Lansdowne held to one hit in 4-0 loss to North Caroline in 2A baseball final

May 28, 2011|By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun

Moments after Lansdowne's 4-0 loss to North Caroline in the Class 2A state championship game, Lansdowne principal Lyn Whitlock smiled as she walked off the field with the school's finalist trophy.

"I think their being here shows they have such strength of character," she said. "We're very, very proud of them. Their performance this season and that of our softball team, which was also a finalist and our track team, which went to states, have provided us with a lot of excitement. And on top of their athletics, they're all very good students."

While there are positives to be found in the bigger picture, there wasn't a whole lot for the Vikings to be happy about during the game Saturday at Ripken Stadium.

North Caroline senior Richie Blosser threw a sterling one-hitter to stifle the Vikings (14-6), who were making their first appearance in a state title game since 1998, when they also lost to the Bulldogs (17-6) of Caroline County.

"Richie had just enough control to get the job done," North Caroline coach Henry Ward said of his pitcher, who will attend Towson University next year. "He gutted it out with his fastball."

Blosser, who also leads the team in hitting, and did so again Saturday yesterday with a double, single and walk while scoring three of the Bulldogs' four runs, said he knew he had to be strong on the mound.

"Lansdowne is a great team," he said. "We saw their semifinal game and they were hitting home runs all over the place. I knew I had to bear down. I think this is the best game I've pitched all year."

The only Lansdowne player to get a hit was sophomore Bradley Childress. He singled in the third with one out and advanced to third base thanks to a walk to Josh Shook and a fielder's choice. But a groundout ended the inning.

Lansdowne coach Matt Kohel, who has rebuilt the Vikings over the past five years, said he was particularly pleased by the performance of his pitcher, sophomore Sam Warfield, who scattered eight hits in the complete game to finish the season 8-2 with a 3.06 ERA.

"I think this is one of those things my team probably won't get for a couple of days," he said. "Then the seniors will have enjoyed the ride and the underclassmen will take it and build on it for next year. We got here and even this past March getting here wasn't in our minds."

Lansdowne's 1993 baseball championship still stands as the only state title in the school's history.

North Caroline 4, Lansdowne 0

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. NC – Blosser. 2B – Blosser. L – Warfield.

St. Michael's 4, Patterson Mill 0

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SM – Mulder. 3B – McKelvey. HR – Parks. PM – Golczewski.

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