* Preps -- The Braves had the best record in the Prep Division's regular-season campaign.
And this week they continued their dominance in the divisional postseason tourney.
The Braves (14-1 in the regular season) added three more wins to their total in taking the tournament championship.
They edged the Red Sox, 11-10, in the championship game. They opened by cruising to a 15-5 victory over the Indians.
Alex Hafer had a two-run triple in the Braves' three-run first. Jared Hudson's two-run double keyed a seven-run second that left the Braves ahead, 10-0. Hafer, Hudson, Keith Long and Jerry Hart were each 2-for-3. Nick Sadaka was 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
The second game saw the Braves rally from a 9-3 deficit to nip the Orioles, 11-10.
David Fetterhoff, Jarrod Raphael and Tom Riddle each went 2-for-3 to spark the Orioles' attack. Fetterhoff scored three runs, Riddle, two, and Raphael drove in three. Mike Golden was 2-for-4, scoring twice.
The Braves scored four times in the fifth, but still trailed 9-7 when they came to bat in the home sixth. Sadaka hit a two-run home run to tie the game, and Chris Sokol's two-run single put them ahead, 11-9.
The Orioles narrowed that lead to one in their final at-bat and put the tying run on third, before the gam ended. Sadaka was 3-for-4 for the Braves, and Jason Hamper, 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Jared Hudson scored three runs for the winners.
The Braves had to travel much the same road back in the championship game. There, they trailed the Red Sox, 7-3, in the bottom of the fifth inning before rallying. Jim Bastress' two-run double had put the Sox ahead, 2-1 in the second inning; Greg Wickesser's two-run single made it 4-1 the inning after.
In the home fifth, Alex Hafer's two-run single keyed a five-run rally, putting the Braves ahead, 8-7. But the Red Sox staged their own comeback, scoring three times in the top of the seventh inning.
Mike Saylor's RBI single tied the game, and Alan Maszerose drove in two more runs with another single, making the score, 10-8, Red Sox. The Braves though, scored three of their own in the home seventh to win.
Jared Hudson's two-out, two-run triple tied the game at 10, and Keith Long's single scored Hudson with the game-winner. Hudson and Long were each 3-for-4, and Jason Hamper was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
The Sox had opened with an 11-1 win over the Expos. They broke the game open early, scoring seven runs in the second inning. Mike Lamont had a two-run single in the inning.
John Brunson, Mike Saylor and Bastress were each 2-for-3 for the winners, with Bastress scoring two runs and driving in two. Greg Jones scored twice and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, while Maszerose scored twice for the winners.
Sox hurler Eric Foster threw a five-hitter, giving his team a 4-2 win over the Giants. The right-hander struck out 13 Giants, whose 10-4 Prep record had been second-best in the regular season. Wickesser's single drove in the game's first run in the fourth. Maszerose lined a two-run single to make it 3-0 in the fifth, and Bastress's RBI single upped the lead to 4-0. The Giants rallied in the seventh on Josh Jones' two-run double and later had the bases loaded with two out.
But Sox second baseman Wickesser made a good stop on a hard-hit ground ball and got the last out to squelch the rally. Carl Lowery aided the Red Sox cause with a 2-for-3 game.
The Giants opened their playoffs with a 7-2 verdict over the Mariners.
Brian Bandy tamed the Mariners on four hits, while striking out eight in his seven-inning complete-game effort. He also helped his own cause with the bat, going 3-for-3, scoring three runs and driving in two.
The Giants' Tim Chairs went 3-for-4, scoring two runs; Mike Duffy was 2-for-3 for the winners, with one RBI.
The Orioles rallied from a 7-1 deficit to beat the Tigers, 18-8.
The winners, trailing 7-1 in the home second, erupted for 14 runs in a 12-hit third inning. Mike Golden had two two-run singles in the big inning.
Joe Leone and Tony Riddle had two-run doubles, and Jarrod Raphael and Mike Goad had two-run singles in that inning. Golden was 3-for-3, with two runs scored and five RBIs, Riddle went 3-for-4, scoring twice, driving in three runs, and stealing three bases. Goad went 3-for-3, scoring two runs, and leadoff hitter Tim Groves was 3-for-3 and scored four runs.
Dottie Clayton and Davis Johns were first, and Chris Weber and Beth Yingling,
second, in the recent Carroll County Tennis Association-sponsored mixed doubles open championships.
The two pairs competed in a field of 24.
The Westminster Riding Club has jumped off to a 2-0 record in Division III of the Central Maryland Swim League.
Westminster Riding Club 232, Meadowbrook 230.
The Westminster Riding Club dominated the relays, using these late events to edge the Baltimore City-based Meadowbrook team.
