President's Cup baseball all-star game set to be played Tuesday at Camden Yards

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.

The President’s Cup, a baseball all-star game pitting a team of players from Baltimore City public schools against one from area private schools, returns June 5 to Camden Yards after a year’s absence.

“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.

“You guys are living a dream,” onetime Orioles center fielder Al Bumbry told the high school baseball players, part of a contingent that will play in the seventh President’s Cup all-star game at the ballpark at 3 p.m. on June 5.

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