It was a good weekend for Northeast High School and Anne Arundel Community College baseball teams. It was not so good for Severn School and the women's lacrosse teams at Anne Arundel and Navy.
Senior right-hander Charlie Buckheit set another Northeast baseball milestone Saturday, notching his 25th career win in a 14-4 victory over Class 4A-power Arundel.
Buckheit's win came just two days after 25-year head coach Harry Lentz posted his 300th career win. Lentz reached his milestone Thursday, when the Eagles hammered Southern (3-4), 10-2. Lentz's lifetime mark is now 302-168.
Buckheit won one game as a freshman, was 7-2 as a sophomore and posted an 11-1 record last year.
The stylish pitcher, who is a pro prospect, is within two of the county record for career wins set by Arundel's Neal Herrick in 1975-77.
The state record for public school pitchers is 39 by Ken Loudermilk of North East of Cecil County set in 1985-88. Mount St. Joseph's Russ Warfield holds private school career mark of 38-3 (1977-80).
It was not so big a deal for the girls (12-1) to win 6-0 Saturday over the 4-7 Wildcats. The real news was that Kristy Zulka returned to pitch after injuring her knee nearly two weeks ago to finish up a no-hitter with Erika Shade.
The Anne Arundel Community College baseball team swept Charles Community College in a twin bill by scores of 8-7 and 17-8 to runits overall record to 24-7 in preparation for next weekend's Maryland junior college tournament.
And speaking of tournaments and playoffs, Severn's boys' lacrosse team finds itself needing a miracle to make the MSA A Conference playoffs after dropping a 9-6 decision at St. Paul's in Baltimore yesterday.
Anne Arundel's womens' stick teamlost its first two games of the season Saturday in the MarylandStateTournament and was knocked out of the championship round into the consolation bracket.
The Navy women set a school record for goals scored, but lost its third straight, 17-9, to the Loyola College Club Team.
Back to baseball and the unbeaten Northeast Eagles' win over Arundel.
The winners broke up a close game with five runs in the fifth inning and seven more in the final frame.
Arundel held a 4-2 lead behind southpaw Zach Collins (4-1) going into the top of the fifth, but the Eagles exploded for five, starting on, of all things, a runner reaching following a strikeout.
Collins punched out Scott Rey for an apparent second out with no one on, but catcher Dusty Oldfather couldn't handle the pitch and Rey reached first.
That opened the flood gates.
K.C. Murphy singled and Collins walked Craig Everett to load the bases. Joe Hoyer was hit by a pitch and Donnie Shump drilled a single to left, scoring two more to put Northeast ahead to stay, 5-4.
Two more Eagles came home on an error and a two-bagger by Derek Dolch.
The 7-4 lead was all Buckheit needed to post his sixth-straight victory.
His teammates put the icing on the cake in the seventh, aided by some shoddy fielding by the Wildcats. Arundel (11-3) committed four of its eight errors in the final frame to bury itself.
Murphy went 3-for-4 on the day while Everett had the game's only dinger, a solo shot.
Shump also tripled in a run, and Hoyer had two hits in four trips.
The Northeast win puts Severna Park, a 5-2 victor over South River (3-9) on Friday, ahead of the Wildcats for the top seed in the 4A Region IV playoffs.
Arundel and Severna Park do not meet again this season, but the Falcons do host Northeast at 3:45 p.m. Friday.
In the Eagles' girls' softball victory over the Wildcats on Saturday, Zulka fanned five of the six batters she faced to complete the no-hitter with Shade, who worked the first five.
Zulka tore cartilage in her right knee (leg she pushes off the rubber) during the Eagles 16-inning, 4-3 marathon loss to Glen Burnie on April 17.
The Eagles' senior ace didn't pitch again until Saturdayand is expected to have surgery on her knee after the high school season is over.
On the community college baseball scene, the Pioneers of Anne Arundel and head coach Clayton Jacobson swept Charles, taking the first game in eight innings, 8-7, when Mike
Kirkpatrick's third RBI of the game came on a bases-loaded walk.
Reliefer John Byer picked up his second win (2-1) after replacing starter Jimmy Durick and worked 4 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and three runs and striking out six.
In the nightcap, the Pioneers' bats were smoking,with Jay Schline leading the way with four hits including a three-run homer in the 17-8 romp.
Andy Young gave up six hits and six runsover six innings to run his record to 4-1.
Schline, a Chesapeake High grad, was 6-for-8 with a homer and 4 RBIs in the two games, while Northeast alumnus Andy Srebroski knocked in six runs on four hits.
On Friday, the Pioneers ripped Cecil, 11-1, on a spectacular pitching performance by 6-foot-4, 210-pound pro prospect Rick Forney.
Forney, a right-hander from Annapolis High, fired a masterful two-hitter, facing only 29 batters, two over the minimum in nine innings.