With the Chesapeake (upper) Division title on the line Monday afternoon, the host North Harford Hawks and the visiting Patterson Mill Huskies did not disappoint, fighting tooth and nail in a strikeout-heavy pitchers' duel.
When all was said and done, North Harford had one more hit and two more runs, beating the visitors, 3-1, and clinching the upper division crown.
"This was a good high school baseball game, for the Chesapeake Division title," Matt Roseland, the Patterson Mill head coach, said. "North Harford was able to get three of its four hits in one inning, and that was the big difference. Both teams competed and got better today."
The victory gave North Harford (14-1 overall) a 10-1 mark in division play, while Patterson Mill (12-3 overall) fell to 8-3 against Chesapeake opponents. The Hawks' lone loss of the season came April 11, when they lost to Patterson Mill, 9-1.
North Harford's Kevin Mooney and Patterson Mill's Matt Golczewski both tossed complete-game gems Monday, with Mooney striking out 15 over seven innings, while Golczewski set down 10 Hawk hitters on strikes in six innings. Mooney, who improved to 6-0 on the year with the win, held the Huskies to three hits and issued four walks. Golczewski surrendered four hits and surrendered just one walk.
Down after Patterson Mill rallied for its lone run in the top of the second, North Harford tied things up at 1 in the home half of the third. In the bottom of the fourth, North Harford's Jon Hammer ripped a two-RBI single, giving the Hawks a two-run cushion they carried through the final out.
Mooney went 2-for-3 at the plate.
With the Chesapeake Division title in hand, the Hawks secured a spot in the UCBAC title game, where they will square off with the Susquehanna (lower) Division champ on Wednesday, May 9, at Harford Community College.
Mustangs edge Elks
The C. Milton Wright boys picked up a Chesapeake Division victory Monday, dispatching the visiting Elkton Golden Elks, 7-5.
The victory put the Mustangs at 9-5 overall and 8-3 in upper division play.
CMW hurler Steve Rappe came on in relief in the seventh with the bases loaded and no one out. With the go-ahead run at first, Rappe coolly struck out the side on 12 pitches to end the contest.
Jake Labe, Grant Caspero, Bryce Shultz and Chase DeMars each roped doubles in the victory, while teammate Connor Hawes went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Tech wins by pair
With an 8-6 win Monday over the visiting Bo Manor Eagles, Harford Tech improved to 13-3 overall and 11-1 in Susquehanna Division play.
Trailing 6-5 heading into the home half of the sixth, the Cobras plated three runs to go up, 8-6.
Nick Waite led the Harford Tech charge, belting a two-out, two-RBI triple in the sixth in going 1-for-3 with a walk. The Cobras' Jacob Bright was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while teammate Jeremy Brown was 2-for-2 with two walks and a pair of runs scored.
The winning pitcher was Noah Davis, who struck out two and held the Eagles hitless in a 1-1/3 inning relief stint.
Cobra starter Zach Robinette went 5-2/3 innings, allowing 12 hits and recording four strikeouts.
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