Cutler concludes career with multiple awards

Published 4:19 pm Thursday, June 1, 2023

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Former Southside High School and current University of Maryland Eastern Shore Division I baseball standout Brantley Cutler has received several end of season baseball honors.

Cutler, a senior, was recognized at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics awards banquet with the 2023 UMES Hawks Baseball Most Valuable Player award.

He earned national recognition with a spot on the 2023 Black College Nines HBCU Large School Post Season Elite First Team as one of the top three outfielders at “Large School” HBCUs across the nation.

 Cutler was also part of the All-Northeast Conference First Team.  The Northeast Conference (NEC) is comprised of seven NEC schools and four former MEAC schools (Eleven Division I Schools).  As a first team selection, Cutler was recognized as one of the top three outfielders in the 11-Team Northeast Conference (NEC) and was the only MEAC athlete on the first team.

He was recognized twice earlier this year by the Northeast Conference (NEC) with a Weekly Prime Performer Award.

Cutler was the only Hawk to start all 55 games (including the NEC post season tournament.  Cutler led the Hawks in batting average (.335), on-base percentage (.400) and slugging percentage (.550).  He led the team in total hits (70), doubles (16), triples (1) and home runs (9) and with 49 RBIs.  He set a UMES single season record with 115 total bases and also tied the UMES single season record with his 70 hits.  He also finished second in the UMES single season record book for home runs (9) and RBIs (49) and was in the NEC top 10 in average, slugging percentage, OPS, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI.

While at Southside High School in 2017 & 2018 Cutler played for former head coach Kevin McRoy and was named 2017 & 2018 Washington Daily News First Team All-Area, 2017 & 2018 Coastal Plains All-Conference and 2017 & 2018 Southside High School Offensive Player of the Year while batting .444 and .471.  He was also a 2017 WITN Pepsi Player of the Week,

Cutler is the first D1 athlete from Southside High School.  In 2018, he led his summer Beaufort County Senior Legion team with a .514 average. In 2020, Cutler helped lead his collegiate summer team, the Tarboro River Bandits, to a 2020 CVCL Tournament Championship and was named Tournament MVP batting .400 with four home runs, with two coming in the opening game.