Eight Maret seniors set to play baseball in college

April 11, 2013

Andrew Culp is just one of a slew of talented recruits on this year’s Frogs. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

Maret boasts eight seniors who have committed to play in college, quite a number for a school with 146 boys of high school age.

“For us, this is once in a lifetime,” 15th-year Coach Antoine Williams said. “I don’t think I’ll see this again in my high school career to have eight kids going on to play college baseball and two juniors who for sure will be college players the year after that.”

The number of college-bound players came about in part because seniors Matt Bainum (Pomona College) and Nick Leonard (Georgetown) at one point were on a travel team that had several other boys who were interested in attending Maret, Williams said. They, too, applied to attend the Northwest Washington private school.

Among the most notable of the Frogs (10-2) are catcher Austen Maggin (Lafayette), who is two home runs shy of tying the school record of 20, held by Sam Mulroy, a former Princeton catcher drafted in the 33rd round last year by the Los Angeles Angels. Maggin set the single-season school homer record last year with eight.

Andrew Culp (Tulane) threw six scoreless innings Tuesday in a loss to No. 8 Flint Hill. Shortstop Drew Reid (Harvard) is batting .621.

The others set to play in college are outfielders Daniel Becker (Colby) and Ted Daley (Washington University) and pitcher-first baseman Jamie Progebin (Macalester College).

“The challenge is that every day your lineup can be different, and if kids aren’t going well, you’ve got some other guys you can write into the lineup,” Williams said. “But at the same time, you don’t want to send the message that you didn’t get a hit today, so you’re not playing tomorrow. All of these kids are interchangeable. That’s really been a challenge for me balancing that.

“They’ve really made it easy and understand that this is a special situation and they’re not going to make it any harder than it has to be right now.”

Earlier this season, Maret won the Palm Bay Invitational in Florida. In early March, the Frogs lost 15-3 to No. 1 Riverdale Baptist but get to face the Crusaders at home on April 23.

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