SANDY SPRING — In its first four games of the 2018 season, the Sherwood Warriors has been put up to difficult challenges in every contest.
This varsity baseball team, however, has aced every single one.
Facing the visiting Poolesville Falcons, the number two-ranked team in Montgomery County and the defending 3A state champions, the home team fell behind early, but behind a dominant pitching performance, and an offensive jolt from the two stars of the lineup, the Sherwood Warriors remained undefeated, and firmly took their place as the top team in Montgomery County, defeating Poolesville 5-2.
“We knew we had to do a lot of things right to be in the game,” Sherwood head coach Sean Davis said. “And the kids came through.”
In the third inning, Poolesville grabbed the first runs of the game. Jimmy Dutton started the rally for the Falcons, with an infield single. Pre-season all-state selection Brady Pearre also recorded a single in the inning. Dutton and Pearre advanced to third and second respectively, and with two outs, Luke Trythall drove them both in with a single to left field. Poolesville took a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Sherwood’s stars, Ben Vok and pre-season all-state selection Michael Bouma got the Warriors back in the game. Vok reached on a walk, followed by Bouma being hit in the foot with a pitch. JP Yore was able to drive in Vok with a single to right, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
After allowing two runs in the third inning, Sherwood starting pitcher Trevor McCormick turned on cruise control. McCormick sat down nine consecutive batters, not allowing a Poolesville base runner from the fourth through sixth innings.
In the fifth inning, Vok and Bouma stepped up to the plate again, and kicked off another rally. Vok led off the inning with a double to deep center field. Just a few pitches later, Vok rounded third and scored on a Bouma single to center. Later in the inning, Joey Hunt laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt, driving in Yore from third, and putting the Warriors in the lead, 3-2. Sherwood added one more run in fifth with a hit-by-pitch when the bases were loaded.
With McCormick dominating the middle innings of the game, the fifth inning rally was more than enough for Sherwood. The Warriors scored a fifth run in the bottom of the sixth, as Vok came in to score for the third time in the game.
Poolesville finally got a runner on base in the seventh inning, but Sherwood slammed the door shut, quickly thwarting out any beginning of a Poolesville rally. Sherwood won the game 5-2.
McCormick pitched six innings for the Warriors, allowing just two runs, four hits and not a single base runner in the fourth, fifth or sixth inning. McCormick has been the pitcher in each of Sherwood’s best wins this season, against Poolesville and Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
“Just gutsy,” Davis said of McCormick’s performance. “I don’t think his heart rate ever elevates. Just kind of a stone-face, ice-cold, and he just pounds the zone and gets outs. He did a great job today.”
“I’m feeling pretty good, but I’m never really satisfied,” McCormick said.
Vok and Bouma have been the catalysts for Sherwood all season long, and that was no different against Poolesville. Each got on base every time they were at the plate. Vok went three-for-three with a walk and three runs scored. Bouma was one-for-one with two walks and a hit-by-pitch as well as an RBI.
“Life is good when the top is rolling,” Davis said.
“I was just having a day,” Vok said of his performance.
It may be early in the season, but no other team can match the resume that Sherwood boats. The Warriors have beat each of the other top teams in the County: Poolesville, B-CC, Whitman, and Northwest, the defending 4A state champion. The Warriors are 4-0, and have only allowed six total runs in their four games. They have certainly claimed their place as the undisputed top team in Montgomery County.
However, Vok isn’t as concerned with how the Warriors are ranked. “It doesn’t matter how good we are,” Vok said. “We just have to be better than everybody else.”
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