Bowie's baseball players had an inkling this season might be special when Adam Donahue transferred from Riverdale Baptist and promptly threw a no-hitter in his first outing.
Yesterday, the senior left-hander duplicated the feat, striking out 11 in a 7-0 victory over Eleanor Roosevelt in the Maryland 4A South Region title game. The Bulldogs' victory puts them in the 4A state semifinals for the first time since 1995 and helps make up for a tough loss to Eleanor Roosevelt in last season's region final. Bowie led 3-1 in the seventh inning of that game but lost, 4-3, on a ninth-inning home run.
The Bulldogs, who last won a state title 20 years ago, will play Thomas Stone in the 4A semifinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Prince George's Stadium. Eleanor Roosevelt finished the season 15-5; three of those losses came against Bowie (23-1).
Donahue, employing a powerful fastball and baffling curve, didn't walk a batter in improving to 7-0 with a 1.50 ERA. The only batters to reach base came via an error and hit batsman in the third inning.
"I wanted to take it to them as much as possible," Donahue said. "I didn't want this to be a close game."
Stachowski Drives Leonardtown
Leonardtown Coach Glenn Larnerd gives every player on his team a housekeeping job. Two years ago, just after he got his driver's license, senior Flynn Stachowski was put in charge of driving the small cart that drags the infield after each home game.
"He loves it, but everybody kids me," Larnerd said, " 'Who's going to take over Stuckie's job next season?' "
A better question would be who is going to fill the void left in the lineup by Stachowski. His three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning erased an early deficit and highlighted an 11-hit barrage as Leonardtown defeated McDonough, 12-2, in the Maryland 3A South championship. The game was stopped after 41/2 innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
This is the Raiders' fourth region title and first since 1999. They will face 3A East champion Centennial next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a state semifinal at Joe Cannon Stadium. Leonardtown (17-6) denied region top seed McDonough (16-7) its first state tournament berth.
Seh Powers Centennial
Although the Long Reach Lightning struck quickly in the Maryland 3A East Region championship game, it was Centennial's bats that thundered to a 16-3 victory.
The game's biggest shots were supplied by senior center fielder Steve Seh, who had a solo home run and a grand slam.
"I figured something was going to be coming straight, because [pitcher E.J. Naimaster] had been throwing curves all day," Seh said. "I knew I was going to see something straight."
Jon Dupski threw 89 pitches in six innings, striking out four and allowing one run, which came in the first inning.
"I started out nervous because I know Long Reach is a good hitting team," Dupski said. "But around the third inning, I felt more confident, and I knew I was throwing hard."
The Eagles (18-4) did most of their damage in the fifth and seventh innings, scoring five and seven runs, respectively. Long Reach finished its season at 14-9.
Special correspondent Chris Aguilar contributed to this report.