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Arundel cruises, 11-2 Baseball


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) 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.

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.

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