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Pallotti baseball squad eyes playoff berth in MIAA B Conference

Senior third baseman Devin Brogden has played for four head coaches in four seasons on the varsity baseball team at St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel.

"They have all been different," said Brogden, one of the team's top hitters this season and a college prospect.

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This year he is playing for head coach Steve Tiffany, a former assistant at Chapelgate Christian and Marriotts Ridge. The Pallotti head coach last season, LynDon Watkins, is now an assistant at Division I Coppin State.

The new Pallotti assistant coach is Ryan Albright, a former teammate in college with Tiffany at Chesapeake College on the Eastern Shore.

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"They stress a lot of team togetherness," Brogden said. "Tiffany is big on key pitching and hits in very specific situations. He is very aggressive on the basepaths. We have to play a little bit of small ball to score on offense."

Cordon, who hit .333 in his first 33 at bats, is headed to college to play at Chesapeake while Brogden is looking at Division I schools Maryland-Eastern Shore and Norfolk State and Division II Wingate in North Carolina, among others.

St. Vincent Pallotti boys lacrosse beats Chapelgate Christian Academy, 10-2, in Columbia on March 31.

"We have a really young team this year," Cordon said. "I think guys are still getting used to varsity play. We are competing; I think we do a very good job at doing that. I feel we can go far in the playoffs."

Brogden was hitting .371 in his first 35 at bats with a team-high 11 runs with eight walks and six RBIs.

"He has played everywhere on the infield. He is as versatile as any high school player I have had," Tiffany said. "He will definitely play in college. He is our starter at third base but has logged a lot of innings at catcher, short and first."

Another key player is Newt Davis, a junior outfielder who hit .367 in his first 30 at bats with eight steals and eight RBIs.

"Davis is a three-sport athlete. He ran cross country and was an all-state wrestler," Tiffany said. "He has been a backbone for us defensively. He works his tail off; he is very athletic and leads the team in steals. If the rest of our team mimicked how he plays and practices, which is all out, we will continue to be successful."

For several years, Mark Mozier has helped high school lacrosse players get recruited, and he is also involved with club programs through Uproar Lacrosse

KJ Irving is a junior first baseman/pitcher who hit .333 in his first 27 trips to the plate with seven RBIs and eight walks. "Offensively he has been a bright spot," Tiffany said. "He sits in the middle of the lineup."

The Panthers fell to 5-7 overall and 5-5 in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference with an 11-2 loss on April 27 against Glenelg Country School as Pallotti allowed seven unearned runs.

A loss to Severn on May 1 dropped them to 5-8 overall and in fourth place in the conference standings with a 5-6 record.

Pallotti hosts Friends on May 3, plays at Boys' Latin on May 5 and are slated to play their regular-season finale, May 9, against Mount Carmel at Prince George's Stadium, the Double-A home of the Bowie Baysox, a farm team of the Baltimore Orioles.

There are eight teams in the MIAA B conference and the top six make the playoffs, with the top two teams earning a first-round bye.

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"Ryan and I sat down with the kids early on. When I took the job one of my goals was to make the playoffs," Tiffany said.

Last season Pallotti made the playoffs and beat Glenelg County before losing to Boys' Latin and Glenelg Country in the double-elimination event.

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