You know you’ve had a good year when the team’s so-called “third” pitcher goes 8-0 with a 0.19 earned-run average. But that’s how things went for Colonel Richardson High baseball this season.
Loaded with top-tier pitchers and a dangerous lineup, the Colonels ran the table during the regular season, won the Bayside Conference title, and survived scares in no fewer than three deep playoff games to win the Class 1A state championship, capping the first unbeaten season by a North Bayside team in 32 years.
Colonel’s starting shortstop, senior Ty Scott, was a spot starter and closer as needed, teaming with Jamison Covey and Remy Mangum for a combined 22 victories.
“Chucky really came on for us, more and more, really, as the season went along,” Colonel head coach Dan Mangum said, referring to Scott’s nickname. “He did everything we asked of him.”
“He’s been a strong hitter (.342 in three years on varsity) all through high school, and his pitching has kept getting stronger,” Dan Mangum continued. “To have Chuck there, and effective as he’s been, along with Remy and Jamison, has been a great plus to have. I don’t think anyone else in the state had the pitching we had this year.”
Scott hit .356 with 18 runs scored, 17 RBIs, five doubles, a division-best four triples, and an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.007, and an on-base percentage of .473. On the mound he was 8-0 with the lowest full-season ERA of a Mid-Shore pitcher in recent memory. Scott had five starts and five relief appearances, the last two coming in the state semifinals and championship.
In those games, Scott threw 5 1/3 innings of relief, allowing no earned runs. The Colonels rallied from a 7-4 deficit for an 8-7 win over Boonsboro in the state semifinals on May 21. Colonel won the state title in nine innings against McDonough, 6-0, four days later in Aberdeen, thanks to a six-run top half of the ninth.
Scott allowed 23 hits and 19 walks over 37 1/3 innings, and struck out 48. Opponents hit .162 against him with just two extra-base hits, both by Perryville in the 1A East semifinals.
Scott has been chosen as The Star Democrat All-Mid-Shore Player of the Year.
Colonel’s run was truly historic, as the team survived no fewer than eight one-run battles to go 24-0 on the season. Colonel won eight games by one run, including the Bayside Conference and 1A East championships, and its state semifinal.
“For a team to always have someone who can be there, be that guy in that situation, and come up with the one hit they need, the one walk, that’s truly special,” Dan Mangum said. “It’s an amazing thing to see, and to have in your dugout, is a team of guys who always pick each other up and always have each other’s backs like they did.”
Colonel became just the 14th public school in Maryland history to go unbeaten since the state playoff system began. The last North Bayside team to do it was Easton in 1987, which was then a Class C (now 1A) school.
Dan Mangum, who capped his 11th year with his first state title as a head coach (he was an assistant on the 2007 state champions), has been named the Coach of the Year, but directed credit elsewhere.
“I had so, so much support from this coaching staff,” he said. “Ray Bennett’s been helping out for years on both sides of the ball, and so has Neil Lambert. Speedy (Ty Stanley) and I have been coaching a lot of these kids since they first started playing baseball, and we’ve got help from Brett Evans and Ryan Blanchfield. We’ve ... had a lot of help from Joe Zebron, who’s kept the book for us for a couple years now. This was a team effort, top to bottom, from the end of the bench to the guy on the bump.”
Here’s a look at this year’s All-Mid-Shore first team:
Col. Richardson, Sr., RHP
Spending almost all his time behind the plate when he wasn’t pitching, Mangum was 6-0 with a 1.67 ERA. He struck out 47 in 46 innings, allowing 45 hits and nine walks.
At the dish, he hit .403 with eight doubles, 22 runs scored, 19 RBIs, an OBP of .500 and an OPS of 1.032. He struck out just three times in 92 plate appearances.
Col. Richardson, Sr., RHP
Covey went 8-0 with a stingy 0.57 ERA, and seven complete games in nine starts, including five shutouts. He struck out 78 in 61 innings, allowing just 32 hits and 10 walks, for a WHIP of 0.69.
Opponents hit a paltry .145 against him, posting an on-base average of just .186 and scoring a mere five earned runs all year on him.
St. Michaels, Sr., RHP
With a 5-1 record and a 0.58 ERA, Vener spent his second year among the elite of North Bayside pitching.
In 36 innings, he struck out 50 while allowing just 18 hits and 11 walks, for a 0.81 Walks and Hits Per Inning Pitched (WHIP) percentage. Opponents batted just .146 against Vener.
St. Michaels, Sr., LHP
Newnam wrapped up a stellar four-year varsity career with a 4-0 record, giving him a 13-0 career slate. He had a 1.49 ERA, struck out 36 in 37 2/3 frames, and allowed just 30 hits and 10 walks.
At the plate, the lefty hit .467 with seven doubles, three triples, two homers, 31 runs scored and 19 RBIs. His OBA was .600. His slugging percentage of .783, and his OPS of 1.383 were the highest in the division. He was also 19 for 19 on stolen-base attempts.
Cambridge-SD, Jr., C
The Vikings catcher threw out 7 of 21 trying to steal, and finished the season hitting .323 with 13 RBIs and two home runs
The team’s winningest pitcher as well, Presley went 4-2 on the mound with 39 strikeouts in 35 innings.
Kent County, So., 1B
Iseman crushed the ball all spring, hitting at a .532 clip, with 12 runs, 24 RBIs, and 25 hits in 47 at-bats. He also had five doubles and a home run.
His .656 on-base mark and .702 slugging average combined for an OPS of 1.358; he walked 16 times but struck out only five.
