2016 Team Preview: Bishop McNamara

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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2016 high school season, we will be taking a glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Bishop McNamara
Nickname: Mustangs
Class: Private
Conference: WCAC
Head Coach:  Anthony Sosnoskie
Years as HC:  2nd   
Twitter: @BMHS_Baseball
2015 Record: 6-18
2015 Conference Record: 2-14
2015 Post Season: Lost in first round in WCAC

Returning Starters/Position: 9
Returning Starters/Pitcher: 4

Players with Post-Season Honors
Kyle Benjamin: 2nd Team WCAC INF
Chase Ragsdale: 2nd Team WCAC OF
Will Vickers: Honorable Mention OF
Tim Hanible: Honorable Mention OF

Players to Watch
OF Chase Ragsdale 2016 (Harford CC)
SS Kyle Benjamin 2016 (UMBC)
OF Tim Hanible 2017
INF/RHP Maceo Campbell 2017
INF Winston Davis 2017
RHP Jake Thomas 2017

Season Outlook
Bishop McNamara looks like they should improve upon their 2015 with the entire starting lineup returning. Leading the charge are returning all WCAC 2nd ?? Team performers OF Chase Ragsdale and SS Kyle Benjamin. Ragsdale is one of the fastest players in the state and will be a menace on the basepaths again this year for the Mustangs. He hit .407 in his junior campaign and garnered a PBR Maryland 3rd Team All-State honor. Benjamin hit .294 last season while manning the shortstop position and will anchor the defense once again. Others to keep an eye on for the Mustang offense this season include senior Kendall Jordan and juniors Winston Davis, Tim Hanible (.310 BA last season), Will Vickers and Josh Chamber. The Mustangs will rely on great team speed with seven players in the lineup that should have double-digit stolen base seasons.

The pitching staff for the Mustangs this year is deep and will be led by juniors Maceo Campbell and Jake Thomas. Campbell was a pitcher whose name grew over the summer with his arm strength and is looking to build upon that this season on the McNamara rotation. Thomas is a lanky projectable right-hander with more in the tank and will be another to keep an eye on. Though the Mustangs return four arms that should compete in the rotation, they will still need to find a few players that will solidify their bull pen and help finish out games.  

The Mustangs have done a nice job of building up young talent and that should begin to come to fruition this season. Keep an eye on Bishop McNamara this season as they could be a surprise team in the tough WCAC.