COLUMBIA — Mother Nature couldn’t get in the way of the rolling Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity baseball team as they triumphed Saturday over the Quince Orchard Cougars.
B-CC won the top overall seed in the 4A West region, but rain cost them the opportunity to host the regional championship game against Quince Orchard on Friday. Instead, the game moved a day later, and nearly an hour away to Columbia on a turf field.
No matter when or where the game was played, head coach John Schmidt and his Barons knew they would find a way to win.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Barons junior first baseman Nils Townsend hit a double to left field. Austin Taylor came around third and scored. B-CC had walked off Quince Orchard, winning the game 2-1, and advancing to the state semifinals for the first time since 1989.
“I got the fastball, so I cranked it. I knew it was going to be down. I was just thinking it was my time,” Townsend said.