Shining at Camden Yards
La Plata baseball players play in Brooks Robinson All-Star game
In many respects Sunday’s Brooks Robinson All-Star game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore represented both a conclusion and a beginning for a handful of players from Southern Maryland Athletic Conference schools.
La Plata High School graduates Taylor Cook, Tyler Stockwell and Scott Logue not only had the chance to play in Sunday’s senior all-star game that followed on the heels of the Baltimore Orioles’ 11-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, all three of them were on the field for the game’s final out as the South squad defeated the North team, 5-2.
Cook, who is headed to Alderson-Broadus College in West Virginia this fall, played the entire game at second base and went 1 for 3 at the plate, delivering the game’s first two runs with a single in the
bottom of the third inning. Stockwell caught for four different pitchers, including Logue, going 2 for 3 with a double and scored a run. Logue pitched a perfect seventh to get the save, fanning the last batter of the game.
“It was just an amazing feeling to walk out onto that field and look up into the stands,” Cook said. “But the time we started the place was pretty empty, but you could get a sense of how big the place was and what it must be like to play there every game. It was something that I will truly never forget.”
Stockwell caught the odd innings and was fortunate enough to be behind the plate when Logue entered for the seventh. The tandem had become quite familiar with
one another during their seasons at La Plata and the battery was an integral part of the Warriors successful run to the Class 2A state title. The outcome of Sunday’s game was secondary to the overall experience.
“I’ll never forget what it was like just walking onto the field for the first time,” said Stockwell, who is headed to Rider University in New Jersey to play baseball and major in accounting. “It was just incredible to think of all the great players who have played there since it opened. Stepping into the batter’s box at Camden Yards was an unbelievable feeling.”
Leonardtown graduate Bowen Plagge actually had the game’s first hit and later Cook delivered the game’s first two runs.
“Honestly, with the season that I had I was hoping that I would get selected,” said Plagge, who is deciding between Auburn and Towson
for this fall. “When I heard that I got selected, you better know what it felt like. We were the home team and they called our name before the field. The grass is so soft, the hops were perfect. It was wonderful. It was amazing.
“Earlier in the at-bat, I was a little nervous. I fouled off a few pitches and then I knew I could hit this kid. I managed to muscle it up the middle. My mind was racing. I couldn’t believe that I got a hit in Camden Yards. In SMAC, you’re taught to not be friends with the other kids. When you’re in the same dugout there’s a tremendous amount of respect for one another. I’ve known those guys for a long time. This whole Brooks Robinson All-Star game brought us closer together.”
Stockwell, who was accustomed to having a courtesy runner during his playing days with the Warriors, doubled, took third on
a passed ball and then scored on a single.
“I remember running as hard as I could because I did not want to get thrown out at Camden Yards,” Stockwell said of his double. “Then I’m used to having someone run for me. But I stayed in and went to third on a passed ball and scored on a base hit. It was amazing touching home plate at Camden Yards.”
Northern graduate Bryce Rogers-Black, who is headed to Radford University next week to begin his summer workouts, officially went 0 for 2 plus a walk, but he enjoyed the experience of playing first base for the South team alongside a quartet of longtime SMAC opponents.
“My first time up I had a 10-pitch at-bat and finally got walked,” Rogers-Black said. “Then the next time up I grounded out to second base and the last time up
I lined out to center field. But it was just an unbelievable feeling to walk onto that field [on Sunday]. I think I was truly bug-eyed the whole time I was out there. It was definitely the most incredible feeling that I have ever had.”
La Plata head coach John Childers watched the action unfold from behind home plate and was pleased to see the contributions that his former players made throughout the contest.
“It was really special to see all of those guys on the field for the final inning,” Childers said. “Scotty pitched a perfect seventh and struck out the last batter of the game. Taylor played the whole game and Tyler played every other inning. All of the [SMAC] players had a good showing on Sunday. That was a great way for them to end their playing days together.”
La Plata High School graduates Scott Logue, Taylor Cook and Tyler Stockwell don their jerseys for the Brooks Robinson All-Star game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday. Logue pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn the save, Cook went 2 for 3 with a double and Stockwell went 1 for 3 to help the South Squad defeat the North squad 5-2 in the annual contest.