Jack Koras had a hat trick and the Dons had a strong showing in the second half that carried No. 6 Loyola Blakefield to a 9-4 victory over No. 5 St. Paul’s in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference quarterfinal Friday.
The visiting Dons improved to 8-8 and will face top-ranked Calvert Hall (14-2) in Monday’s semifinal at 5 p.m. at Johns Hopkins.
The Crusaders’ loss marks the end of a 17-year career for coach Rick Brocato, who steps down as the program’s all-time wins leader with 239.
Loyola jumped out 2-0 in the first quarter and led 3-2 at the half. But, Keegan Pearl scored his second goal to tie the score with five minutes left in the third quarter.
Then the Dons started to run, scoring five straight goals.
Loyola coach Ben Rubeor noted a defensive stand with the offensive turnaround.
“We were a man-down and got a stop,” Rubeor said. “Then we got a quick goal and the momentum started to shift.”
Rubeor also credited Michael Del Bene, who won eight of 14 faceoffs, and Colin Quinn, who stepped up on defense.
No. 2 McDonogh 22, No. 8 St. Mary’s 6: Consider the Eagles (15-3) primed to defend their MIAA A Conference championship.
Host McDonogh stated its case with a dominant win over the Saints (13-7).
In a game that was delayed 75 minutes at the start and had two more weather interruptions covering nearly two hours, the host Eagles jumped out fast – building a 12-1 lead into the second quarter – and were never threatened the rest of the way.
Senior Jack Parr finished with four goals and two assists, and 13 others either scored or assisted as the Eagles moved to Monday’s semifinals.
McDonogh will next face No. 3 Boys’ Latin at 7:30 p.m. at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field.
It’s a rematch of last year’s title game, an 8-5 McDonogh win. During the regular season, the Lakers claimed a 10-9 overtime win April 28.
“It’s goiing to be a great challenge and a great opportunity for us – we’re excited to get back to Hopkins. To be one of the last four teams playing in the league is a great achievement for anyh team and we’re excited to be there,” McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner said. “We got a great opponent to play in BL. They had our number the last time, so we’re looking froward to seeing them again.
— Glenn Graham
Sherwood 2, No. 2 Dulaney 1: With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the host Warriors (17-1), ranked sixth by The Washington Post, scored twice and held on to capture their sixth straight 4A North region softball title with a 2-1 win over No. 2 Dulaney. The Lions finished 17-3.
—Kyle McFadden, Baltimore Sun Media Group
No. 12 C. Milton Wright 2, Lansdowne 1: Skylar Little hit a two-out double to center field to score two runs in the third inning and lift the Mustangs (17-7) over the host Vikings (14-6-1) in a Class 3A North region final.
No. 5 Chesapeake-AA 5, No. 12 River Hill 0: By the looks of things, unless you wear the colors blue and gold and have the letters SP on your cap, it may be hard to defeat the No. 5 Chesapeake baseball team.
No. 12 River Hill found that out on Friday, as the Hawks (16-6) came to Pasadena to face the Cougars, who have only lost to Severna Park this season, and after a dominant performance by Chesapeake ace Joe Seidler and clutch hits by shortstop Dillon Oxyer and catcher Tommy McNamara, the Hawks headed back to Howard County a 5-0 loser to the Class 3A East Region title winner.
Chesapeake (19-3) will play C. Milton Wright, the North Region winner, at either 4 or 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Joe Cannon Stadium in the state semifinals.
Seidler, who was effective but not brilliant, spotted his fastball well in throwing the complete-game shutout, allowing three hits, two hit batsmen and only one walk, while striking out four on 90 pitches. Of the 27 batters he faced, he threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of them and finished throwing 63 percent of his pitches for strikes to improve his record to 6-1.
"Joe was just being Joe out there. Joe located his fastball very, very well and threw enough off speed to keep them honest and everything was good," Chesapeake coach Ken King said of his junior workhorse. "This crew is special in their own way and this is nice to do it with them."
—Michael Morea, Baltimore Sun Media Group
No. 4 Patterson Mill 2, McDonough 1: Max Elliott scored the first run and drove in the second to help the host Huskies (21-2) beat the Rams (11-4) in a Class 1A North region final.
Patterson Mill will face St. Michaels, an 11-1 winner over Snow Hill, in the state semifinals on Tuesday.
Elliott led off with a double, advanced on a sacrifice and came home on a sac fly by Steve Spencer for a 1-0 Patterson Mill lead in the first inning.
In the third inning, Eric Raley hit a double and pinch runner Todd Campo scored on a sacrifice fly by Elliott.
Jake Sheesley pitched seven innings, gave up one run on four hits, walked one and struck out three for the win.
Fallston 9, Queen Anne's 3: The Cougars (14-7) beat the host Lions (9-5) in Class 2A East region final and claimed their first region title since 2009.
Bryce Logan went 51/3 innings, gave up one run on four hits, walked three and struck out five for the win.
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.