Maryland 3A baseball

Huntingtown's rally comes up short in Maryland 3A final against C.M Wright

Huntingtown was unable to overcome a series of costly mistakes and fell to C.M. Wright, 4-1, in the Maryland 3A state championship game.
By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 30, 2010

ABERDEEN, MD. -- After mustering just one hit and failing to advance a runner past first base in the first five innings of the Maryland 3A baseball championship game, there suddenly was a flicker of hope for Huntingtown in the bottom of the sixth.

But after Chris Gaines's two-out single brought home Joe Karbowsky to get the Hurricanes on the scoreboard, a base-running mistake resulted in a runner being thrown out at third base to end the threat and Huntingtown went on to lose to C. Milton Wright of Bel Air, 4-1, on Saturday night at Ripken Stadium.

"We get a couple hits in a row and make another mistake," Hurricanes Coach Guy Smith said. "We're trying to fight and scratch, but when you're facing a good pitcher it's tough."

While Huntingtown was unable to win its first state title, C.M. Wright (23-0) became the state's first undefeated public school team since Damascus in 2000. The Mustangs had lost their five previous state title game appearances, including three in the past seven years.

It was the teams' second meeting this season; Huntingtown had led 2-0 before losing 3-2 on April 14.

The Hurricanes (21-5), though, never seemed to get going in the rematch. While pitcher Matt Beyer kept a top opponent in check, Huntingtown made a series of mistakes in the field and struggled offensively.

Two infield throwing errors allowed C.M. Wright to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Another error and a botched defensive play on a bunt helped the Mustangs score twice more in the third.

That was enough for C.M. Wright pitcher Brad Markey, who entered with a most efficient statistical line: a 7-0 record with a 0.50 earned run average and 49 strikeouts with just four walks in 41 2/3 innings.

Through five innings on Saturday, Markey allowed just a two-out single to Mike McFarland in the second. Then he retired the next 11 batters.

But with two outs in the sixth, Karbowsky and Brian Warner stroked consecutive singles. Gaines followed with another base hit, but the Hurricanes were unable to keep the rally going.

"We came out and made too many mistakes," Smith said. "We knew if we gave them a mistake, they would take advantage of it. We made too many mistakes today, but I'm proud of our kids and what they accomplished."

SMACed around: Huntingtown was trying to join La Plata's 2008 squad as the only teams from the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference to win a state title in the past 16 years.

More results: North Hagerstown scored five runs in the seventh inning to tie the game and went on for a 10-7, nine-inning victory over Parkside in the Maryland 2A final. St. Michael's won its second title in three years with a 4-0 victory over Clear Spring in the Maryland 1A final.

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