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  • In a battle of two good teams, Leonardtown took the upper hand in the 4A East region final and defeated Severna Park 5-3 for the region's ticket to the state tournament. The Falcons finished the season 18-4.
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    In a battle of two good teams, Leonardtown took the upper hand in the 4A East region final and defeated Severna Park 5-3 for the region's ticket to the state tournament. The Falcons finished the season 18-4.

Park Baseball Falls In Region Final To End Another Stellar Season

Colin Murphy
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June 2, 2016

No positives cited over the next several hundred words will take away the pain of losing a region final.

So it was not without anguish—but also not without pride—that the Severna Park baseball team fell 5-3 to a worthy adversary in Leonardtown in the 4A East region final on May 20.

A triple by Scott Huntley and a two-run double by Jake Hallett staked Severna Park to a 3-0 lead by the fourth inning, but Leonardtown rallied for three runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh.

It was good, hard baseball between two very good teams, and the Raiders had the better day.

Severna Park baseball is 37-9 over the past two seasons combined, including an appearance in the 4A state final in 2015. There are easily over 100 programs throughout Maryland that would gladly trade places with the Falcons to enjoy that kind of success, a fact not lost on senior Stephen Boushell, who believes his class can leave the program knowing its in a good place.

“I’d like to think that we helped to build for next year too, because I think they have a good core for next year,” he said. “I expect them to get here and most likely go even further, if not all the way to the state championship, and I hope that they will be able to.”

He spoke of the experience of playing baseball at Severna Park as having an effect far beyond the diamond.

“We have a Falcon creed. The first letter is F – Family. This is a family,” said Boushell. “It’s such a strong, cohesive group, every practice we work together, and we play well together. On and off the field we help each other out.”

As many of the players watched Leonardtown pose for pictures and embrace family members, they traded hugs and pats on the back with a mixture of smiles and tears.

An emotional head coach Eric Milton noted that this year’s outgoing senior class was his first when he took the job four years ago.

“We had a hell of a season,” he said. “Like I told the guys, this is my fourth year, so these seniors, it’s their last game, they were my first class when I took over this job. They’ve had a great run, and it’s been special. All of them are special to me, and it’s a tough way to end it.”

Losing with grace means seeing the bigger picture, and as his senior first baseman, Boushell, did before him, Milton said their baseball careers, though over for some, are a starting point.

“I feel for the seniors,” he said. “I know how it is. I’ve been there. You’re playing your last game as a high school player and on this field. So it’s really tough for them, but they’re all special. They’re great kids, and they’re going to go on to do bigger and better things. They’re all in pain right now, it all hurts, but I’ve tried to build young men, not baseball players but young men, and they’re all going to be successful in life no matter what they do, and I hope they realize that.”

The Severna Park baseball team of seniors Andrew Anawalt, Stephen Boushell, Brandon Benton, Spencer Dietrich, Jake Guy, Trae Singleton, Kyle Weiner and Tyler Winship, juniors Sam Barranco, Luke Childress, Matt Glady, Jake Hallett, Ben Hollingsworth, Scott Huntley, Ryan Key, Justin Marsella and Patrick Sullivan and sophomores Kody Milton and Cameron Clark went 18-4 overall.

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