Maret 9,

Potomac School 3

Maret pitcher Sam Neel had been waiting for this game all year.

The Frogs lost to Potomac School in last year's Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game, forcing them to share the title with the Panthers.

This year Neel wanted the outcome of yesterday's rematch to be different. The senior did not want to share anything.

His team did just that by avenging last year's loss as the Frogs beat the host Panthers, 9-3, keeping the title for themselves.

"It feels so good to win the whole thing," said Neel (7-1), who walked one and struck out five in a complete-game performance.

Yesterday's game was not the first opportunity for revenge. Neel, who will play for Vanderbilt University next spring, threw a shutout -- one of four shutouts this season -- as Maret defeated Potomac School, 9-0, at Friendship Field on April 28.

Potomac School (9-9) started fast, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning for a 2-0 lead.

Maret junior Andrew Plotsky hit a two-run double in the third to tie the game. Plotsky finished 3 for 5 with five RBI.

The score was tied at 3 heading into the fifth inning when the Panthers began to run out of gas while Maret was just hitting its stride.

The Frogs (15-4) scored four times in the fifth -- including Neel's run-scoring double -- to make it 7-3.

"We needed to give our pitcher good defense support and make timely hits," said Maret Coach Antoine Williams, whose team had 11 hits while committing just one error.

The Panthers' defense committed four errors, allowing Maret to get players on base and into scoring position. Panthers pitcher Michael Murphy gave up four runs in the inning. The senior captain was replaced by fellow senior Mike Diamond, who had not pitched all year because of elbow tendinitis in his throwing arm, in the sixth inning but Potomac School was never again able to challenge.

"The fifth inning took a little life out of us," Potomac School Coach Glenn Adamec said.

Robbie dePicciotto of Potomac School gives a shout-out to teammate Dan Direnfeld (18) as Maret catcher Daniel Van Hoogsprapen awaits the throw.