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.
Hammond outhit Long Reach, 8-3 in the game.
Marriotts Ridge 9, Howard 1
The Mustangs had an 11-hit parade, including three each by Kevin Ross and Alex Kaffes. Eric Brown allowed one run on four hits, striking out five in five innings before handing the ball over to Connor Brown, who pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
Reservoir 5, Mt. Hebron 2
Reservoir's Jack Barry pitched the Gators to a 5-2 win, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning and two more in the top of the fifth.
River Hill 5, Oakland Mills 3
River Hill scored all five of its runs in the last two innings, including Shrawan Sinha's walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh.
Sinha's twin brother, Karan, pitched the complete game, allowing only one earned run.
Karan Sinha plans to play baseball for Catholic University next year, while Shrawan is planning to play for Virginia Commonwealth.
Oakland Mills loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but came away with only one run.
Scorpions ace Joe Zayatz struck out six in the complete game effort, and hit a triple.
Wilde Lake 7, Glenelg 6
The Wildecats committed four fielding errors, but still managed to upset Glenelg, 7-6.
The Gladiators mounted a late rally, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but Wilde Lake scored the winning run in the bottom of that inning.
Each team had nine hits in the game, including four from Glenelg's Logan Dubbe (home run, three runs scored) and two doubles from Nick Crabill (two RBIs).
The Wilde Lake offense was led by Tommy Mee (two hits, RBI) and Kris Hines (two doubles).
The Gladiators used four different pitchers in the loss.
MIAA B & C Conference
Glenelg Country 13, Baltimore Lutheran 4
Dragons junior Will Seiferth had the game of a lifetime, going 4-for-4 at the plate with four two-run home runs. He was also intentionally walked in the win.
Miguel Flores, Colby Manekin, Jack Dougherty (home run) and Logan Smith each had two hits and an RBI, and Dylan Farnella picked up the win on the mound.
Chapelgate 5, Beth TFiloh 0
Oakland Mills, 11-3
Marriotts Ridge, 9-5
River Hill, 8-6
Mt. Hebron, 6-8
Wilde Lake, 2-11
Long Reach, 1-13
Glenelg Country, 11-1 MIAA B
Chapelgate, 5-2 MIAA C
Thursday, May 2 schedule
Atholton at Glenelg
Centennial at Howard
Hammond at River Hill
Marriotts Ridge at Wilde Lake
Mt. Hebron at Long Reach