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Chopticon ace Ljay Newsome shuts down Mt. Hebron in state baseball championship
Chopticon ace Ljay Newsome shuts down Mt. Hebron in state baseball championship

Mt. Hebron senior Mark Smith threw one of the finest games of his high school career in Saturday night's 3A state championship game at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. But it just so happened that the pitcher he went up against — Chopticon senior Ljay Newsome — had the performance of a lifetime. Led by Newsome's complete-game, one-hitter with 17 strikeouts, the Braves won their first state baseball championship, 1-0, on a Nick Gray triple and a walkoff sacrifice fly by Zachary Jerew in the bottom of the seventh. "Both pitchers were outstanding," Chopticon coach Ray Sapp said. "We just got lucky and hit a gap at the right time ... (Newsome) is the kind of...

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