Glenelg wins second state title Lansdowne wins school's 1st crown


Howard County's only state baseball champion was Glenelg in 1983 -- until yesterday.

The hard-hitting Gladiators claimed the prize again by beating Rockville, 7-1, in the Class 2A championship game at McCurdy Field in Frederick. Glenelg's other Final Four appearances were in 1979 and 1989.

Senior Glenelg right-hander Jeff Lewis (7-2) kept his slider on the corners and held the Rams (14-6) to one run on five hits.

He pitched a complete game and walked none.

"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.

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

Glenelg's fifth and sixth hitters, sophomore Mike Deming and junior Ray Sullivan, had big days yesterday.

Sullivan had three RBI doubles and a walk and 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.

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

Glenelg broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning

Deming started it with a one-out single. Sullivan doubled him home and Dave Gunter followed with a single. Jason Beall executed a safety squeeze bunt scoring Sullivan. Matt Morraye singled home Glenelg's third run of the inning and Jamie Brinker's sacrifice fly made it 7-1.

* Lansdowne 3, Centennial 0: Lansdowne waited a year to make up for last year's Class 3A runner-up finish to Thomas Johnson and win the school's first title in any sport.

Catcher Rob Parsons says the Vikings used stingy defense and top-notch pitching to return to McCurdy Field.

The fourth-ranked Vikings (18-3) used both in yesterday's 3-0 victory over Centennial (14-8).

Ace right-hander Randy Musgrove (8-0, 0.72 ERA) faced just two batters over the minimum in pitch ing a three-hitter.

He used five different pitches in recording eight strikeouts. He also went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Lansdowne scored its runs in the bottom of the sixth. Two errors and a wild pitch by Centennial helped Lansdowne's cause.

Parsons reached on a fielder's choice and scored when Musgrove's single slipped past right fielder Brian Dowell.

Musgrove took two bases on the play, then scored to make it 2-0 after left fielder Brent Mertes dropped Brian Sullivan's high fly ball, enabling Sullivan to take third.

Musgrove had a perfect game going until Jason Babcock -- the 10th batter he faced -- singled with an out in the fourth.

The next batter, starting junior hurler Kurt Weitzel (8-3), hit into a double play, started by second baseman Andy Stocksdale.

* 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.

Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad