Lansdowne softball squad wins regional chamionship
After losing twice to Eastern Tech, including once in the Baltimore County championship game, the Vikings got revenge when they pounded out 14 hits in a 5-1 victory over the Mavericks in the Class 2A North Region championship game.
That was more than enough for standout pitcher Maude McCourry, who allowed only four hits and added an RBI triple.
Catcher Sera Stull went 3-for-4 and Jesse Dore had a run-scoring double to aid the attack.
"We beat them when it counted and that was good for us. That was an extremely satisfying game," said Lansdowne senior Kelli Pease, who belted two triples in the Baltimore County championship game 5-3 loss to Eastern Tech.
The regional title game defeat was the first loss of the season for the Mavericks and the Vikings carried the momentum into the state semifinals, where they upended McDonough, of Calvert County, 10-7, to send them to the state finals for the second time in three years.
"That semifinal game against McDonough was really big for us because all the seniors had been playing together for so long and we were so close and we really wanted it," Pease said.
The dream for a state championship ended in an 8-5 loss to Easton in the state finals, but the Vikings finished 20-4 overall.
Lansdowne baseball reached state finals with semifinal power
Mike Morris blasted a two-run home run and Alex Kurth slugged a solo shot to help the Vikings to a 5-3 victory over Calvert in the Class 2A state semifinals.
Brad Childress added two hits to aid the complete-game pitching effort of Lansdowne's Sam Warfield.
The win propelled the Vikings to the state finals at Cal Ripken Stadium and Warfield was on the mound in a gutsy route-going effort despite a 4-0 loss to North Caroline.
North Caroline's Richie Blosser allowed only one hit, to Childress, and prevented the Vikings (14-6) from capturing its second state title in 18 years.
Boxers a hit at outdoor event
Lansdowne's Sam Warfield enjoyed success on the mound in the spring with the Vikings baseball team, but during the summer he and schoolmate Brian Yakel shared the boxing ring at Mighty Moe's Fights at the Fishhead event, held Aug. 20 at the Fishhead Cantina on Benson Ave.
Warfield earned a decision over Chris Cho and improved his amateur record to 2-0.
Yakel, who lost his first amateur bout in June, won his first by knocking out Reid Ruark in the first round.
Moe Rites, a fixture in the Arbutus boxing community, organized the outside event that was witnessed by nearly 500 fans.
Less is more for Viking Baltimore County wrestling champion
Lansdowne senior Greg McCoy, the sixth seed, dropped from 125 pounds to 119 and defeated three opponents with pins on his way to winning the Baltimore County wrestling championship.