Mark Otterstedt collected four hits and four RBI and teammate Chris Adomanis checked Crossland on five hits as Bowie posted a 6-3 victory in a Maryland Class AA State semifinal baseball game yesterday at Prince George's Community College.
The Bulldogs, 18-1, will meet Kenwood (15-5) of Baltimore County Saturday at 1 p.m. at Essex Community College for the title. Kenwood defeated Old Mill, 8-3.
Adomanis, 6-foot-1, 188-pound righthander, teased Crossland every inning before finally notching his 12th victory in as many starts. He was behind batters often, but the Prince George's County league runnersup had hit out after beating Churchill, 17-1, in a quarterfinal game and couldn't capatilize.
With the score tied, 1-1, at the top of the third, Adomanis surrendered a walk to Brian Gerke. Cavalier Pitcher Mark Sedler, also batting .408 withfive home runs, helped his cause by smacking an opposite field shot over the 335-foot sign in right field for a 3-1 Crossland lead.
"He hit a hanging curve. Mark is a good hitter and I tried to keep the ball away from him," said Adomanis. "I had beaten them (Crossland) twice before, so I knew their hitters pretty good. After the homer, I forgot about that and stuck mainly with my fast ball."
Crossland, which finished 15-5, loaded the bases in the fourth, and had runners on second and third with one out in the sixth, but failed to score.
Bowie, batting .309 as a team, parlayed two hits, a wild pitch and some erratic Crossland fielding into three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Sadler threw a wild pitch to chase home Sam Atwood. Otterstedt followed with a ringing double to right field to bring in two runs and put Bowie ahead, 4-3.
The Bulldogs picked up two runs in the fifth inning on Otterstedt's bases loaded single to center.
Adomanis struck out seven and walked seven in his 11th complete game of the year.
Sadler (9-4) yielded only six hits, but four of them were by leadoff hitter Otterstedt. The right-handed hurler walked six and stuck out two.
Each team left nine men stranded.