Well, that was a memorable, albeit brief, week.
Due to the abbreviated spring break (Really? Just a four-day weekend?), games were only played on three days this past week. But there was a lot of excitement packed into two of those days.
On Wednesday, the Patapsco girls lacrosse team rallied from a two-goal deficit in the first half to beat Milford Mill 8-5 and clinch the Baltimore County Division III title with four games yet to play.
It continued a nice turnaround season for the Patriots, whose program bottomed out last year. A lack of players left Patapsco with no junior varsity and barely enough girls to field a varsity squad, leading to a winless season.
The decision was made to request a move to Division III from Division II to give the program space to rebuild.
(In Baltimore County girls lacrosse, Division I is for the real powerhouses — Dulaney, Towson, Hereford, et al — Division III is for the traditionally weaker lacrosse schools, and Division II is for everyone in between.)
Milford Mill isn’t known for lacrosse, but several of their players, from the shirts they were wearing prior to the game, appeared to have club ball experience.
And while it’s Division III, well, you gotta crawl before you can walk. Patapsco is an extremely young team, with enough freshmen and sophomores to qualify as a junior varsity squad.
Winning breeds excitement, and excitement brings more athletes into your program. Patapsco will soon be back, and competitive, in Division II.
From Patapsco on Wednesday, I headed down to Sparrows Point to catch the boys lacrosse game against Eastern Tech. The Pointers are the smallest team in the aforementioned Division I, and recently had a tough three-game stretch against those previously-mentioned elite schools.
Sparrows Point beat Eastern Tech, a program which used to dominate the Pointers, to improve its record to 5-3.
The last three games are rough: at Hereford, at Perry Hall and against Catonsville. The Pointers may finish 5-6, but still look like a good bet to reach the Class 1A state title game.
On Thursday ... hey, I’ve been doing this sportswriting gig for a long time. Since the Reagan administration, in fact. And I have never, ever, personally covered a game in which a baseball or softball team trailing by three runs with two outs in the bottom of the last inning won the game with a walk-off grand slam.
As Alexia Fouts came to the plate, I said to Owl shortstop Ariana Procopiou: “A grand slam right now wouldn’t be too dramatic.”
First pitch: boom. Fouts slammed it into the right-center gap, over the heads of outfielders who were already playing her deep. This was a legit blast. Fouts was able to stroll across home plate.
(Still wondering why Parkville celebrated so much after the third out in the bottom of the sixth inning with a 9-5 lead. Did they think it was the seventh? Did they assume a four-run lead with one inning to play was a lock? You never start cheering and celebrating on the road until the final out.)
From the softball game, it was up to the Dundalk High stadium, where the previously-winless Patapsco boys lacrosse team was beating Dundalk. They continued to beat Dundalk up to the the final whistle, getting their first win and marking the season as a success.
Seeing as this was the third straight year Patapsco has beaten Dundalk it feels strange to call t an upset. But the Owls had three wins, the Patriots had none, and both teams play a Division II schedule.
So, now, let’s all just pretend the column I wrote last month about too many boring one-sided games never happened, ‘kay?