In the second round of MPSSAA regional baseball play on Monday, the C. Milton Wright Mustangs kept their season alive with another one-run win, while North Harford, Havre de Grace and Fallston also earned berths in their respective sectional finals with victories.
Just three days after knocking off reigning state champ Bel Air by one run in the 3A North Section II tournament's opening round, the third-seeded CMW Mustangs were at it again Monday, this time defeating second-seeded host Dundalk, 6-5, in eight innings.
The Mustangs' victory set up an all-Harford County sectional title game, as CMW will travel to top-seeded North Harford for a 4 p.m. game on Wednesday.
With the scored knotted, 5-5, in the top of eighth in Monday's contest, Brett Schatz hit a fly ball that allowed teammate and sibling Andrew Schatz to tag up and score what would be the winning run.
CMW pitcher Tyler Hickey, who came on in relief in the third and pitched the balance of the game, tossed a scoreless inning in the bottom of the eighth to close out CMW's victory. Over six innings, Hickey struck out six and held Dundalk to two earned runs on three hits.
Brett Schatz finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Tom Chiascione was 2-for-4 with two double and two runs. Hickey was 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Dakota Stern was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Nick Turnbull had one RBI and one run for the Mustangs, and Chase DeMars scored once.
North Harford over Aberdeen
The top-seeded North Harford Hawks, playing in their first postseason game after an opening-round bye in 3A North Section II, defeated visiting fourth seed Aberdeen, 7-2, on Monday.
North Harford catcher Luke Johnson banged out two hits and drove in two runs.
Nic Hammer made the start for the Hawks, allowing one run and striking out five over 4-1/3 innings. Jake Knox closed out the game with 2-2/3 innings of relief, surrendering one run and recording five strikeouts.
Fallston ousts Patterson Mill
The cross-town 2A East Section I showdown at Fallston went to the second-seeded hosts, as the Cougars beat visiting sixth seed Patterson Mill, 8-6.
In Wednesday's 4 p.m sectional final, the Cougars will travel to play top-seeded Rising Sun.
Fallston starter Kyle Tyree went five innings for the win. Brendan Weinhold earned the save with two innings of shutout relief.
Fallston's Aidan O'Donnell was a home run short of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, four RBIs and one run. Luke Gover had three hits and drove in two RBIs, while teammate Erik Dettloff also picked up a pair of hits.
Havre de Grace moving on
The top-seeded Havre de Grace Warriors cruised to a 1A East Section I semifinal win on Monday, defeating visiting fifth seed Bo Manor, 12-2.
The game was halted after five innings under the 10-run rule.
In the sectional title matchup on Wednesday, the Warriors are slated to host second-seeded St. Michael's at 4 p.m.
Havre de Grace starter Kyle Greskoff struck out two, walked one and allowed one earned run on six hits over four innings to earn the win.
Dominick Bolen led Havre de Grace at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs. Luis Nieves-Gonzalez was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs, while Christian Amici was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and one run.
Havre de Grace's Cameron Standiford posted two RBIs, while Greskoff was 1-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run. Eddie Hofer and Chris Thompson both scored twice in the win.
Harford Tech topped
The fourth-seeded Harford Tech boys suffered a season-ending road defeat on Monday, losing, 3-1, to top-seeded Rising Sun in the 2A East Section I semifinal round.
Kyle Zentkovich knocked home teammate A.J. Borg in the fourth with an RBI single. Borg finished the game 2-for-3, while Jaye Newby, Cody Bugda, Justin Smith and Jeremy Brown all had a base hit in the loss.
CMW eliminates Bel Air
If the reigning 3A Maryland baseball champs from Bel Air had any designs on making it back to Ripken Stadium for the state finals this year, they were quickly put to bed on Friday, when the sixth-seeded Bobcats lost, 5-4, to third-seeded host C. Milton Wright in the opening round of the 3A North Section II regional tournament.
Bel Air struck first in Friday's cross-town matchup, with Mike Feinour and Jack Jenkens knocking in a run each with two-out singles to put the Bobcats up, 2-0.
