AMERICAN CORNER — A four-year varsity starter, Jamison Covey’s list of baseball accomplishments stretches back through a majority of his young life. After graduating from Colonel Richardson High in May, he’ll be adding to it in college.
Covey recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Harford Community College, a Junior College, or JuCo with a strong program on the diamond.
“I decided that my best course was JuCo,” said Covey. “Basically, their program is one of the best on this side of the country.
“The guys on my summer team, if they go to a junior college, then they go to a junior college in Texas or Florida,” said Covey, who had traveled as far as Louisiana last summer for a showcase team. “But I didn’t want to go to a college that’s, you know, 15 hours away, for 1-2 years and then have to transfer somewhere else.
“At Harford, yeah, it’s a two-year school,” Covey added. “but it’s not quite a two-hour drive from home.”
The Harford Owls have been playing some hot baseball in recent years, with an average record of 49-12 since 2015 under 13-year head coach Tom Eller, who picked up his 400th career win last spring. The Owls won 50 or more games in 2016 and 2017, and went 47-14 last year.
Covey will likely be a welcome addition.
Hitting better than .300 since the beginning of his sophomore season in 2017, Covey has roamed right field when not on the bump.
When he gets the ball, the lanky, 6’3” right-hander does even more damage. In 2016 as a 9th-grader, Covey went 6-1 on the mound, with a 2.91 earned-run average. In 40 innings of work, he struck out 31, and held opponents to a .233 batting average. His pitching was instrumental in his team’s 18-0 start and second straight North Bayside championship that year.
In 2017, he stepped it up another notch, going 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA, and 43 strikeouts against just eight walks in 36 innings. As a junior last spring, he was 5-1, with an even tougher 1-24 ERA, and 57 Ks in 30 innings on the hill. Opponents hit just .182 against Covey in 2018.
“It’s been a pleasure to have him,” Colonel baseball head coach Dan Mangum said. “There’s maybe a handful of kids in my career that I’ve had come up, start as a freshman. I think he had six wins as a freshman, and I know I’ve never had that.
“It’s just been a pleasure, and I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach him through all-stars,” Mangum added. “I got to coach him in all-stars, and with the [Mid-Shore] Bucks [travel team]. He’s always been a good player.”
“He’s a great kid,” Vince Manship, who also coached the Bucks with Mangum for the better part of a decade, adding with a laugh that, though he didn’t go to North Caroline like Manship’s own sons did, “I’m glad to see he’s gonna finally wear blue and white.
“I wish him all the best,” Manship added. “He’s a great ball player.”
What will Covey miss the most from his time on the diamond at Colonel?
“The guys, just the atmosphere of being here. ... And Mag,” he added with a laugh, referring to Mangum.
Jamison Covey is the son of Jay and Melanie Covey of Preston. He has two sisters, Danielle and Maddie.