BALTIMORE – Kevin Mooney and Brady Maguire, recent first-team All-Harford Baseball selections and graduates of North Harford High School, stepped onto the home field of the Baltimore Orioles Sunday afternoon as part of the Brooks Robinson All-Star Game's North squad. Their side came up short, however, losing 4-3 to the South team despite mounting a late comeback.
Mooney, who tossed a perfect game three weeks ago in the Hawks' 3A state semifinal victory over North Hagerstown, was tapped as the North team's starting pitcher, going head-to-head with the South's starter, Orioles' 19th-round draft pick Josh Hader of Old Mill. In two innings, Mooney struck out four, walked three and held the South squad to one earned run on one hit. Since the North squad tied the game 1-1 with run in the top of the third, Mooney had to settle for a no-decision.
The South team scored three times in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 advantage, but the North side plated a pair of runs in the fifth to cut its deficit down to 4-3. The South would hold the visitors scoreless in the remaining two innings to seal up the victory.
Maguire, playing injured with a broken jaw suffered in a practice the previous weekend, was hitless in three trips to the plate. On the field for the entire contest, and shifting from his natural position of shortstop to second base every other inning, Maguire recorded three assists and went without an error.
Mooney did not make a plate appearance, as the North squad sent a designated hitter in his place.