up and I got a good pitch to hit." "I would also like to thank my dad; he taught me everything I know about hitting."
"We came together as a team and got hot at the right time!" On his 3-run homer: "I was just trying to put the ball in play and drive in some runs."
On the last inning, "My goal was to fill up the zone and give our team a chance to win. Ever since the Catonsville game, we never doubted each other."
FCC Head Coach Rodney Bennett
Overall Record: 677-277
18 Straight Trips to the NJCAA Region XX D2 Postseason Tournament
11 Region XX D2 Championship Final Appearances
4 Trips to the NJCAA D2 Baseball World Series As Head Coach
World Series Appearances: 1998 – 2001 – 2002 – 2007 -2010 – 2015 - 2021
Region XX Champions: 1998 – 2001 – 2002 – 2007 – 2008 – 2010 – 2015 – 2019 - 2021