FRONT ROYAL – For Scott and Drew McCormick, baseball has been in their blood since they were children.
“Ever since Drew and I were young, we’ve just had a knack for baseball,” Scott McCormick said.
The brothers put that baseball knowledge to the test when they faced each other during a Coach Pitch All-Star game between the Front Royal All-Stars and Frederick County National League All-Stars on June 25.
Scott McCormick coached the Front Royal, while his brother coached Frederick County. Front Royal won the contest 15-4.
“The competitiveness has always been there, but it has brought out the best in us,” Scott McCormick said.
When they weren’t competing against each other, the brothers played together when they attended Sherando High School and then again when they attended Shepherd University.
“When you’re playing ball with your sibling, you have a little different mindset than when you’re playing with another teammate,” Scott McCormick said. “You’re around them all the time. You treat them a little differently. A lot of times, you’re easy on them and other times you’re hard on them.”
“We hold each other accountable,” Drew McCormick said. “You know which plays they need to make or what you expect out of them. We’re competitive, but we expect a lot of each other.”
Scott McCormick, now living in Front Royal, got into coaching Little League after his son, Colton, started playing Little League in Front Royal three years ago. Drew McCormick, now living in Winchester, started coaching his son, Brandt, in the Coach Pitch League this year.
“I put in for the managerial position and got selected,” Drew McCormick said. “Once we saw how the pool play was going to end up and once we saw we were going to play each other, our father had some fun with it. It brought back some memories of him being around the game with us.”
While the old competitiveness was there, the brothers had a lot of fun facing each other.
“It’s good that Drew and I can just joke about it,” Scott McCormick said. “It’s funny how it comes full circle because we’ve been playing together since we were born and all the way up to one of the more competitive levels you can get to.”
The brothers primarily used the experience to instill the love of the game in their teams and their sons.
“It was good for the boys on both teams to see their coaches are brothers and you can be competitive to an extent on the field, but also have respect for the other person and, hopefully, bring out the best in your team,” Scott McCormick said.
He noted that Colton couldn’t wait to play against his uncle and cousin.
“Once he found out that Drew was coaching Brandt’s team, he couldn’t wait for the day to play against them,” Scott McCormick said. “[Colton] would be focused on what he had to do on the field and, whenever his cousin would come up, he’d be playing first base and cheering his cousin on.”
Drew McCormick said it was a good experience for his son.
“Brandt looks up to Colton,” he said. “I actually heard him one time in the dugout, when the game was starting, say ‘See that number 34? That’s my cousin!’ He was pretty proud and he wanted to make sure everybody on the team know that it was his cousin.”