Sean Lookingbill threw a three-hitter and Glenelg pounded second-seeded Wicomico for three home runs, 14 hits and a 14-0 win in the Class 2A state semifinals yesterday at Dundalk Community College.
It was third-seeded Glenelg's eighth straight win and put the Gladiators (16-4) into the state finals Saturday at McCurdy Field in Frederick.
Lookingbill (6-1), a sophomore left-hander who has allowed two earned runs in 49 1/3 innings this season, struck out eight and walked four while shutting down a Wicomico (18-3) team that was batting .360.
"I had a little better velocity on my fastball and my curve was better today than last Friday," Lookingbill said.
It was Lookingbill's second shutout in the playoffs. He beat North Carroll, 7-0, on a two-hitter in the Region I semifinals Friday. He has struck out 73 and walked 20 this season.
Glenelg (16-4) now has scored 185 runs in 20 games while allowing 62.
"They just hit everything we threw at them," Wicomico coach Steve Brewer said. "We had a team ERA of 2.20 and the most runs we had given up all season was 11. We usually give up only two or three."
The game started out as a pitching duel when Lookingbill struck out the first three batters in the first inning.
Wicomico helped Lookingbill early in the game by swinging at several balls out of the strike zone, however.
"We were impatient at the plate," Wicomico left fielder Chris Shockley said.
Wicomico starting pitcher Reece Hales also was impressive early, retiring the first eight batters he faced -- five on strikeouts.
Hales, a left-hander with a 9-2 record, then gave up a two-out single to Jason Beall that started a two-run rally in the third. Matt Morraye followed Beall with a single, Beall scored on a wild pitch, and Jamie Brinker drove in Morraye with a single.
"We were pretty confident," said Brinker, one of three senior starters. "With our hitting and pitching we know that if our defense is there we have a pretty good chance of winning."
Glenelg added three runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-0 lead. Mike Goldberg led off with his seventh home run of the season. Mike Deming and Ray Sullivan drew back-to-back walks. Beall, who went 2-for-3, singled home Deming. Morraye reached on a throwing error by Wicomico shortstop Matt Rayne as Sullivan scored.
Brewer sent in a new pitcher, J. W. Savage, to pitch the fifth inning for Wicomico. He retired the side with with no runs that inning.
But in the sixth inning Glenelg touched Savage for three runs on three hits, including a two-run homer by David Gunter.
Gunter hit another two-run homer in the seventh, when Glenelg scored six runs on six hits off two Wicomico relief pitchers.
Gunter has been one of Glenelg's hottest hitters in the playoffs, going 6-for-11.
"We were a little too pumped up early in the game and I just told them to relax," Glenelg coach Terry Coleman said. "Everything has just come together for us this season -- senior leadership and a lot of help from three sophomores."