BROOKLANDVILLE, Md. — Matt Selmer anticipated his crew to play in championship video games once he began Indian Creek’s varsity baseball program in 2016.
Selmer used to be an assistant trainer at Riverdale Baptist and is the baseball director at Athletic Efficiency Inc., so he used his connections to recruit on the Crownsville personal college and has reached the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation C Convention ultimate the previous two years.
The Eagles gained the identify a 12 months in the past, however repeating proved more difficult as Indian Creek fell Wednesday, Three-2, to Concordia Prep in 11 innings. The loss stung, however optimism remained.
“We had a tender crew, however I knew shall we all play ball,” mentioned Selmer’s son, Evan, who threw 9 scoreless innings Wednesday. “I knew shall we get right here each and every time. We simply didn’t get it this time.”
Whilst Indian Creek (13-6) briefly become a best contender in its league, Concordia Prep (16-Three) has been its largest rival. The Eagles beat the Towson, Md., college, Three-2, in ultimate season’s championship recreation. The groups break up their two conferences this marketing campaign, with each video games determined through a run.
Wednesday’s recreation at St. Paul’s Faculty used to be a pitchers’ duel via 9 innings, as Evan Selmer stored hitters off stability through blending his fastball along with his curve.
Indian Creek scored the sport’s first run within the 10th inning when junior Parker Harris homered to left. Eagles avid gamers ran out in their dugout to greet Harris at house plate, whilst enthusiasts set free their first yells of the sport. 2d baseman Jordan Cann later scored on a handed ball.
“I believed we had it within the bag,” Evan Selmer mentioned.
As an alternative, Concordia Prep’s Tyeler Buchanan ripped a two-run double within the backside of the 10th to tie the sport. Justin Draper’s RBI unmarried within the 11th inning sealed the Saints’ victory.
“We wish to play in ballgames like this,” Matt Selmer mentioned. “We gave them numerous possibilities. They gave us numerous possibilities. And in any case it simply ran out.”
Indian Creek’s lineup is ruled through sophomores and juniors who’re anticipated to go back subsequent season. Sophomores Travis Garnett, a Maryland dedicate, and Evan Selmer are the squad’s best pitchers. On April 23, Selmer achieved a unprecedented feat in highschool through hitting for the cycle.
“We’re very excited,” Matt Selmer mentioned. “The longer term is taking a look lovely excellent for us.”
The Eagles almost certainly will bounce to the MIAA B Convention subsequent 12 months; the contest gets more difficult, however the expectancies will stay top.
“I am hoping we will be able to transfer up and make a reputation for ourselves,” Evan Selmer mentioned. “Clearly our purpose is to win it.”