Two local baseball players occupied seven months
Ian Babey and Josh Gjormand have certainly worked in a wide variety of baseball in the 2022 season, as the hometown players were each members of four different teams over the course of seven months.
Each started their season playing for varsity teams – Babey as a freshman right-handed pitcher for Community College of Baltimore County, Essex, and Gjormand as a junior left-handed pitcher/first baseman for Lynchburg University .
Then, during the summer, each played for three other teams.
Until early July, the 6-foot Babey played for the Windy Hill Whales of the Beach Collegiate Baseball League in Myrtle Beach. At the end of that season, he played for the American Legion Vienna Post 180 team, then competed in a few contests for the Maryland State Crabfest at the 77th Annual All-American Amateur Baseball Association Tournament in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. .
Babey pitched six innings for Crabfest. He allowed one earned run, struck out four and suffered a loss.
The South Lakes High School graduate compiled a 3-0 record for the Vienna Post 180, helping the team win the regular season and District 17 tournament titles. For Windy Hill in the four-week league, Babey pitched 22 2/3 innings, including two complete shutouts, and he received the league’s Cy Young pitching award as well as another pitching award.
He was 2-0 with one stoppage in 20 1/3 innings, with 28 strikeouts for Essex, making 13 appearances.
Babey hopes to make the grade at a four-year college in the future.
Gjormand, a Madison High graduate, started the year playing for Division III team Lynchburg. He hit .347 and had 20 RBIs for the team, and made one pitching appearance.
During the summer months, the 5-10 Gjormand played for the Chili Dogs of the Northern Virginia College League, where he was a top pitcher with multiple wins. He was also a member of an MVP International college baseball team that appeared in a few games in Europe.
Gjormand then wrapped up summer play by making two impromptu relief pitching appearances for the Burlington Sock Puppets of the Appalachian Collegiate Baseball League. He pitched four innings, allowed one earned run and struck out four for the Sock Puppets. He worked three innings with three strikeouts in one of those outings.
Gjormand joined Burlington for its final two regular season games as the team was pitching short. He was recommended as an emergency replacement by Lynchburg head coach Lucas Jones and pitching coach Travis Beazley, as they knew Gjormand had pitched well for the Chili Dogs.
Burlington lost in the tournament-league championship game against Kingsport. Madison High graduate Ryan Murphy, Gjormand’s former teammate at school, was chosen as the title game’s most valuable player.
The right-handed pitcher started and allowed just one earned run and two hits, while striking out five in five innings of work to secure the victory for Kingsport.