Matt Flynn

Howard baseball shocks Severna Park with seventh-inning rally to win first state championship

Howard baseball shocks Severna Park with seventh-inning rally to win first state championship

On the final pitch of the final at-bat of Howard baseball’s final game, junior Ryan Kulick just wanted to put the ball in play.

“We can’t go down on a strikeout there,” Kulick said afterwards, as fans screamed his name in celebration at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. “We’ve got to make them make a play.”

Up to that point, the Lions’ comeback in Friday’s 4A state championship against Severna Park was already improbable and nearly identical to last year’s state semifinal between the two teams. In that game, starter Cameron Clark shut down the Lions for 6 2/3 innings before reaching the 105-pitch limit, forcing him to exit with the Falcons up, 3-1. Next came back-to-back run-scoring...

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