GAITHERSBURG – For the second straight year, the Gaithersburg High School baseball team will represent Montgomery County in the state semifinals.
The Trojans powered their way past Blair Friday with a 6-3 win to capture the 4A West Region championship.
“Anytime you can win a region title it’s a big deal,” said Gaithersburg head coach Jeff Rabberman, whose club will play 4A South Region champion Wise Tuesday in a state semifinal matchup at the University of Maryland’s Shipley Field.
Gaithersburg (20-2) was led by juniors Nick Pantos and Andy Kwiatkowski who each belted home runs while junior pitcher Anthony Felitti fanned eleven batters and yielded three hits through six innings.
“My team played a tremendous game today behind me and I had a little bit of a rough first inning and we got out of it and once I got through there all my pitches started to work better,” said Felitti, who has verbally committed to play at the University of Virginia. “To win it back-to-back years is crazy, it’s not very common and I’m glad I could do it with this group of guys.”
Pantos, a University of Maryland commit, got things started in the first inning when he belted a home run over the fence in left centerfield to help give the Trojans an early 2-0 advantage.
Kwiatkowski added a solo home run in the sixth inning to put the icing on the cake and secure the Trojans state semifinal bid.
Featuring a talent-filled roster with three players already committed to Division I programs, the Trojans are a favorite to capture a state championship. In addition to Pantos and Felitti, the Trojans also boast senior catcher Trey Martinez, a Towson University signee.
“We don’t really have pressure,” said Kwiatkowski. “We’re just going to go out there, do what we got to do and do our thing and I think we should be fine.”