Bowie 8, Sherwood 2
Bowie Coach Bill Seibert stood next to the dugout watching his team warm up before last night's Maryland 4A baseball championship game at Joe Cannon Stadium, reflecting on the past 27 years he spent coaching the Bulldogs and hoping for a state title in what would be his final game.
Before he could get too sentimental, Bowie's leadoff hitter, Shane Kogok, laced a double to right field to open the game, and all memories faded away -- winning the title was the only thing left on his mind.
Kogok's double was a bad omen for Sherwood as Bowie pounded out 11 hits, took advantage of seven Warriors' errors, and got a strong performance from starter Adam Donahue to win its first state championship since 1984, 8-2.
"This is definitely the place to be right now," said Donahue, a senior who transferred to the school from Riverdale Baptist prior to the season.
Bowie (25-1) was able to capitalize early off Warriors miscues. Kogok scored in the first when Sherwood catcher Kyle Obal's throw to second sailed into center field as he tried to catch Bowie's Bryan Wilson on a double-steal attempt. Wilson scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly.
The Bulldogs' Zach Adomanis led off the second inning with a double and scored when the Warriors failed to cover second base on another steal attempt.
Bowie knocked Sherwood starter Brian Moran out after only two hitters in the third inning. He was replaced by Brad Woodfield, who only three days earlier threw seven innings against Thomas Johnson to help Sherwood (14-8) to its first state final.
The Warriors wasted scoring opportunities against Donahue in each of the first three innings, but scored on a two-out single by Mike Waskewicz in the bottom of the third. After that, Donahue limited Sherwood to a walk and an infield single the rest of the way.
"I got mad," Donahue said of his strong performance to close out the game. "As the game goes by, I usually get better. I told my coach that by the fourth or fifth inning, you're probably going to get my best stuff."
For his first seven years at Bowie, Seibert served as the assistant coach and witnessed all three of Bowie's previous championships. Since taking over in 1985, Bowie made four state tournament appearances, but no trips to the final.
"After the first pitch, I forgot about it," said Seibert about his impending retirement and his time at Bowie. "That's every coach's goal, a state championship. That's why we go out on March 1. That's why you train your kids. That's why you spend all the time. Aside from having fun, this is the second thing you do."