FREDERICK -- Arundel High captured its fifth state baseball title -- the most by any school -- with an 8-1 victory over Perry Hall in the state Class 4A championship game at McCurdy Field last night.
Junior left-hander Zach Collins pitched the complete game for Arundel (20-4) and the Wildcats pounded out 10 hits against Perry Hall (17-3), which was going for its second straight title. Gators ace Kevin Loewe was reached for five extra-base hits and suffered his first loss in nine decisions this season.
Collins, who came into the game with a 7-1 record, struck ounine, allowed just four hits, yielded one walk and hit one batter.
"The fastball felt good today, and the curve was dropping in," said Collins.
Collins had little trouble out of Perry Hall's talented threesome of Roy Marsh, Loewe and Donnie Burks, who were a combined 2-for-8. Loewe had both hits. Marsh reached base on a walk, but was out when he was hit by a grounder by Loewe.
"We didn't put the pressure on them and they hit the ball," said Perry Hall coach Larry Butz. "He kept our hitters off balance, and we couldn't get anything going."
Designated hitter Larry Dobson doubled, tripled and drove in three runs to lead the Arundel attack. Shortstop Scott Young had two singles and two RBI.
"I was expecting curves but I kept getting fastballs," saiDobson. "It got to where I was just waiting for the fastballs."
Arundel took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Larry Dobson lined a bases-loaded double to center field to score Young, who led off the inning with a single, and A.J. Trout, who followed Young with a walk.
Arundel added another run to make it 3-0 in the top of the third when Trout led off with a triple to right-center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dusty Oldfather.
Dobson got the Wildcats another run in the fifth when he tripled to center, scoring Tre Overstreet, who pinch-ran for Oldfather after a single, to make it 4-0.
Dobson tried for an inside-the-park home run after the ball got past center fielder Roy Marsh, who attempted to make a diving catch. But Marsh recovered in time for the Gators to catch Dobson at home.
Perry Hall got a run in the fifth. Joe Basiaga led off with a double and advanced to third when Young, the Arundel shortstop, committed an error on a grounder by Jeff Burrows. Basiaga scored on a wild pitch.
But Arundel came back with three runs in the top of the sixth on a two-run single by Young and an RBI single by Eric Hontz.