Though he would love to forget it, Matt Chanin remembers the day (December 18, 2012) and the distinct sound (“pop”) he heard when his baseball career was put in jeopardy.

The Sherwood junior pitcher sprained the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during a velocity training session, but thanks to a vigorous yet cautious rehab stint, Chanin was able to return to the mound for Monday’s regular-season finale against Gaithersburg, striking out five batters and allowing two hits in 5 1 / 3 innings.

“I heard the pop and it was not too pleasant of a feeling,” Chanin said after throwing about 75 pitches in Monday’s 2-2 tie . “I didn’t pick up a ball for three months and I stuck to a strict schedule of rehab and rest, because even though I wanted to be out there, we didn’t want to rush it.”

Chanin was still able to make an impact by hitting four home runs and driving in 23 runs for the defending Maryland 4A North Region champs.

“It [stunk] not being able to pitch, but I found that there’s always a way to contribute, whether it be at the plate or encouraging and helping out with our other pitchers,” Chanin said.

Prior to Monday’s start, Chanin had only thrown in the bullpen for about a week-and-a-half. But he looked sharp in his first real action, showing off a hard fastball along with an effective curveball in the later innings.

George Washington and UMBC have shown strong interest in the athletic 6-foot-4, 235-pounder, and Chanin hopes to gain more interest and help Sherwood repeat the success of 2010, when it won the state title. Seeded third in the 4A North, the Warriors will enjoy a first-round bye where they await the winner of Perry Hall and Kenwood.

Cassidy returns to Vikings’ dugout

After stepping down as Whitman’s baseball coach on April 12, Joe Cassidy has returned to lead the Vikings, Whitman Athletic Director Andy Wetzel confirmed Tuesday.

Cassidy joined the Vikings on Monday and will coach the team in the playoffs along with assistant Pat Skellchock. Wetzel declined to comment on the details surrounding Cassidy’s return, saying it was a “private, personnel matter.”

Since Cassidy’s resignation, the Vikings have gone 7-2, securing a bye in the first round of the Maryland 4A West region playoffs.

The Post Top 10

Madison has not lost since it’s season opener. . . . DeMatha plays the second game of its best-of-three WCAC semifinal series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Paul VI Catholic. The Stags won the first game, 9-4. In the other semi, McNamara ended St. John’s’ 14-game conference winning streak with a 2-0 victory in the first game of that series. Game 2 is at St. John’s at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The WCAC championship also is a best-of-three series. . . . Since losing to Whitman, Gaithersburg has won 10 of its last 11 games to lock up the top seed in the Maryland 4A West playoff bracket. . . . Centreville has won 11 straight and has sewn up the regular season title in the Virginia AAA Concorde District. The Wildcats have never won a district tournament title. . . . Battlefield’s only losses are to No. 1 Madison and a 1-0 setback against western Prince William County rival Patriot. Those teams are scheduled to play again Wednesday. . . . North County, which has won seven of its last eight, was slated to play South River on Wednesday for at least a share of the Anne Arundel County title.

1. Madison (17-1) LW: 1

2. DeMatha (22-5) LW: 4

3. Lake Braddock (15-3) LW: 3

4. St. John’s (21-5) LW: 2

5. Georgetown Prep (21-7) LW: 7

6. Gaithersburg (15-2-1) LW: 8

7. Centreville (15-2) LW: NR

8. Battlefield (15-2) LW: NR

9. North County (15-4) LW: 6

10. Paul VI Catholic (18-9) LW: 5

Dropped out: No. 9 Riverdale Baptist (23-5), No. 10 Potomac Falls (14-3)

Bubble: Maret (20-4), Whitman (14-3), Reservoir (13-6)

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