Great Mills defeated Oakland Mills, 6-5, in a state semifinal game at Dundalk Community College. The Hornets will play North East, a 5-4 winner over Middletown.
Great Mills (18-3) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win. The winning run scored when Jimmy Sandwisch reached second when Oakland Mills right fielder Doug Rose misplayed Sandwisch's fly ball.
The error was just one of many by both teams.
Great Mills scored once in the first when Wayne Hammett doubled in Mike Lavigne, who had doubled after third baseman Mickey Bowie dropped his foul pop. Another run would have scored, but Scott Superior fell rounding third base and had to scramble back.
The Hornets added two runs in the second inning on a single by Superior, scoring Brian Basso, who had reached on an error, and Darrin Waro, who had reached second base when right fielder Ron Rosier misplayed his fly ball.
Oakland Mills (13-9) got a run back in the fourth when Steve Lobbin scored on a passed ball by John Keen, and then took the lead with a four-run fifth inning. With one out, Rose walked, and Matt Muller and David Everly singled to load the bases. Lobbin and Greg Houck followed with infield hits to tie the game.
Lavigne then threw a pitch to Chuck Ritchey and Keens' return throw was wild, with Everly scoring the go-ahead run. Ritchey then lined an RBI single to left to make it 5-3.
Great Mills' winning rally began when Dan Medved was hit by a pitch and Eric Merritt walked. After John Lopez took over on the mound for Oakland Mills, Lavigne hit a one-out single down the left field line, cutting the lead to one.
After Superior struck out for the second out, Keen singled in the tying run. Sandwisch then hit a fly to deep right. Rose came in too far and the ball fell behind him as Lavigne crossed the plate.