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Howard ends B-CC Barons’ run for a state title

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Joe Eisenberg checks out the scoreboard which would turn out to be the final 5-3 score against the Howard Lions in the 4A state semifinal game. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Joe Eisenberg checks out the scoreboard for what would turn out to be the final score, 5-3, against the Howard Lions in the 4A state semifinal game.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — It had been 29 years since B-CC last advanced to the state semifinals. This season, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons won two playoff games on walk-off hits, and finally once again reached the state semifinals.

However, at Shirley Povich Field on Wednesday the magical run ended, as the Barons fell to the Howard Lions of Howard County, 5-3.

“The character of the guys,” Barons head coach John Schmidt said on what he took away from this season. “Say what you want about talent; I remember how you take care of yourself on the field. Even in a win or a loss, I thought we carried ourselves very well.”

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B-CC Barons walk off QO to advance to state semifinals

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Austin Taylor crosses the plate to score the winning run against Quince Orchard. Nils Townsend drove Taylor in with a game winning double. B-CC won its first Regional Finals win since 1989. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Austin Taylor crosses the plate to score the winning run against the Quince Orchard Cougars, 2-1. Nils Townsend drove Taylor in with a game-winning double. B-CC won its first regional finals since 1989. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  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.

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QO Cougars defeat Clarksburg in baseball playoffs, 7-3

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Despite Clarksburg Coyotes' Andrew Abrams attempt at breaking up a double-play, Quince Orchard shortstop Ethan Frank maintained focus and retired both runners. PHOTO BY  MIKE CLARKDespite an attempt by Clarksburg Coyotes' Andrew Abrams at breaking up a double-play, Quince Orchard shortstop Ethan Frank kept his focus, and retired both runners.             PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The visiting Clarksburg Coyotes came up short Tuesday against the Quince Orchard Cougars varsity baseball team.

Quince Orchard scored five runs in the first inning en route to a 7-3 victory over the Coyotes.

The Cougars were led by Ethan Frank who registered an RBI single in the first inning along with Alec Sbily and Bryan Gurcan.

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Despite a banner year, RM Rockets fall to QO Cougars in baseball playoffs

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20180512_QO_RM_Baseball_10Griffin Snyder of Quince Orchard High School scores to help put the game out of reach against Richard Montgomery. Qunice Orchard advances in the playoffs with an 8-1 win. PHOTO  BY MIKE CLARKGriffin Snyder of the Quince Orchard Cougars scores to help put the game out of reach for the Richard Montgomery Rockets. Quince Orchard advances in the playoffs with an 8-1 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity baseball team’s 2018 campaign came to a close Saturday against the Quince Orchard Cougars.

Quince Orchard earned an 8-1 win over the visiting Rockets to advance to the section final on Tuesday. The Cougars hosted Clarksburg who earned a 2-1 victory over Wootton.

Meanwhile, the Rockets concluded their best season in years and helped move the program in the right direction.

Despite four consecutive losses to start the season, the Rockets picked up some steam early on.

“It was a season of many first in a long time,” Richard Montgomery head coach Kyle Culver posted on Twitter. “First playoff win in over a decade, winningest season in a very long time. It was honestly the best kids I have had the privilege of coaching in a long time and love every one of them.”

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Einstein Titans take down Blair Blazers in baseball, 3-1

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Einstein Titans vs. Blair BlazersSILVER SPRING — It was a battle of near equals Monday night, as the visiting Einstein Titans varsity baseball team went up against the Montgomery Blair Blazers and came out on top after a last-minute surge in the seventh inning.

Before the game, the Blazers had a 10-6 record and the Titans were at 9-7. With the Titans victory, both teams are on equal footing and the race for the playoffs starts to take shape.

“Me, myself, I had a chance to go home and sleep but I didn’t go to sleep, I just stayed in the cage to hit because I know it was an important game for them and us,” said Montero.

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Whitman baseball team suffers shutout by Damascus, and bids farewell to principal

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Damascus' Ethan Wentzlaff (27) took the first pitch of the game for an early home run. Damascus would shut out Whitman 10-0.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHDamascus' Ethan Wentzlaff (27) took the first pitch of the game for an early home run. Damascus would shut out Whitman 10-0. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  BETHESDA — The visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets varsity baseball team closed the regular season Monday night with a statement and a shutout against the Whitman Vikings, 10-0.

