The new kid on the block isn't so new anymore.
In fact, the new kid was crowned the biggest and toughest kid yesterday, as Glenelg Country School, in only its second year with a baseball program, knocked off visiting Sts. Peter and Paul, 8-4, to win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference title.
"The kids are feeling great, and I'm very proud of what they did all season long," said Glenelg Country coach Al Poklemba. "For them to come back in the second year and win it shows how hard we've worked."
Poklemba, who coached McDonogh to an A Conference title in 1992, became one of only a handful of coaches to win a title in both leagues. The Dragons finished the season with a 15-1-1 record, including going 11-0-1 in C Conference play.
Sts. Peter and Paul (10-3), which was looking to avenge a 12-5 loss to the Dragons on Thursday, came out and put early pressure on Glenelg Country, scoring a run in the third on an RBI single by Matt Evans, then three more runs in the fourth inning thanks to a two-run single by Jose Alvarado to take a 4-0 lead.
But Glenelg Country, which didn't have a hit until the fourth inning, burst when they finally got one, scoring six runs on seven consecutive hits. Greg Koffel, Josh Lovewell, Dominic Uccellini, Aaron Tolentino and Mitch Waters all drove in runs, and the Dragons wrestled hold of the lead.
Mike Cox had two RBIs, John Deferdinando pitched five innings to earn the win, and Waters pitched two solid innings of relief.
"I told our kids to enjoy the moment," Poklemba said. "We're moving up to the B Conference next year, which is a good move for us, but this win was a good one for our school, our program and our kids."
SPP 001 300 0 -- 4 10 1
GC 000 611 x -- 8 8 0
Deferdinando, Waters (6) and Waters, Koffel (6); Kloch, Gills (4) and Evans. 2B: GC -- Cox; SPP -- Flohn, Caldwell.