Speedy Good on fast track at CCBC-Essex

Alumni Report

May 10, 2006|By BILL FREE | BILL FREE,SUN REPORTER

CCBC-Essex second baseman Devin Good wasn't kidding when he said, "I can run like crazy."

Just ask the major league and collegiate scouts who keep coming back to see the former Southern-Baltimore player run the bases.

Or his CCBC-Essex coach George Henderson who has watched the 18-year-old sophomore, who runs the 60-meter dash in 6.3 seconds and the 40 in 4.38, score from second "three or four times on bunts."

"When he goes from first to third, you would swear he was cheating, that he cut across the field," said Henderson of his popular 5-foot-8, 160-pound leadoff hitter. "He flies. He electrifies everybody on our ballclub, and the other teams do everything to keep him off the bases.

"Devin Good is the best two-year guy, back-to-back, I've ever had in college in 28 years," added Henderson, who was an assistant coach for the highly successful Leone's sandlot baseball team in Baltimore, on which future Hall of Famers Al Kaline and Reggie Jackson played.

Good has stolen 84 bases in 87 attempts over two years.

"I think he might get signed," Henderson said. "Atlanta is hot on him and the Orioles have seen him. He looks and smiles like Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson and is just the nicest kid who does his talking on the field."

Good said the Chicago White Sox are also interested in him.

His base-running feats have become so well-known in junior college circles that Good's hitting exploits are often overlooked.

He was fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II in hitting last season (.478) and is fifth this year in NJCAA hitting (.462) through Sunday.

Black in regionals

Elon senior Alana Black (Wilde Lake) qualified for the NCAA East Regionals by turning in a school-record time of 4 minutes, 26.6 seconds in the 1,500-meter run April 30 at the Southern Conference championships.

Black finished second in the 1,500, earning All-Southern Conference honors. On April 15, the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar beat her two-year-old school record in the 800 of 2:14.05 by running in 2:13.02.

Graham top athlete

Sophomore soccer standout Eric Graham (Liberty) has been named the 2005-06 Outstanding Male Athlete at Potomac State Junior College (W.Va.).

Graham was the team captain and won the Coach's Award last season and will transfer to Davis & Elkins College, where he will continue his soccer career this fall.

Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail.com or by phone at 410-833-5349.

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