Arundel, C.M. Wright win

Each knock off unbeaten teams to earn final date for 4A crown



Two Baltimore-area teams, No. 1 Arundel and No. 13 C. Milton Wright, knocked off undefeated teams from Montgomery and Prince George's counties, respectively, yesterday in the Class 4A state semifinals at Prince George's Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox.

Arundel (22-3) and C.M. Wright (17-8) will play for the 4A state championship at 7.30 p.m. Friday at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.

The top-rated Wildcats avenged their loss to the Quince Orchard in last year's final with a 9-1 victory.

Arundel, which already holds the Maryland record for state titles, will go after No. 10 on Friday under 32-year coach Bernie Walter.

Tyler Hibbs, a sophomore right-hander, went the distance on a seven-hitter to improve to 12-1 and was supported by three homers, two by junior first baseman Shawn Pleffner and a three-run shot by Corey Overholtzer. Quince Orchard came in 21-0 with a 34-game winning streak dating back to last year.

Hibbs moved into seventh place on the Wildcats' all-time career wins list with his 17th and tied Neal Herrick (1976) for second place for most single-season wins behind all-time leader Mike Wesneski. Wesneski was 13-0 in 1979.

After Arundel blew a seven-run lead in last year's final, Hibbs took the loss.

"We had a scout at one of their games last week and they started talking stuff, like Arundel's freshman [Hibbs last year] will choke again this year," said Hibbs, who struck out six and walked three on 121 pitches yesterday for his third straight win in the playoffs.

"I didn't choke. They were also saying they were going all the way and that really pumped us up."

Arundel rode a four-run second inning and a three-run sixth after the Cougars got within 6-4 in the fifth.

No. 13 C.M. Wright 3, Eleanor Roosevelt 1 -- Senior left-hander Nick Bisesi (9-5) was brilliant on a five-hitter, a single in every inning but the fifth and seventh, to lead the Mustangs to their first final since losing the Class 3A to Centennial in 2001. Bisesi struck out 10 and walked one as the Mustangs of first-year coach Tony Blackburn scored two runs on three errors by the Raiders (22-1) of Prince George's in the fourth for the margin of victory. Each team had a leadoff triple for a single run in the third inning. Dante Dozier tripled for the Raiders and scored on a sacrifice fly by Eric McCamant. Bisesi tripled and scored on a fielder's choice by Danny O'Donnell. In the bottom of the fourth, Mike Rappazzo and Adam Wlodarczyk, each of whom singled, scored on an error for the last two runs off losing pitcher Stan Swetnam (8-1). Swetnam went all the way for Roosevelt giving up four hits, striking out nine and walking one. Bisesi escaped a second and third situation in the sixth by striking out the side.

Class 3A

Huntington 2, No. 6 Franklin 0 -- Matt Baden's double in the third inning scored Nick Hardy as the Lightning (16-8) defeated the Indians in the Class 3A state semifinal at Bachman Field. Marc Peterson gave up one earned run on four hits and struck out six in the losing effort for Franklin (20-4).

J.M. Bennett 4, North Carroll 1 -- Mike Prestileo drove in the final three runs for the Clippers (19-2) on two hits in the fourth and sixth innings of a Class 3A state semifinal at Bachman Field. Justin Carver scored the Panthers' lone run on a throwing error in the third. North Carroll finished the season at 14-8.

Class 2A

No. 8 Eastern Tech 6, Atholton 3 -- Ryan Rivers pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts as the Mavericks (19-4) defeated the Raiders (11-11) in the Class 2A state semifinals at Arundel High. Samson Doyle pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs for Atholton.

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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