In Monday's Harford County 2A East District VII semifinal matchup, the fifth-seeded Patterson Mill Huskies held off eighth-seeded guest Fallston to take a 3-1 victory, and with it a trip to the district title game.
The District VII final will pit the Huskies against second-seeded host Harford Tech at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
In Monday's game, the Huskies' Blaine Sheesley tossed a complete-game four-hitter, allowing one earned run, striking out six Cougar batters and issuing three walks.
Cougar hurler Wyatt Alexander also went the distance, striking out five, walking one and allowing seven hits over six innings of work.
Patterson Mill, trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third, scored twice to go ahead for good, then added an insurance run in the fourth.
The Huskies' J.T. Tipton went 1-for-4 and knocked in the game-tying RBI, while Zach Dorn had the RBI that put Patterson Mill in the lead. Sheesley was 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Fallston's lone run came on an RBI single by Hunter Ryan, who finished the game 1-for-2 with a walk.
Tech headed to district final
Second-seeded Harford Tech thumped visiting third seed Elkton Monday in the 2A East District VII semifinal round, beating the Golden Elks, 16-6, and earning a spot in the district title matchup with Patterson Mill.
The game was called in the Cobras' favor after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Nick Waite had the Cobras' hot bat, going 2-for-2 with a double and four RBIs. Tyler Mister was 2-for-3 with three runs and Kyle Zentkovich was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Tim Hildebrand was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Jeremy Brown racked up three RBIs. Devin Chapman and A.J. Borg both went 1-for-3 with one RBI, and Travis Hash was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Ryan Horseman scored twice and drew three walks.
Justin Smith was the winning pitcher, going 3-1/3 innings in which he allowed nine hits, struck out four and walked four. Waite tossed 1-2/3 innings of relief, holding Elkton to one hit and recording one strikeout over that stretch.
Bel Air over Hereford
The fourth-seeded Bel Air Bobcats won at home in the 3A North regional quarterfinals on Monday, defeating 12th-seeded Hereford, 9-5.
The Bobcats' victory set up an all-local regional semifinal matchup with ninth-seeded North Harford. That game will be played at Bel Air Wednesday at 4 p.m.
In their victory over Hereford, the Bobcats scored twice in the bottom of the first, added one run in both the second and third innings, then closed out with a five-run showing in the fourth. All of Hereford's runs came in the top of the fifth.
Matt Wallace roped a triple in the victory.
CMW drops heartbreaker
The C. Milton Wright squad's bid for a 3A North regional title game showdown with rivals North Harford of Bel Air fell short Monday, when the 15th-seeded Mustangs lost, 9-8, to seventh-seeded host Franklin.
CMW starter Matt Phillips tossed 3-1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits, striking out four and walking three. Reliever Mike Nolte closed out the game for the Mustangs, striking out two, surrendering four hits and not allowing any earned runs in his relief stint.