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Kings and Queens of the Diamond; La Plata sweeps states

La Plata, MD – La Plata High School’s baseball and softball teams both exited their 2019 seasons on top of the state as 2A champions. A familiar feat for the softball team who won last year but a story of redemption for the baseball team who fell short in the 2018 title game.

La Plata has reached three title games since reclassifying from 3A to 2A in 2015. After last year’s disappointing loss coach John Childers told the Post that he challenged his underclassmen. Many of them watched as the team lifted the trophy in 2016 and didn’t want to leave the school hanging their heads like their 2018 seniors. “I challenged the younger guys to get better in the offseason so we can be on the other end of that score next year.”

Underclassmen like Junior pitcher Ryan Calvert took those words to heart and almost literally flipped the score, defeating Middletown 4-2 at Ripken Stadium. Calvert spearheaded a perfect defensive post season through the semifinals of the playoffs, not allowing a single run through four games. The pitcher stretched the streak well into the championship game with the help of his defense. Middletown and the Warriors were both scoreless until the fifth inning where Middletown was able to bring two runners’ home. For the first time in the 2019 postseason La Plata was down but the momentum gained by Middletown didn’t last long. In the bottom of the fifth, Calvert hit a two-run double to tie the score that was followed up by RBIs from Austin Brown and Zach Harris.

Two innings later, the Warriors notched the twelfth game of their win streak and hoisted a state championship over their head.

With the redemption story of baseball out of the way, the Warriors’ softball team was ready to stake their claim as the most dominant softball team in the state.

For senior softball players at La Plata state championships were almost a given. Over the past four years the team has added three trophies to their case. Some players like senior pitcher Ava Krahling has played and contributed directly to all three. Krahling’s efforts in 2019 helped lead her team to a (19-4) record and her near perfect performance on the University of Maryland’s softball field cemented her legacy at La Plata. She told the Post that the championship was “one of the best feelings” and expressed how “proud” she was of her and her team.

Through five innings Krahling pitched a perfect game, the senior allowed just a single hit as the Warriors stomped out their competition from across the bay, Queen Anne’s High School, 9-0. La Plata will be returning seven starters from this year’s team, making their chances of a three-peat very real. The team finished the season (20-4) and ranked 10th in the DC-Metro area by the Washington Post.

Not many schools get the chance to win a state championship in any sport over the course of an entire school year. La Plata was able to achieve two in the same season on the same day and, perhaps scarier, the two teams that won (baseball and softball) show no signs of slowing down.

Contact Jerold at staffwriter@thebaynet.com.

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