Best Heart-Stopper: Sherwood (13-7), which earned its first regional baseball title by beating Montgomery County powers Quince Orchard and Damascus in the bottom of the seventh inning on consecutive days. Chris Hart's squeeze bunt scored the winning run in Thursday's 2-1 victory over No. 1 Quince Orchard. Then, on Friday, after Hart came on in relief to get the final out and shut down a Damascus rally in the top of the seventh, he led off with a double. Tony Krichbaum walked and a double steal put runners on second and third. Mike Goodman was intentionally walked to load the bases, then Kyle Obal singled on the next pitch to score Hart for a 6-5 victory in the Maryland 4A West Region final.
Best Reliever: Thomas Stone junior Jon Kale, who pitched in each of the Cougars' three victories against Anne Arundel County baseball powers Arundel, Old Mill and Chesapeake, totaling 11 scoreless innings.
Best Power Surge: Centennial's Steve Seh, after hitting only one home run during the regular season, homered twice -- including a game-breaking grand slam in the fifth inning -- as Centennial defeated Long Reach, 16-3, in the Maryland 3A East Region baseball final.
Best Base Running, Part I: With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning and Urbana trailing Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2-1, Mike Lefever hit a ground ball to third base. The third baseman fielded the ball and threw to second, but the second baseman was ruled off the bag, allowing the runner to reach safely and Ryan Brandenburg to score from third with the tying run. As B-CC's infielders disputed the call, Mike Timm raced home from third base with what proved to be the winning run in Urbana's 3-2 victory in the Maryland 3A West Region final.
Most Powerful District: Grand slams keyed both wins in the AAA Concorde District baseball semifinals. Brandon Guyer hit one for Herndon in a 7-2 win over Chantilly, and Westfield's Justin Bour blasted one in an 8-2 win over Centreville.
Best Defensive Play: Frederick center fielder Amber Backner made a diving catch in deep left-center in the fifth inning that nipped a Seneca Valley comeback. The Screaming Eagles had runners on second and third with no outs and could have cut the deficit to 6-3 in the Maryland 3A West softball final.
Best Base Running, Part II: West Potomac catcher Sara Hestermann led off the eighth inning of a scoreless AAA Patriot District quarterfinal against West Springfield with a single and then stole second safely. Next, she tried to swipe third, drawing an error and coming around to score the game-winner for the Wolverines.
Best Clutch Hitting: Glenelg senior catcher Karen Curley smashed a three-run home run to straightaway center field in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the Gladiators' Maryland 2A South softball final with Atholton at 4. Glenelg went on to win, 5-4.
-- Josh Barr, Judith Evans and Carl Little