The play started on a penalty corner by Halligan and ended with her celebrating the Sailors’ second title in three years.

“I’m never going to forget it,” said Halligan, whose first pass went to junior Lacy Cole. “I took the insert and it went out to Lacy and she took a shot and it just bounced off the goalie’s pads and ended up right in front of the goal and I just sent it into the corner.”

Welcome home for former Comet ace Adam Kolarek

Binghamton Mets Double-A relief pitcher and Catonsville native Adam Kolarek admitted he had some extra adrenaline flowing when he made his first relief appearance in the second game of the series with the Bowie Baysox at Prince Georges Stadium.

The crowd, that included former Catonsville High teammates, friends and family scattered throughout the stadium, welcomed him into the game with hearty applause.

The 2007 Catonsville High graduate’s father, Frank Kolarek, who is a Baltimore Orioles scout for four teams in the Double-A Eastern League, including Binghamton, felt the love for his son.

“As Ad starts making his way in from the bullpen, you see all the groups start standing up and cheering. It was like a little wave,” said Kolarek, who played in the Oakland Athletics organization from 1976 through 1982.

Kolarek retired the only batter he faced in the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth that ended that inning with a 95-mile per hour fastball on the outside corner for strike three.

“I was pumped and I was letting one go,” said Kolarek, who consistently throws his heater in the low 90’s.

“That was for Catonsville,” his dad said. “It was the Catonsville pitch. It was either going to hit the black or hit the screen and it was so cool because everybody was up. You would have thought he was at a home game because of all the people that were here.”

Arbutus Little League squad wins District 4 title

For the first time since 2007, the Arbutus 11-12 Little League all-star baseball team won the District 4 championship and advanced to the Maryland State Tournament at Arbutus Middle School.

Arbutus earned its berth in the state tournament by winning three games in the District 4 tournament held in Southern Maryland.

Head coach Kevin Lober’s squad outscored its foes 32-5.

Ricky Gruby pitched a complete game in the 5-inning slaughter rule 18-1 victory over South Baltimore.

Jacob Baney twirled a six-inning complete-game gem in the second game 5-2 victory over Forest Park and he was aided by excellent glovework from C.J. Baker in right field.

Jake Perry and Baker shared mount duties in the title game.

The 12 players were selected from the Arbutus Little League 11-12 in-house program and Lober’s Southwestern Car Care championship squad produced four of them, including his son, Bailey Lober, Baney, Nick Palacorolla and Tyler Lewis.

The squad also included Casey Dixon, Zach Bock, T.J. Hebron, Zach Smith and Robert Sawyer Jr.

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