Slated to play a week's worth of games in five days with pitchers on loan from their summer teams, Team Maryland organizers padded the team's roster with 11 pitchers, including DeMatha Catholic senior right-hander Nick Moylan and Riverdale Baptist junior pitcher/outfielder Chase Brewis.
“I'm definitely really excited,” said Moylan, the University of Delaware signee who compiled a 3.32 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings this past spring. “It's going to be a great experience. I'm excited to pitch in some big-time games. I'm mostly excited. I have to make sure I'm on top of my game but I think it will be a lot of fun.”
The entire 18-member Team Maryland squad was announced along with the Brooks Robinson High School All-Star game rosters during a press conference at the warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Wednesday afternoon that included a brief talk by former Baltimore Oriole Bill Ripken.
Team Maryland's roster is selected by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches and is open to juniors and seniors at public and private high schools. The squad will play in the eight-team Heartland Classic from June 18-23. The event includes teams from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. The games are played at high schools in Norman, Okla.
“It's exciting,” said Brewis, who went 4-0 with three saves and 0.54 ERA on the mound and batted .374 with 36 stolen bases. “It's an opportunity, very exclusive — a couple a hundred try out and only 15, 20 make it. I want to show well. I'm just hoping I can outperform some of the better competition.
Last year's Team Maryland compiled a 2-5 record, including three consecutive losses to end tournament play to finish in seventh place. Both wins were against Team Canada, which finished in eighth place with a single victory.