Shortly after Atholton (11-2) walked off the baseball field at Centennial on Wednesday afternoon as 10-0 winners, the Raiders took the lead in the Howard County standings, with a little help from River Hill's Shrawan Sinha several miles up Route 108.
With the score tied, 3-3, in the bottom of the seventh against visiting Oakland Mills, the Hawks' senior third baseman stepped to the plate with two outs and hit a home run over the fence in left field for the 5-3 walk-off win.
The loss dropped Oakland Mills to 11-3, and second place in the standings with less than a week to play.
Sinha's twin brother, Karan, pitched the complete game to earn the win, allowing only one earned run.
"Great game, hard fought, both teams competed very well," said River Hill coach Wes McCoy, whose team is now 2-3 in five walk-off games this year. "Karan gave his brother a chance at the end."
Oakland Mills had a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, but River Hill scored the tying run and put the winning run on first base with a two-out error.
Every other team in the county has at least five losses.
Atholton's remaining games are at Glenelg (7-7) on May 2, home against Howard (7-7) on May 3, at Reservoir (8-5) on May 6 and at Wilde Lake (2-11) on May 7.
Oakland Mills plays at Hammond (9-5) on May 3, home against Glenelg on May 6 and at Reservoir on May 7.
The Scorpions were undefeated until losing to Atholton, 5-1, on April 16.
This was the Scorpions second straight loss after losing to Reservoir, 5-3, on Monday.
"Oakland Mills is a good team though … we don't get to play them again so there's not much we can do about it and not much they can do about it if we keep winning either," Atholton coach Jon Dupski said. "We've all got tough games left so you never know what's going to happen. I told my players yesterday that each game is basically a county championship game, if we play every game to win that game and win that county championship then we will end up reaching our goal."
Atholton's only league losses are to Marriotts Ridge, 12-2, on March 22 and to River Hill, 5-2, on April 22.
Around the league
Atholton 10, Centennial 0
Michael Slayton pitched the complete game shut out for the Raiders.
Slayton needed only 61 pitches to earn the win, striking out five, walking one and allowing only three hits.
The Raiders offense was led by second baseman Dan McCann, who was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Joe Bentz and Brian Harris (2 RBIs) each singled twice and scored a run, and Brady Acker stole a pair of bases.
Centennial had runners on second and third in the first inning, but Slayton escaped the jam by snagging a line drive back to the mound. The Eagles also put runners on first and second to start the second, and first and third in the fifth, but could not push a run across.
Brady Grimes (double), Jacob Sorak and Dan Sterenberg collected base hits for the Eagles.
Hammond 8, Long Reach 6
The Lightning took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first at Hammond, but the Golden Bears chipped away with two runs in the first and three each in the fourth and fifth to eventually regain the lead.
Derek Sicca was the star offensively for Hammond, driving in five runs on a single, a double and a home run.
Garrett Kelley also had three hits for Hammond, including a double, and stole two bases.