Franklin wins 4A North final


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No. 12 Franklin pulled off the improbable by winning the Class 4A North regional final, 2-0, over Neal Davis and visiting No. 9 Catonsville yesterday.

The Indians (18-3), who last reached the state semifinals in 2001, beat Davis, the 6-foot-5 left-hander who is headed to Virginia and is one of the the area's top pitchers.

Franklin will play the South winner on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium.

"I gave my all, but it wasn't good enough to win," said Davis, who struck out seven and walked none. "But it was an honor to be with the great group of guys we have."

Mark Petersen (8-1), a junior right-hander, bested Davis (7-2) by holding the Comets (17-5) to two hits, striking out six and walking two.

The Indians had only three hits but bunched them together in the fourth inning to score their runs after Davis set down the first nine hitters.

Josh Ridgely drilled a shot through the box that nearly hit Davis in the face to start the Indians' fourth. Ridgely scored on Brett Sanders' double to center field, and Ryan Becker singled in Sanders' courtesy runner.

"I think we accomplished something very big by beating [Davis]," Sanders said. "A lot of people have been predicting [Catonsville] and Centennial in the finals all year. We got a great outing from our ace [Petersen]."

Gilman 12, No. 4 Archbishop Spalding 2 -- The unranked, fifth-seeded Greyhounds continued their postseason surge in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament, defeating the second-seeded Cavaliers (19-8) to advance to the finals Wednesday at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Host Gilman (14-9) earned its third straight win in the double-elimination tournament and will face the winner of Monday's game between Calvert Hall and Spalding. If Gilman loses Wednesday, the teams would meet Thursday at Ripken Stadium for the title.

No. 6 Calvert Hall 13, No. 3 Mount St. Joseph 8 -- The defending champion and third-seeded Cardinals (24-8) eliminated the host and top-seeded Gaels (19-6) in the MIAA A Conference tournament.

No. 2 Arundel 5, No. 8 Chesapeake-AA 3 -- Tyler Hibbs struck out nine in four innings of hitless relief as the Wildcats came from behind to beat the visiting Cougars in the Class 4A East regional final. Matt Skrenchuk (2-for-3) hit a two-run double in the fourth to put Arundel (21-3) ahead for good.

C. Milton Wright 13, Blake 7 -- Brothers Adam and Jordan Wlodarczyk combined to go 6-for-9 and drive in five runs as the visiting Mustangs (16-8) won the Class 4A North title.

No. 13 Eastern Tech 6, Poly 1 -- Mike Sokolis went the distance, giving up one run on three hits and striking out six as the visiting Mavericks (17-5) beat the Engineers in the Class 2A North final.

Atholton 10, Howard 6 -- Brett McQuilkin went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and David Lanier had seven strikeouts in a complete-game win over the host Lions in the Class 2A South final.

Park 3, Friends 1 -- John Gill gave up one unearned run on two hits and struck out six to lead the host Bruins (15-6). Park's Tony DeMarco went 1-for-2 with a run and three stolen bases. Park will host Friends (10-8) at 4 p.m. on Monday to decide who goes to the MIAA B Conference finals.

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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