Waldorf wins District 7 title
Bottorf, Wright each strong as Big League baseball squad sweeps
En route to capturing the Maryland District 7 Big League baseball championship series against Calvert American Little League on Wednesday evening, the Waldorf squad got 12 combined shutout innings from pitchers Cody Bottorf and Sam Wright in the doubleheader sweep at Robert D. Stethem Memorial Park in Waldorf.
Waldorf coasted to a 6-0 victory in the opener, which began Tuesday and completed Wednes- day after weather halted play the previous night, as Bottorf picked up the win after holding Calvert scoreless for 5 1/3 innings, then Wright retired the five batters he
faced to preserve the win in a non-save situation.
In the final, Calvert scored three runs against Waldorf starter Ryan Barnett in the second inning, but Wright tossed five shutout innings to garner the win as Waldorf prevailed, 4-3.
“Our pitching and our defense were both very good tonight,” said Waldorf coach Dale Schnoor, whose team is scheduled to play again at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stethem Park in the state tournament against either Salisbury or Talbot. The state final is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday with an “if” game to follow at 3 p.m. should it be needed. “When you get the type of pitching that we did tonight, you don’t need to score many runs. Cody and Sam both pitched very well tonight.”
After being blanked in the opener, Calvert looked poised to send the bestof-three tournament to a third game on Thursday. With the bases loaded and two outs, Barnett walked Preston Worley to force in one run, hit opposing hurler Ryan Chupp with a pitch to push another run across then Waldorf catcher Matt Schnoor committed a throwing error that enabled Calvert to claim a 3-0 lead.
Waldorf immediately answered with two unearned runs in the bottom of the second against Chupp. Alan Ashford drew a bases loaded walk, then Barnett scored when Nick Russell grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. With two outs and Worley on third, Chupp struck out Austin Ball to end the threat and preserve the lead momentarily.
Waldorf scored two more runs in the bottom of the third against Chupp, who struggled to throw strikes. Bottorf had a one-out single, then Ben Rosche and Schnoor both walked to load the bases. Chupp fanned Barnett, but he issued consecutive walks to Taras Watkins and Ashford to force in two more runs, giving Waldorf a 4-3 lead it would not relinquish.
As was the case in the late stages of the opener, Wright was virtually unhittable over the last five innings of the nightcap as neither team scored again. Wright fanned 10 batters and limited Calvert to two hits, one walk and one hit batter over the last five innings to garner the win. He threw strikes on 55 of 83 pitches in the nightcap after throwing strikes on 9 of 11 pitches in the opener.
“Both pitchers were really good tonight,” said Schnoor, who caught both games. “Sam’s curveball was really working, especially in the late innings. Cody was really hitting his spots in the first game. He had great movement on his pitches and really good command. When you have pitchers that throw strikes and get ahead early [in the count], it makes it that much tougher on the hitters.”
Calvert got two runners aboard in the third, but one reached on a thirdstrike wild pitch as Wright collected four strikeouts in the inning. He walked one batter in the fourth and hit a batter in the sixth, but neither advanced as both were erased on base running mistakes. Those missed opportunities did not escape Calvert coach Steve Wolf.
“We had some scoring chances, but we could not come up with the timely hits,” Wolf said. “I think a lot of that was due to their pitchers. They were fantastic. They had handled us pretty good when we played them before, so for us to be up 3-0 and then only get beat 4-3 was a really good performance. I’m