Winless in their last three matchups, the C. Milton Wright Mustangs scratched out a baseball victory Wednesday afternoon by dispatching host Patterson Mill, 7-4.
CMW jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the third, then the hosts countered with one run in the bottom part of the inning. The Mustangs scored once again in the fifth, then added two insurance runs in the seventh. The Huskies rallied for three in their final at-bat, but could not get any closer.
Mustang pitcher Matt Henigan earned the win, going six innings in which he struck out seven and allowed two earned runs on four hits. Ray Kimball came to the mound in the seventh and was credited with a save.
CMW's Chase DeMars was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI, while fellow Mustang Jake Labe was 1-for-3 with a double, one run and one RBI. Colin Miller helped the winning cause with two singles, two runs and one RBI. Mick Vecchio ripped an RBI triple for the Mustangs and Pete DiNardi was 1-for-4 with one RBI in the victory.
"Matt Henigan pitched a terrific game for us today," CMW skipper Joe Stetka said. "He stopped our three-game skid. We got some timely hitting, on top of the pitching."
Patterson Mill's Zach Dorn went 1-for-4 with two RBIs, while teammate Griffin Marge was 1-for-3 with three RBIs, one walk and one steal.
With the victory, CMW improved to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in Chesapeake (upper) Division contests. Patterson Mill fell to 4-2 overall and 0-2 in Chesapeake play.
Bel Air over Fallston
In the bottom of the seventh inning of Wednesday's matchup between Bel Air and visiting Fallston (1-7 overall, 1-3 Chesapeake), the host Bobcats got a walk-off, RBI single from R.J. Rivera to take a 9-8 victory.
Ben Webber hit a double in the victory, while teammate J.D. Bruck ripped a triple (5-2 overall, 3-0 Chesapeake).
Hawks knocked off
The North Harford Hawks (5-3 overall, 1-2 Chesapeake) suffered a 4-1 road loss to Rising Sun Wednesday.
Hawk starter Nic Hammer worked through five innings, allowing four hits and striking out three.
North Harford's Josh Garcia ripped a two-out double in the fourth, and was promptly driven home for his team's only run when Scott Angstadt knocked out an RBI double.
Cobras over Warriors
The Harford Tech Cobras (6-1 overall, 4-0 Susquehanna) kept their lower-division record spotless Wednesday with a 12-2 win over the visiting Havre de Grace Warriors (0-5 overall, 0-4 Susquehanna).
Harford Tech's Devin Chapman went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, scored three runs and drove home a team-high four RBIs. Tyler Mister was 3-for-4 with a triple and one RBI in the win, while Bryan Mason went 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI. Jeremy Brown was 2-for-3 with one RBI and Travis Hash popped out a one-RBI single. The Cobras' Kyle Zentkovich was 1-for-2 with one RBI and Justin Smith went 1-for-2.
Smith tossed a complete game for the winning side, allowing two hits, walking two and recording six strikeouts.
Havre de Grace's Eddie Hofer and Christian Glassman both went 1-for-2 in the loss.
Fallston earns first win
A six-run blitz in the first two innings by the Cougars helped Fallston's previously winless baseball team take an 8-3 win over visiting C. Milton Wright Tuesday.
With the win, Fallston improved to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in Chesapeake (upper) Division games. The defeat, CMW's third straight since beating North Harford, 2-1, last week, put the Mustangs at 2-3 overall and 1-3 against Chesapeake Division opponents.
The Cougars post three runs in the bottom of the first Tuesday, while CMW answered with a pair of runs in the top of the second. In the bottom half of the second the Cougars extended their lead to 6-3, then went up 7-3 with a single run in the third. CMW's final run came in the fourth, while Fallston's last tally came in the fifth.
Fallston's Wyatt Alexander went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while teammate Hunter Ryan went 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI. Ryan Fisher was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI in the victory.
Pitching in relief for the Cougars, Alexander held the CMW lineup scoreless for the game's final three innings.
Bel Air busts South River
With the help of an 11-run outburst in the bottom of the second inning during their home-field contest Tuesday, the Bel Air Bobcats cruised to a 12-3 win over the South River squad.
The Bobcats notched one run in the first, then exploded for 11 in the second. South River scored once in the third inning, then notched a pair of runs in the fifth.
Nick Loiodice, Matt Hottman, R.J. Rivera and Matt Wallace each belted doubles for the Bobcats.
Bel Air starter Grayson Boone earned the win, going 5-1/3 innings before he was relieved by Hottman, who closed out the game.