Rams ad­vance back to re­gion fi­nal

McDonough base­ball run-rules Fair­mont Heights in 1A North sec­tion fi­nal

Maryland Independent - - Sports B - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

The McDonough base­ball team will be de­fend­ing its re­gional cham­pi­onship once again.

Be­hind the stel­lar pitch­ing from Tyler Slagel and a sixrun third in­ning ex­plo­sion, the top-seeded Rams rolled to a 11-1 home vic­tory in five in­nings over sec­ond-seeded Fair­mont Heights of Prince Ge­orge’s County in the Class 1A North Re­gion Sec­tion II cham­pi­onship on Wed­nes­day.

McDonough (18-5 over­all), which scored all 11 of its runs in the sec­ond and third in­nings com­bined, ad­vances to Fri­day’s re­gion fi­nal where it will travel to take on Pat­ter­son Mill of Har­ford County in a con­test sched­uled for 4 p.m.

“It feels good to get back to the re­gional fi­nal. Last year we had five walk-off wins and this year we had four of them. I’s been a very good sea­son so far,” McDonough head coach Mike Ly­don, whose team de­feated fourth-seeded Sur­rattsville, also of Prince Ge­orge’s County, 13-0 on Mon­day. “Pat­ter­son Mill is a good team, we just have to be ready and stay fo­cused.”

Pat­ter­son Mill edged Bo­hemia Manor of Ce­cil County 6-5 in ex­tra in­nings in Wed­nes­day’s Sec­tion I cham­pi­onship.

Slagel pitched a five-in­ning com­plete game, strik­ing out 12 of the 15 bat­ters on the day, al­low­ing just one hit with no walks.

In the sec­ond, McDonough, the Po­tomac Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons and run­ner-up in the SMAC cham­pi­onship game, falling to Hunt­ing­town, 3-0, scored five runs on a fielder’s choice and two sin­gles.

The third was sparked by a two-run dou­ble by Hunter Sweeney, an RBI sin­gle from Tommy Wil­ley and three other runs were scored on er­rors.

McDonough’s sights are now set firmly on mak­ing an­other run at a 1A state cham­pi­onship where it set­tled for a run­ner-up fin­ish last sea­son. But it must first win the re­gion first to get back to the state tour­na­ment.

“Our first goal was to get to the SMAC cham­pi­onship and we did that, now we have a chance to win the re­gion again,” Ly­don said. “Then hope­fully this year we can win the state cham­pi­onship.”

McDonough’s soft­ball team was sched­uled to play its sec­tional fi­nal at home ver­sus Sur­rattsville on Wed­nes­day, but it was post­poned to Thurs­day. A win puts the Rams in the re­gional fi­nal at Per­ryville of Ce­cil County at 4 p.m. Fri­day. Per­ryville de­feated Bo­hemia Manor on Wed­nes­day in the Sec­tion I fi­nal, 11-5.

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