Fallston is also eliminated in the 2A state semifinals
Hereford baseball came up one run and one win shy of an appearance in the 2A Baseball state championship game, when the Bulls suffered a 1-0 loss to La Plata of Charles County in a state semifinal game, Tuesday afternoon at Montgomery Blair High School.
Hereford got a complete game effort from starter Aaron Winsker, who scattered six hits and allowed just one unearned run, which came in the bottom of the fifth inning, allowing the Warriors to advance to Saturday’s state final at Ripken Stadium.
Winsker retired the first batter he faced in the fifth on a pop up, but Alex Borges got La Plata started with a one out double. Winsker allowed Borges to move to third with a wild pitch, but he got the next batter on a fly ball to right that was not deep enough to score the runner. He then made a pitch that should have gotten him out of the inning, but a ground ball to second was booted for an error, allowing what would be the game’s only run to score.
Borges was the only La Plata batter with more than one hit, as he went 3-for-3 with two doubles. Dean Kirby and Ryan Calvert combined on the shutout for the Warriors, with Kirby making the start and going five innings and allowing five hits. Calvert pitched two perfect innings for the save. Both pitchers struck out four, as did Winsker.
Connor Mann led the Hereford batting order, leading off and going 2-for-2. Hereford’s best scoring opportunity came in the fourth when Connor Fennell had a one out single and Ryan Elsenroad drew a two out walk. Kirby, however, struck out the first, third and fifth hitters of the inning to escape with the shutout intact.
Fallston also fell in the 2A state semifinals at Montgomery Blair, dropping a 5-1 decision to Middletown.
The Cougars fell behind 3-0 in the second inning and they were down 5-0 after five. Fallston managed only four singles in the game, including an RBI single by Chris Emm.
Emm also pitched 1.1 innings in relief of starter Josh Bogdan, who tossed the first five innings, allowing eight hits and all five (only four were earned) Middletown runs.
Graham Brown went 4-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Knights, while Chase Weller had one hit, two walks and two runs scored.