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Blair falls to Howard in softball regional championship, 2-0

Despite the Blair Blazers' 8-2 victory against the Urbana Hawks earlier the same day (with pitcher Courtney Wyche seen here on the mound), the Blazers would fall later in the second game of a doubleheader to the Howard Lions.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHDespite the Blair Blazers' 8-2 victory against the Urbana Hawks earlier the same day (with pitcher Courtney Wyche seen here on the mound), the Blazers would fall in a second game against the Howard Lions for the regional championship. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  SILVER SPRING — No one could say that the Blair Blazers varsity softball team didn’t give it their all Monday night, but after a thrilling victory against the Urbana Hawks earlier that day, the Blazers lost to the Howard Lions in the regional championship, 2-0.

A team that came in with only two losses to their name, playing at home (the game counted as away for Blair but took place on Blair’s home field) after a resounding 8-2 win over the Urbana Hawks the same day, could not get over errors in the first inning that led to the only two runs the Howard Lions scored the entire game.

Part of it could definitely be chalked up to exhaustion: the Blazers came out of a brief hiatus due to a streak of rained-out games to play a doubleheader in humid weather. The game against the Hawks gave them the brunt of the heat.

Meanwhile, the Lions came into the game rested since their win against the Catonsville Comets on Saturday.

“This one wasn’t very hard either for us, it’s just because we were tired, because we know what’s at stake, we just couldn’t seem to find a way to get those two runs across the plate,” said Blazers pitcher Courtney Wyche.

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

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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Whitman girls LAX team loses to Dulaney in state semifinals

Whitman's Gaby Svec (3) squares off against Dulaney's Ellie Dreschler (15) to score.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH Whitman's Gaby Svec (3) squares off against Dulaney's Ellie Dreschler (15) to attempt to get a goal past Dulaney goalie Jules Dotterweich. The Whitman Vikings would come up short against the Dulaney Lions (24), losing the semifinals game 12-6. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  GAITHERSBURG — The Whitman Vikings varsity girls lacrosse team fell short against the Dulaney Lions in the 4A state semifinals Saturday, losing by a score of 12-6 at John H. Harvill Stadum at Gaithersburg High School.

The loss was an unceremonious ending to a dominant season that featured the Vikings steamrolling most of their opponents. Whitman entered the game with just one loss against Sherwood in a double-overtime thriller earlier this month.

At first, it appeared as though the match would be a close one since the Lions had an answer every time the Vikings scored. Senior Maddy Kostopulos and junior Hanna Freund both registered a team-high two goals. Kostopulos was the first player to put Whitman on the board when she fired in her first goal unassisted just two minutes in.

Dulaney junior Zoe Hermann gave the Lions their first lead midway through the first half and Dulaney never looked back. The Vikings attackers drove toward the net again and again but senior goalie and McDaniel College soccer commit Jules Dotterweich denied goal after goal.

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Undefeated Churchill boys LAX team wallops Howard, heads to states

Churchill Bulldogs' Reed Moshyedi (3) leaps over an opponent while keeping his focus on the goal in the game against the Howard Lions. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH Churchill Bulldogs' Reed Moshyedi (3) leaps over an opponent while keeping his focus on the goal in the game against the Howard Lions. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  GAITHERSBURG — “We’ve got one more.”

That was the phrase that was repeated over and over in the Churchill Bulldogs varsity boys lacrosse team’s post-game huddle Saturday after the undefeated Bulldogs walloped the Howard Lions (16-2) at John H. Harvill Stadum at Gaithersburg High School in the 4A state semifinals, 14-4.

“We’ve got one more.”

One more game. One more shot at avenging last year’s loss and beating Severna Park. One more chance to go down in history as the first Montgomery County team to win a lacrosse state championship.

