Before Eastern Tech defeated Lansdowne 7-5 in the 2016 Baltimore County championship game on Tuesday afternoon, nobody had to remind the Eastern Tech softball players what happened the last time the Mavericks played Lansdowne in a postseason game.
It happened nearly a year ago on May 15 in the Class 2A North Region championship game when the Vikings won 5-3 and ended the Mavericks' unbeaten season.
That defeat also halted Eastern Tech's undefeated streak at 43 games, dating back to 2013 when they lost to Northern, Calvert County, in the state championship game.
Eastern Tech (16-1), which won the state title in 2014, led from start to finish against the Vikings (14-3) and won its sixth straight Baltimore County championship in a game played at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk.
Senior third baseman Sara Ciekot led the Mavericks' offense with three hits and two runs scored and used last year's playoff loss as motivation.
The Mavericks got the run back in the bottom of the fifth inning and led 7-1 when Meyers belted a solo home run 10 feet to the right of the 198-feet sign in left field.
Goodman retired six of the final eight batters in the next two innings, with the final two coming on strikeouts six and seven.
She yielded nine hits and walked one, but wasn't helped by four Lansdowne errors.
"Even one error against a good team you are going to be in a losing column," said Lansdowne senior catcher Hannah Goodman, Jordyn's older sister. "It's hard to make four errors against a team like this and still think you are going to win."
"Errors killed us and mistakes killed us," said Lansdowne coach Ken Goodman, father of the battery mates.
But, the Vikings refused to quit and rallied in the top of the seventh with four runs.
A leadoff walk by Trinity Piller started the inning and she advanced to third on singles by Barrass and Wilkens (2-for-3).
Hannah Goodman (3-for-4) plated two runs with a ground double down the third base line and Wilkens scored on a sacrifice fly by Jordyn Goodman to make it 7-4.
After Bri Elser grounded out, Morgan Thayer reached on an error that scored the fifth run, but Bronushas fanned Jessie Trott on a high fastball to end the game.
"We never gave up and we put pressure on them," coach Goodman said. "That's the way you've got to play Eastern Tech. You've got to hang with them."
Eastern Tech coach Meyers knew his team needed to start fast against the Vikings.
"Those Goodman kids are very passionate kids and they get that team fired up over there, so we wanted to kind of match that kind of passion and energy and it worked," Meyers said. "It was an exciting game towards the end."
Eastern Tech's only loss this season was a 4-3 defeat against C. Milton Wright on May 7 and that ended a 15-game winning streak.
The Mavericks are the top seed in Section I of the Class 2A North Region and will play at home in the second round of the playoffs on Monday, May, 16 at 4 p.m.
Lansdowne, whose only regular-season losses came against Eastern Tech, 10-0, and Franklin, 7-3, opens play as the second-seeded team in Section I of the Class 3A North Region on Thursday, May 1 at home against Woodlawn at 4 p.m.
Although the Mavericks won't get to avenge last year's regional playoff loss to Lansdowne because they are in different classifications, coach Meyers enjoyed seeing them in a postseason setting.
"We love to face emotional kids like that so they can challenge our kids so we can find out what we need to work on," he said.