Bouncing back from their second loss of the baseball season on Friday, the North Harford Hawks earned a home-field victory Monday afternoon, topping Perryville, 4-2.
The victory improved North Harford's regular-season record to 16-2. The Hawks (11-1 Chesapeake or upper) will play Susquehanna (lower) Division champ Rising Sun at Harford Community College Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the UCBAC title game.
Monday's victory saw the Hawks, down 1-0 after Perryville scored in the top of the first, tie things with one run in the second, go ahead, 2-1, with another in the fourth, then close out with a two-run rally in the fifth. Perryville posted the game's final run in the sixth.
Hawk starter Christian Larrimore picked up the win, going 5-1/3 innings, while teammate Jon Hammer earned the save with 1-2/3 innings of relief work.
North Harford's Kevin Mooney was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, while fellow Hawk Brandon Wooten was 2-for-3 with one double and two RBIs. Cody Brittain ripped a double in the victory.
Tech over Edgewood
Playing on the road Monday, the Harford Tech boys closed out their Susquehanna (lower) Division schedule with a 9-5 win over host Edgewood (7-10 overall, 5-8 Susquehanna).
With the win, Harford Tech moved to 15-2 overall, and 13-1 in Susquehanna Division play going into to Wednesday's championship tilt with North Harford.
Ryan Horseman led the Cobras lineup, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. Tyler Mister was 2-for-4 in the win, while teammate Nick Waite went 1-for-3 with a double and one RBI. Harford Tech's Travis Hash was 1-for-3 with one RBI, while Zach Robinette had a double and one RBI.
Robinette earned the pitching win, going 4-2/3 innings. Noah Davis took over mound duties in the fifth and held Edgewood hitless for the balance of the game, striking out three in 2-1/3 innings of work.
The Fallston Cougars (3-15 overall, 2-10 Chesapeake) closed out their upper division schedule with a 19-2, home-field loss to North East on Monday. Brett Kowalewski scored one run in the loss.
Cobras bust Bobcats
In a non-division game at Bel Air on Friday, Susquehanna (lower) Division Harford Tech beat the Bobcats, 9-7. The loss dropped Bel Air (6-6 Chesapeake) to 9-9.
The Cobras scored five times in the top of the first, while Bel Air posted one run in the bottom of the inning. The Bobcats cut Harford Tech's lead to 5-3 with a two-run rally in the fifth, then posted one more in the sixth, making the score, 5-4. Harford Tech came out swinging in the seventh, plating four runs to go up, 9-4. The Bobcats scored three runs in their final at bat, but could not get any closer.
Harford Tech starter Tyler Mister went six innings to earn the win, allowing nine hits along the way. Noah Davis took over in the seventh and tossed a shutout inning to get the save.
The Cobras' Andrew Bugda was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Jeremy Brown went 3-for-5 with a double in the victory. Jacob Bright was 2-for-4, while fellow Cobra Nick Waite went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI triple. Devin Chapman was 2-for-3 with one RBI, and teammate Zach Robinette went 2-for-3.
Playing at home Friday afternoon, North Harford was beaten for just the second time this season, losing to Archbishop Curley, 5-4.
Hawks starter Ryan Stinar worked through six innings, striking out six. At the plate, Stinar walloped a game-tying solo home run in the fourth, and stroked a double. North Harford's Jon Hammer went 2-for-3 in the loss.