South River team a 25-year-old flashback

Notebook

May 21, 2008|By PAT O'MALLEY

South River is making its first appearance in the state semifinals in 25 years today, and there are a number of similarities between the 1983 team and this one.

Ken B. Dunn is still the South River baseball coach, now in his 31st season. Twenty-five years ago, Dunn's team went from 4-14 in the previous year to set a school record for wins (15-7) and were ranked No. 9 by The Sun.

The team was 9-13 in 2007 and this year broke the 1983 record for wins (16-7) and is ranked No. 6 by The Sun. The ace of the '83 team was a left-hander who went on to be All-County and second-team All-Metro in Mike Lindon. Eric Aumann, a junior left-hander, is this year's ace, and he is on target for some postseason honors.

Dunn can only hope the current team can go as far as the '83 team - and perhaps one step further.

The 1983 Seahawks routed Richard Montgomery, 11-5, in the state semifinals but lost, 13-9, to Thomas Johnson in the Class A (now 3A) final.

The current team won the program's second regional title - the Class 4A East on Saturday at Leonardtown in St. Mary's County - 2-0 in 10 innings.

Kevin Loftis hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th inning, and Aumann notched the 8-1 win in relief, with Zach Morris pitching a scoreless 10th for the save.

*Northeast baseball: Northeast hoped to join South River in the state tournament, but after winning close games all season, the No. 9 Eagles lost to No. 8 Fallston, 5-4, in the Class 3A regional semifinals Saturday. Coming back from deficits was the Northeast routine all season, as it used superb bunting, smart base running and the power of Brody Kean and John Hodges to prevail. In a must-win situation to return to the county championship game, the Eagles nipped Old Mill, 3-2, with the winning run scoring on a double play in the fifth. In the county final, the Eagles trailed defending champion Arundel, 2-0, into the fifth inning before scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth and three in the top of the seventh to win, 5-3. Then, in the 3A East quarterfinals, the Eagles fell behind North Harford, 4-0, in the first inning.

"Playing in a great county like Anne Arundel, it has prepared us all year for moments like this," Northeast coach Adam Bolling said after the game. "We've been down a lot this year, and we've battled back. And it's testament to these kids and their will to win." The Eagles' season-long good fortune ran out Saturday, as Fallston beat them at their own game by coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the sixth inning and prevailing on a squeeze bunt.

*Broadneck: On the night she scored the game-winning goal in overtime against rival Severna Park in field hockey last fall, Broadneck's Lindsay Mitchell left on a train for the Vermont Ice Hockey Academy. It's the second year in a row that Mitchell has split her time between Broadneck and the academy, and she returned at the end of this lacrosse season.

*Track and field: The Arundel girls and Old Mill boys won Class 4A East regional titles Saturday, and the Meade boys won the 3A East regional. Sophomore Kiera Joyner won the 100- and 200-meter sprints and anchored the gold medal 1,600 relay to lead Arundel. Old Mill's Anthony Edwards won the 110 hurdles, was second in the 400 and ran a leg of the victorious 400 relay. Justin Murdock led Meade by copping the 100, 200 and 400 dashes.

*Quick hits: Pat Todaro had four goals to lead the Southern boys (9-6) to a 7-5 win over Eastern Tech in the Class 2A-1A state lacrosse semifinals Friday night ... Urbana won 14 of 22 faceoffs in its 12-6 win over the Severna Park boys in the 4A-3A state semifinals Saturday to keep the Falcons out of a state final for the first time since 2001 ... Corrigan Sports announced the dates for Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic Underclassmen games and tryouts for boys and girls entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Boys are June 10, 13 and 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McDonogh; girls are June 4 and 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at McDonogh. The games are set for July 12 at Towson University, featuring teams from Baltimore, Washington, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Information: 410-605-9381, ext. 237, or www.underarmour lacrosse.com.

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