Patriots Sign Five for Baseball in Early Period

Posted: December 18, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Five baseball recruits, including four local players, have signed national letters of intent with George Mason for the 2003-04 academic year. The five recruits are Dan Jaycox, a right-handed pitcher from Hatfield, Penn.; J.J. Pannell, a right-handed pitcher from Springfield, Va.; Brett Rembold, a right-handed pitcher/first baseman from Chantilly, Va.; Chris Romanow, a first baseman/third baseman from Sterling, Va.; and Billy Tinsley, a left-handed pitcher from Vienna, Va.

“We have put a huge emphasis over the past four years into keeping the best local players here in Northern Virginia,” says Bill Brown, who enters his 22nd season as the head coach of the Patriot program. “We have done that again with this early-signing class.”

Jaycox is a senior at North Penn High School, where he was a teammate of current Patriot freshman Jason Mills. He was 4-0 with five saves last spring and did not allow an earned run. He was a starting pitcher for his American Legion team which won the Pennsylvania state championship, and was selected to the state East-West All-Star Game.

Pannell and Tinsley are senior teammates at Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va., the same school that produced current Patriot senior outfielder Evan Howard. Tinsley earned first-team all-state honors for Virginia Independent Schools and was 7-1 with a 1.20 earned run average (ERA) last spring for O’Connell, striking out 84 in 65 innings. Pannell was 7-0 with a 0.71 earned run average and struck out 90 in 52 innings playing for American Legion Post 176 last summer, and he was invited to participate in the Perfect Game/Baseball America World Championship in Jupiter, Fla., earlier this month.

Rembold is a senior at Chantilly High School. A two-time All-Concorde District first-team selection, he also was an All-Northern Region pick and was cited as a “Top Performer” by The Washington Post after pitching a perfect game in a 1-0 victory over South Lakes. For American Legion Post 1995 last summer, he was 6-1 with a 2.96 ERA as a pitcher and batted .370 with four home runs and 32 runs batted in (RBI).

Romanow is a senior at Potomac Falls High School. The switch-hitter is a three-time All-Dulles District first-team choice and was an All-Region II pick as a sophomore. Last spring, he batted .375 with three home runs and 22 RBI, and he batted .390 with two home runs and 30 RBI with the Fairfax Barnstormers last summer.

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