Hollywood, MD- Spring time is full of anxiety for students. Graduation, looking for summer work, drivers education, finals… but for some students they get to throw in High School sports playoffs. Huntingtown High School, La Plata, and McDonough all had teams advance to the State Baseball and Softball Championship Games this past weekend.
In the Class 1A State Championship, Colonel Richardson High School (Federalsburg,Md), which lost to McDonough in the state semifinals four years ago, won despite being outhit 8-7. McDonough finished the season 13-9, with its third South title in five seasons. The team won the region last year, as well, before losing in the state semifinals. McDonough left men on base in every inning but the fourth, and got a runner to third with two outs in the bottom of the sixth before Covey popped Remik out to Zebron to keep the game scoreless.
In the Class 3A State Softball Championship, Huntingtown High School edged out Chesapeake High School (Pasadena, MD) 2-0. Huntingtown has been to three straight State Championships, and was the defending champions.
Over in Class 2A Softball, La Plata High School took on Queen Anne’s County High School and won 9-0. This is the Warriors second consecutive title and third in four years.
La Plata High wasn’t done, as their Varsity Baseball was taking on Middletown High School in the Class 2A Baseball State Championship at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. La Plata junior Ryan Calvert pitched a complete game, with 13 strikeouts, no walks and only six hits.Needing runs, Calvert sparked a four-run fifth inning with a two-out, two-RBI double. La Plata hung on for the win, ebating Middletown 4-2.