ROCKVILLE -- Northeast's bid to return to the state semifinals for the sixth straight season was halted yesterday at Rockville High School. The Eagles were beaten, 10-6, by Rockville in the Class 2A, Region III final.
Rockville (13-5) had two big innings -- a five-run second and a four-run fourth -- and that was too much for the Eagles to overcome.
The loss ended one of the most frustrating seasons for Eagles manager Harry Lentz. Northeast had a 56-3 record the past three seasons, and with 10 seniors -- including three starters -- back this year, Lentz expected success. But the Eagles (11-11) did not get championship-type fielding for most of the season and that trend continued in their final game. Northeast made three errors in the two innings that yielded nine Rockville runs.
"There were a couple of us that wanted to win, but a couple of us wanted to go home," said senior Rob Miller, who led Northeast with three hits. "That's why we didn't win that much this year. We started to come together at the end, but then errors killed us."
Rockville broke a 5-5 tie with a four-run fourth inning. The key play occurred with one out, the bases loaded, and Rockville ahead, 6-5, as Matt Simmons laced a single into right field, which scored two runs.
Kelly started for Northeast, but was lifted after 1 1/3 innings. Kelly walked four of the 12 batters he faced. "I wasn't finding the plate," Kelly said. "I've had worse days but in a game like this I have to find the plate. Unfortunately I wasn't finding it at all."