Wal­dorf wins District 7 ti­tle

Bot­torf, Wright each strong as Big League base­ball squad sweeps

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

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

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