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Prep Ballplayer of the Week finalists excel as playoffs continue


Friday’s rainfall affected a number of second-round games Saturday in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association playoffs as 10 quarterfinals — making up seven regional semifinals — were postponed. Those games are scheduled for this afternoon, although more rain is in the forecast. The Section I and II semis are scheduled for Tuesday, May 14.

Here’s a look at the games that involve our area teams:

Class 1A

North Region: Randallstown and Pikesville — of Baltimore County — square off in the regional semifinals after their 3-1 and 8-4 victories over Sparrows Point and Loch Raven, respectively.



The four city schools in the region (Dunbar, Frederick Douglass, Reginald Lewis and Forest Park) are still waiting to play their first playoff game. The teams had byes in the opening round and weather pushed back the quarterfinals to this afternoon. Matchups: Dunbar versus Frederick Douglass and Forest Park versus Reginald Lewis.

East Region: Patterson Mill, of Harford County, fell to Colonel Richardson Saturday in the quarterfinals, 7-3.

Class 2A

South Region: Marriotts Ridge and Wilde Lake — Howard County schools — face off in a semifinal matchup. The Mustangs topped Glenelg 6-5 in the quarterfinals while the WildeCats beat Oakland Mills, 12-7.

Southern, an Anne Arundel County school, fell to La Plata 5-0 in the quarterfinals Saturday.

North Region: Hereford — who edged Eastern Tech 3-1 Saturday — faces New Town in the semis. The Titans earned a forfeit victory from Edmonson/Westside.

The winner gets Gwynn Park or Patterson in the regional finals.

East Region: North Harford and Fallston came away with one-run victories over Harford Tech (3-2) and Rising Sun (2-1), respectively, in the quarterfinals. They now meet in the semis where the winner plays either Parkside or Queen Anne’s.

West Region: Century used a come-from-behind, walk-off win over Liberty in Carroll County to earn a spot in a semifinal matchup versus Oakdale. A victory for the Knights would put them in a regional final against Middletown or Williamsport.

Class 3A

South Region: City College and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute could face off once again, but this time in the playoffs. A win for City over Potomac Monday would put the two in the regional semis Tuesday — Poly routed Oxon Hill 23-1 in the quarterfinals.

North Region: Towson, who blanked Parkville 10-0 in the second round, awaits the winner of Woodlawn and Franklin — a quarterfinal matchup — in the semis.

East Region: Centennial and Atholton used pitching to propel themselves into a regional semifinal contest, where they meet Tuesday. The winner plays either Stephen Decatur or J.M. Bennett.

West Region: Westminster shutout Manchester Valley 10-0. in the quarterfinals. The Owls, a Carroll County school, face Magruder in the regional semis.

Class 4A

North Region: Dulaney, of Baltimore County, takes on Howard in a semifinal matchup Tuesday. The winner takes on Sherwood or Urbana in the regional final later in the week.

East Region: An Anne Arundel County school will be coming out of the East as four teams vie for a spot in the regional final set for later this week. The regional semis — to be played Tuesday — are as followed: Severna Park versus Old Mill and Broadneck versus South River.

The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association double-elimination tournament got underway Friday and Saturday.

Here’s how the first four games played out:

In the “A” Conference, No. 4 Mount St. Joseph topped No. 5 Archbishop Spalding, 9-2, Friday and No. 6 McDonogh beat No. 3 Loyola, 5-3, Saturday.

This afternoon, the Gaels travel to top-seeded Calvert Hall while the Eagles take on No. 2 Gilman. An elimination game is also set: Spalding versus Loyola.

In the “B” Conference, No. 4 Gerstell beat No. 5 Mount Carmel 11-1 Friday while No. 3 Boys’ Latin shut out No. 6 Annapolis Area Christian 4-0 on Saturday.

Later today, top-seeded Glenelg Country hosts Gerstell while Boys’ Latin travels to St. Vincent Pallotti. Mount Carmel and Annapolis Area Christian play in the first elimination game.

Now, getting to our Prep Ballplayer of the Week vote.

This Week’s Finalists

Jared Lamb, Sr., INF/RHP, Century

The senior hit three home runs and knocked in four runs in Century’s final game of the season Monday versus Franklin. Lamb added a two-run shot in the team’s 9-8 Class 2A West quarterfinals victory over Liberty. The right-hander also pitched five innings, allowing four runs while striking out seven hitters.

Connor Pickle, Jr., LHP, Fallston

Pickle was a big part of Fallston’s 10-9 come-from-behind win over North East Thursday in the opening round of the Class 2A East playoffs. The junior had three hits — a three-run shot and three-run double — and seven RBIs. He also pitched in the team’s 2-1 regional quarterfinal victory over Rising Sun Saturday, giving up a run on two hits with four strikeouts in four innings.

Zack Steen, Jr., RHP, Centennial

Steen pitched Centennial to a Class 3A East regional quarterfinal win over Reservoir Saturday. The junior blanked the opposition in 6 1/3 innings. He allowed only one hit and struck out nine hitters. Steen retired 17 batters in a row.

Others considered (listed alphabetically): Tommy Berbert, Glenelg County; Nate Hicks, Wilde Lake; Benji Thalheimer, Atholton.

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