Shin­ing at Cam­den Yards

La Plata base­ball play­ers play in Brooks Robin­son All-Star game

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

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.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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