No. 2 Severna Park rolls Dulaney for shot at elusive state baseball championship; Patenaude leads way


Severna Park’s James Henson (5) tries to steal second base as Dulaney’s Colton Felton awaits the throw during Wednesday’s Class 4A state baseball semifinal. The second-ranked Falcons advanced to the championship game with a 10-0 victory over the No. 16 Lions at McCurdy Field in Frederick (photo – John Bowers)


by Pat O’Malley

Seamus Patenaude did it with his arm and bat in leading No. 2 Severna Park High to an impressive 10-0 five inning victory over 16th-ranked Dulaney in a Class 4A state baseball semifinal Wednesday at McCurdy Field in Frederick.

Seamus Petenaude was impressive for Severna Park Wednesday, pitching a two-hitter against Dulaney. The Falcons will play reigning state champ Sherwood, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Regency Stadium in Waldorf. (photo – John Bowers)

Originally scheduled for Povich Field in Bethesda on Tuesday before being postponed by rain, state officials decided early Wednesday afternoon to move the game to McCurdy because Povich was declared unplayable.

The changes did not present a problem for Patenaude and Anne Arundel County squad, which advanced to their eighth state final in 10 trips to the state final four. The Falcons will play defending state champ Sherwood of Montgomery County, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Regency Stadium in Waldorf.

Patenaude, a junior, hurled a two-hitter with four strikeouts and four walks and contributed to his own case with three hits including a two-bagger and two RBI.

“I’m glad the seniors on this team are going to get a chance now at a state championship,” said Patenaude, a right-hander who is 4-1 and who plays third base when not pitching. “This is what we have been looking for and we’re excited.”

Patenaude was one of five Falcons with a double Wednesday. Ethan Rodriguez, Angel Santiago-Cruz, Kody Phillips, Brooks Harris and Nathan Clarke had two-baggers in Severna Park’s 12-hit attack

The Falcons (16-2-1 overall) scored in all five at bats. They produced four runs in the third, bringing down the curtain on the Lions (14-7-1) with a run in the bottom of the fifth.

”We locked down our defense a few weeks ago and that is what has brought us together as a team,“ said Patenaude. “Our team defense has put us in a good spot to win.”

Junior Liam Gaumont and senior Ian Frain each singled for Dulaney, playing its first state semifinal since 2001.

Lions coach Zach McElroy knew his squad needed to play a perfect game Wednesday.

“Severna Park is a top notch program. They’re well coached and execute beyond belief,” said McElroy. “We ran into a buzzsaw.”

Severna Park’s Kody Phillips hit one of five doubles hit by the Falcons.

McElroy commended his team’s effort this spring. The Baltimore County school won the 4A North Region I title and defeated Prince George’s County’s Eleanor Roosevelt to make its first state final four in two decades.

“We weren’t picked by many to advance through regionls let alone make the state semifinals. I’m so proud of the kids,” said McElroy, who had 10 seniors on the roster. “They committed and bought in. I couldn’t ask for more.”

Severna Park, which last won a state title in 2009, will cross paths again against Sherwood, which defeated Montgomery rival Churchill Wednesday. The Olney school defeated the Falcons, 5-4, in extra innings in last year’s 4A state final.

In 2018, Howard toppled Severna Park in the final at-bat, 5-4, to win the 4A title.

CLASS 4A STATE BASEBALL SEMIFINAL

at McCurdy Field

No. 2 SEVERNA PARK 10, No. 16 DULANEY 0 (5) innings

DULANEY 000 00 – 0 2 3

SEVERNA PARK 214 21 – 10 12 1

D – Nate Furlow, Ibo Bakir (3) John Kirstukas (4) and Mason Frohme; SP – Seamus Patenaude and Ethan Rodriguez

2B: SP: Kody Phillips, Angel Santiago-Cruz, Patenaude, Brooks Harris ,Nathan Clarke.

MPSSAA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

STATE SEMIFINALS

Wednesday’s results

CLASS 1A

at Salisbury University

Colonel Richardson 6, Snow Hill 4

CLASS 2A

at Regency Stadium

Glenelg 4, North East 3

Patuxent 3, Liberty 1

CLASS 4A

at Shirley Povich Field

Severna Park 10, Dulaney 0

Sherwood 3, Winston Churchill 1

 

Tuesday’s results

CLASS 1A

at McCurdy Field

Clear Spring 1, Allegany 0

CLASS 3A

at McCurdy Field

Towson 2, Reservoir 1

at University of Maryland

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel 5, Thomas Johnson 2

STATE FINALS

at Regency Stadium

Friday

CLASS 4A

Severna Park vs. Sherwood, 7 p.m

Saturday

CLASS 1A

Clear Spring vs. Colonel Richardson, 1 p.m.

CLASS 2A

Glenelg vs. Patuxent, 4 p.m.

CLASS 3A

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel vs. Towson, 7 p.m.