The Riding Club's winners and their times were: boys 9-10
100-yard individual medley, Kyle Brumfitt, 1 minute, 29.43 seconds; boys 11-12 100 individual medley, John Evans, 1:16.52; boys 15-18 100 individual medley, Tom Mowbray, 1:11.52; boys 9-10 50 freestyle, Kyle Brumfitt, 36.41; boys 11-12 50 freestyle, Gabe Wilson, 32.91; girls 13-14 100 freestyle, Abby Mays, 57.05; boys 15-18 100 freestyle, Mowbray, 1:00.66; boys 9-10 25 backstroke, Matt Newcomer, 20.12; boys 11-12 50 backstroke, Gabe Wilson, 41.51; boys 13-14 50 backstroke, Nick Metzger, 32.51; boys 15-18 50 backstroke, Chris McBeth, 32.12; boys 9-10 25 butterfly, Newcomer, 18.11; boys 11-12 50 butterfly, Bob Henshaw, 34.34; girls 13-14 50 butterfly, Abby Lindsay, 30.70; boys 13-14 50 butterfly, Tom Malehorn, 29.80; boys 15-18 50 butterfly, Mowbray, 28.08; boys 25 breaststroke, Brumfitt, 20.19; boys 50 breaststroke, Henshaw, 36.31 (this time set a Westminster Riding Club pool record and also a team record); girls 11-12 50 breaststroke, Jamie Ludwig, 36.76; boys 15-18 50 breaststroke, Chip Moledina, 34.28; boys 9-10 200 freestyle relay, Josh Larrimore, Billy Lennon, Clipper Lennon and Matt Newcomer, 2:42.91; girls 9-10 200 freestyle relay, Shannon Leahy, Melissa Linard, Meghan Malehorn and Molly Meredith, 2:35.35; boys 11-12 200 freestyle relay, John Evans, Henshaw, Wilson and Tommy Peiffer, 2:16.87; girls 11-12 200 freestyle relay, Sarah Brumfitt, Noelle Hollinger, Kristin Linard and Heather Whitman, 2:03.91; boys 13-14 200 freestyle relay, Dave Malehorn, Tom Malehorn, Nick Malehorn and Nick Metzger, 1:52.99; girls 13-14 200 freestyle relay, Mays, Jamie Mowbray, Katie Righter and Cathy Whitman, 1:59.31.
Abby Mays set a team record time of 31.16 in the girls 13-14 50 backstroke, despite finishing second in that event.
Westminster Riding Club 289, St. Andrews (Anne Arundel County) 187:
Girls 9-10 100 individual medley, Melissa Linard, 1:27.99; boys 11-12 100 individual medley, Bob Henshaw, 1:18.87; boys 13-14 100 individual medley, Nick Metzger, 1:08.77; girls 13-14 100 individual medley, Abby Mays, 1:09.49; girls 15-18 100 individual medley, Aimee Yingling, 1:12.20; boys 6-under 25 freestyle, Jake Larrimore, 20.99; boys 8-under 25 freestyle, Cole Finch, 18.22; boys 9-10 50 freestyle, Doug Dietz, 34.21; girls 13-14 100 freestyle, Abby Mays, 58.41; boys 13-14 100 freestyle, Nick Malehorn, 1:03.06; girls 15-18 100 freestyle, Heidi Metzger, 1:00.59; boys 6-under 25 backstroke, Jake Larrimore, 36.74; girls 8-under 25 backstroke, Emily Bollinger, 23.21; boys 8-under 25 backstroke, Cole Finch, 25.13; boys 9-10 25 backstroke, Josh Larrimore, 23.08; boys 11-12 50 backstroke, John Evans, 38.88; girls 11-12 50 backstroke, Kristin Linard, 36.64; boys 13-14 50 backstroke, Nick Metzger, 31.72; girls 13-14 50 backstroke, Abby Mays, 32.99; boys 15-18 50 backstroke, Chris McBeth, 32.97; girls 15-18 50 backstroke, Heidi Metzger, 34.41; boys 8-under 25 butterfly, Cole Finch, 22.60; boys 9-10 25 butterfly, Doug Dietz, 18.24; boys 11-12 50 butterfly, Bob Henshaw, 35.09; boys 13-14 50 butterfly, Tom Malehorn, 29.96; girls 13-14 50 butterfly, Abby Lindsay, 30.84; boys 15-18 50 butterfly, Tom Mowbray, 29.60; girls 15-18 50 butterfly, Dena Mielke, 32.45; boys 8-under 25-meter breaststroke, Justin Haugh, 30.34; girls 8-under 25 breaststroke, Emily Bollinger, 25.20; boys 9-10 25 breaststroke, Clipper Lennon, 23.25; boys 11-12 50 breaststroke, Bob Henshaw, 37.45; girls 11-12 50 breaststroke, Jamie Ludwig, 36.83; girls 13-14 50 breaststroke, Rebecca Sirman, 38.85; girls 15-18 50 breaststroke, Aimee Yingling, 36.37; mixed 8-under 100 freestyle relay, Nora Kelly, Ashley Mertens, Patrick Barnes and Doug Denison, 2:20.86; girls 11-12 200 freestyle relay, Sarah Brumfitt, Noelle Hollinger, Samantha Sandusky and Jamie Ludwig, 2:13.49; boys 13-14 200 freestyle relay, David Malehorn, Nick Malehorn, Tom Malehorn and Nick Metzger, 1:51.72; girls 13-14 200 freestyle relay, Jamie Mowbray, Anne Peiffer, Abby Lindsay and Rebecca Sirman, 2:03.54; mixed 15-18 200 freestyle relay, Heidi Metzger, Aimee Yingling, Chris McBeth and Tom Mowbray, 1:49.66.