The Severna Park Navy 15U baseball team came away as champions of the Anne Arundel County Baseball Cooperative League Pony Division following a three-game win streak in the playoffs and a 15-4 win over Broadneck in the postseason championship.
The team of Aaron Bramble, Kiefer Chandler, John Choi, Eric Chu, Jasur Cosby, Ryan Crowley, Jonathan Heward, Tucker Legnon, Matthew Marshiano, Christopher Nunn, Ezra Payne, Kaden Spiegl, Luke Whitlock and Julian Zelaya went 4-6-1 in regular-season play but gained confidence in an 8-8 tie against Lake Shore (13-1-1 record) and a 5-4 loss to Severna Park Green (11-1-1 record), learning they could compete with the top teams.
In the playoffs they reeled off three straight wins, culminating with a sterling pitching performance by Nunn and a strong defensive game in the 15-4 championship victory at Broadneck Park.
“I was super proud of the team in a million ways,” said head coach Albert Whitlock, who coached the team with assistant coaches Jim Marshiano, Kerry Cosby and Paul Heward. “Just seeing them progress throughout the season and really starting to do what the coaches were instructing them to do was great to see. Sometimes it was them doing the right thing on the field and sometimes it was kids who were sitting out that inning talking it up from the dugout. It seemed like the excitement level in each kid just kept rising all season. I think part of it was they were getting more and more used to each other, more used to the coaches, and I think they could all tell that we had a pretty talented team that could do well in the playoffs.”