From Staff Reports
COLLEGE PARK — The Mountain Ridge Miners hope to find out whether two is really twice as nice as one today when they square off against Colonel Richardson in the Maryland 1A State Championship at the University of Maryland.
First pitch between the Miners and the Colonels is scheduled to be thrown at 6 p.m. at Scott Taylor Stadium on the College Park campus.
Mountain Ridge has spent the last two seasons disposing of anyone in their path and are riding a 45-game winning streak into today’s championship game, going 23-0 last year and 22-0 up to this point this season. After going 18-0 for the second-straight season, Mountain Ridge opened the playoffs with a 14-3 win over Southern, and followed that with a 7-0 win over Fort Hill for the West Section title. Next came a 5-4 win over North Carroll for the West Region crown and a 4-3 win over Perryville in the 1A State semifinals.
The Miners trailed as late as the sixth inning against the Panthers, but three straight singles led to Mountain Ridge taking the lead. Kiya Wilhelm and Chelsea Muir both drove in runs during the inning to give Mountain Ridge the lead.
Kate Llewellyn gave the Miners their first run when she hit an inside-the-park home run with nobody on in the second inning.
Jenna Miller finished with three hits for the Miners, all singles.
The Colonels are the first team that the Miners will face after the sectional playoffs that they didn’t have to beat along the way to a state championship last season. Mountain Ridge beat North Carroll 5-4 last year and 5-4 again this year for the West Sectional title, and Perryville both years for the regional tite. Last year the Miners beat Mardela 4-3 to win the 1A championship.
Col. Richardson may be a departure from Mountain Ridge’s path to the championship last season, but far from a stranger to the state finals or to area teams. The Colonels played in, but lost, three state finals from 2006 to 2008, losing 9-4 to Fort Hill in 2008.