No. 1 Fallston gets best of Patapsco in 13-0 win

Baseball team 3 games from first state title

Playoff roundup


Fallston's 13-0 Class 3A North Region semifinal baseball shutout of Baltimore County power Patapsco yesterday moved the top-ranked Cougars within three games of winning the program's first state title.

Justin Collins, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound right-hander, struck out six, and allowed two hits and two walks in going the distance for his sixth victory against only loss. Collins threw 88 pitches.

The third-year starter, who also plays third base, also led the Cougars' 19-hit attack - the team's second-highest hit total since a 23-hit win over Joppatowne earlier this season. Collins went 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs and five RBIs.

Fallston's Steve Little went 2-for-5, with a double, two runs and five RBIs. Matt Toomey was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and one RBI. Adam Vaught was 3-for-4 with a triple, three runs and an RBI. Kevin Davis was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

A five-hit, five-run sixth inning turned a 4-0 lead into a rout for Fallston, which committed only one error. Patapsco finished 10-7.

Fallston is trying to reach its first final four since a 2A state semifinal appearance in 1993.

The win, coming after a 12-0 semifinal blowout of Randallstown, moved the Cougars to 19-1, a victory total coach Rob Limpert believes to be a school record. Fallston next plays host to Bel Air, a 9-1 winner over Kenwood, tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Bel Air (17-5), whose 3-1 win was the only loss for Fallston, got a five-inning, two-hit, two-strikeout, one-walk effort from Nick Webb (3-0) against Kenwood. Andy Spencer (6-2), who split regular-seaon games with the Cougars, will get the nod against Fallston's unbeaten ace Phil Akens.

"Collins pitched both times against us. The first game, we were up until they scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win, 5-4," said Bel Air's 16th-year coach Mike Innis.

No. 8 Perry Hall 12, Douglass 2: Rob Ibex, Chris Middlecamp and Brian Vecchioni had triples in a nine-hit rout by the state runner-up Gators (18-5) in Class 4A North Region semifinal action against the Ducks (17-2) and previously unbeaten DeShawn Brown (7-1).

The Gators play host to Dulaney tomorrow.

Dulaney 12, Walbrook 3: Trevor MacMeekin (6-1) went the distance, striking out four, scattering four hits and walking none. The Lions' (14-8) David Gobeli hit a bases-empty home run.

Boys lacrosse

No. 13 Dulaney 17, Parkville 0: The Lions (14-2) were led by Bret Barrow (four goals, two assists) and Bryant Will (two goals, five assists) in 4A-3A North Region title action that moves them into the state semifinals against C. Milton Wright tomorrow or Saturday at UMBC.

No. 14 Hereford 8, Franklin 6: Matt Curtis and Kris Davis each had three goals and two assists in a 3A-2A-1A North Region title win that moves the Bulls (12-3) into the state semifinal against defending champ Mount Hebron (14-1) tomorrow or Saturday.

C. Milton Wright 8, River Hill 7, OT: Jeff Rominski `s third goal with 1:53 left in the four-minute overtime lifted the Mustangs (12-5) over Howard County's River Hill (10-4) for the school's first Class 4A-3A North Region title.

Down 6-3 at halftime, keeper Garrison Souder (24 saves) and defender Gavin Zorbach limited the Hawks' Yale-bound Scott Kenworthy (two goals, two assists) to only one second-half assist.

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