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FREDERICK -- Until yesterday, Howard County's only previous state baseball title belonged to Glenelg in 1983.

Make it two for the Gladiators.

Glenelg claimed the top prize again yesterday by beating Rockville in the Class 2A championship game at McCurdy Field in Frederick, 7-1. Glenelg's other final four appearances were in 1979 and 1989.

Senior Glenelg right-hander Jeff Baseball

Lewis (7-2) kept his slider on the corners and held the Rams to one run on five hits. He pitched a complete game and walked no one.

"I was nervous until we scored four runs in the sixth inning and then I relaxed a lot," Lewis said. "We've been scoring eight or nine runs a game all season and that makes pitching a lot easier."

Glenelg (17-4) outscored its opponents, 192-63, for the season and 36-8 for the four-game playoffs.

"Jeff probably had a little extra incentive to prove himself today because he didn't make the first-team All-County team that the county coaches selected this year," Glenelg coach Terry Coleman said.

Glenelg, which carried a .370 team batting average into the championship game, rapped 10 hits off two Rockville pitchers, Matt Simmons and Jeremy Kinsey.

"The thing that has characterized our team all season is that we hit from the top of the order to the bottom," Coleman said. "I've only coached one other team [1984] that hit .300 as a team, so we were confident coming into this game."

Glenelg's Nos. 5 and 6 hitters -- sophomore Mike Deming and junior Ray Sullivan -- produced big efforts yesterday.

Sullivan had three RBI doubles and a walk. Deming hit two doubles and a single and drove in one run.

Sullivan's two-out double in the second inning drove in the game's first run.

"I was just glad to be an icebreaker and help relax everyone with that hit," Sullivan said.

Deming's three hits equaled his previous hit total for the playoffs.

"I've been struggling, but today I was looking for fastballs and got them right down the middle," Deming said.

Rockville (14-6) tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning on two errors and two singles. Glenelg has struggled defensively at times this season and made three errors yesterday.

But the Gladiators' prolific offense came back with two runs in the top of the fourth inning on three hits and a walk.

Deming and Sullivan hit back-to-back, two-out doubles that scored Brian Boteler and Mike Goldberg.

Lewis retired Rockville in order in the fourth and fifth innings.

Glenelg then broke it open with four in the sixth inning.

Deming started the rally with a one-out single and Sullivan doubled him home. Dave Gunter singled and Jason Beall executed a safety squeeze bunt, scoring Sullivan. Matt Morraye singled home Glenelg's third run of the inning. Jamie Brinker's sacrifice fly made it 7-.

"We thought before the season began that we could go all the way," Lewis said. "The only question was our pitching, and Sean [Lookingbill] really stepped up for us."

Lookingbill pitched two shutouts in the playoffs and had a 6-1 record. He was one of three sophomores, along with Deming and Mike Goldberg, who played major roles in Glenelg's success.

Rockville threatened in the sixth inning on consecutive one-out singles. But Glenelg shortstop Goldberg caught a line drive and threw to Brinker at second base for an inning-ending double play.

Lewis struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh inning, giving him a total of six and giving Glenelg its ninth straight victory.

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