Despite watching his team lose four of its first five games this season, Lansdowne first-year coach Ken Goodman had confidence his Vikings would turn things around. His optimism was largely based on the fact that his two top players were his daughters.
With freshman Jordyn Goodman on the mound and her older sister Hannah Goodman behind the plate, Lansdowne did indeed turn it around.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Vikings (12-6) defeated Loch Raven, 6-3, in the Class 2A North Region semifinals at Lansdowne High School.
Hannah Goodman had a home run in the fourth inning and her leadoff single in the fifth led to the go-ahead run being scored by courtesy runner Tatayana Jackson.
Jordyn Goodman was the winning pitcher as the Vikings captured their ninth victory in the past 11 games. The only losses during the streak came against Dulaney and Catonsville.
The win over Loch Raven (7-11) advances Lansdowne to the regional championship game, where the Vikings will play unbeaten Eastern Tech (18-0), which advanced with a 4-2 win over Hereford.
Lansdowne lost to the Baltimore County champion Mavericks, 16-0, on March 24 in the season opener.
The victory over Loch Raven didn’t come as easily as a 7-0 regular-season win on April 17, when Jordyn Goodman pitched at two-hit shutout. Wednesday, she scattered five hits and walked one.
Loch Raven junior Erin Muir, who had both hits off Goodman in the earlier meeting, was 3-for-3. Maddie Williams (single) and Sarah Beckmann (double) had the other hits for Loch Raven.
Loch Raven scored a run in the top of the first after Megan Harper walked and was sacrificed to second by Kelli Standiford. She went to third on a wild pitch and scored on an overthrow.
The Raiders threatened to extend the lead in the second when Williams reached on an error and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches.
But, after Goodman struck out Ashley Hatz, Sarah Levy hit a comebacker that Goodman threw to first for an out, and first baseman Kate Amoss threw home to Hannah Goodman, who tagged out Williams for a double play.
“That was the turning point,” Ken Goodman said. “It was almost like we needed something to jump-start us.”
“That definitely, pumped me up,” Jordyn Goodman said. “It let me know my defense was there for me, and we were going to get the win regardless.”
Loch Raven scored another run in the top of the fourth to make it 2-0. Muir led off with a single and scored on a two-out single by Williams.
However, in the bottom of the fourth, Hannah Goodman got the Vikings’ offense rolling with a solo homer on the first pitch to dead center field.
“I just wanted to get on base, honestly, and I wanted to crush the ball,” she said. “Base-runners are key in this game. You need them to score and the only way you are going to get them is to get a base hit.”
Jordyn Goodman followed the homer with a single.
After a sacrifice bunt by Nikki Brown and line out by Miranda Bosley, on a good running catch by left fielder Ashley Hatz, Christina Horn’s single brought home the tying run.
In the bottom of the fifth, Lansdowne added two runs to make it 4-2. Again, the Goodman sisters ignited the rally.
Hannah and Jordyn had back-to-back singles with two outs and courtesy runners Jackson and Ciarrah Fittro scored.
Rikki Brown’s triple drove home the second run of the inning.
Loch Raven didn’t go down quietly.
The Raiders cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the sixth after a leadoff single by Muir and run-scoring double by Beckmann.
But Lansdowne added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on a triple by Morgan Thayer and two-out Alex Bloom home run.
“That was actually her (Bloom) first home run on varsity, so it was awesome, a good way to end her last home game as a senior,” Hannah Goodman said.
Bloom’s blast was one of four extra-base hits for the Vikings, who made adjustments after the first three innings.
Freshman pitcher Amy Drzewiecki pitched a solid game for Loch Raven, allowing 10 hits and walking none.
“It’s encouraging when you are playing a good team like Lansdowne and it's 6-3 and you are winning most of the game and a few plays here and there you might win the game,” Loch Raven coach Anthony Menegatti said. “We played with a lot of heart. We battled well, and I was real proud of them.”