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Without varsity baseball team, Riverdale Baptist rebuilding program that finished No. 1 last year

In mid-February, Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) baseball head coach Aaron Graves sent an email to USA TODAY High School Sports.

“I am the new head baseball coach and I am rebuilding the entire program.”

Rebuilding the program? How can that be? Last season, Riverdale Baptist was the best baseball team in the country.

The Crusaders went 31-1 and finished as the No. 1 team in the Super 25. They recorded a 97-5 record over a three-season stretch. The team was set to return players including Jordan Peyton (8-0, 1.49 ERA), Trendon Craig (.352 batting average) and Noah Marshall (6-0, 1.27 ERA).

But now they don’t have a varsity team.

Last year’s head coach, Ryan Terrill, accepted an assistant coaching job at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County...

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