Harford Tech, CMW headed to regional softball title games with Wednesday wins

Following the MPSSAA sectional finals on Wednesday, just two local teams remained in playoff contention, as both Harford Tech and C. Milton Wright picked up victories in their respective tournaments, while Havre de Grace suffered a season-ending loss.

Harford Tech defeated Rising Sun, 2-1, in the 2A East Section I final, and the CMW girls advanced with the same result, defeating North Harford, 2-1, in the 3A North Section II final. Havre de Grace was topped, 4-1, by Bo Manor in the 1A East title game.

In Friday's regional final round, Harford Tech is slated to host 2A East Section II champ Easton, while CMW will travel to play the 3A North Section II representatives from Westminster. Both games start at 4 p.m.

Tech headed to final

Playing on the road against the second-seeded Tigers, the fifth-seeded Harford Tech Cobras came back home with a 2-1, season-extending victory.

Silent in the first five innings and trailing, 1-0, Harford Tech's Kat Lewis start the visiting half of the sixth with a pinch-hit single up the middle. Ally Venuto followed with a walk, and Lindsay Bowler hit into a fielder's choice on which Lewis was retired.

After the second out of the inning was recorded, Ashley Leavens came to the plate and ripped a two-out double to left that scored both Venuto and Bowler.

Cobras reliever Kim Cook tossed 4-1/3 innings, holding Rising Sun to three hits and earning the win. Starter Emily Bowler went 2-2/3 innings held the Tigers to one hit.

At the plate for Harford Tech, Venuto went 1-for-2, Lewis 1-for-1, Leavens 1-for-3 and Sarah North was 1-for-3.

CMW edges North Harford

The All-Harford County 3A North Section II contest on Wednesday saw the sixth-seeded CMW Mustangs walk away with a 2-1 victory over top-seeded host North Harford.

Alexis Lyttle threw a complete game for North Harford, allowing two runs on eight hits, striking out seven and walking none over the seven innings.

Lyttle knocked home teammate Kaitlin Horsey with a single in the first inning for the Hawks only run. North Harford's Allyson Meil went 3-for-4 and Horsey was 2-for-3.

C. Milton Wright stats weren't available Wednesday night.

Havre de Grace eliminated

When Havre de Grace and Bo Manor met a week earlier in the UCBAC championship game, the Warriors cruised to a 10-0 win, but Wednesday's 1A East Section I final at Bo Manor offered another scenario.

The second-seeded Warriors managed just one hit in their 4-1 loss to the top-seeded Eagles.

After 4-1/2 scoreless innings, the hosts broke through first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Havre de Grace's Rebecca Ashman earned a leadoff walk. Two outs later, Lindsey Fenner walked and Megan Thompson followed with a liner to short that was bobbled by the Eagles' infielder, allowing Ashman to motor across the plate.

Now holding a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth, Bo Manor added two more runs, and Havre de Grace went down in order in the top of seventh.

Riley Arnold cracked a one-out single to center field in the top of the fifth for Havre e Grace's only hit of the game.

Havre de Grace starter Megan Thompson went the distance, striking out five, walking one and allowing three earned runs on seven hits over six innings.

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