This year’s team was much like the others; Sykesville was good all around. The players could each handle multiple positions.They were very versatile; all 14 of them pitched at one time or the other. Ten became regulars on the mound, either as starters or relievers.
They held opponents to a .195 batting average. The other MABA teams scored 25 runs in the Cyclones’ 12 league games.
The pitching staff was greatly helped by its defense.
The Cyclones weren’t a slugging bunch, but they could still hit and run the bases. The Cyclones batted .333 and stole 84 bases in their 34 games.
Ryan Clatterbuck led the team with 16 steals, and Gerrett Geidel was second with nine.
Many of players came from the Eldersburg and Sykesville and area. Because they are high school players, Parris entered the team into several college showcase tournaments this season. They made an impression on the scouts and coaches who attended.
Three players from last year who aged out of the team before this season all played college baseball this spring.
Sykesville also played in several regular tournaments this summer. One was rained out after a couple of games. The Cyclones were 2-1 in June’s Perfect Game 17-under tournament in Staten Island, New York but didn’t make it to the championship round.
However, they did get a chance to experience tournament championship pressure one time this year, and they came out on top.
From July 13-15, they were in Delaware for the Sports at the Beach tournament and went 5-1 to take the title.
Trent Smoot, who caught all six games in the tournament, scored two runs in this one. Clatterbuck went 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Kiple drove in three runs and Born had two.
Sykesville’s semifinal game against Catonsville was their most exciting game of the tournament. The Cylones had a 5-2 lead after four innings before Catonsville went ahead 6-5 in the fifth. The Cyclones tied it 6-6 in the bottom of that frame.
It stayed that way through the sixth and seventh. Kiple, still pitching in extra innings, escaped a bases-loaded threat in the eighth.
In the bottom of the inning, Born doubled in Harfield to win it 7-6.
“Our kids had quite a run; they’ve been together since they were 8 years old,” Parris said. “It’s been just a pleasure to watch the kids grow up and become the men they are now. They’ve learned about the game and learned about themselves.”