#NationalSigningDay2021: Matthew Cunningham signs to play baseball at Mount St. Mary’s


Matthew Cunningham signs his National Letter of Intent with his family.

On February 3, Matthew Cunningham participated in National Signing Day and committed to play baseball at Mount St. Mary’s University. 

One big reason Cunningham chose Mount St. Mary’s is that they will allow him to play two ways, meaning he will be able to pitch and play shortstop. The proximity of the school and Matt’s respect for the coaching staff were also factors in his decision.

Matt has been playing baseball for twelve years, and he’s been playing for Linganore since his freshman year, rising to Varsity midway through his first season. He shined during his sophomore year, being selected first team for All-County and CMC. Matt would’ve played in his junior season; unfortunately, the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, Matt is excited to get back to playing baseball and hopeful for a spring season this year.

Matthew Cunningham throws a strike. (courtesy of Matthew Cunningham)

Matt reminisced upon his baseball career saying, “My favorite memory of playing for Linganore is when we mercy ruled TJ in 6 innings my sophomore year.” He went on to describe the events of the historic game. “I threw a one hitter, and it started off an 8-game win streak after losing our first 3.” 

Cunningham has played for the Frederick Hustlers, Mid-Atlantic Red Sox, and Mt. Airy Legion. He says that playing for the Hustlers is where he developed his love for the game, and playing for the Red Sox allowed him to see the best talent from across the country, something that prepared him for the collegiate level.

Cunningham said, “I’ll definitely miss the energy the team brings. I’ve never played on a team with this kind of energy.”

David Keiling, Linganore’s Varsity Head Coach, had high praise for Cunningham. He said, “Matt has shown improvement and willingness to put in the work to get better each year. He set a goal of playing division one baseball and never looked back. He does an exceptional job leading by example and is a major reason why we have a successful program.”

Matthew plans to be a part of Mount St. Mary’s School of Business and to continue to push himself in baseball and beyond.