MD Notebook: State Championship Preview



 

By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

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The Maryland Notebook is an all-encompassing blurb about thoughts from the high school season, summer season, fall ball, etc.

4A

Gaithersburg Trojans (21-2) v. Severna Park Falcons (20-4)

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Severna Park defeated Perry Hall 10-3 and have outscored their opponents 32-8
Gaithersburg defeated Wise 16-0 and have a 37-5 advantage on their opponents. 

KEY PLAYERS

Gaithersburg
Anthony Felitti
Trey Martinez
Nick Pantos
Brad Sawyer
Nick DeCarlo
Brendan Deyo
Aaron Vargas

Severna Park
Garrett Wild               
Ryan Yesner              
Spencer Dietrich        
Brendan Clark            
Andrew Anawalt       
Kody Milton  
Matt Thomas  

MATCHUP WATCH
This looks to be two evenly matched teams.  Severna Park has one of the tougher line-ups top to bottom and Gaithersburg has some of the top pitchers in the state.  Both teams have shown that they can put runs up on the board just as much as they can win a low scoring game. 

3A

Chopticon Braves (21-1) v. Mt. Hebron Vikings (19-3)

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Chopticon beat Urbana 6-2.  They have outscored their opponents 25-12 this playoffs.
Mt. Hebron defeated North Harford 3-2.  They have outscored their opponents 13-5.

KEY PLAYERS

Chopticon
LJay Newsome
Robbie Kidwell
CJ Hill
Jay Hammett

Mt. Hebron
Mark Smith
Matt Ansaldi
Jack Scroeder

MATCHUP WATCH
Will Newsome and Smith be called upon?  Both ace pitchers have lead their respective teams on the mound getting this far to the championship.  Mt. Hebron has won an impressive nine games this season by one run so if it’s close game, don’t bet against the Vikings. 

2A

Eastern Tech Mavericks (14-7)  v. Southern Bulldogs (15-8)

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Eastern Tech beat Patterson Mills 2-1.  They have outscored their opponents 26-12.
Southern defeated South Carroll 6-5 in 11 innings.  They have outscore their opponents 58-7.

KEY PLAYERS

Eastern Tech
Justin Mack
Camden Cook
Hunter Coppell
Tommy Kessler

Southern
Truman Thomas
Dillon Waters
Billy Albaugh
JC Dilts
Jeff Ferguson

Matchup Watch
Southern had their first real test of the tournament in the semi-finals going 11 innings with South Carroll.  Eastern Tech has played in their fair share of games and their last two have been down to the wire.  Can Eastern Tech slow down the mighty Bulldog offense?

1A

McDonough Rams (16-5) v. Brunswick Railroaders (22-2)

HOW THEY GOT HERE

McDonough beat Col. Richardson 6-5 in eight innings.  They have outscored their opponents 54-7.
Brunswick defeated Frederick Douglas 17-2 in the semi-finals. They have a 43-8 advantage on their opponents.

KEY PLAYERS

McDonough
David Larson
Darren Prebble
Dale Arbaugh
Peyton Myers
Kendrick Musser

Brunswick
Andrew Wanger
Doug Pearl
Ryan Capstick
Justin Walls
Tom McCarthy

MATCHUP WATCH
McDonough has shown that they can score runs and also win the close game, while Brunswick has cruised to the championship thus far. The Railroaders star players have put up impressive numbers with five players hitting over .400 on the year. Larson has been huge for the Rams this season at the plate and on the mound.

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