Jackson Hongtong ’21
The goal from the beginning of the season for the varsity baseball team was to win states. This objective stemmed in part from disappointing playoff results in the last few years. After a tremendous regular season and playoffs, the Warriors came up heartbreakingly short of winning a state championship and lost in a close contest in the 4A State Championship game against the Old Mill Patriots in extra innings, 4-3.
The Warriors busted out of the gates in the first inning, scoring three runs to take the early lead against the Patriots. Their momentum continued into the next two defensive innings, with Sherwood holding Old Mill scoreless until the bottom of the third, when Old Mill scored their first run. From there on, the next three innings were competitive and filled with good pitching from Old Mill and Sherwood’s senior Ben Vok. In the seventh and final inning, the Warriors could not seal the deal and put the game out of reach. The Patriots were able to capitalize off of a play plagued with errors, scoring two runs to tie the game at three a piece. After a scoreless eighth inning, Old Mill loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, which led to a score off a walk-off hit.