My Team: 8U-A 2018

Mike Costello joined the Warriors coaching staff in the Fall of 2017. He currently dedicates his time to the 8U-A travel team as primary hitting coach, BP machine, and head cheerleader. In his inaugural season, he helped lead 13 young Warriors to a 10-3 record, but more importantly taught them all how to “Load and Explode”, (c) Mike Costello, 2017.

Mike, a product of Baltimore’s Archbishop Curley High School, played his college ball at Towson University. At Towson, Mike set several individual records, including most hits in a single-game (5 against William & Mary in 2003), most intentional walks in a single-season (31 in 2003), and most sunflower seeds eaten in a single-inning (4,712 during the 4th inning against James Madison in 2003).

On May 6, 2003, Mike was named co-national hitter of the week by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Costello batted .542 with a double, six homers, 10 runs scored and 12 RBI as Towson went 6-1 that week. In the Tigers’ 3-game CAA series sweep of Drexel, Costello was 10-for-11 (.909) with five homers, nine runs scored and 10 RBI. He was 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in the opener, 4-for-5 with two homers and three RBI in game two and 2-for-2 with two homers and four RBI in Game 3. He also homered in a 6-3 win over Maryland earlier in the week. Mike also had 0 stolen bases during the span.

The offensive surge caught the eye of several professional scouts and Mike signed his first professional contract with the Orioles in 2004.