The Eastern Tech softball team has a nemesis, and its name is LaPlata.
For the third time in four years, the Mavericks had theior season ended by the Warriors of Charles County.
This time, LaPlata defeated Eastern Tech 6-3 in the Class 2A state semifinals on May 21 at Bachman Park.
LaPlata beat Eastern Tech in the 2016 state semifinals, 3-2 in eight innings. Last year, the Warriors edged the Mavericks in the Class 2A state championship game 3-2.
Last week, by comparison, lacked any drama.
Leading 1-0 entering the fourth inning, the Warriors scored five runs to essentially clinch the game.
Eastern Tech rallied for three runs in the sixth inning on a two-run triple by Kristin Toland and an RBI single by Abby Heagy.
But LaPlata pitcher Ava Krahling retired the Mavericks in order in the seventh inning to seal the win.
Each time LaPlata (18-4) has beaten Eastern Tech, it has won the state championship. The Warriors beat Queen Anne’s 9-0 in the title game on Saturday at the University of Maryland.
The loss ended a 13-game winning streak for Eastern Tech (16-3). The only win during that stretch that wasn’t by 10 runs or more was an 8-4 win over eventual Baltimore County champion Towson.
Four Mavericks were selected to the All-Baltimore County first team: senior Miranda Burton, catcher; sophomore Kristin Toland, third base; senior Abby Heagy, first base; and sophomore Sydney Edmond, outfield.