WILLIAMSPORT —Zach Lucas had three hits and broke a school record for RBIs in a season as Williamsport beat Hancock 12-4 Monday in the Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinals.
Lucas had three RBIs Monday, giving him 38 for the year and breaking the school mark of 37 set by Matt Bowen in 1999.
Williamsport (15-4) will host Northern Garrett in the region semifinals Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Tyler Nally ended up with two hits and three RBIs for the Wildcats.
“We just talk about being fundamentally sound,” Williamsport coach Dave Warrenfeltz said. “We have said from day one that if we do the little things right, we’ll give ourselves a chance to win every day.”
Williamsport wasted no time with the Panthers (5-13), who upset Smithsburg on Friday in the first round. Connor Arnone led off the bottom of the first with a walk and took second on a wild pitch. Tyson Cline reached on an infield single before Lucas stroked a double to center to drive in Arnone and Cline.
Lucas went to third on a wild pitch and came home when Tyler Byers grounded out to the shortstop. One out later, Will Bowen singled to left and scored on a triple to right by Nally to give the Wildcats a 4-0 lead.
Eli Souders hit a solo homer in the second for Hancock, but Cline answered in the bottom of the inning with his own solo shot.
The Wildcats got two more runs in the third to extend their lead to 7-1. Bowen led off with a single to center and Nally followed with a two-run homer to center.
“I thought that we had a good approach at the plate early in the game,” Warrenfeltz said. “We were able to score some runs early and that is something we had talked about. I thought our pitchers did a good job of throwing strikes and pitching with the lead. We played pretty solid defensively.”
The Wildcats added four more runs in the fourth to increase their advantage to 11-1. Ryan Butts ripped a two-run single to center and Arnone added a two-run double to left.
The Panthers reduced the deficit to 11-4 with three runs in the fifth. Stephen Starliper had a two-run single and Tanner Manning scored on a balk.
Williamsport scored its final run in the sixth when Lucas got a RBI single.
“I think we were beaten by a very good Williamsport team,” Hancock coach Brian Kerns said. “Their guys hit the ball all the way around. Their pitchers throw strikes. They are the most sound team that we have played all year. I was hoping that we would have a little momentum coming from our big win on Friday. But we were just flat until the fifth inning. By then, it was just too late.”
Williamsport 12, Hancock 4
Hancock 010 030 0 — 4 4 0
Williamsport 412 401 x — 12 16 3
Foreman, N. Souders (4), McKinley (6) and E. Souders. Colliflower, Lucas (3), Cline (6), Sauble (7) and Butts, Drury (5). WP — Lucas. LP — Foreman. HR: Hancock — E. Souders (2nd, none on). Williamsport — Cline (2nd, none on); Nally (3rd, one on).