The CCBC Essex baseball team will compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series after a two-game sweep over Mercer County (N.J.) this past weekend for the Northeast District championship. The 10th-seeded Knights (29-24) will face No. 7 seed Scottsdale (Ariz.) in the first round Saturday at 10 a.m. in Enid, Okla. The winner will face No. 2 seed Parkland (Illin.) on Sunday at 1 p.m. CCBC Essex, which beat Mercer 5-4 in 13 innings Saturday and 11-10 on Sunday, is led on offense by freshman outfielder Nelson Laviosa, who is batting .347/.398/.489 with a team-high 48 RBIs. Sophomore infielder Luke Schaffer (John Carroll) is batting .316/.438/.573 with 26 RBIs.
Connecticut QB commits to Maryland
Connecticut quarterback prospect David Summers committed to Maryland on Monday night, giving offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada his first recruit at the position since he joined the Terps staff. Maryland offered the junior over two weeks ago, and Summers picked the Terps over Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Rutgers and several Football Championship Subdivision schools. Summers is unrated by the major recruiting services, but is one of just eight pro-style quarterback recruits in the Class of 2019 to report an offer from Maryland. As a junior at St. Joseph, he threw for 3,227 yards, a school-record 49 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He helped lead the Cadets to their 13th state championship with a five-touchdown, 265-yard performance in the Class S final — the classification for the schools with the smallest populations in Connecticut — and was named first-team all-state by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, New Haven Register and Connecticut High School Coaches Association.
— Jonas Shaffer
Palmeiro, 53, hits first home run in independent league
Rafael Palmeiro still has power, even at 53. After hitting more than 500 home runs in the major leagues, the former Orioles slugger went deep Monday night for the first time in his return to baseball with an independent team. He connected in the fifth inning for the Cleburne Railroaders, who went on to a 4-3 loss in 11 innings against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Starting for the first time this season at first base, where he spent the majority of his 20-year big league career, Palmeiro batted sixth in the lineup, right behind his son, Patrick. The elder Palmeiro got his first two hits of the season after going 0-for-8 in his first two games for the second-year American Association team. Rafael Palmeiro hit the last of his 569 major league home runs on July 30, 2005, while playing his final season for Baltimore. He was suspended for using steroids two days later and has never come close to Hall of Fame induction.
Calvert Hall hires Philly's Hasson as basketball coach
Calvert Hall has hired Jason Hasson as its varsity basketball coach. Hasson previosuly spent two seasons at West Catholic Prep in Philadelphia, where he went 12-32. Before that, he spent five seasons at Pope John XXIII in Sparta Township, N.J., compiling a 112-36 record. "Coach Hasson is a great fit for our school and our students," said athletic director, Lou Eckerl, in a written news release. "He is a passionate individual with a solid coaching and teaching background. We feel that we have found a winning combination for our school." Hasson replaces John Bauersfeld, who stepped down last month after 11 seasons with plans to relocate his family to Cumming, Ga., where he will coach Pinecrest Academy and teach social studies. During his time at Calvert Hall, Bauersfeld, a 1994 graduate, won 209 games and guided the Cardinals to two regular-season and tournament championships in the Baltimore Catholic League and a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown.
Baseball: Boys' Latin made it three straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championships Monday with a 6-1 win over Glenelg Country. The Lakers had 13 hits and scored runs in each of the first four innings, more than enough for junior pitcher Sam Grace, who pitched a two-hitter at Harford Community College. Senior Cole Jarrett led the Lakers (21-5) with four hits.
— Glenn Graham
UMBC to play in Bahamas basketball tournament
The UMBC men's basketball team will compete in the inaugural Bimini Jam and face Air Force in the tournament's opening game Nov. 16. The Retrievers will also take on High Point and South Dakota in games which will conclude Nov. 19. The Junkanoo Jam and the Bimini Jam will tip off Nov. 14 and run through Nov. 20 at Gateway Christian Academy in Bimini, Bahamas. For more information, go to junkanoojam.com.
More men's college basketball: Ivo Simovic joined Loyola Maryland as an assistant coach. Simovic was most recently an assistant at University of North Carolina at Charlotte for the 2017-18 season.