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Team Maryland wins first Heartland Classic baseball tournament

The Team Maryland baseball team on Saturday won its first Heartland Classic championship in Norman, Okla.

Maryland beat Team Texas, 4-0, after losing to the defending tournament champions, 11-1, on Wednesday. 

Right fielder Andy Szamski (Eastern Tech) and designated hitter Chris Ruszin (Chesapeake-AA) each drove in a run for the team, which is selected by the Maryland State Association of Baseball coaches.

Center fielder Brady Acker (Atholton) -- The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year -- went 2-for-3.

Maryland jumped on Texas early, scoring twice in the top of the first inning. The team added two insurance runs in the top of the sixth.

Taylor Bloom, from Riverdale Baptist in Upper Marlboro, pitched a complete game and allowed just three hits.

Team Maryland (5-2) had to overcome two losses on Wednesday to reach the tournament final.

The team defeated Oklahoma, 6-5, and Georgia, 8-1 on Tuesday, but lost to Arkansas, 6-2, and Texas on Wednesday. Maryland advanced by beating Ohio, 6-5, and Colorado, 11-0, on Friday.

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