July 12 - Potomac catcher and right-handed pitcher Braden Mack committed earlier today to play at Cornell University, Panthers coach Mike Covington has confirmed.
A member of the NOVA Nine Team and a second-team Class 5 all-state selection as a junior this spring, Mack will join his older brother, Brody, in playing at the Division I level. Brody Mack is an incoming freshman outfielder and left-handed pitcher at the College of William & Mary.
“At Cornell, I’ll become a part of a tight knit baseball family,” Mack wrote via text message. “It will be a big change going to school in New York, but I know for a fact I will continue to make memories in the year to come and keep everyone close to me.
“I want to thank everybody who’s supported me along the way including family, coaches, friends, and the Cornell staff for giving me this opportunity.”
Mack hit .449 a .552 on-base percentage, 31 hits and 25 RBI and went 6-1 with a 0.79 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 35 innings as Potomac won the Cardinal District championship this spring.
“I’m excited for Braden, capping off a great junior season with a commitment to a phenomenal university,” Covington wrote via text message. “He is Potomac baseball’s first Ivy Leaguer, I believe.”
Mack is playing this summer with the Marucci Stars travel program. The Big Red coaches offered him after seeing his at a tournament at the Diamond Nation complex in New Jersey.
At Cornell, he will join former Flint Hill standout Justin Taylor, a rising sophomore infielder. The Big Red went 14-24 this past season under coach Dan Pepicelli.
Covington reaffirmed his admiration for both Mack brothers and what they have brought to his program both on and off the field. “Both are president of their graduating classes, great students, role models, first-class kids,” he wrote. “and obviously pretty good players as well.”
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