Year in and year out, the UCBAC's Chesapeake (upper) Division baseball race is a dogfight, and if Monday's game between the host-team C. Milton Wright Mustangs and defending Class 3A state finalists the North Harford Hawks was any indicator of things to come, this season's race will be another tooth-and-nail affair.
With the score tied, 1-1, in the bottom half of the seventh, CMW came through with the game-ending rally, with Jake Labe knocking teammate Chase DeMars home from third.
"This was a heck of a ballgame," CMW skipper Joe Stetka said. "I think it just shows how tight it's going to be in the Chesapeake Division this season. There's a bunch of really good teams in there, and it's going to be a real fight. Today's game could have gone either way, but I'm really happy we could come away with the win."
DeMars started the contest for CMW and battled North Harford hurler Brian Shaffer throughout, as both pitchers tossed complete games. Over seven innings, DeMars allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three.
"Chase pitched an outstanding game for us today," Stetka said. "Both pitchers, DeMars and Shaffer, tossed gems, and both threw well enough to win the game. Chase moved the ball around really well, and he got out of a couple innings only throwing seven or eight pitches. He got into a couple of jams, but he was able to work out of them."
Labe went 2-for-4 in the victory.
With the win, CMW improved to 2-1, while North Harford fell to 3-2.
Playing on the road at Northeast-Anne Arundel in a Monday baseball matchup, the Fallston Cougars suffered a 12-1 defeat. Fallston's Brendan Weinhold rapped out a triple in the loss, which dropped Fallston to 1-4 for the season.
CMW thumps Hereford
The C. Milton Wright Mustangs picked apart the visiting Hereford baseball squad on Saturday, beating the Bulls, 10-4.
Mustang starter Matt Phillips tossed a complete game in the victory, scattering seven hits, striking out seven and issuing a pair of walks.
CMW's Chase DeMars was 3-for-4 at the plate, while teammate Dakota Stern went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Jake Labe had an RBI single in the victory and Ricky Scheeler was 2-for-4 with a double.
The host Bel Air Bobcats split their two contests at Saturday's Mike Lacey Memorial Baseball Tournament, beating Bowie but losing to Century.
In their opening-round contest with Century, Bel Air lost, 9-3.
Brandon Clifford, Matt Hottman and Rich Rivera each smacked a double in the loss.
In the consolation-round matchup with Bowie, the Bobcats marched to a 13-5 victory.
Tyler Norcross, Nic Rhodes and Rivera all belted out two-baggers for Bel Air (2-2).
Hawks fall in final