Baseball playoffs: River Hill falls to Northeast, 5-3

River Hill finally got it's offense going against Northeast in the bottom of the seventh inning of their 3A East regional quarterfinal game, but it was just a little too late.

"We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole," said River Hill coach Wes McCoy. "It was a lot of fun to coach that game. We were constantly shifting bunt defenses, and they were constantly trying to put the ball away from where we were shifting ... the kids wanted it real bad, and they're just a joy to coach."


The Hawks, who last won a state tile in 2009, entered the playoffs with a 16-4 record.

"This year we progressed as a program. We're really pleased with the year," McCoy said. "Obviously you want to finish the season on a winning note, but Northeast played great baseball."

Brendan O'Malley yielded only one run through five innings, staking his Eagles to a 5-1 lead, after Sam Kolodrubetz scored on an opposite field RBI single by Evan Griffin.

Northeast tacked on an additional insurance run in the top of the sixth — on O'Malley's RBI single — but River Hill still had the hammer.

In the bottom of the seventh, River Hill showed great plate discipline as Kolodrubetz and Drew Pritchard — the Hawks' No. 8 and 9 hitters — led off the inning with back-to-back eight-pitch walks. Leadoff hitter Richie Lancashire, who also came through with a gutsy complete game pitching effort, delivered an RBI single up the middle to score Kolodrubetz and bring Evan Griffin, as the tying run, to the plate. Griffin then delivered his third single of the day to load the bases again.

Representing the winning run, Nick Riso pushed the Hawks' third run of the game across the plate with a ground ball up the middle, forcing out Griffin at second, but was called out at first after apparently beating the throw.

The game then ended with an infield fly out, sending Northeast on a bus trip to J.M. Bennett on Thursday afternoon. The winner of that game will meet Reservoir in the 3A East regional championship game. The Gators defeated Centennial, 2-0, on Wednesday afternoon in a 3A East semifinal.

"The rain didn't help us, you have the teams on the Eastern Shore and Reservoir ... getting their games in, they're just going to be just sitting waiting for the winners," coach Adam Bolling said. "We've got to go back-to-back-to-back in order to get to where we want to go, and pitching is always at a premium at this time of year."

2A South

Glenelg 7, Southern – AA 2

Logan Dubbe led the Gladiators to a 7-2 quarterfinal win over Southern, stroking three base hits and driving in a run.

David Brookhart and Luke Brister were the sparkplugs at the top of the line-up, each collecting two hits.

Nick Crabill made the most of his base hit, driving in two runs.

In all, Glenelg totaled 11 hits, while Matt Hughes and Clayton Christie (6 K) combined to hold Southern to only one hit.

Southern scored twice in the first inning on three walks and two errors. But the Glenelg pitching and defense settled down to hold the Bulldogs scoreless for the remainder of the game.


The Gladiators will now host Marriotts Ridge in a semifinal game on Thursday afternoon.

MIAA C Conference

Chapelgate 4, Beth T'Filoh 0

Alex Bishop led the Yellowjackets past Beth T'Filoh in the third round of the MIAA C Conference playoffs on Wednesday with a 4-0 complete game four hit shut out, striking out nine.

Chapelgate's lead was only 1-0 in the sixth inning when Bishop doubled to score Steven Siggins. Rick Glidden then followed that up with the dagger: a single that scored both Tom Underman and Bishop.

Chapelgate advances to the finals against St. Johns with the win. If the Yellowjackets can defeat the Vikings on Thursday at Calvert Hall, they'll force a single championship game.

In the B Conference, Glenelg Country will host Mount Carmel on Thursday afternoon in an elimination game. The winner of that game will face Pallotti on Friday in a semifinal.