Third-ranked Arundel (20-4) fell behind 5-0 before staging a dramatic comeback in the final three innings -- including a five-run eighth -- to outlast top-ranked Severna Park, 12-7, in the state Class 4A East region baseball final.
Tom Ogilvie, John McCurdy, Ryan Frostbutter and Andy Kostic were among a host of Arundel heroes. Ogilvie delivered two clutch singles, tying the game at 6 in the seventh and putting Arundel ahead, 8-7, in the eighth. McCurdy followed with a bases-clearing double to ice it.
Frostbutter was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs.
Kostic (9-1) was the winner in relief, going five innings for the second day in a row (he won 11-0 over North County Friday). In denying the Falcons (19-3) their first-ever region title, the junior right-hander gave up just two runs on four hits.
Dave Stallings got the last two outs for Kostic as Arundel won its fourth game in four days to cop the Wildcats' state-record 12th region title, the seventh in the past eight years.
Arundel, which also owns a record seven state titles, the last in 1995, will meet the West region champion from Montgomery County 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kelly Field in Gaithersburg. Ryan Erhard's bases-empty homer in the fifth got Arundel on the board and with Kostic coming on to strike out the side in the bottom of the fifth, the Cats were pumped. A two-out, three-run homer by Frostbutter in the sixth cut it to 5-4.
The Falcons went up 6-4 on Scott Dunham's sacrifice fly in their half of the sixth before Pat Boucher walked the first two batters in the seventh.
Falcons coach Jim Pitt went to lefty Ryan McKewin, who got an out, but gave up a two-run single to Ogilvie. An RBI hit by Frostbutter made it 7-6 Arundel.
Nick Stook took Kostic deep leading off the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, but Kostic got the next three batters. The roof then caved in on the Falcons in the top of the eighth with Ogilvie, McCurdy and Erhard knocking in the five runs.
Jon King led off the bottom of the eighth for the Falcons with his fourth hit of the game, but was left stranded at second.
Patterson 13, Perry Hall 2: Terry Bell had two doubles and three RBIs and Shawn Fisher added two hits and three RBIs as the Clippers (20-2) routed Perry Hall in the Class 4A North region final at Patterson.
Earlier, Patterson rolled to an 11-1 win over Walbrook in the region semifinal.
Loch Raven 11, Lansdowne 10: Loch Raven (10-6) built an 11-1 lead in the third inning, then held on to edge the Vikings (13-7) in the Class 2A North region championship at Joppatowne.
Josh Zumbrum had three hits to lead the Raiders and Sage Hanna and Paul Kollman had three RBIs apiece.
After falling behind 11-1, Lansdowne scored seven in the third and single runs in the fourth and fifth.
Havre de Grace 10, Perryville 0: Merrill Dougherty had three hits, including a two-run home run in the third inning as the Warriors (19-3) needed only five innings to win the Class 1A North region and advance to the state tournament for the first time since 1991.
Five of Havre de Grace's hits went for extra bases with Jason Kingsley's grand slam culminating the Warriors' eight-run third.
C.M. Wright 7, Eastern Tech 6: The host Mustangs (15-5) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Mavericks (11-7) in the Class 3A North region final.
Brad Glascock (4-for-4) singled home the tying run and Scott Guzewich later scored the winning run on a throwing error.
Eastern Tech, which led 4-2 after three innings, had scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead.
C.M. Wright 4, Fallston 3: Melanie Siler pitched a complete game and scored the winning run in the top of the seventh with two out after getting her second double and scoring on a throwing error.
The host Mustangs (19-3) thus won the Class 3A North region title and advance to the state semifinals Tuesday at Randazzo Park.
Siler had six strikeouts and Stacie Konrad had two RBIs for the Mustangs.
Dulaney 18, Southern-B 7: Shannon Truxel and Laura Twardzik each had three hits as the visiting Lions won the state Class 4A North region championship.
Beth Aust pitched a complete-game four-hitter for the win.
Pub Date: 5/17/98