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Arundel routs Gaithersburg for record 6th championship

THE BALTIMORE SUN

FREDERICK -- Mike Fairbanks' double and two-run homer paced a 12-hit attack as Arundel won a record sixth state championship yesterday with an 11-2 win over Gaithersburg at McCurdy Field.

The Wildcats (21-1), ranked No. 1 in the Baltimore area, won the Class 4A crown by beating the Washington area's top-ranked team.

The Wildcats got a well-pitched game from junior right-hander Brandon Agamennone, but Fairbanks took the hitter's spotlight.

Fairbanks, Arundel's unheralded right fielder, looked like the best hitter on a ballclub noted for its potent offense.

The senior went 2-for-4, had three RBI and scored three runs.

Most of the attention for the Arundel offense this year has centered around Tim Giles, catcher Mike Cozzone and shortstop Jeff Hedrick, but last night belonged to Fairbanks.

"We knew they weren't going to pitch to Giles [the cleanup hitter], and that Mike had to have a good night and he did," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter, who won his sixth state title in 20 years at the Gambrills school.

Fairbanks said, "It felt great. This is what we worked for all year."

The Wildcats scored seven runs in the first inning after two outs.

The victory avenged last year's 4-1 semifinal loss to Gaithersburg.

* Mount Savage 7, Brunswick 4: For the first time in four seasons, Brunswick (14-8) learned what it felt like not to win a Class 1A baseball title yesterday at McCurdy Field, losing to Mount Savage.

Mount Savage (19-3), a school just outside of Cumberland, was led by Kennell brothers, Jeremy and Larry, as well as Tom Schaffer and Rick Swanger -- all of whom went 2-for-4 with a combined three doubles.

RF Ryan Kennell went 1-for-3, with a triple, an RBI and a run scored.

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