GAITHERSBURG – After playing together at Riverdale Baptist High School the University of Maryland, Taylor Bloom, Chase Brewis and Ryan Selmer are playing together again this summer for the Gaithersburg Giants in the Cal Ripken Summer League. Sunday evening Selmer pitched two-thirds of an inning, retiring the only two batters he faced in the eighth […]
GAITHERSBURG – After playing together at Riverdale Baptist High School the University of Maryland, Taylor Bloom, Chase Brewis and Ryan Selmer are playing together again this summer for the Gaithersburg Giants in the Cal Ripken Summer League.
Sunday evening Selmer pitched two-thirds of an inning, retiring the only two batters he faced in the eighth inning, while Brewis watched from the bullpen. Bloom was scheduled to start on Monday, but even Gaithersburg Giants and Gaithersburg High School coach Jeff Rabberman could hardly forget his most recent outing when he fanned 16 batters in eight innings.
“It’s not too often that you get three quality kids like those three that have come through the same high school program and now play for Maryland and then come to me for the summer,” said Rabberman, who led the Gaithersburg High School squad to the 4A State title in the spring. “I feel a little envious of what [former coach] Terry [Terrill] had over there. They’re all good pitchers and they have unique personalities. I’m glad to have all three of them here this summer.”
Bloom emerged on the scene as a true freshman at Maryland this spring and turned plenty of heads in the Los Angeles Region tournament when he defeated national top seed UCLA by throwing a 1-hitter to lead the Terps to the Super Regionals where they eventually fell to the University of Virginia. Bloom had been among the dominant pitchers in Prince George’s County during his four seasons at Riverdale Baptist, while both Selmer and Brewis were clearly very good hurlers for the Crusaders.
“I was fortunate to have all three of those guys pitch for me,” said Terry Terrill, who turned over the head job to his son, Ryan Terrill for the 2015 season. “How often can you expect to see three kids with that much ability pitch for a school that had maybe 225 high school aged kids. I am glad to see them doing well at the next level.”
Selmer was the third pitcher that Rabberman used in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Dodgers and the current Terrapins and former Crusader did his job to hold the lead at the time. With the Giants leading 4-1, Selmer retired the first batter he faced on a groundout to second and then fanned the next batter.
Baltimore rallied to draw even at 4-4 in the ninth, however, getting three unearned runs courtesy of two Giants’ errors. But former Gaithersburg High School standout Nick Decarlo pitched a scoreless ninth and earned the win when the Giants pushed across a run when Reid Leonard plated Mickey Scott with a one-out single to center field.
“It’s great being a part of this team,” Selmer said. “It’s even better knowing that me, Chase and Taylor are usually here every night. We played for several u-16 travel teams while we went to Riverdale Baptist. It’s great knowing that we still have three more seasons together at Maryland. We’ve been able to do some things the last two years that the program has not done in over 40 years. It’s exciting to be a part of that.”