There was a great Class A state semifinal game going on at McCurdy Field in Frederick on Tuesday night for six innings between Williamsport and defending champion St. Michaels.
Williamsport had led 2-1 through five innings before St. Michaels tied it at 2-all in the top of the sixth.
The Wildcats’ Brendon Colliflower and the Saints’ Kyle McKelvey were locked in a tie and it appeared Williamsport might take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Zach Lucas sent a long bomb to right-centerfield.
But it was flagged down by Casey Joseph, a long shot that would have been a homer in any other park.
Maybe that was the out that deflated the Wildcats.
The top of the seventh inning suddenly became an absolute nightmare for the Wildcats.
Colliflower allowed a leadoff double and was lifted in favor of Tyler Byers, who proceeded to induce the next two batters into ground balls. The only problem was both were turned into errors and that was just the start.
Four more errors later along with three hits, the Saints had scored 10 unearned runs on the way to a 12-2 victory, ending the Wildcats’ nine-game win streak and a shot at a state championship title.
I did not get a chance to talk to coach David Warrenfeltz after the game due to its length in time and needing to file a game story to beat deadline. I hope to do so today for some postgame thoughts from his perspective.
The Wildcats, ending their year with a 17-5 record, showed they belonged where they were — at least for six innings.
Other notes: A very good crowd converged on McCurdy Field for the 7 p.m. start. They had plenty of room — hardly anyone had been there for the first game between Dunbar and Patterson Mill, which turned out being one of the biggest jokes called a state semifinal game I’ve ever seen. I don’t know how Dunbar was 17-0 coming in — the final was 23-0 Patterson Mill.
* Both of Williamsport’s runs came on home runs from unlikely sources. Connor Arnone led off the game with his first home run of the year, and will Bowen hit one in the fourth, his second of the year. Both were to leftfield where a 24-foot fence stands from the foul line going to left-center.
* Arnone and Tyson Cline, batting one-two in the lineup, each had two hits. The rest managed only one hit — Bowen’s homer.
Lucas reached on a walk in the first inning, the only one allowed by McKelvey, who seemed rattled in the early going before working out his mechanical probems. He ended with 11 strikeouts.