The hosts answered in the bottom of the first, with Colin Miller knocking home Brett Schatz from third base with an RBI groundout, and Jeremy Stewart following with a game-tying single to score Chase DeMars.
C. Milton scored again in the bottom of the second. Miller pushed the go-ahead run across by taking a bases-loaded walk, while Stewart followed with an RBI single that put the Mustangs up, 4-2. Jeff Niedzwiecki capped the three-run rally by earning the second bases-loaded walk of the inning.
Bel Air cut the CMW lead to 5-3 in the fourth inning, when J.D. Bruck ripped an RBI single up the third base line that scored Brendan Yetter.
In the top of the sixth, Bel Air scored again, this time with Nick Loiodice hitting an RBI groundout to short to push Grayson Boone across for the Bobcats' fourth and final run.
In the top of the seventh, Yetter smacked a one-out single to right field off DeMars, who came on in relief of starter Mike Nolte in the fourth. With the tying run at first, DeMars retired the next two hitters to seal up the victory for CMW.
DeMars went four innings in all, striking out three, walking three and allowing two earned runs on six hits to earn the win. Nolte went three innings in the no decision, striking out four, walking two and allowing two earned runs on four hits.
Stewart, the lone Mustang with multiple hits, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Bruck was 2-for-4, Feinour went 2-for-3 and Yetter and Boone both went 2-for-4.
On Monday in the sectional semifinals, CMW will travel to second seeded Dundalk for a 4 p.m. game.
Tech tops North East
In a 2A East Section I matchup at Harford Tech Friday, the fourth-seeded Cobras knocked off fifth-seeded North East, 13-0.
The contest was halted after five innings by the 10-run rule.
Harford Tech starter Justin Smith allowed one hit, struck out two and walked one over four innings. Owen Rogers completed the shutout, allowing one hit and recording one strikeout over one inning of relief.
Cody Bugda led the Cobras at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and four RBIs. Brandon Mitchell was 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs and Jeremy Browne, Jaye Newby and Tyler Mister all had one hit and one RBI. Travish Hash was 2-for-3 and cranked out a home run, Kyle Zentkovich went 1-for-3 and Rogers went 1-for-1.
In their section semifinal matchup on Monday, the Cobras travel to play top-seeded host Rising Sun at 4 p.m game.
Patterson Mill wins
The sixth-seeded Patterson Mill Huskies escaped their 2A East Section I opening-round matchup with a 3-2 road victory over third-seeded Elkton.
Trailing, 2-0, with two outs in the fifth, the Huskies' Austin Abild sparked a rally by taking a walk, then stealing second. Matt Sprouse followed with an RBI single to left to make the score 2-1. James Andrew singled to put runners at first and second and Alex Peters knocked Sprouse home with a liner to short that was bobbled by the Elkton infielder.
Billy Benson led off the top of the sixth with a single, Jacob Michael followed with a walk and Matt Larson laid down a bunt single to load the bases. Robert Besante came up next and hit a long fly ball that allowed Benson to tag up for the winning run.
Patterson Mill starter Kyle Hilker went the distance, allowing one earned run on two hits, striking out six without issuing a walk.
In the sectional semifinal round on Monday, the Huskies have a 4 p.m. road game with second-seeded Fallston.
Aberdeen wins by one
The fourth-seeded Aberdeen Eagles kept themselves alive Friday with a 5-4 victory over visiting fifth-seed Patapsco in the opening round of the 3A North Section I tournament.
In Monday's sectional semifinals, the Eagles will play top-seeded host North Harford at 4 p.m.
The seventh-seeded Edgewood Rams were knocked out of the 3A North Section II tournament with an 8-0 shutout loss to second-seeded host Dundalk on Thursday.
The opening-round of the 1A East Section I tournament on Thursday saw the sixth-seeded Joppatowne Mariners close out a winless season with a 12-2 road loss to third-seeded Colonel Richardson.