Two days before Lansdowne traveled to Eastern Tech to play the unbeaten Mavericks, Lansdowne junior Hannah Goodman was asked to compare playing the defending state champions at the end of the year, after losing 16-0 to them in the first game of the season.
“We are going to play them hard until the end. They are not going to expect what is coming. It’s not the first game, it’s playoffs and we are here to win,” said Goodman after Lansdowne defeated Loch Raven 6-3 in the regional semifinals.
Goodman called it just right.
Lansdowne (13-6) stunned the previously unbeaten Mavericks, 5-3, on Friday to win the Class 2A North Region championship and end Eastern Tech's season.
The Vikings also ended a 43-game winning streak for Eastern Tech (18-1).
Lansdowne will play Easton at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at Bachman Park in the state semifinals.
Easton, which lost to Eastern Tech in the state title game last year, will be going for its eighth state championship and will make its 14th appearance in the final four.
Lansdowne is making its sixth state tournament appearance and first since 2012.
“We are going to play them the same way we played Eastern [Tech],” Lansdowne coach Ken Goodman said. “We assume they can hit so we are going to let them hit.”
That strategy worked against Eastern Tech as freshman pitcher Jordyn Goodman, one of the coach's two daughters on the team -- along with Hannah, the Vikings' senior catcher -- didn’t strike out a batter but scattered five hits in the complete-game effort.
“Other than one throwing error, we played perfect defense,” coach Goodman said.
That defense started with Jordyn’s sister, Hannah, who called the game from behind the plate.
It included infielders Katie Amoss (1B), Alex Bloom (2B), Emily Wilkens (SS) and Morgan Thayer (3B) and outfielders Rikki Brown (RF), Miranda Bosley (CF) and Christina Horn (LF).
Lansdowne never trailed as the Vikings started with a solo home run by Jordyn Goodman leading off the second inning. In the third, Amoss singled and scored on a double by Wilkens.
After Hannah Goodman walked, Jordyn drove her home with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
Eastern Tech, which outscored its opponents 242-32 in its 18 victories, was held scoreless for the first three innings.
In the fourth, a hit and throwing error allowed the Mavericks to cut the lead to 3-2, but the Vikings answered with two runs in the top of the fifth for a 5-2 lead.
Amoss led off with a single and was forced at second by Bloom. After a Wilkens walk, Hannah Goodman drilled a two-run double.
Sarah Heagy’s solo home run in the bottom of the sixth cut the deficit to 5-3, but, after Jen January’s double, Eastern Tech was unable to score the rest of the way.
Eastern Tech went one-two-three in the seventh on a fly out to Bosley and pop outs to Wilkens and Bloom.
“After that, the celebration began,” coach Goodman said. “They were in shock. Obviously, they fully expected to win.”
Eastern Tech’s last loss before Friday came against Northern, of Calvert County, in the 2013 state championship final.