Little was expected from the South Hagerstown baseball team before this season started, yet the Rebels rolled to a 13-3 record, the MVAL Antietam title and the top seed in the Maryland Class 2A West playoffs.
On Monday, South experienced the other side - the sting of falling short of expectations.
No. 8-seed Francis Scott Key scored four runs in the first two innings, then used a three-run seventh to put the nails in the Rebels' coffin in an 8-4 upset in the quarterfinals.
"It's very disappointing for my seniors," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "I really felt they had a shot at the region (title). ... I give (FSK) all the credit in the world. I know what it's like to be the underdog and win, and I'm sure they're enjoying it."
In 2003, Stottlemyer guided the underdog Rebels - 9-8 when the playoffs started - to the Class 1A state title.