Brewers draft Calvert Hall's Stokes in fourth round

Blue Jays pick Spalding's Ryan Metzler in ninth

June 07, 2014|Sports Digest

Baseball

Brewers draft Stokes; Blue Jays pick Metzler

Calvert Hall outfielder Troy Stokes was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft Friday. Stokes went 116th overall. He was an All-Metro first-team selection this season, and batted .325 with four doubles and three home runs for the No. 4 Cardinals. Asked for his initial reaction upon hearing the news, Stokes said: "Just a big smile." Stokes is committed to play at Maryland next season. He said Friday that he's not ready to comment on whether he'll go to school or head to the minor leagues, adding that he will decide within the next couple of days with the help of his family. Lou Eckerl, Stokes' baseball coach at Calvert Hall, said he wasn't surprised that his star outfielder was drafted. Eckerl pointed to Stokes' natural talent and work ethic as the reasons scouts attended most of his games over the years. "He's put in a lot of extra time and effort to make sure he was a good player," Eckerl said. "We knew there was a good chance he might get drafted, but you're never 100 percent certain. But when guys keep coming game after game after game to see your player, you know that something good might come of it." Stokes was a four-year starter at Calvert Hall, and has been attracting scouts since he was an eighth grader, Eckerl said. Stokes said it was a dream of his to get drafted and someday play in the major leagues. "I had a good summer, and then the pro teams started to call and started sending questionnaires," Stokes said. "That's when I realized that this could become a reality."

Cody Goodwin

Metzler drafted, too: Ryan Metzler, a Glen Burnie resident and Archbishop Spalding graduate, was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth round. The infielder was the 264th overall selection and the ninth pick in the round. Metzler just completed his junior year at South Carolina Aiken, where he finished the year with a .365 batting average, four home runs, 42 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 53 games. An All-Metro first-team selection after his senior season at Spalding, Metzler batted .515 and led the team with 15 stolen bases. He played a year at Siena before transferring to South Carolina Aiken. He was also named to the Brooks Robinson All-Star team that year. After graduating from Spalding in 2011 — a year in which he was voted the team's Most Valuable Player — Metzler played for one year at Siena before transfering to USC Aiken. He started all 55 games in his sophomore year for the Pacers at second base. That season, he was a Peach Belt Conference All-Conference first-team selection and a Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region first-team selection. Although he was drafted as a second baseman, Metzler has also played some games at shortstop for the Pacers.

Jonathan Munshaw

Et cetera

Bayhawks beaten in 2OT by Rattlers on Thursday

Attackman Kevin Leveille scored 41/2 minutes into the second overtime as the host Rochester Rattlers handed the Chesapeake Bayhawks an 8-7 loss Thursday night in Major League Lacrosse. A slashing penalty on defenseman Michael Evans (Johns Hopkins, South River) gave Rochester a power play, and rookie attackman Myles Thompson made the extra pass to Leveille, who went one-on-one with goalie Kip Turner (Severn) and ended the game with a sidearm bounce shot to the far corner. Dave Cottle Chesapeake failed to score on a power-play opportunity in the second overtime period. Midfielder Steven Brooks drew a holding penalty on short-stick defenseman Donny Moss, but the Bayhawks got off just one shot, which was knocked down. Turner made a season-high 18 saves to hold Rochester (4-2) five goals below its season average. Attackman Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) scored two goals and midfielder Joe Walters (Maryland) had two assists in his debut for Chesapeake (1-5), which suffered its fourth straight loss. Midfielder Ben Hunt (Severna Park) returned after missing three games with an injury to contribute a goal and an assist.

WNBA: Former Mystics swingman Marissa Coleman (Maryland) scored 20 points and the visiting Indiana Fever rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit for a 64-61 win over host Washington. The Mystics rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter and had a chance to tie, but Bria Hartley's 3-point attempt was blocked by Natasha Howard with 2.8 seconds left.

Whitewater: Former world champion Fabien Lefevre of Bethesda qualified for today's K1 and C1 men's semifinals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Lee Valley, England.

College wrestling: Navy named Nate Engel, a current member of USA Wrestling, an assistant coach.

Women's college lacrosse: Franklin & Marshall senior attacker Caroline Krohn (Towson), Salisbury junior midfielder Bethany Baer (Westminster), Salisbury junior defender Laura Maskell (Marriotts Ridge) and Salisbury senior goalie Ashton Wheatley and were named to the Lacrosse Magazine Division III All-America team.

College baseball: Former UMBC pitcher Kevin Loewe (Perry Hall) and infielder Jeff Berman (Dulaney) were named to the Big South Conference all-decade team for 1990 to 1999. ... Salisbury (37-9) finished the season ranked No. 7 in the D3Baseball.com poll and No. 6 in the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball rankings.

College softball: Salisbury pitcher Rachel Johnson was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Pitcher of the Year. Lebanon Valley freshman Sammy Bost (Liberty) was named Rookie of the Year.

Men's college water polo: Recent Johns Hopkins graduate Thomas de Lyon was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America at-large first team.

Women's college tennis: Recent Johns Hopkins graduate Hailey Hogan was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America at-large third team.

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