Bel Air rolls into state baseball title game

COLLEGE PARK – The Bel Air Bobcats rolled over Bowie, 8-0, at Shipley Field at the University of Maryland to advance to the Class 4A state championship game Friday night.

The Bobcats (18-4) will face Quince Orchard, of Montgomery County, a 2-1 winner over Leonardtown in 10 innings, in Friday's game at College Park.


Bowie managed just one hit off Bel Air starter Mike Yetter, who pitched six innings. Zack Radcliffe closed it out, pitching the seventh.

Yetter, a junior, won three of four decisions during the regular season, but owned a 1.47 ERA.

"He's a calm, collected young man," Bel Air Coach John Swanson said. "He's very seasoned, even as a junior. He knows how he wants to pitch."

All of Bel Air's pitchers have been effective in the postseason. In four games during the Class 4A North Region tournament, Bel Air allowed just one run.

All season long, the Bowie High School baseball team haven't had any trouble scoring runs. The Bulldogs set a state record by scoring a whopping 331 runs this season, but they ran into a good pitcher and a hot team Tuesday. The loss ends Bowie's season at 20-5.

"They have a fabulous pitching staff," Bowie Coach Bryan Harris said. "If you look at their run through the playoffs, they've only given up one run. The guy has a pretty good curveball and he was able to hit his spots."

Bel Air jumped on top, 3-0, after the first two innings and the game remained close until the sixth. In that inning, Bel Air used a pair of hits, four walks, and error and five stolen bases to score five times, breaking the game open.