Severna Park stumbles again in baseball playoffs

Broadneck pulls upset, 8-6

No. 1 Fallston cruises, 12-0



No high school baseball team in the metro area has broken the hearts of its fans like Severna Park. And the program did it again yesterday in Cape St. Claire.

The second-ranked and heavily favored Falcons were upset by No.14 Broadneck, 8-6, in the Class 4A East quarterfinals on a strong pitching performance by senior Ryan Bellerby and timely hitting by several Bruins.

Bellerby (8-2) only lasted three innings in 10-0 loss to the Anne Arundel County champions earlier, but went all seven innings yesterday on 126 pitches. The right-hander scattered seven hits and and struck out four - including Chris Odom with the bases loaded to end the game.

"Win or lose today, I still wanted one more crack at them," said Bellerby.

Designated hitter Matt Stover had three hits and scored two runs, and Eric Walsh doubled in what proved to be the winning run off losing pitcher Jason Carl (6-1).

Many times over the years Falcons powerhouses have come up short in the playoffs, but this was supposed to be the season the 40-year-old school finally won a region title and made it to the final four in baseball.

No. 1 Fallston 12, Randallstown 0: Junior left-hander Adam Vaught struck out five and allowed just two hits over four innings to power the top-ranked Cougars (18-1) to the Class 3A North quarterfinal victory in Fallston.

Senior Brian Owens went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and senior Justin Collins had two doubles and two RBIs.

Archbishop Curley 8, No. 4 Mount St. Joseph 6: The unranked Friars got a two-run homer from Brooks Norris, a complete game from Dan Prevatt and a two-run single from Steve Althoff to earn the chance to defend its MIAA A Conference title as the fourth seed in the double-elimination playoffs set to begin Thursday.

Curley (14-11) returns to top-seeded Mount St. Joe (20-8, 11-5) for a first-round game while No. 6 Calvert Hall (15-11, 10-6) plays host to No. 11 St. Paul's (17-8, 10-6) in the other.


No. 4 North County 10, Old Mill 0: Junior shortstop Caitlin Burns went 2-for-3, drove in two runs, and scored three times, and sophomore right-hander Brittany Boyd allowed just one hit in five innings to pace the host Knights (15-4) to the Class 4A East quarterfinal victory.No. 6 Franklin 9, Bel Air 1: Senior right-hander Jamie Widerman struck out 10 in five innings, and sophomore C.J. Luers had four RBIs for the host Indians (15-3) in a Class 3A North game.No. 3 Northeast-AA 14, Friendly 0: Senior right-hander Kristin Duvall improved to 7-0 by pitching her first career no-hitter to lead the Eagles (18-4) to a Class 3A East quarterfinal victory.No. 14 River Hill 8, Wilde Lake 0: Senior Amanda Bile drove in two runs and and sophomore Kelly Smith went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the visiting Hawks (15-4) to the Class 3A East quarterfinal victory.No. 15 North Carroll 10, Walter Johnson 0: Junior right-hander Angie Springer allowed just two hits and went 2-for-2 at the plate as the Panthers (13-6) rolled in the Class 3A West quarterfinal.

Boys lacrosse

No. 14 Hereford 6, Towson 5 OT: Senior defender Rob Bateman's goal eight seconds into overtime helped the Bulls (11-3) win a Class 3A-2A-1A North quarterfinal game that had been postponed from Saturday because of lightning.

Picking the game up with 20 seconds left in the third quarter and Hereford leading 4-2, senior midfielder Todd Yates scored at the beginning of the final period to give the Bulls a 5-2 lead.

The Generals, last season's regional champions, scored three unanswered goals with 1:48 left.No. 6 Annapolis 16, North County 7: Midfielder Josh Lesko scored a game-high six goals and had two assists as the host Panthers (14-2) cruised to a Class 4A-3A East quarterfinal victory.

Girls lacrosse

No. 3 Annapolis 12, Broadneck 11: The two-time defending Class 4A-3A state champs rallied from a 9-4 halftime deficit to edge the upset-minded Bruins in the East semifinal win.

Kristy Dirks scored seven goals and Sarah Oliphant recorded a hat trick and three assists for the Panthers (15-1-1). Rachel Shuck had two goals and three assists for Broadneck.

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