Lansdowne played with the confidence and poise of veterans in the Class 2A state championship game against Easton Saturday in College Park.
A much more tentative and less confident Lansdowne (20-4) appeared in the final two years ago and was shutout by McDonough, 4-0.
Unfortunately this time, the Vikings faced another powerhouse and lost 8-5 to Easton, winners of two straight championships and three in four years.
"There aren't many of club players on our team," Lansdowne coach Jamie Izdebski said. "I think that says a lot when they are playing against a team that has a lot of club players, and lose by three (runs). It's nothing to hang their heads about. Number two in the state is nothing to sneeze about."
It looked like things might go Lansdowne's way early.
After Easton (20-3) pushed across a run in the top of the first inning, Lansdowne responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Easton pitcher Sydnee Schorr, who gave up three hits and one earned run in seven innings, hit leadoff batter Kelli Pease with a pitch. The next batter, Hunter Long, reached on a throwing error, which allowed Pease to go to third.
Maude McCourry drove in Pease on a sacrifice fly to left field and Long later scored on Marlaina McCourry's infield hit.
Easton made it 2-2 in the third when Katie Lempke (2-for-4, triple) drilled a home run over the left-center field fence off of pitcher Maude McCourry, who yielded two earned runs on 13 hits across seven innings.
The Warriors went ahead for good in the fourth. Emily Hawkins (2-for-4) stroked a three-run double into the left field gap to give her team a 5-2 lead.
Easton added three runs in the eighth..
Lansdowne didn't quit and plated three runs in the sixth. Ashlie Smith highlighted the inning with a two-run single.