La Plata Takes The 2A State Title

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 By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

Timely hitting combined with a gritty performance from starting pitcher Scott Logue earned the La Plata Warriors the 2A state title on Monday at Ripken Stadium.

The win marked the second state title for La Plata in school history with the first in 2008. The championship also highlighted a strong decade for the Warriors who have made it to the state tournament in five of the past six years.

La Plata got the scoring started early getting their first run on the board in the bottom of the first after Logue hit a slow chopper towards third base that made Williamsport starter Matt Harsh have to make an acrobatic play in attempt to get the out.  Logue beat out the play and Brett Pilkerton, who led the inning off with a walk and was on second, scored from there on the play giving La Plata the early 1-0 lead.

The Warriors again would strike in the third inning, this time scoring three. Tyler Stockwell got the scoring started ripping a line drive single to left field and knocking in an RBI. Then with two outs infielder Jake Hanks would drive another single for La Plata knocking in two runs to give the Warriors a 4-0 lead.

Williamsport got one run back in the top of the fifth after Robert Carr beat out a bases loaded would-be double play that scored in the Wildcats lone run.

Logue went a complete game for La Plata, giving up six hits while walking four. He was able to make big pitches when he needed and showed a great ability to manage  when Williamsport would threaten in the game. Williamsport had three innings where they would get multiple runners on base only to see Logue get the Warriors out of the inning.  Logue mainly pitched 82-84 in the game but pitched at 84-85 early in the game. 

Stockwell led La Plata on the offensive end with two loud hits and an RBI. Hanks was 1-for-2 with two RBI.

Harsh would take the loss for Williamsport, giving up four runs on six hits with two walks and striking out seven. Bryce Byers led the Wildcats with two hits.