While most area teams struggled to squeeze games in between rain showers over the past two weeks, Riverdale Baptist has thrived in the Florida sunshine.
The second-ranked Crusaders returned from an eight-game, nine-day excursion to south Florida with a 6-2 record against top national opponents. Riverdale Baptist saw its 17-game winning streak end with a loss to Key West (Fla.) High in the Westminster Classic at Cocoa Beach.
The Crusaders returned on Friday and promptly won the Dulaney Tournament, knocking off Archbishop Curley and Dulaney, to improve their season mark to 22-3.
"No question it's a great experience," said Riverdale Baptist Coach Terry Terrill, whose team took only one day off in Florida, to catch an Atlanta Braves-Florida Marlins game.
The Crusaders' pace hardly slows back home -- they will play four games this week before participating in the St. Albans Invitational over the weekend. . . .
Despite Eleanor Roosevelt's 9-8 victory over Bowie in nine innings on Tuesday, the Prince George's County 4A standings show both teams with undefeated league records.
Before the season, county athletic officials held a random drawing to determine which school's games would not count toward the standings. As luck would have it, Bowie and Roosevelt -- two of the league's best teams -- were paired.
"But we had to still play each other because it's one of the biggest rivalries in the county," said Roosevelt Coach Andrew Capece, whose Raiders will play at Bowie on Saturday at noon in another "nonleague" game. "Bowie is one of the best teams we'll play this season."
-- Josh Leventhal and Jon Gallo