As Severna Park resident Cody Sharman walked off the mound for the last time wearing Archbishop Spalding colors, the moment got to him. Spalding held the lead in the MIAA "A" Division semifinals against Calvert Hall, and he had done all he could to put the Cavaliers in position to defend their championship.
"It was kind of hard knowing it was over, but I knew I had given my guys the best chance to win that game and finish up the season strong," Sharman said. "It was sad for me, but I tried my hardest and think I left a good impression."
His teammates picked him up, as they had done for each other all season, as Spalding closed out the semifinal and then held Calvert Hall off again in the finals a few days later to win the title for the second year running.
This year was much more of a grind, Sharman said, compared to the previous season. Sharman helped a standout pitching staff lead the way, as he went 7-2 in his 10 starts, with a 0.85 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. He struck out 60 batters while allowing just eight walks and tossed four complete games.
The balance of power pitcher and pitching to contact is a tough balance for anyone to muster, but the Cavalier defense freed Sharman up to be himself — which helped him manage all the pressure that comes with expectations of a state championship and performances from a NCAA Division I-caliber athlete.
"I was trying to pound the strike zone and trying to find ways to get guys out,” Sharman said. "I had confidence in the guys behind me, which allowed me to throw more creative pitches. That helped get my strikeout numbers up, and it gave us a good balance. I just tried to do my work every day and keep tunnel vision. Just trying to have fun while playing the game, because that's the most important thing."
For his standout performance in his senior season, Sharman was named to the South team's roster for the Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game, played at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 25.
Sharman was one of two local athletes named to the game. Broadneck pitcher Sean Murphy was also selected, while Bruins coach Matt Skrenchuk was named to the South team's coaching staff. Sharman also had his batterymate, Spalding catcher Ethan McNally, participating in the game.
"Really excited to be able to walk onto the hill at Camden Yards," Sharman said. "It's a place I've always wanted to play since I was a little kid."
While pitching at Oriole Park fulfilled a lifelong dream, it is by no means the end for Sharman, who has signed on to pitch at Seton Hall University. He committed to the Pirates early in the process, locking down his recruitment in the summer of 2021, just before beginning his junior year at Spalding.
"They really jumped toward me and showed a lot of interest in me, which made me feel good," Sharman said. "It feels like a good place for me, and I feel like I'll be able to do well there. It's a completely different staff other than the head coach, but I'm thankful that the new guys are just as amazing as the other guys (who did the recruiting). I'm going to give it my all up there and see where the game takes me."
While the dream of playing college, and maybe pro, ball is alive and well, Sharman credited his family — particularly his mother — with keeping him both grounded and motivated to continue kicking on.
"I wouldn't be who I am without her support," he said.
Sharman is one of about 60 local class of 2023 athletes who have committed to play collegiately, as reported to the Severna Park Voice. Here are the others:
2023 Local College Sports Commitments
(As reported to the Severna Park Voice)
Nathan Clarke, Severna Park - Lebanon Valley College
Sean Murphy, Broadneck - Catholic University
Zach Palmer, Broadneck - CCBC-Catonsville
Cody Sharman, Archbishop Spalding - Seton Hall University
Maya Everett, Broadneck - Maryland
Arden Hunteman, Broadneck - Salisbury University
Jess Kopernick, Broadneck - Stevens Institute of Technology
Safiya Stimely, Broadneck - St. Mary's College (Maryland)
Cam Catterton, Broadneck - Salisbury University
Machi Evans, Broadneck - Washington and Jefferson University
Anthony Hawkins, Broadneck - Villanova University
Tristan Newhouse, Severna Park - Fairleigh Dickinson University
Tucker Smack - Salisbury University
Jake Wanner, Broadneck - Wilkes University
Kevin Bredeck, Severna Park - UMBC
Jake Chambers, Broadneck - Coast Guard Academy
Brooks Chatlos, Broadneck - Virginia Military Institute
Ryan Della, Broadneck - Salisbury University
Matthew Dryer, Severna Park - Aurora College
Jackson Elms, Severna Park - Limestone College
Colin Gray, Broadneck - Washington College
Brett Hussey, Severna Park - St. Mary's College (Maryland)
Talan Livingston, Severna Park - Salisbury University
Ryan Salazar, Broadneck - Randolph Macon College
Jackson Shaw, Broadneck - Christopher Newport University
Ashby Shepherd, Severna Park - Towson University
Evan Stroble, Severna Park - Mercer University
Camden Webb, Severna Park - Washington College
Nick White, Broadneck - Randolph Macon College
Andrew Byrne, Broadneck - Juniata College
Michael Schwob, Broadneck - Penn State University
Skyla Hailey, Severna Park - Washington College
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Liam Cahill - La Salle University
Dean Doubek, Broadneck - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Jack Harada, Broadneck –Maryland
Matthew Tilghman, Broadneck - Franklin and Marshall College
Elicia Aponte, Broadneck - Albright College
TRACK AND FIELD
Avery Arizzi, Broadneck - St Mary's (Maryland)
Stephanie Costello, Broadneck - Loch Haven University
Kameron Dove, Broadneck - Lincoln University
Collin Fitzgerald, Broadneck - St Mary's (Maryland)
Bryce Greenlee, Broadneck - Salisbury University
Safiya Stimely, Broadneck - St. Mary's (Maryland)
Aiden Vanderbilt, Broadneck - Queens College of Charlotte
Sophia Bordone, Severna Park - Embry-Riddle
Stella Bordone, Severna Park - Lafayette College
Emma Boyle, Severna Park - University of Alabama-Huntsville
Charlotte Diez, Severna Park - Villanova University
Lexi Dupcak, Broadneck - Maryland
Maddy Goger, Severna Park - Columbia University
Molly Goeller, Severna Park - York College
Carlie Gownley, Broadneck - Christopher Newport University
Lilly Kelley, Broadneck - James Madison University
Karli Kirchenheiter, Severna Park - University of Louisville
Sam Koppe, Severna Park - Salisbury University
Regan McDonnell, Severna Park - Salisbury University
Sophia Miller, Severna Park - San Diego State University
Mary Moore, Broadneck - Villanova University
Lilly Spilker, Severna Park - Penn State University
Olivia Tramontana, Severna Park - San Diego State University
Delany Turner, Broadneck - McDaniel College
Sydney Holmes, Severna Park - University of Rochester
Sadie Wilkinson, Broadneck - Lipscomb University
Bella Rubino, Broadneck - Salisbury University
Madeline Stewart, Broadneck - American University
Hanna Waters, Broadneck - McDaniel College
Jillian Zukley, Severna Park - St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Liam DeBaugh, Broadneck - Frostburg State University