After a tough stretch in which they lost two straight Chesapeake (upper) Division baseball contests by one run, the Bel Air Bobcats have gotten back on track, winning their second division victory in a row by edging out host Patterson Mill on Friday, 4-3.
The last time the two teams met, on April 19, Patterson Mill handed Bel Air a 6-5 defeat. To that point, the Bobcats had not lost a Chesapeake Division matchup. Three days later Bel Air was topped, 9-8, by North East. On Wednesday, the Bobcats corrected the skid with a 13-8 win over C. Milton Wright.
With Friday's win, Bel Air improved to 9-3 overall and 8-2 against Chesapeake opponents.
Bel Air scored once in the visiting half of the third, then added two more in the fifth to go up 3-0. The Huskies, however, tied things up in the bottom of the seventh with three runs. In the top of the first extra inning, Bel Air scored what would be the winning run.
Bobcat starter Tyler Norcross went seven innings in a no decision, striking out six and allowing three earned runs. Reliever Ben Webber earned the win by tossing a scoreless eighth inning.
Patterson Mill's Blaine Sheesley started and went 5-2/3 innings, striking out four, walking six and allowing one earned run on four hits. Taking the loss was Husky reliever Billy Benson, who tossed 2-1/3 innings and allowed one earned run on two hits.
Nick Loiodice went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI in the victory, while Norcross went 1-for-2 with a double and one RBI. Norcross was intentionally walked three times by the Patterson Mill staff.
Patterson Mill's James Andrew was 2-for-4 with one RBI, and Benson was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Patterson Mill over Havre de Grace
In a Saturday afternoon contest at Ripken Stadium, the Huskies beat the Havre de Grace Warriors, 9-4.
Patterson Mill (3-6 Chesapeake) improved to 9-6 on the season. Havre de Grace (3-7 Susquehanna) fell to 3-9 overall.
Patterson Mill starter James Andrew earned the win and reliever J.T. Tipton was credited with the save.
The Huskies' Tyler Spencer went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and one run, while teammate Zach Dorn was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Mark Mossa scored three times for the winning side and Andrew was 2-for-4 with one run. Tipton was 3-for-3 with two runs and Blaine Sheesley was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Billy Benson had one RBI and Matt Larson was 2-for-2 with one run and one RBI.
Havre de Grace's Dominick Bolen was 2-for-4 with one run, while Kyle Gorham was 2-for-2 with one run in the loss. Jared Lewis, Corey Thompson and Christian Glassman each one RBI for the Warriors.
Fallston trounces Aberdeen
The Fallston Cougars (2-12 overall, 1-8 Chesapeake) took a 12-2 road victory over Aberdeen (2-10 overall, 2-7 Susquehanna) on Friday in a non-division matchup.
The game was halted after the fifth inning by the 10-run mercy rule.
Wyatt Alexander led the Fallston lineup, going 1-for-2 with a double and a team-best five RBIs. Mike Morais was 3-for-3 with three runs in the victory.
Fallston hurler Austin Ramsey tossed four innings, striking out four and holding Aberdeen scoreless on two hits to earn the win.
North Harford tops Edgewood
Thursday's non-conference baseball contest between North Harford and host Edgewood saw the visiting Hawks score early often on their way to a 10-4 victory over the Rams.
North Harford posted two runs in the top of the first, then ran out to an 8-0 lead with six runs in the second. Edgewood scored once in both the second and third innings to cut the Hawks' lead down to 8-2, but North Harford came back with one run in the fourth and another in the fifth to go up 10-2. The Rams scored twice in the bottom of the fifth.
North Harford's Andrew Briggs went 3-for-4 and Nic Hammer was 3-for-3 with a double.
Edgewood's Kaliel Barmer cranked out a home run in the loss.
The victory put North Harford (5-4 Chesapeake Division) at 11-6 overall, while Edgewood (6-4 Susquehanna Division) fell to 6-7 in regular-season games.