With his team trailing by two runs in its final at-bat, Wootton's Adam Melis hit a two-run homer and Billy McCabe drew a bases-loaded walk as the Patriots toppled Magruder, 6-5, in a dramatic finish to a Montgomery County 4A baseball game yesterday in Rockville.

"This was definitely a character builder," Wootton Coach Joe Cassidy said. "We showed a lot of senior leadership from the guys that came through. . . . We had a senior tie it and a senior win it."

Junior Marty Cornish (1-0) earned the complete-game victory, as Wootton remained undefeated (3-0). Magruder dropped to 1-2. . . .

Senior catcher Dan Steadman hit a three-run homer to power Paint Branch to an 8-6 victory over Richard Montgomery in Burtonsville. Steadman went 3 for 4 with five RBI as the Panthers improved to 1-1.

Playing Two

Bishop Ireton played a rare two-field softball doubleheader and swept both games by large margins

In the first game at their home field in Alexandria, the Cardinals shut out Carroll, 16-0, then made a quick trip to nearby Jefferson, where they easily handled the Colonials, 12-1.

Senior Jess Luckett (4-0) earned the victories, and hit two home runs in the win over Jefferson. Luckett has yielded one unearned run in 20 innings this season. . . .

Atholton freshman Nicole Massarelli made her high school debut memorable as she struck out five in a complete-game 5-0 victory over River Hill in a Howard County game in Columbia.

Sutton Scores Four

Senior Schuyler Sutton scored four goals and assisted on another as seventh-ranked Severn defeated Bryn Mawr (Balt.), 9-6, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland girls' lacrosse game in Severna Park.

Sisters Jessica and Anastasia Adam each added two goals and an assist for the Admirals, who improved to 4-0. . . .

Senior Carolyn Raveia scored five goals, including the game-winner with 10 seconds remaining in the second overtime session, as No. 9 W.T. Woodson edged Chantilly, 11-10, in Fairfax.

Ireton Comes Back

Junior midfielder Brendan Kearney scored with four minutes remaining as Bishop Ireton's boys' lacrosse team rallied from a five-goal deficit to edge O'Connell, 11-10, in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game in Alexandria.

Kearney finished with four goals and Chris Gillespie added two goals and assisted on three, including Kearney's game-winner.

Correction

An article in March 4 editions incorrectly identified the Notre Dame boys' basketball player who scored at the end of the game. The player was Gordon Johnson.

-- Dave Yanovitz