Before Varsity Blake Baseball faced off against Paint Branch High School on Thursday, we at the Blake Beat talked to star pitcher and D1 commit to Hofstra, Tanner Sanderoff. Last year, Sanderoff was named a 1st Team All Division player, and this year he was chosen as part of the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Preseason All-State lineup. Tanner started this season where he left off last season, with a home run, 5 RBIs, and a double in the season opener.
We asked Tanner some questions as he prepares to finish his last season with the Bengals.
Q: How did you start playing baseball?
A: I started playing baseball when I was four my 4th birthday is the first time I got on a baseball field, and everything just took off from there.
Q: Where did your love of baseball come from?
A: I think it’s when I started traveling, I got to go to different places to play baseball. Once I found out I had some talent in baseball I just kept going, and the love, the love for the game came.
Q: What does Blake’s baseball mean to you?
A: Blake baseball means a good amount to me, it helped me out, and the coaches have helped me with whatever I needed. It’s like a family here, we treat each other like brothers, and it’s a very fun experience.
Q: How do you think this team differs from last year’s team?
A: We grew in some spots, we suffered a big pitching loss losing Andrew. (Andrew Gload was the All-Division Pitcher of the Year last season). But, I think all in all, our defense has gotten better, our bats are more consistent, and we got a transfer coming in to help the team out. We’re doing good, we’re gonna do good.
Just last week, Tanner Sanderoff was named by the MoCo Sports Hall of Fame’s High School Athlete of the Week.
Blake Varsity Baseball has just finished up their regular season, with a record of 15-3, with them winning their last nine games. One of those wins was against the #1 seed in our division, Sherwood High School, 7-6. Tanner Sanderoff led the team to its first win over Sherwood since 2012 with a home run, a double, and three RBIs.
This is just one of the great games Sanderoff has had for Blake’s baseball. Over the season he has had a batting average of .532, two home runs, and 25 hits, leading the team in each of these stats. When pitching, he is 5-0 against teams, with the lowest ERa on the team of 1.7. Sanderoff also has 29 RBIS which is one away from Blake’s RBI record of 30.
He hopes to break this record against Paint Branch on Thursday in their first playoff game. This may come to fruition as the last time these two teams faced off against one another, Blake had an overwhelming 21-5 victory.