The Eastern Tech softball team romped through the Class 2A North regional tournament without challenge, winning three games by a combined score of 53-2.

Which may not have been a good thing.

Now the Mavericks have to shift gears, bear down and prepare for defending state champion LaPlata in the state semifinals.

That game was at Bachman Park on Tuesday after The Avenue went to press.

A victory sends Eastern Tech to the Class 2A state championship game on Saturday (time to be determined) at the University of Maryland against either Queen Anne’s or Middletown.

The Mavericks lost to LaPlata in last year’s state championship game 3-2. Eastern Tech also lost to LaPlata in the 2016 state semis, 3-2 in eight innings.

It would be the highlight of my whole career if we beat them,” said Eastern Tech first baseman Abby Heagy, who played in both of those games. “It won’t be that hard [to adjust after three easy wins]. We’re really good players. We’ll just work on getting quick hands and making short swings.”

LaPlata returns the same pitcher from last season.

“We have to lay off of her rise ball,” Heagy said.

Rilee Fazenbaker pitched for the Mavericks in last year’s game.

“I’m ready for them this year,” Fazenbaker said. “I’m ready to win. It will be a little bit hard to adjust, hitting-wise, but we’ll be working really hard in practice.”

Eastern Tech easily romped over visiting Gwynn Park on Thursday in the regional championship game, 20-0 in five innings.

The Mavericks scored 11 runs in the first inning.

Miranda Burton had four RBIs. Heagy had a three-run triple, while Kendall Pfeifer two hits, including a two-run triple.

Lena Wondolowski had a double and three RBIs, while Emma Tawney hit three doubles and knocked in three runs.

Eastern Tech opened the regional tournament with a 12-0 win over visiting Hereford, and defeated New Town 21-2 in the semifinals.

LaPlata had a couple of tough games while winning the Class 2A South region, beating Calvert 2-0 and Glenelg 2-0.

This is the fourth consecutive regional title for Eastern Tech, and the seventh since 2010.

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