Billy Godrick and Tyler Blohm were the undeniable forces behind Archbishop Spalding High’s baseball mini-dynasty. So it was rather fitting the duo was front and center one final time Sunday afternoon in the 35th Brooks Robinson All-Star Game.
The South squad defeated the North, 5-2, on a stunningly beautiful early Sunday evening at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Blohm was the South’s Outstanding Pitcher while Godrick was the South MVP.
Godrick, VSN’s co-Player of the Year this past season, had two hits including a solo shot into the leftfield seats. The Fordham University-bound centerfielder was one of five players on display Sunday for the three-time MIAA A Conference champs.
“No matter where baseball takes me, I’ll remember I hit a home run in Camden Yards,” said Godrick. “To be able to play beside these four [Spalding] guys and my coach [Joe Palumbo], that was the best part of this.”
With Orioles executive VP Dan Duquette and longtime Mid-Atlantic scout Dean Albany watching Blohm, VSN’s Pitcher of the Year, pitched two scoreless innings. Last weekend, the Orioles took the 6-foot-3 lefthander in the 17th round of Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Blohm, who struck out four including the side in the 2nd inning, will decide whether to sign with his hometown club or attend the University of Maryland on a baseball scholarship.
“It’s a big family decision that we’re going to take a while to make. Over the next week, it’ll be even harder,” said Blohm. “We’re going to meet with each side. Whichever one it is, I’m going to work hard to make it the right decision. I’m not sure what’s going to happen these next few days.”
The iconic Robinson event featured 30 of the state’s top graduated seniors. Nine locals – Blohm, Godrick, DaVonne Griffin (Hammond), David Harding (Spalding), Chuck Harmon (Dundalk), David Hutchinson (Hammond), Carter Sears (Spalding), Barrett Smith (Spalding), Trevor Sprinkle (Calvert Hall College) and Zac Stoll (Mount St. Joseph) – played Sunday following the Orioles’ victory over Toronto in the afternoon.
The South collected three runs off the North and Stroll in the second inning. Griffin doubled and scored on LaPlata’s Tyler Cook’s two-run single. Godrick got all of Gaithersburg’s Anthony Felitti’s fastball to lead off the third.
Harmon accounted for the North’s second hit with a single to center in the third. Sprinkle pitched a scoreless fifth for the North.
Hutchinson pitched two innings, allowing the North’s only runs in the 6th. Griffin helped his Hammond teammate out a little, making a nice running grab on Mountain Ridge’s Michael Livingston’s shot to right centerfield.
“At first, it was a little antsy wondering how many people would actually stay and watch,” said Griffin, who will play for James Madison next season. “Going out there and realizing it was friends and family made it a lot more fun.”
35th Brooks Robinson Senior Baseball All-Star Game
at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
South All-Stars 5, North All-Stars 2
North 000 002 0 – 2 6 1
South 031 100 0 – 5 10 1
Blohm, Bennett (3), Hutchinson (5), Logue (7) and Sears, Stockwell (3), Sears (5), Stockwell (7); Wanger, Stoll (2), Felitti (3), Roplewski (4), Sprinkle (5), Wilson (6), Pantos (7) and Edell
2B: North – Schwartz 2, Brown, Stewart; South – Griffin, Godrick
HR: South – Godrick