Senior left-hander Trevor MacMeekin threw only fastballs and curves pretty much wherever he wanted yesterday and baffled Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County, as No. 11-ranked Dulaney advanced to its first state baseball final with a 2-0 victory over the Raiders.
It was the first of two Class 4A state semifinals yesterday at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, and it put the Lions (16-8) in the state final against Watkins Mill.
Perry Hall was the last the Baltimore County team to win a 4A state title in 1994 under Larry Butts, and this was only Dulaney's second trip to the final four, the other in 1993 when they were eliminated 4-3 in the state semis by eventual State champion Arundel.
Finishing with a four-hitter, MacMeekin (7-1) struck out seven and walked none in a brilliant effort by a player who is completing his first varsity season as a pitcher and was a second-team All-Metro kicker in football."I tried to mix my fastball and curve which I usually have good control, and on left-handers, I throw my curve more sidearm, " MacMeekin said."Dulaney's known for lacrosse, and this is the first time for baseball. We're trying to bring something special back for baseball."
MacMeekin retired 15 batters in a row after giving up a one-out single in the first to Andy Bouis.
Dulaney scored single runs in the second and fourth innings as Mike Clark singled in the first and Phil Stuart drew a two-out, bases loaded walk for the second run and all the scoring.
Roosevelt's Rob Heilig, also a in their last game before the start of the playoffs."I asked the kids when they complained about not being ranked, 'Do you want to be ranked or hot at the end,' " said eighth-year coach Ron Audlin. "That's the one that counts, the last one."
No. 1 Fallston 13, No. 15 Bel Air 2: A trio of three-run homers from seniors Justin Collins, Kevin Davis, and George Solomon propelled the top-ranked and host Cougars to a five-inning victory and a Class 3A North regional championship.
Fallston, which will meet South region champ LaPlata at 4 p.m. today at Joe Cannon Stadium, also got run-scoring singles from senior shortstop Steve Little and senior left fielder Matt Toomey and a two-run double from senior catcher Bryan Owens.
On the mound, senior right-hander Phillip Akens overcame a shaky first inning - he walked three Bobcats and gave up two runs - to strike out nine and improve to 8-0.
Towson 5, Lackey 2: Senior pitcher Andre Gardner threw a three-hitter and struck out nine to lead Towson to a Class 2A state semifinal victory over the Charles County school at Joe Cannon Stadium.
Sun staff writers Edward Lee and Rick Belz contributed to this article.
Dulaney 2, E. Roosevelt 0
Watkins Mill 6, Old Mill 0
River Hill vs. Damascus, 7
Towson 5, Lackey 2
Rising Sun 6, Brunswick 2
St. Michael's vs. Southern-G, late
Today's games (At Arundel)
LaPlata vs. Fallston, 4 p.m.
Class 2A North Harford vs. Walkersville, 7 p.m.
(At Joe Cannon Stadium, Harmans)
Class 4A, 7 p.m.
Class 1A, noon
Class 2A, 3:30 p.m.
Class 3A, 7 p.m.