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sec­ond on a balk call. Con­nor Shock­ley fol­lowed with a come­backer to the mound, but Rovenolt threw high to third base putting two run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion. It was the Li­ons’ only er­ror of the game. Rovenolt then in­duced a ground out and John­son was tagged out after a run­down. A ground out ended the in­ning with Queen Anne’s still lead­ing 1-0.

The Li­ons added two runs in the sec­ond. With out one, Darin Rose­brock and Chase Porter walked. Rose­brock crossed home after a pair of wild pitches and Luke Wed­dell de­liv­ered a two-out RBI sin­gle to left to make it 3-0.

Park­side closed within 3-1 in the home sec­ond. With two outs, Brant Smith, Jakob Brooks, and Colin Green sin­gled to load the bases. John­son then walked to force in a run be­fore Rovenolt in­duced a fly out to leave three stranded.

The top-seeded Rams placed Tolan Har­ri­son on the mound in the third, but he too strug­gled with con­trol. Third-seed Queen Anne’s scored three runs with­out a hit to go up 6-1. Free­man and Rose­brock scored on a two-out, two-base er­ror on a pop up to shal­low right. Rovenolt, who walked his first three at-bats, walked with the bases loaded to pick up an RBI.

“When you come down here against a good team like this you’ve got to take what you can get,” Li­ons head coach Chris Fitzger­ald said. “With five se­niors on the team you’re al­ways wor­ried that it’s go­ing to be their last game, but for them to step up, that’s the kind of team they’ve been all year. They’re real re­silient. With their backs against the wall, they al­ways seem to come through. They don’t seem to al­low the big in­nings and when it starts to hap­pen they fin­ish it.”

Rovenolt re­tired the Rams in or­der in the third, fourth, and fifth in­nings. He was helped by a 9-3 dou­ble play to end the fifth after a line drive to right off the bat of Shock­ley.

“He’s a tough kid,” Fitzger­ald said of Rovenolt. “He plays hockey, foot­ball player, a multi-sport ath­lete that never com­plains. Prob­a­bly, hon­estly, he didn’t have his best stuff to­day. And he’d prob­a­bly tell you he didn’t. … Some of the tough­est games you’ve got to pitch in as a pitcher, you’ve just got to bat­tle through it. I think he threw 97 pitches to­day. And he had a good de­fense be­hind him.”

Pin­der tripled to right and scored on a throw­ing er­ror by Park­side’s catcher to com­plete the Li­ons’ scor­ing in the top of the fifth.

The Rams bat­tled back for two runs in the sixth. An­drew Smith walked and Burleson sin­gled. They moved into scor­ing po­si­tion on a passed ball. Smith came home on a wild pitch and Dy­lan White fol­lowed with a sacri­fice fly to end the game’s scor­ing.

Jeremy Marvel pitched the fi­nal in­ning for the Li­ons, al­low­ing only a dou­ble by John­son.

“I’m happy for them,” Fitzger­ald said. “We get to play an­other day, and I’m al­ways sad for the teams that gotta go home, but that’s kind of the way it is at play­off time. … You’ve got to make the plays, es­pe­cially now. Through the course of the sea­son, we’ve had games where we’ve strug­gled de­fen­sively … but we seem to be putting ev­ery­thing to­gether, all three as­sets of the game, hit­ting, field­ing, and pitch­ing, so if we can keep it rolling and catch a cou­ple breaks. You al­ways need some breaks.”

Queen Anne’s, the de­fend­ing re­gion cham­pion, will face Fall­ston, which de­feated North East 8-3 in the Sec­tion I fi­nal. Fall­ston was also a third seed so the lo­ca­tion of the game, sched­uled for Fri­day, was still to be de­cided.

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Queen Anne’s Jeremy Marvel tags out Park­side’s Cade John­son to end a run­down for the sec­ond out in the bot­tom of the first in­ning dur­ing the Li­ons’ 7-3 vic­tory over Park­side in the 2A East Sec­tion II fi­nal Tues­day af­ter­noon in Sal­is­bury.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Win­ning pitcher Queen Anne’s Aaron Rovenolt de­liv­ers a pitch dur­ing the Li­ons’ 7-3 vic­tory over Park­side in the 2A East Sec­tion II fi­nal Tues­day af­ter­noon in Sal­is­bury.

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