Boys' Latin's Skyler Morris talks about the team's loss to St. Mary's in the MIAA B Conference baseball championship Sunday, May 17. (Tom Worgo, Baltimore Sun Media Group)
St. Mary's won its second consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference baseball championship Sunday with a 6-4 victory over Boys' Latin at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.
St. Mary's coach Johnnny Poss handed the ball to a freshman to start the first championship game in the double-elimination tournament. Although some might have considered it a risky approach, Poss made the right decision.
Right-hander Stephen Pelli picked up the victory by striking out eight batters and giving up two earned runs on five hits in six innings.
One of those hits was a solo run home by Boys' Latin senior designated hitter Robert Harchick.
"Stephen has been great all year," Poss said. "I have total confidence in all our pitchers. Stephen just happened to be the guy we went to today."
Boys' Latin senior right-hander Dom Maggio lasted only three innings. He yielded five earned runs on five hits, including a two-run homer to junior first baseman Max Hammond.
"I don't think Dom had his good stuff today," said Boys' Latin coach Bill Greenwell, whose players had their prom Saturday night. "He struggled a little bit, then we brought (ace) Skyler (Morris) in. He shut the door and we came back."
St. Mary's did all of its scoring in the first three innings.
The Saints (25-2) went ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning on the two-run homer Hammond hit over the right-field fence.
St. Mary's pushed across four more runs in the third on three singles, an error and a hit batsman. Hammond and Ben Rankin had run-scoring singles in the inning.