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 to hold the Rams (14-6) to one run on five hits. He pitched a complete game and walked none.
Glenelg (17-4) outscored its opponents, 192-63, for the season and 36-8 for the four-game playoffs.
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, started by Deming with a one-out single. Sullivan doubled him home. Dave Gunter singled. 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.
* 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.