HIGHLAND SPRINGS, VA., JUNE 2 -- Two-time All-Met Doug Newstrom, blasted for nine runs in his last start, was in perfect form today.

Mixing an 80-plus mph fastball with a "cut fastball," the senior right-hander threw a two-hitter and struck out 13 as W.T. Woodson defeated Lafayette of Williamsburg, 2-0, to capture its second straight Virginia state AAA baseball championship at Bailey Field.

Newstrom (9-2), who has signed with Arizona State but is expected to be drafted by a major league team, also had two of his team's four hits and scored the winning run on Brian Rainey's foul sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. T.J. Jones scored the second run that inning when Jeff Roberts (8-4) balked.

"Doug was in total control today," catcher David Taylor said. "He threw a lot of fastballs for strikes. His ratio of strikes to balls {65 to 27} was almost insane. He went after people. We had a nice strike zone and Doug was ready."

In the Northern Region final, Newstrom threw more than 120 pitches in a 12-7 loss to West Springfield. Against Lafayette (18-6), which had not been shut out in three years, he retired the first 11 batters before Kenny Miller singled to center.

The Rams got two runners on in the sixth when Chris Beckhouse singled and Newstrom gave up his only walk. But he struck out Louie Napoleon and induced a pop-up by Danny Pair.

Newstrom mowed down the Rams in the seventh, and the Cavaliers (23-4) had their 47th triumph in 52 games.

Newstrom said he was well-rested and felt strong from the beginning. "In warm-ups, I could tell my rhythm was good," he said. "I threw my fastballs a lot but used the cut fastball as my strikeout pitch. It looks like a fastball but dips like a slider. This was a good a game as I pitched in a while."

The Cavaliers, a good fastball-hitting team, had a lot of trouble gauging a steady diet of slow curves by Roberts, who walked six and hit a batter but avoided trouble until the sixth.

The Rams made a fine defensive play to prevent a run in the third inning. Charlie Kim drew a two-out walk. Newstrom doubled to left-center but shortstop Miller made a perfect relay throw to get Kim at the plate.

But there were two serious mental blunders in the sixth.

"They got here by taking advantage of other team's errors," said Woodson Coach Lee Knupp, whose team beat uninspired Douglas Freeman in the semifinals, 11-1. "We did the same thing. Everyone makes mistakes."

With one out Newstrom singled to right. Roberts and first baseman David Hogge got their signals crossed and a wild throw sent Newstrom to second.

T.J. Jones was walked intentionally. Michael Woolever also drew a walk to load the bases for Rainey, who sent a fly ball down the right field line. Pair, after a long run, caught the ball well after he had crossed the foul line.

Newstrom tagged and scored easily. "I could hear the Lafayette coach yelling, 'Don't catch it, don't catch,' " Newstrom said. "When I saw him catch it, I took off for the plate."

Rams Coach Gary Speeden said as soon as the ball started drifting toward the line, he and the entire team began yelling at Pair. "I think he knew when he caught it he shouldn't have," Speeden said.

Jones advanced to third on the play. Two pitches later Roberts was called for a balk and Jones scored to make it 2-0.

"I have to admit, I was very nervous but the kids were loose," Knupp said. "We didn't get a lot of hits because we don't see many curveballs. But we came here and did what we had to do. Our goal was to get to the state playoffs and we did that."

Then the Cavaliers went one better and won it all.