While the Orioles are away in New York, Camden Yards will host the seventh President’s Cup all-star high school baseball game Tuesday at at 3 p.m., matching up public school stars against their private school counterparts.
The brainchild of Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who heads the P.L.A.Y. (Productive Lives, Active Youth) campaign, the all-star game will connect young ballplayers from private and public schools to compete together, with goals of crossing different socioeconomic backgrounds for academic and emotional enrichment.
“For these students, playing on the same field as the greats like Cal Ripken Jr., allows them to share an experience of a lifetime that they can bond over,” Young said in a statement.
For the public school team, participating players will hail from City, Poly, Edmondson-Westside, Friendship Academy, Reginald F. Lewis, Lake Clifton, Patterson, Mervo and Frederick Douglass.
The team will be coached by New Era Academy’s Buzz Watkins, City’s Mark Miazga, Lake Clifton’s Todd Henning, Mervo’s Miles Johnson and Poly’s Corey Goodwin.
The private school team will pull its roster from Boys’ Latin, Glenelg Country, St. John’s Catholic Prep, St. Vincent Pallotti, Severn, Park School, Gerstell, Mount Carmel, Friends, Annapolis Area Christian, Indian Creek and Chapelgate Christian. It will be coached by Omar Enriquez of St. John’s, Bill Greenwell of Boys’ Latin and Mark Palmerino of the Jemicy School.
Outfielder Cole Jarrett, who spearheaded Boys’ Latin’s third-straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B title with four hits against Glenelg, will start.
What was an annual event since 2011, the 2017 President’s Cup, which would have been the seventh, was canceled because of the all-star format — at that time unapproved by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association because the student-athletes hadn’t fulfilled their athletic eligibility. But because this year’s players are graduating seniors with the season over, the MPSSAA has given the green light.
This year, the President’s Cup has gripped the attention of Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, who commended the event’s directive.
“The partnership between the Baltimore Orioles and Council President Young through his high school baseball all-star game is helping introduce the game to a new generation of fans,” Manfred said in a statement. “The President’s Cup allows a diverse group of young men to develop relationships and learn from one another while playing in one of America’s best ballparks. It is a great experience for these student-athletes during an important time in their lives.”
The gates will be open to the public at no cost.
Public school team
Jacob Noffsinger, Poly, shortstop/pitcher
Bryson Ziman City, center fielder/pitcher
Michael Heck, Poly, first baseman
Isaac Spokes, Poly, pitcher/left fielder
Kendal McCoy, City, first baseman
Brandon Humphrey, Edmondson-Westside, catcher
Ramell Wilson, Friendship Academy, catcher
Mustafa Ball, Reginald F. Lewis, second baseman
Kechon Courtney, Lake Clifton, catcher
Jeremy Gonzalez, Patterson, second baseman
Jamall Burton, Mervo, shortstop
Jemar Burden, City, third baseman
Tyreek Carroll, Lake Clifton, center fielder
David Sanders, City, shortstop
Darius Madison, Frederick Douglass, pitcher/third baseman
Xylan Morris, Lake Clifton, center fielder
Jalen Edmondson, Mervo, second baseman
Tyler Louis, Frederick Douglass, pitcher/shortstop
Kytrell Hall, Mervo, third baseman
Christopher Dockins, Mervo, center fielder
Jace Geiger, Poly, catcher
Private school team
Will Bickhart, Annapolis Area Christian, first base
Matt Luterman, Boys' Latin, infield
Cole Jarrett, Boys' Latin, outfield
Jackson Gazin, Boys' Latin, infield
Ryan Jordan, Chapelgate Christian, pitcher
Jake Rainess, Friends School, infield
Zeke Texter, Friends School, catcher
Matt Nowakowski, Gerstell, first base/pitcher
Matthew Szedlock, Gerstell, infield/pitcher
Alex Beglan, Glenelg Country, outfield
Michael Fagan, Glenelg Country, catcher
Michael Diangelo, Glenelg Country, outfield
Brandon Harris, Indian Creek, outfield
Mekhi Howard, Mount Carmel, outfield
Ryan Gilbert, Park School, infield
Keith Griffin, St. Vincent Pallotti, catcher
AJ Javitt, St. John’s Catholic Prep, outfield/first base/pitcher
Zach Barberich, St. John’s Catholic Prep, infield/pitcher
Jordan Mathis, Severn, outfield
Alex Rozner, Severn, infield