Maryland 3A Baseball
High School Baseball: Frederick Beats Fallston, 7-2, to Win Maryland 3A State Title
Sunday, May 24, 2009
ABERDEEN, Md., May 23 -- When Frederick's first scoring opportunity -- bases loaded, none out in the bottom of the first inning -- went by without with one runner safely crossing home plate, the Cadets were not deterred as they chased their first baseball state championship.
"That was a bummer, but we knew we could get runners on base, and that's what we wanted to do," standout second baseman Brady Wilson said. "When you get runners on base, good things happen."
On Saturday night, that kept happening for Frederick. Leadoff batter Josh Jackson singled three times, scored once and drove in two runs. Wilson doubled, singled and walked twice. Pitcher Jimmy Lanning fired a three-hitter.
And by game's end, nearly every Cadet was throwing his glove high into the air after a 7-2 victory over Fallston in the Maryland 3A title game before 1,000 at Ripken Stadium.
Frederick (21-3) ended the season on a 10-game winning streak.
Fallston (21-2) also was seeking its first state title. But Cougars pitchers continually ran into trouble and, after squandering the first-inning chance, Frederick got key hits.
The Cadets were poised to take an early lead before a first-to-home-to-first double play and a strikeout left the game scoreless after the first inning.
But Frederick soon got on the scoreboard. In the second inning, Erich Dylus singled and scored on single by Josh Jackson, and E.J. Logan scored on a sacrifice fly by Eric Hayes for a 2-0 lead.
After Fallston scored once in the top of the third, Lanning got out of a two-on, one-out jam with a ground ball double play. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Frederick strung together three singles and a walk, with E.J. Logan and Jackson driving in runs with hits for a 4-1 lead and knocking Fallston's starting pitcher out of the game.
In the fourth, Wilson walked, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single to center field by Hank Adams. Later in the inning, after another pitching change, Brian Weddle's single scored Andrew Zimnik for a 6-1 lead.
Fallston scored an unearned run in the fifth, but Frederick answered right back with Jackson singling for the third time in the game and scoring on Wilson's double down the left field line.
All that was left was for Lanning (8-0) to finish things off. He retired the final nine batters, and once Wilson threw to first base for a game-ending groundout, the celebration was on, with a few dozen students piling onto the field and several players later running through sprinklers in the outfield.
Frederick 7, Fallston 2 Home for Baseball?: Frederick claimed Frederick County's first state title since 2003, but four county teams advanced to the state semifinals this year, with Linganore and Walkersville losing in the semifinals earlier in the week and Catoctin falling in the Maryland 1A final. One Base at a Time: Frederick pounded out 11 hits, but only one (a fifth-inning double by Brady Wilson) wasn't a single. The Cadets also drew four walks and had two hit batsmen.