Maryland 4A baseball

Multitalented Bolen helps Sherwood win Maryland 4A title

Sherwood rushes to celebrate with pitcher Will Bouey (34) after the Warriors won their second state title in three years. Bouey struck out four batters in two innings.
Sherwood rushes to celebrate with pitcher Will Bouey (34) after the Warriors won their second state title in three years. Bouey struck out four batters in two innings. (Mark Gail/the Washington Post)
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By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 29, 2010

ABERDEEN, MD. -- Brad Bolen might get a little anxious at key moments when he's playing basketball. On the baseball field, however, Sherwood's senior shortstop said it is easy to remain calm.

He proved that in the sixth inning of the Maryland 4A baseball final on Friday night when he stepped to the plate in the sixth inning with the score tied, two outs, and the go-ahead run on third base. Bolen stroked the first pitch he saw for a single into left field, bringing home Drew Knapp and lifting the Warriors to a 2-1 victory over Chesapeake at Ripken Stadium.

"I don't really get nervous when I play baseball," said Bolen, who also singled earlier in the game and made difficult plays in the field look routine. "It's just instincts, do what you've got to do. When you're batting, the first strike you have to swing at. That's what I did."

With the lead, Sherwood turned to ace pitcher Will Bouey and he closed things out. Bouey struck out four batters in two innings, allowing just a two-out walk in the seventh as the Warriors (18-3) won their second state title in three years.

"It's been a good ride," Warriors Coach Billy Goodman said. "That's all I can say."

It was a pitcher's duel throughout. Sherwood took a 1-0 lead in the first when Anthony Papio tripled and scored on a groundout. Chesapeake (18-8) pulled even against Jamie Detjer when Mike Marsh doubled in the fourth and scored on Andrew Mildenberger's single.

The score remained tied at 1 into the sixth, when Papio drew a one-out walk and stole second only to be picked off, leaving Goodman fuming, especially when Knapp followed with a double down the left-field line.

But Knapp moved up on a wild pitch and after Chesapeake's players and coaches huddled, Bolen lined the next pitch for the game-winning hit. "He got overshadowed a little bit because there are some other shortstops, everybody thought he's just a basketball guy," Goodman said of Bolen, who was one of the top scorers in Montgomery County this past winter. "Everybody thought he's a March 1st guy."

Bolen said that might be a bit of an exaggeration, claiming he takes out his glove and bat every once in the while in the offseason. Regardless, there was no feeling quite like running to first base after getting the decisive hit.

"Top of the world, that's the first time I've been a hero like that," he said. "I've hit a couple [game-winning shots in basketball], but not in a state championship."

Shut 'em down: Sherwood pitchers Jamie Detjer and Will Bouey combined on a three-hitter, allowing just one runner past first base. Key numbers: Shortstop Brad Bolen, who had Sherwood's game-winning hit, batted .422 this spring and averaged 19.4 points this past basketball season for the Warriors.


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