Tony Dokoupil has used his third summer with the Severna Park Post 175 American Legion team to prepare for his college baseball career at George Washington University. But the center fielder would just as soon forget today's 14-3 loss to Mount Airy Post 191 in a semifinal at the Maryland state tournament, in a game stopped in the seventh inning on the 10-run mercy rule.
"It wasn't a really good game," said Dokoupil, who went 2 for 3 with a run scored but also lost a ball in the sun and misplayed another fly ball into a double. "I was looking into the stands to see if the GW coaches were here, and I was hoping they weren't. I don't think they were."
Severna Park was eliminated from the double-elimination tournament at McCurdy Field. Mount Airy, which is undefeated in the tournament, advanced to Tuesday's 4 p.m. championship game against Gaithersburg Post 295, which defeated Frederick Post 21, 19-8, in tonight's other semifinal. If Mount Airy loses that game, the championship playback game will be at 7 p.m.
Mount Airy leadoff hitter Billy Bradshaw set the tone today with a home run to deep center to start the game. Mount Airy finished with 17 hits and eight of nine starters had at least one hit.
Severna Park finished the tournament with a 2-2 record. Its fourth-place finish was the lowest in five years for the team, which won the state title two years ago and has made the eight-team tournament five years straight.
"I wish I could've ended it on a better note," said Dokoupil, a three-year starter for Severna Park who broke the team's all-time record for runs scored in today's game.
Severna Park 101 100 0 -- 3 8 1
Mount Airy 131 540 x -- 14 17 2
Stover, Collins (3), Wells (5) and Odom; Shipley and Valichka.