Torroella, Ehrlich, McKisson, Aristy, Huntley, Seidler and more star in a MCBL double-header sweep

by Joe DiBlasi

The Maryland Collegiate Baseball League (MCBL) offers a proving ground for many former local high school baseball stars and the Maryland Monarchs, led by several such players, swept a double-header with Koa Sports Green Wave, on Saturday afternoon at Bachman Park in Glen Burnie, to maintain a share of first place in the 10-team circuit.

John Torroella (left) and Drew EhrlichRecent Mount St. Joseph grad John Torroella, who had a dominant season in the MIAA A Conference, took to the hill for the Monarchs in the first game and limited Koa to just one unearned run and two hits in five innings of work. Torroella, who will pitch for Brown University in the Ivy League next spring, struck out six and walked six in earning the win in the Monarchs’ 9-1 victory.

“The league is a step up from the MIAA,” said Torroella. “There are lots of college commits in the league. Today was my second start. I had a no decision first tIme out. The coaches are great and the league is very competitive.”

Also on the team is former Gilman catcher Drew Ehrlich, who is committed to Dennison University in Ohio where he will play baseball and football, as catcher and safety, respectively. Ehrlich began his college career at Villanova University.

“I like all of the coaches at Dennison, and I will be given the opportunity to play two sports,” said Ehrlich. “I am looking forward to that.”

Former Arundel star Mack McKisson, who plays at Cabrini University, was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the game one victory, while another former Wildcat, Moises Aristy, Jr., now a member of the CCBC-Catonsville baseball team, was 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and three RBI’s. In addition, former Severna Park slugger Scott Huntley, now playing for the University of South Carolina-

Cory Blohm (left) and Nick Benitez

Aiken baseball team, was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

The Monarchs, who are 7-1 in league play, won the second game, 6-3. Kevin Murray, who played at Howard and now is on the team at Stevenson University, led the way with two hits in three trips with an RBI and a run scored.

Huntley also added an RBI, while a pair of former Archbishop Spalding players added to the offense. Cory Blohm, who is headed to Bloomsburg University, drove in a run and Nick Benitez was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

On the hill former Chesapeake-AA ace Joe Seidler, a two-time Varsity Sports Network Pitcher of the Year, came on in relief and pitched the final 3.2 innings to earn the win. Seidler, who now pitches at Radford University, allowed no runs and no hits and struck out four.

“We have some good players returning from last year’s defending Collegiate League championship team,” said Monarchs’ coach Steve Doherty. “It’s a very competitive league with some very good players at all levels.”

The Monarchs are currently tied with the Rockville Express for first place in the league. The Putty Hill Panthers are in third at 5-4, while Koa dropped back to 5-6 with Saturday’s losses and is tied for fifth with the Bethesda Chevy-Chase Big Train Stars.