Patterson (13-4) needs only to defeat Edmondson today in a suspended game (7-7 in the fifth inning) to clinch the second seed in Class 4A, Region IV for the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state baseball tournament.
Old Mill is very interested in the outcome of the Patterson game because the Patriots are going to play the Clippers no matter what happens, but it's a matter of where the game will be played.
The second seed will play host to the No. 3 seed in the region semifinal Friday. Top-ranked Arundel (16-1) already has clinched the top seed and will play host to No. 4 seed Chesapeake on Friday. The survivors meet Saturday at the higher seed for the Region IV title and the right to move on to the State Final Four at Joe Cannon Stadium on May 25.
With a victory over Edmondson (Patterson beat Edmondson, 13-0, earlier in the week), Patterson would finish with 103 playoff points and take the second seed no matter what Old Mill does at Chesapeake today.
"I told the kids after we beat Edmondson, 13-0, that they couldn't take them lightly the second time and here we are in a tough ballgame with them," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn.
By defeating Chesapeake, Old Mill would end up with 102 points; if both Patterson and Old Mill lose today, the Clippers take the second seed by 95-94. If Old Mill wins and Patterson loses, the Patriots gain the home-field advantage.
Class 2A showdown
Another intriguing scenario finds upstart Southern of Harwood in Anne Arundel County trying to win its first playoff berth in baseball since the mid-70's when Dale Castro (who played baseball and was an All-American kicker at the University of Maryland) starred there.
Southern has to win at Northeast today or the host Eagles will be returning to the 2A, Region III playoffs to defend their state championship a second straight time. The winner goes; the loser stays home.
Broadneck coach Mark Stover played a key role in setting the stage for this one. Stover had the option of pitching ace right-hander Sean Ryan on Thursday at Northeast or Friday at home vs. Southern and chose the latter. Ryan one-hit Southern and the Bruins lost, 9-2, to Northeast.
Arundel High baseball coach Bernie Walter is hoping to see a lot of familiar faces from his five state championship seasons and 15 other years as the Wildcats host a 20-year homecoming at 7 p.m. today vs. Broadneck.
First baseman Tim Giles unloaded a mammoth game-winning, two-run homer Tuesday to give top-ranked Arundel a 4-3 victory over Northeast.
"It went clear over the football bleachers in right-center, about 450 feet away," said Walter.
Glenelg sophomore left-hander Sean Lookingbill had five strikeouts in the first inning of a win over Hammond on May 8. Two runners reached first when the catcher couldn't handle a breaking third strike.folo Record department
Severna Park catcher John Milisitz homered twice Monday in an 8-6 loss to Glen Burnie to give him 14 career homers and a state public school record. The record for MPSSAA teams was 13 by Old Mill's Brian Antal and Severna Park's Kevin Schiavone (both played from 1988-1990).
Glenelg junior third baseman Brian Boteler is closing in on the Gladiators' school record of most hits (32) in a season, set by Greg Smith who played from 1982-1985 before joining the Chicago Cubs in 1989.
Boteler has 27 hits with a couple regular-season games and the Class 2A playoffs left.
The state record for most hits in a season is 48 by Don Shump of Northeast in 1991. Smith holds the career record with 117 hits.