The Hylton baseball team, which last week had to rally for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning just to win its first-round Cardinal District tournament game and sustain its season, upset No. 2 Potomac last night, 4-2, on the Panthers' home field in the Virginia AAA Northwestern Region quarterfinals.
The Bulldogs (14-9) scored two runs in the first inning to give senior ace Jorge Laboy his first early game lead of the season. Hylton had struggled to score runs this spring, totaling just 10 in its losses, often with Laboy on the mound. The right-hander scattered five hits last night, striking out seven and walking three.
The first two batters in the Hylton order, junior Jonathon Colantuoni and senior Brian Antolick, accounted for five of their team's eight hits and figured prominently in both the two-run first and two-run fifth innings.
The first four Bulldogs of the game reached base, chasing Potomac junior starter Matt Rainbolt, who had shut them down twice this season in 7-0 and 9-1 games. The Panthers (21-3) stranded nine base runners, including five in the last two innings, three of them with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth.
Robinson Tops Madison
First baseman Andy Spence had a two-run double as Robinson scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to surprise No. 4 Madison, 8-4, in a Virginia AAA Northern Region baseball quarterfinal in Fairfax.
The Rams (15-7), last year's state runner-up, were down 3-0 to the Warhawks (18-4) entering the fifth inning, but Nic Worley hit a two-run homer to spark the comeback.
"We kind of had the attitude of nothing to lose," Rams Coach Bill Evers said. "We were going after it. Worley's homer was huge and got us the momentum and a shot at the end of the game." . . .
Osbourn junior Cristi Ecks tossed a three-hitter and collected three hits of her own to lead the Eagles (18-4) to a 4-0 road win over Hylton in the Virginia AAA Northwestern Region softball quarterfinals.
Coleman to U-Md.
St. John's rising senior Marissa Coleman said she has committed to play basketball for the University of Maryland.
The 6-foot Coleman, an All-Met this past season, averaged 18.5 points and 11.4 rebounds for the Cadets (26-6). She had 20 points in the team's 56-55 victory over Bishop McNamara, then the nation's top-ranked team, in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game. St. John's lost to Theodore Roosevelt in the City Title Game.
Coleman said she chose the Terrapins over Florida, but she also was recruited by Tennessee and Duke.
"They just had a great recruiting class, and you can see the program is headed in the right direction," Coleman said of Maryland. "I wanted to be a part of it all."
-- Judith Evans, Gregory Lee Jr. and Preston Williams