OLNEY—On April 17, the two best high school baseball teams in Montgomery County squared off as Bethesda-Chevy Chase, playing as the “home team,” took on the undefeated Sherwood.
Despite the disadvantage of playing their home game on the Warriors’ home field, B-CC (11-1) showed up with good pitching and thanks to a walk-off RBI error from freshman designated hitter Beck Urofsky, was able to knock off Sherwood from the unbeaten ranks for the 3-2 victory.
“It feels great for sure,” said Urofsky. “I feel like we deserve it, because we’ve been playing really hard. It’s a big statement win.”
The game turned out to be a very low-scoring affair, thanks to some solid pitching from Barons senior James Springer and Sherwood senior Ben Vok, both of whom pitched the entire contest. Both teams had not scored a run until the top of the third, when a wild pitch from Springer resulted in junior shortstop Luke Cheng making his way from third base to home plate to put the Warriors on the board first.
However, in the bottom half of the same inning, Barons senior outfielder John Hemmer’s grounder resulted in a throwing error to first, which led to junior outfielder Joe Eisenberg’s scoring from second to tie the game at 1-1.
Besides the mound, Vok proved himself worthy in the batter’s box. In the top of the fourth, Vok hit a leadoff triple, which resulted in him scoring on a passed ball two at-bats later.
With the score 2-1 in favor of Sherwood, it seemed like the Warriors would stay undefeated, as neither team scored a run for the next two innings.
Then the bottom of the seventh came, as Vok was looking to put this game away. Unfortunately, he started off shaky, as he walked senior outfielder Coulson Hamblett and hit junior catcher Parker Silver with a pitch, allowing the first two hitters on base. While he did get the next two batters out, a single from Hemmer loaded the bases, adding pressure on Vok.
The next batter was the freshman Urofsky, who previously got walked and struck out twice. With a 3-1 count, Urofsky hit what looked like a routine grounder near third base.
However, the ball went through Sherwood third baseman Bradshaw Steeley’s legs and into left field, allowing Hamblett and Silver to score and give B-CC the upset victory over the Warriors (11-1).
“I feel terrible,” said Vok. “I felt like we had the game in the bag. Events in the end changed the outcome.”
Vok said he felt comfortable on the mound until he got tired toward the end, which led to him giving up the walk-off error. “I was hoping it didn’t happen, but it did.”
Sherwood Head Coach Sean Davis also felt dejected following the loss. “We just didn’t play clean enough to win,” said Davis. “They scored the runs obviously on the two-run error there in the seventh. We kind of gave them what they needed. I’m kind of disappointed in how we gave runs to them.”
Meanwhile, Barons Head Coach John Schmidt gave a lot of praise to his opponent Wednesday afternoon.
“Sherwood’s a very well-coached team,” said Schmidt. “They’re the best team in the county, in my opinion. And to come through and just battle for seven innings, that was huge for us.”
Schmidt also gave praise to Urofsky, whom he said may be a freshman, but “isn’t playing like a freshman.” He also had nice things to say about Springer.
“Hands down that’s the best one of the year,” said Schmidt. “He’s given us a shot at every game. He’s only lost to Whitman. With him on the mound, I think we can hang with anybody.”
Springer said he also felt comfortable on the mound, and looks forward to meeting Sherwood later in the season.
“They were ranked No. 2 in the state coming into today,” said Springer. “It proves we can hang with them. I know we’re going to see them later in the season, later in the playoffs. I want to get them again, so we can be ahead of them.”