Easton, Sr., 2B
Riedel hit .396 with 19 runs, 15 RBIs, and two triples. He reached base at a .547 clip, picking up 13 walks in 17 games. He committed just four errors, among the best on the Mid-Shore.
Col. Richardson, Sr., 3B
Starting the year at the bottom of the order, Roth earned his way up the lineup, finishing the season in the five-hole on the best squad in the state, according to Prep Baseball Report.
Notching game-winning RBIs in the regional semifinal, regional final and state semifinal, Roth hit .334 with 21 RBIs and 12 runs scored.
North Caroline, Sr., SS
Capable of playing almost any position (he played no fewer than five in 2019), Manship hit .429, with 22 runs scored and 13 RBIs while batting at or near the top of the lineup.
He had on-base average was .526, and was 17 for 19 stealing bases. He also went 3-1 on the hill with a 2.38 ERA. He struck out 26 in 32 1/3 innings.
Kent Island, Jr., OF
Fulton hit a team-leading .491, with a .561 on-base percentage, stroking five doubles, one triple, and two homers). He finished with a .719 slugging average and an OPS of 1.280.
He scored 17 runs, went 28 for 57 at the plate, and stole eight bases in nine tries.
Col. Richardson, Jr., OF
Zebron batted a team-best .438, with 22 runs and 20 RBIs, hitting primarily from the No. 3 spot. His bases-loaded double in the ninth inning of the state championship put the game out of reach.
Zebron’s OBA was .511, his slugging percentage .534 , and his OPS 1.045. He was 12 for 13 stealing bases, and made only one error all season in center field.
St. Michaels, Sr., OF
Risher batted .407 with 18 runs, 20 RBIs, and two home runs for the Saints, who reached the 1A East semifinals.
Successful on all 16 stolen-base tries, Risher posted an OBP of .478 and an OPS of 1.003. He didn’t make an error all year.
Saints Peter and Paul, Jr., OF
Batted .429, notching 24 hits in fewer than 20 games. Perry drove in 19 runs, scored 23, and hit one home run.
Cambridge-SD, Sr., DH
Young batted .379 with 21 runs scored in the two-hole. He drove in 13 runs and notched five doubles.
Stealing 26 bases in 29 tries, Young’s .494 OBA, .530 slugging average, and 1.024 OPS were all team highs.
Col. Richardson, Sr., Utility
Colonel’s leadoff hitter played shortstop when Scott pitched. Hitting .347, he drew 20 walks and was hit by six pitches in 24 games, giving him an on-base percentage of .520.
Stanley was 12 for 13 stealing bases, scored 28 runs, and had 11 RBIs. He also had four doubles and one home run.
Kent County, So., Utility
Playing infield and outfield, plus spending significant time on the mound, Taylor hit .491 (28 for 57) with 21 runs scored, 11 RBIs, five doubles and two triples.
Taylor’s OPS was 1.203, and he had almost twice as many steals (11) as strikeouts (six). He also picked up a pair of pitching wins, fanning 41 in 38 innings.
Toby Skeans (Jr. P/IF/OF, Kent Island), Hunter Griebel (Jr. P/IF, Kent Island), Brandon Latham (Sr. P, Easton), Dante Hall (Sr. P, Easton), Adam Freeman (Jr. P, North Dorchester), Mason Pate (So. C, North Caroline), Jaden Cassell (Sr. 1B/P, Easton), Josh Sherwood (Fr. 2B, St. Michaels), Jay Duey (Jr. 3B/1B/C, Cambridge-SD), Logan Baillif (Sr. 3B, Easton), Connor Quade (Sr. SS/P, Sts. Peter and Paul), Khalik Beasley (Jr. OF, Cambridge-SD), Ryan Stanton (Sr. OF), Col. Richardson), Tre’Quon Thomas (Sr. OF, Kent Island), Dylan Hill (Sr. OF, Kent County), Nolan Sawatsky (Jr. IF, St. Michaels).
Cambridge-SD: Tommy Crain (Sr., OF), Logan Middleton (Jr. IF/P), John Henry (So. OF/P). Col. Richardson: Nathan Brown (Jr., 1B), Chad Willoughby (So., OF), Mark Cranfield (Sr., DH), Mason Lambert (Jr., C), Jordan Acree (So., OF/PR). Easton: Colin Baynard (So., DH), Ryan O’Connor (So., SS), Ashton Echternach (Jr., Util.), Trent Weems (Sr., OF), Haiden Rhodes (Sr., C). Kent County: Kenny Fowler (Jr., IF/P), Donnie Forgan (Sr., C/P), Collin Turner (Sr., P). Kent Island: Ryan Ryder (Sr., OF/P), Chaney Skeans (Jr., C), Jeremy Dodge (Sr., P). North Caroline: Jayden Watkins (Fr. P/3B), L. B. Thompson (Fr., OF./P), J. B. Brown (Jr. OF), Chris Curler (So., P/3B). North Dorchester: J.B. Lewis (Sr., C/P/IF), Ryan Cheesman (Sr. 1B/DH), Ben Johnson (Sr. IF/P). Queen Anne’s: P.J. Gunther (So., OF/P), Austin Doyle (Jr., IF), Chance Porter (Jr., P/IF), Noah Skinner (Sr., 1B). St. Michaels: Owen Baum (So. IF/P), Cade Jones (So., IF/OF), Ryan Smith (Jr., OF). Saints Peter and Paul: Wesley Stallings (Jr., P/IF), Nate Haschen (So., IF/P).