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Calvert Hall senior turned down pro baseball for Terps

Towson Times Athlete of the Year Matt Bosse played baseball, basketball and volleyball for the Cardinals and will attend University of Maryland in the fall.
Towson Times Athlete of the Year Matt Bosse played baseball, basketball and volleyball for the Cardinals and will attend University of Maryland in the fall. (Sarah Pastrana, Patuxent Publishing)

Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl and his players still remember the home run.

Cardinals' senior outfielder Matt Bosse clubbed a breathtaking blast an estimated 485 feet over the left-field scoreboard at Ripken Stadium, in Aberdeen, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship loss to Archbishop Spalding on May 24.

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Eckerl said he has never seen a ball hit that far in his 36 years of coaching high school baseball.

"It was monstrous," he said. "I don't know if anyone has ever hit it over the top of the scoreboard like that."

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Bosse's rare combination of power, speed and athleticism have attracted professional scouts, offering him even more options besides playing baseball for the University of Maryland.

"There were about eight to 10 teams interested in me, but the Anaheim Angels were the most interested," said Bosse, 2011 the Northeast Booster Reporter/Towson Times Athlete of the Year. "They came to my house two days before the draft and offered me a pretty good chunk of money. I didn't think it was enough to forego school."

Instead, the Perry Hall resident with a 3.85 grade point average will study business in College Park and spend time at required fall baseball practices.

No wonder the Terps coveted the 6-foot-6, 225-pound slugger, who set Calvert Hall records for career (26) and single-season (16) homers this spring.

And to show that Bosse is not a one-trick pony, he ranked among team leaders in several categories on the volleyball team and started at power forward on the Cardinals' basketball team. He co-captained all three teams.

"He is a very rare athlete," said Eckerl, who is also Calvert Hall's athletic director. "He is one of the best athletes we have ever seen here. He didn't concentrate on one sport. He went from volleyball to basketball, then came to baseball, and just excelled. He really enjoyed all three of those sports."

Bosse, 17, drove in 50 runs, batted .439, scored 54 runs and stole 20 out of 21 bases for the 28-9 Cardinals.

This year was an improvement over 2010, when Bosse hit .380, with seven home runs and 35 RBIs.

"He is really a complete player," Eckerl said. "It doesn't look like he is running fast, but he really moves. He runs well, throws well and hits well. He has a lot of tools."

Bosse had some eye-catching games, but one game in particular jumped out to both coach and player — the three-homer, six-RBI performance in a 15-5 victory over defending champ Gilman on March 29

Bosse also clubbed two homers in two different regular-season wins against Spalding.

Toward the end of the year, MIAA rivals wised up and stopped challenging him.

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"I saw a lot of off-speed stuff," Bosse said. "It was almost like I would be lucky to get one pitch to drive in each game."

On the volleyball court, Bosse led the Cardinals in kills (133) and finished second in blocks (16) from his middle hitter position.

He earned MIAA A Conference first-team honors for the third straight year for the conference runners-up.

That's not a bad career considering he didn't start playing the sport until his sophomore year.

"His blocking and hitting are incredible," volleyball coach Anthony Cammarata said. "It's demoralizing when a 6-foot-6 guy is hitting the ball over and over at you. There is really nothing you can do."

Bosse showed more leadership as a senior. Cammarata couldn't have been more pleased with how he took charge of the Cardinals.

"He knows how to get all the guys fired up and get them motivated during a game," the coach said.

For the Calvert Hall basketball team, Bosse went from playing only five minutes per game as a junior to more than 20 minutes as a senior.

He led the Cardinals in rebounding, averaging eight per game, while adding an average of seven points per contest.

"He is really a physical player," basketball coach John Bauersfeld said. "He did a great job on the defensive boards for us. He hustled. He did a real good job of getting down the floor and running the floor. Our other big guys had a hard time doing that."

Bosse stayed after practice often during the season to improve his skills. He focused mainly on his low-post moves.

"He really, really worked at making himself a better basketball player," Bauersfeld said. "In the league (Baltimore Catholic League) we play in, there are not many guys that play three sports. You are playing against guys who are just focused on (basketball)."

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