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Howard County baseball teams look to end state title drought
Howard County baseball teams look to end state title drought

Each spring, as baseball diamonds around Howard County thaw out, hope is renewed that a local public school team will return to Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen for the state championship game. But each spring for the last five years, Howard County has come up empty-handed in late May. This spring, with talent spread deep throughout the area, Howard County baseball enters the season confident and hungry to be playing past graduation. "Out of all the counties, I think we have the most talent," said Atholton senior center fielder Brady Acker, a three-time all-county selection who will play for George Mason next year. "I'm surprised none of us have won it yet, but I feel...

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