That ancient baseball adage that good pitching beats good hitting was never more true than last night at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans as No. 13 South Carroll stunned top-ranked Severna Park, 2-1, in the Class 3A state semifinals.
Right-hander Josh Lewis, who is headed to Indiana University on a baseball scholarship, three-hit the Falcons (19-6), who came into the game outscoring their opponents 228-124.
"That's a great hitting ball team they have and for him [Lewis] to come out and pitch that well ..." said South Carroll coach George Richardson, whose team lost their season opener, 6-3, at Severna Park.
Throwing in the mid-80's and topping out at 87-88 mph, Lewis (6-1) struck out six, his last strikeout ended the game with the tying run on second in the person of Alex Vitale. Vitale had two of the three hits off Lewis.
South Carroll (14-9) will play La Plata (17-7) of Charles County at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cannon for the state championship. South Carroll won its last appearance in the state final, in 1999.
Severna Park was making its first appearance in the final four since the state tournament began in 1975 and got an outstanding performance from senior right-hander Ryan Doot (6-3). Doot gave up five hits, struck out six and walked two.
La Plata 9, No. 6 Fallston 5: One bad inning cost Fallston (17-7) dearly in the first 3A semifinal played at Joe Cannon Stadium as La Plata of Charles rung up five runs to break up a 2-2 game.
The Warriors (17-7) took a 7-2 lead in the top of the fourth, capitalizing on a couple of mistakes by the Cougars.
"We didn't play good defensively and that has been our problem this year," said Fallston coach Mark Puckett, who returned this spring after an eight-year absence.
The Cougars committed five errors on the day, but nearly tied the score in the bottom of the seventh with two outs when Drew White launched a blast down the left-field line with the bases loaded.
White's shot curved foul about 10 feet from the pole and La Plata relief pitcher Tim Deavers got White to ground out to end the game.
Atholton 9, Easton 2: The Raiders (19-5) rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Easton (17-5) of Talbot County in a state semifinal at Arundel High.
Senior right-hander Matt Revelle (11-1) pitched a three-hitter against an Easton team that was averaging almost 10 runs a game.
Both runs scored off him were unearned. He struck out nine, walked one and retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced.
"This is the greatest feeling I've ever had," Revelle said. "We've come from behind several times before and I was prepared for another one."
The Raiders will face Southern-Anne Arundel at Joe Cannon Stadium in Saturday's final.
Southern-AA 4, Overlea 3: The Bulldogs (10-14) rallied for three runs in the last inning to win their fifth straight game -- and their first trip to the state final.
The winning run scored on a pickoff attempt at second base as Doug Green, who had walked and stolen second, deliberately tried to draw a throw from the catcher by taking a big lead. Travis Soper raced home on the throw.
-- Rick Belz
High Point 6, Parkville 2: The Knights ran out of comebacks, falling in the state semifinal at Prince George's Stadium.
The Eagles (20-2) of Prince George's County will meet Thomas Johnson for the state championship Friday night at Joe Cannon Stadium.
Parkville (17-5), which rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Perry Hall in the North regional final, got an RBI single from junior shortstop Andrew Freeburger in the fifth inning to pull to 2-1. With two outs in the sixth, a two-base error by the Knights allowed High Point to score three runs.
"We have a team mainly of juniors, and I think that showed a little bit," said Parkville coach Jeff Markle, whose team was making its first semifinal appearance since 1997. "We didn't have a total lapse or breakdown; it was a spot here and a spot there that I think we can correct next season."
-- Derek Toney