WALDORF, Md. (WDVM) – It’s hard to write a better comeback story: lose the state championship game in 2019, lose the entire season to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and win the state championship in 2021.
The Sherwood high school baseball team, did just that, culminating its undefeated 2021 season as the MPSSAA 4A state champions, defeating No. 1 seed Severna Park, 5-4 in eight innings at Regency Furniture Stadium.
“Losing the way we did in 2019 and then losing the season last year, for these kids to come back and even get a state playoff is unbelievable in its own,” Sherwood baseball head coach Sean Davis, who has now won his first state title as a head coach, said. “Then they go on a run, get to the state final and then just pour their hearts into the game and come up with a huge win, it just makes me feel so good for them because they’re the ones that deserve most of the credit.”
Sherwood trailed 2-0 through four innings, but scored four runs to take a 4-2 lead in the fifth. Severna Park tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, and it took extra innings to settle the game. Sherwood took the lead in eighth, when sophomore infielder Ryan Bouma smacked an RBI double to center to score junior outfielder Nico Pernie for the game-winning running. Junior pitcher Steven Tameris closed the door in the bottom of the frame as junior outfielder Jake Shalvi made the game winning catch for an out in right field.
“When Shalvi caught that fly ball, it just felt unreal,” senior catcher Brendan Kleiman said. “I couldn’t even imagine the moment happening. It’s a feeling that I’ve been waiting for for so long and I’m so excited for our team.”
Senior pitcher Brett Seils pitched into the seventh inning, striking out ten batters. During his interview with WDVM after the game, seniors Jake Becker and Nick Presson doused him with water from a small bucket. The team that had a loss sit with them for more than two years, could finally relax.
“It means a lot, especially with what this group of seniors has gone through, missing last year when we had another solid team,” Seils, who will play collegiately at Towson told WDVM. “We’ve always had a solid program, a solid team going every single year, just never was able to come through with it and this year we were able to do it so the community was behind us, they knew what was happening, they were behind us this year.”
Sherwood finishes the season as the first undefeated team in program history.