Tech was two outs away from their third Baseball State Title in the
last five years.
|Jerry Cooper is
safe at home
The only problem was the Mavericks were playing
against their nemesis River Hill out of Howard County. River Hill had
already crushed Eastern Tech’s dreams of winning football and
girl’s soccer titles over the past two years.
It was supposed to be different in baseball since Tech had won two
previous championships and Maverick ace pitcher Don Guido was on the
mound for the Tech in the bottom of the seventh with a 2-0 lead. Guido
had only allowed one run and had four strikeouts in the first six
Then it fell apart for Tech in the bottom of that last inning. Guido
got the first batter out, but walked the next batter. Then after a hit,
a double and another hit, River Hill found themselves celebrating at
home plate in a 3-2 win over Eastern Tech.
The Mavericks scored their first run in the third when Jerry Cooper got
an infield hit. He stole second and later went to third on Chris
Gordon’s bunt. Copper scored after Jake Mardaga grounded out to third.
The next inning Joey Jones led with a hit, stole second and later
scored on a Nick McElfish hit to take a 2-0 lead. It appeared the
Mavericks were going to bust the game open because McElfish was on
second with only one out, but the next two batters struck out.
Eastern Tech wouldn’t get a base runner until the top of the seventh
when Zach Decker reached base on an error.
Eastern Tech finishes with an 18-6 record. As a school, the loss
drops Eastern Tech to 0-5 in title games with River Hill over the past
two years. The good news is River Hill moves to 3A classification next
year, so Eastern Tech won’t meet them for a championship over the next
two years in any sport.