After defeating Bowie, 14-0, in the opening round of Saturday's Mike Lacey Memorial Tournament in Bel Air, the North Harford Hawks came up short in the championship contest, losing, 9-2, to Century.
North Harford was led in the loss by Brian Shaffer, who went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBIs.
In the opening-round victory over Bowie, three North Harford pitchers combined to toss a one-hit shutout.
Shaffer started the game and worked into the fourth inning, before being relieved by teammate Austin Reitz, who pitched into the sixth. Hawk sophomore Jordan Menfree closed out the game for North Harford.
Nic Hammer had the Hawks hot bat, hitting a single and a triple, scoring three runs, and racking up three RBIs. North Harford's Sean Bowling was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
Huskies edge Cobras
Patterson Mill (3-0) baseball skipper Matt Roseland summed up his team's Thursday matchup with visiting Harford Tech as "a good high school baseball game where, unfortunately, someone had to lose." At the end of the contest, it was Harford Tech (1-2) that had to swallow the loss, as the host-team Huskies overcame a sixth-inning deficit to win, 2-1.
The game remained a scoreless tie until the top of the fourth, when Harford Tech's Nick Waite, who reached base earlier in the inning with a base hit, sprinted home from third on a passed ball.
Down by a run and six outs away from a loss in the bottom of the sixth, the Huskies kicked off the game-winning rally when J.T. Tipton took a pitch off his body. Zach Dorn laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved Tipton to second base, and James Andrew followed with an RBI double to right that tied the game.
After Tyler Spencer lined out to second, Matt Elliott hit a grounder to short that was bobbled, allowing Andrew to race around with the game-winning run.
With two men on and two away in the top of the seventh, Harford Tech's Justin Smith blasted a shot to the gap in right center field. Center fielder Dorn and right fielder Andrew collided while sprinting to make the catch, but Dorn snagged the ball and hung on to it for the game's final out.
Patterson Mill's Griffin Marge went 2-for-3 with a double and a single, while teammate Billy Benson was 2-for-2 with a pair of base hits.
Benson tossed two innings of relief, holding the Cobras to three hits and zero runs to earn the win. Patterson Mill starter Blaine Sheesley went five innings, striking out three, walking three, allowing three hits and holding Harford Tech to the one earned run.
Harford Tech's Zach Robinette tossed a complete game, striking out one and allowing one earned run along the way.
Patriots top Fallston
The John Carroll Patriots earned a road victory Thursday afternoon, beating the Fallston Cougars, 9-6.
The visiting squad amassed an 9-0 lead by the top of the fifth, but Fallston managed to plate five runs in the bottom half of the inning, then scored once more in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Patriots' lead to 9-6.
Fallston's Andy Benjes went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run, while teammate Luke Glover was 3-for-4 with one run. Mike Morais went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run in the loss. The Cougars' Wyatt Alexander was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run. Alexander, Benjes and Glover all cracked one double.
John Carroll's Tim Kutcher and Connor Reeves each laced a triple in the loss, while teammate Nick Flayhart stroked a double.