A standing-room-only crowd was on hand to celebrate Whitman’s Senior Night and Community Night. The Vikings’ final regular season game was the culmination of an afternoon that featured a raffle and games played by the Montgomery County Little League.

However, the Swarmin’ Hornets (15-2) spoiled the festivities by handing Whitman its eighth loss of the season. Damascus pitcher and University of Maryland-Baltimore County commit Ethan Wentzlaff earned his eighth home run of the season on his first at-bat of the evening.

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B-CC Barons come back in extra innings to win against Rockville, 2-1

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B-CC’s Thomas Baer, seen here, engaged in a fierce pitching duel with Rockville’s Matt McTighe, which took extra innings to finally get a B-CC victory, 2-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKB-CC’s Thomas Baer, seen here, engaged in a fierce pitching duel with Rockville’s Matt McTighe, which took extra innings to finally get a B-CC victory, 2-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — The visiting Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity baseball team trailed by one in the top of the seventh inning; they were down to their final out. The Rockville Rams, who had dominant pitching the whole game, possessed all the momentum.

B-CC shortstop Drew Packs came up to the plate, and on the first pitch of the at-bat, ripped a hard-hit groundball down the third baseline. Zach Alfonso burst off second base, flew around third, and came home to score standing up, tying the game.

The Barons flipped the momentum of their pitchers’ duel against the Rams in the top of the seventh, and B-CC went on to win the game in the ninth inning, 2-1 over Rockville.

“I just put it where they weren’t. My approach didn’t change at all; I was just trying to hit it hard,” B-CC shortstop Drew Packs said.

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Northwest baseball team defeats rival Seneca Valley, 9-6

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SV Screamin Eagles vs. NW JaguarsGERMANTOWN — The storied rivalry between the Northwest Jaguars and the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles varsity teams resumed on the baseball diamond Thursday at Northwest High School.

The “Battle of Germantown” is one of the top rivalries in Montgomery County and has featured some of the finest talent in the area over the years.

Behind the pitching of Bradley Kahalas, the Jaguars defeated the visiting Screamin’ Eagles, 9-6.

“He’s a tenth grader,” said Northwest head coach Todd Varesco, who seeks to capture the program’s third state championship in school history. “He pitched one hell of a game for us. We came out of the box not throwing many strikes at the beginning of the game but I’ll tell you Bradley stepped in and threw 72 pitches over five innings and that’s all we ask of these guys – ‘just throw strikes man’ – he did a great job.”

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Star pitcher leads Damascus to victory over Poolesville, 5-4

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Damascus Swarmin Hornets vs. Poolesville FalconsPOOLESVILLE — Damascus head coach Scott Frye said he had “no doubt” about sending Connor Manion out to the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning, protecting a one-run lead against Poolesville.

The decision worked out perfectly for the visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets, as Manion slammed the door shut in the bottom of the seventh, sealing a win for Damascus.

Manion’s bottom of the seventh finished off a complete game for the senior pitcher, a performance which led the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 5-4 victory over the Falcons.

Poolesville and Damascus are regarded as two of the top three teams in Montgomery County, and thus it was no surprise to see each team to put star starting pitchers on the mound. For Poolesville, it was preseason all-state selection and High Point commit Brady Pearre, while Damascus chose St. Mary’s commit Manion.

“It’s preparation throughout the week,” Frye said of facing Pearre.

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Sherwood wins 4A North division in extra-inning victory over Blair

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Sherwood outfielder Michael Mbony hits a home run out against Blair. Sherwood would go on to defeat Blair, 6-5, and clinch the 4A North division. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSherwood outfielder Michael Mbony hits a home run out against Blair. Sherwood would go on to defeat Blair, 6-5, and clinch the 4A North division. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — The Sherwood Warriors varsity baseball team defeated the Blair Blazers, 6-5, in eight innings, remaining undefeated, and clinching the 4A North division.

At first, Sherwood looked to be in line to cruise to another easy win after dominating the first five and two-thirds innings with Ben Vok as starting pitcher, until Blair found some momentum and clawed their way back. Although it took extra innings and tested Sherwood in a way they haven’t often dealt with this season, the Warriors found a way to escape with a win.

“Blair gave us a run for our money today,” Sherwood head coach Sean Davis said.

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