Beal, Grace, Wright power their way to Prep Ballplayer vote as playoffs wind down -
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Beal, Grace, Wright power their way to Prep Ballplayer vote as playoffs wind down


The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association regional champions were crowned Friday and the state semifinals are set for Tuesday.

Five teams in our coverage area — Baltimore City and its surrounding counties — are still in the mix for a state title.

Baltimore County’s Randallstown routed Forest Park, a city school, 15-1 en route to a Class 1A North regional title. The Rams face McDonough — who shutout Frederick Douglass 16-0 last week — in the state semis Tuesday at McCurdy Field in Frederick.

On the opposite side of the bracket, Colonel Richardson, the east region winner, gets defending state champion Boonsboro, who won the west.

Hereford, another Baltimore County school, lost in last year’s state semifinal game. The Class 2A North regional champion is back again and will face La Plata (South region winner), who fell to Century 4-1 in the 2018 state title game.

The winner of that game faces either Fallston, a Harford County school and East region champion, or Middletown, who won the West. These two teams faced off in a rain-delayed state championship game in 2017, in which the Cougars fell 8-0.

The state semis are set for Tuesday at Montgomery Blair High School.

C. Milton Wright, another Harford County school, finds itself in a Class 3A state semifinal matchup against Northern at Joe Cannon Stadium after the Mustangs defeated Towson 19-0 for the North region crown.

On the other side of the bracket, J.M. Bennett, who beat Howard County’s Atholton to win the East region, takes on Thomas Johnson, the defending state champions. The Patriots beat Westminster, a Carroll County school, last week 2-0 to capture the West region.

Anne Arundel County’s Old Mill is the lone area school in the Class 4A state semis. The Patriots, who topped county foe South River Friday to take the East region, faces Walt Whitman (West region winner). The winner gets Eleanor Roosevelt, who captured the South region title, or Sherwood, who edged Baltimore’s Dulaney in the North 1-0.

The state semis will be played at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda.

The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association double-elimination tournament could come to an end Monday if Calvert Hall and Boys’ Latin, of the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Conferences, respectively, pick up wins.

Calvert Hall, looking for its first ‘A’ Conference championship since 2013, faces Gilman at 6 p.m. at Harford Community College.

The Cardinals beat Gilman Wednesday in the winners bracket 4-3. The Greyhounds used a 10-2 victory over Mount St. Joseph Friday for a second shot against Calvert Hall.

If Gilman beats Calvert Hall Monday, the final game of the tournament will be played Tuesday.

Boys’ Latin is seeking a fourth straight title in the ‘B’ Conference. To do so, the Lakers will have to beat Gerstell.

The Lakers got the best of Gerstell in Wednesday’s winners bracket game, 15-5, but the Falcons are coming off a win of their own, a 15-2 triumph over No. 1 seed Glenelg Country in the final elimination game.

Gerstell also beat the top-seed in the second round of the tournament, May 13, by a score of 10-7.

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

This Week’s Finalists

Sam Grace, Sr., INF/RHP, Boys’ Latin

Grace knocked in six of Boys’ Latin’s 17 runs against St. Vincent Pallotti on May 13 in the second round of the ‘B’ Conference tournament. On Wednesday, he added two singles in the Lakers’ 14-4 victory over Gerstell.

Nate Beal, Jr., INF, Loyola

The junior found much success at the plate in two ‘A’ Conference elimination games last week. On Tuesday, he hit a two-run home run in Loyola’s 10-0 victory over Archbishop Spalding. The next day, he had two hits and three RBIs against McDonogh.

Hunter Wright, Jr., RHP, C. Milton Wright

Wright contributed in a big way Tuesday for the Mustangs. He had three hits and knocked in five runs in the team’s 11-4 Class 3A regional semifinal win over Aberdeen.

Others considered (listed alphabetically): Chris Hagan, Gerstell; Sean Kelly, Loyola; Justin Looney, Mount St. Joseph; Todd Mozoki, Dulaney; John Torroella, Mount St. Joseph

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