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QO Cougars defeat Clarksburg in baseball playoffs, 7-3

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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Girls LAX game between Bullis and Sidwell Friends suspended

Halle Magruder of Bullis takes aim and fires this first half goal after splitting the Sidwell Friends defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis' Halle Magruder takes aim, firing a first half goal after splitting Sidwell Friends defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — Monday’s highly anticipated girls lacrosse matchup between Bullis and Sidwell Friends was suspended with 9:50 remaining in the first quarter due to severe weather.

The ISL-A Championship was postponed until Wednesday; Bullis held a 9-0 lead when play was halted.

Bullis scored on Starr Howard’s goal with 19 minutes remaining to take a 1-0 lead. Maddie Ugaz, Sarah Labovitz, Julia Gilbert and Kate Morris also scored goals as the Bulldogs dominated the contest before the game was stopped.

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

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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Lady Wildcats hold off Churchill LAX team for 11th straight win

Sierra Agarwahl of Walter Johnson fights the Churchill Defenders for position. Agarwahl had four shots on goal and a 2nd half goal in the 10-8 Walter Johnson playoff win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSierra Agarwahl of Walter Johnson battles Churchill defenders for position. Agarwahl had four shots on goal and a second half goal in the 10-8 Walter Johnson playoff win.                  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — Several lacrosse sticks were thrown high up into the air as the buzzer signaled the end of the game. The Walter Johnson Wildcats varsity girls lacrosse team had just held on against a second half Churchill surge to beat the visiting Bulldogs 10-8 Friday in the 4A West Section 1 semifinals.

It was the second time this season that the Wildcats had hosted the Bulldogs, and both times the Wildcats escaped with a narrow victory. This time, however, it was Churchill that came from behind to score four unanswered goals to tie the game.

Churchill junior attacker Elizabeth Hsu earned three of her game-high five goals in the first half. In fact, she was the only Bulldog to score at all in the first period.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats were on a roll as six different players got the ball past Churchill’s goalie to give Walter Johnson a comfortable 7-3 lead going into the half.

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Whitman eliminates WJ in first-round playoff game

With the ball well out of reach, Whitman Vikings' Shinnosuke Ishiyama (1) tries to find the plate without stepping on WJ Wildcats pitcher Kyle Peterson (17) who is covering home. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHWith the ball well out of reach, Whitman Vikings' Shinnosuke Ishiyama (1) tries to find the plate without stepping on WJ Wildcats pitcher Kyle Peterson (17), who is covering home.        PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — The 2018 Maryland high school baseball playoffs got started with a bang as four-seed Whitman and five-seed Walter Johnson faced off.

In a wild, and certainly not pretty game that lasted almost three hours, the Whitman Vikings advanced to the second round with a 19-16 win over the Walter Johnson Wildcats.

“In a high school game, I’ve never seen 35 runs between two teams,” Whitman head coach Joe Cassidy said.

The two Bethesda rivals combined to score 35 runs, use eight pitchers and walk 23 batters.

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Walk-off home run lifts B-CC to comeback win over Whitman

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Sebastian Mieses (24) celebrates with teammates after hiting a walk-off home run to defeat the Whitman Vikings by a score of 8-6 on the B-CC home field.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Sebastian Mieses (24) celebrates with teammates after hiting a walk-off home run to defeat the visiting Whitman Vikings, 8-6. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHBETHESDA — Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons centerfielder Sebastian Mieses, a preseason All-State selection and a Mount Saint Mary’s commit, stepped up to the plate with all the momentum in the world. His B-CC Barons had just come back in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the second-round playoff game against the Whitman Vikings.

He came through, with one of the biggest hits in school history.

“I just hit it good, and it went. I knew it was gone off the bat,” Mieses said.

Just a pitch after he popped out to center field, but was called back as the Whitman pitcher balked, Mieses completed an improbable Barons comeback with a two-run, walk-off home run to left field, driving in Will Philpott who was camped out on first base as B-CC eliminated Whitman, 8-6.

“Craziest game I’ve ever played in my life,” Mieses said.

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