Scouting report: baseball state finals

Chesapeake-AA in 4A game

C. Milton Wright to play for 3A title

May 27, 2010|By Rich Scherr, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Class 4A

No. 11 CHESAPEAKE-AA (18-7) vs. SHERWOOD (17-3)

Time: Friday, 7:30

Outlook: The Cougars have been on a role of late, recovering from a spate of early-season injuries to win six straight and outscore playoff opponents by a combined 46-11. Standout pitcher and shortstop Mike Marsh (7-2, 1.83 ERA), who earlier this season missed three weeks with a broken ankle, will get the start on the mound. The senior recently has been on a tear at the plate, hitting five homers in the past six games, including two in Tuesday's 9-1 semifinal win over Urbana. If he falters, senior Jason Seitler, who struck out 12 vs. Urbana, will be waiting in the wings. Chesapeake is seeking its second state title in its first trip to the finals since 1997. Sherwood, from Montgomery County, has won eight straight overall and is seeking its second state title in three years. The Warriors are led by junior left-hander Will Bouey (8-2, 1.57 ERA), who on Tuesday no-hit Eleanor Roosevelt, striking out 13 and allowing just three balls out of the infield in a 5-0 semifinal win.

Class 3A

HUNTINGTOWN (21-4) vs. No. 1 C. MILTON WRIGHT (22-0)

Time: Saturday, 7

Outlook: C. Milton Wright has advanced to the final five previous times, only to come up empty. This time around, however, the top-ranked and unbeaten Mustangs appear to have their best shot yet, facing a team they defeated earlier this season. Back in April, C. Milton Wright topped Huntingtown, 3-2, with junior Bobby Ruse going the distance and allowing five hits. This time, the Mustangs' other ace, Georgia Tech-bound senior Brad Markey (8-0, 0.50 ERA, 49 strikeouts, four walks), will likely get the start. The right-hander has recorded four shutouts, including a no-hitter of Towson in the regionals. Huntingtown, champion of the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference, advanced to its second state final with a 2-1 win over Quince Orchard in 10 innings, and has now won six straight, outscoring opponents 41-4 in the playoffs. The Hurricanes, in fact, have scored double-digit runs 14 times this season, while recording seven shutouts.

Rich Scherr

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