Catoctin High School Baseball
Teamwork, smart choices, good plays, and top notch pitching by members of Catoctin’s baseball team stacked up to earn the school’s first-ever Class 2A State Baseball State Championship Title. Catoctin beat the Eastern Shore’s North Caroline Bulldogs 4 runs to 2 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland, on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Good job to the top notch coaching team of Head Coach Mike Franklin and Assistant Coach Les Fisher. After fourteen years of coaching, Coach Franklin grabbed the brass ring on this—his fourth—trip to the state championship. The Cougars finished the season 11-1.
Like the crystal blue skies that day, Catoctin’s team wore light blue, light gray and white, and seemed to carry sunny smiles and cool demeanors. If they were stressed, it didn’t show. Team members supported each other with chants and gestures in a sportsman-like manner. Coaches Franklin and Fisher seemed to be having a good time with smiles and open communication. At one point, a majestic American Eagle soared over the field.
Things got interesting in the top of the second inning when second baseman, Seth Schubert, abandoned a run down at first base, opting for a throw to catcher, Joey Johnson, who took an impact with the North Caroline runner, Nathan Reed, who was advancing from third base, for the out. After that, Catoctin’s pitcher, Alex Kennedy, maintained a consistent pattern of strike outs that seemed to hit at all the right times.
The game was fast paced, especially with Catoctin’s pitcher, Alex Kennedy, striking out batters at all the key moments. Kennedy is one of five seniors graduating this month, along with Conner Cool, Joey Johnson, and Seth Schubert.
All of the players showed outstanding presence and talent on the field. Without these seniors, Catoctin’s team still stands on a great foundation of talent and high expectations for next season.