McCourry carries Lansdowne past McDonough in 2A semi

Junior throws complete game, knocks in 4 for Vikings, who will face Easton in final Saturday at Maryland

Loch Ravens routs Surrattsville, 10-0, in 1A semifinal

May 24, 2011|By Todd Karpovich and Chris Branch, The Baltimore Sun

Lansdowne coach Jamie Izdebski has seen junior Maude McCourry slowly grow as a leader since making the team as a freshman and playing a vital in the Vikings' run to the state finals.

McCourry has continued to be a spark for Lansdowne all season, and she pitched a complete game and had four RBIs in the Vikings' 10-7 victory over McDonough in the Class 2A state semifinals Tuesday at Bachman Softball Park in Glen Burnie. Lansdowne will play Easton, which beat No. 5 North Carroll, 1-0, on Saturday at Maryland in search of its first title.

"Her confidence level has definitely gone up a level," Izdebski said of McCourry. "Her batting has definitely improved. Her confidence has grown so much. I tell her, 'You're the leader, you take command and you go with it.' She's been doing that."

The Vikings (19-3) opened a 6-0 lead in the first and scored twice more on McCourry's two-run triple in the second. She later helped the Vikings increase the lead to 10-4 in the sixth with a two-run double. McCourry improved to 13-3 on the season and knows that experience in College Park this time around.

"It feels good that we can go there again with me pitching again," McCourry said.

In the other semifinal, fifth-ranked North Carroll coach Lloyd Ford and his team faced Easton (18-4) in a rematch of last year's title game. The Panthers (20-2) managed 11 hits but could not muster a run against Easton's Sydnee Schorr.

The loss snapped North Carroll's 16-game winning streak. Easton scored its only run in the first on an RBI single by Maggie Hawkins.

"We did almost everything right," Ford said. "I'm as proud of them as I've ever been. We did more than give ourselves a chance."

Class 1A

No. 14 Loch Raven 10, Surrattsville 0, 5 innings: The Raiders are going to back to the state championship for the first time since 1989 after a dominant performance against the Hornets. Loch Raven will play Catoctin (17-3) on Saturday at Maryland.

"It's a great accomplishment," Raiders coach Anthony Menegatti said. "There are very hard teams we have to play in Harper County and Cecil County to get here, and it's just amazing to get this far."

Sophomore pitcher Jordan Pross threw a complete game, striking out 10.

"She was solid," Menegatti said. "She went out there and threw a lot of strikes. She's one of the most solid players I've ever coached."

The Raiders pulled away in the fourth on a two-runsingle from junior shortstop Macy Rhodes and a two-RBI double from sophomore third baseman Meghan Mostyn.

The five-run inning increased the lead to 9-0. The Raiders would go on to score one more in the top of the fifth to cement the game's mercy-rule status.

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