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Four Ole Miss Freshman Join Dutchmen for 2019 Season

By: Christian De Guzman

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Dutchmen continue their relationship with the SEC by adding four exciting young players from the 18th ranked Ole Miss Rebels to the 2019 roster. Infielder Justin Bench, outfielder Josh Hall, and right-handed pitchers Logan Savell and Jacob Steinberg will continue their year as teammates when they play in front of the Dutchmen fans at Connors Park this summer.

A 6’0” right-handed hitter, Bench has played in six games this season, hitting .250 with two RBIs. A graduate from Calvary Christian High School in Clearwarter, Florida, he was a three-time golden glove award winner and recorded one error between his sophomore and senior seasons. He also won the Warrior Award and the Athlete of the Year Award his senior year.

“Justin is making an impact so far for Ole Miss,” said Dutchmen Head Coach Nick Davey. “He will play a key role for the Rebels as the season goes on. I see Justin playing both middle infield spots for us this summer and being a major part of what we do in the top part of our lineup when he arrives.”

Hall has played in 12 games so far for the Rebels and has specialized as a pinch runner – going 5-5 on stolen base attempts and scoring seven runs. The left-handed hitting Hall graduated from Homewood High School in Birmingham, Alabama where he earned a multitude of awards and records. Perhaps most impressively, he holds the record for most stolen bases in the United States with 224 during his high school career. Hall also owns the single-season record for stolen bases with 82 his senior season. He was named a first team All-American in 2016 and 2018 by Collegiate Baseball.

“Josh will be one of the most electrifying players we’ve had just because of what he can do on the bases,” said Davey. “Don’t be surprised if he breaks some Dutchmen and PGCBL records in the stolen base category. His speed will be a game changer this summer on the bases and in the outfield.”

Savell, a 6’4” right-hander, graduated from Madison Central High School in Madison, Mississippi where he compiled a 2.31 career ERA in 84.2 innings pitched. He was named to the All-District teams in 2017 and 2018 and won the state championship with Madison Central in 2016. He was ranked the number six right-handed pitcher out of Mississippi by Perfect Game in 2018.

“Logan is a young arm with tremendous upside,” said Davey. “As he gets his legs underneath him, and as the summer goes on, he will probably be dominant and fun to watch.”

Another right-hander, the 6’2” Steinburg graduated from St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C. where he spent time at third base, outfield, and on the mound. He won four WCAC championships with St. John’s College and was named a first team pitcher his senior year and a first team utility player his sophomore year. Steinberg threw a no-hitter his senior year and finished his high school career with a 19-4 record.

“Max Cioffi (Dutchmen ’18) promised me that we will enjoy watching Jacob on the bump this summer,” said Davey. “Max called him an absolute bulldog and competitor, and someone that gets better every time out on the mound.”

Albany starts the 2019 PGCBL season on the road Friday, May 31st at 7:05 p.m. against the Saugerties Stallions. The first home game for the Dutchmen is on Saturday, June 1st at 5:05 p.m. against the Glens Falls Dragons. For ticket information and more, visit dutchmenbaseball.com.



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