With the Chesapeake (upper) Division title on the line Monday afternoon, the host North Harford Hawks and the visiting Patterson Mill Huskies did not disappoint, fighting tooth and nail in a strikeout-heavy pitchers' duel.
When all was said and done, North Harford had one more hit and two more runs, beating the visitors, 3-1, and clinching the upper division crown.
"This was a good high school baseball game, for the Chesapeake Division title," Matt Roseland, the Patterson Mill head coach, said. "North Harford was able to get three of its four hits in one inning, and that was the big difference. Both teams competed and got better today."
The victory gave North Harford (14-1 overall) a 10-1 mark in division play, while Patterson Mill (12-3 overall) fell to 8-3 against Chesapeake opponents. The Hawks' lone loss of the season came April 11, when they lost to Patterson Mill, 9-1.
North Harford's Kevin Mooney and Patterson Mill's Matt Golczewski both tossed complete-game gems Monday, with Mooney striking out 15 over seven innings, while Golczewski set down 10 Hawk hitters on strikes in six innings. Mooney, who improved to 6-0 on the year with the win, held the Huskies to three hits and issued four walks. Golczewski surrendered four hits and surrendered just one walk.
Down after Patterson Mill rallied for its lone run in the top of the second, North Harford tied things up at 1 in the home half of the third. In the bottom of the fourth, North Harford's Jon Hammer ripped a two-RBI single, giving the Hawks a two-run cushion they carried through the final out.
Mooney went 2-for-3 at the plate.
With the Chesapeake Division title in hand, the Hawks secured a spot in the UCBAC title game, where they will square off with the Susquehanna (lower) Division champ on Wednesday, May 9, at Harford Community College.
Mustangs edge Elks
The C. Milton Wright boys picked up a Chesapeake Division victory Monday, dispatching the visiting Elkton Golden Elks, 7-5.
The victory put the Mustangs at 9-5 overall and 8-3 in upper division play.
CMW hurler Steve Rappe came on in relief in the seventh with the bases loaded and no one out. With the go-ahead run at first, Rappe coolly struck out the side on 12 pitches to end the contest.
Jake Labe, Grant Caspero, Bryce Shultz and Chase DeMars each roped doubles in the victory, while teammate Connor Hawes went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Tech wins by pair
With an 8-6 win Monday over the visiting Bo Manor Eagles, Harford Tech improved to 13-3 overall and 11-1 in Susquehanna Division play.
Trailing 6-5 heading into the home half of the sixth, the Cobras plated three runs to go up, 8-6.
Nick Waite led the Harford Tech charge, belting a two-out, two-RBI triple in the sixth in going 1-for-3 with a walk. The Cobras' Jacob Bright was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while teammate Jeremy Brown was 2-for-2 with two walks and a pair of runs scored.
The winning pitcher was Noah Davis, who struck out two and held the Eagles hitless in a 1-1/3 inning relief stint.
Cobra starter Zach Robinette went 5-2/3 innings, allowing 12 hits and recording four strikeouts.
Bel Air over North East
The Bobcats (7-8 overall, 4-6 Chesapeake) topped the visiting North East Indians Monday, 14-4.
Tyler Norcross led the Bel Air lineup, rapping out a home run and a double in the victory. Nick Loiodice, Sam Foss and Rich Rivera each stroked doubles for Bel Air.
Tied with the Indians, 4-4, after two innings, the Bobcats scored three in the third, added two in the fourth, scored three more in the fifth and closed out the win with a two-run rally in the sixth.
John Carroll downs Fallston
Monday's matchup at John Carroll saw the host-team Patriots hand the visiting Fallston Cougars (2-13 overall, 2-8 Chesapeake) a 10-2 loss.
Patriot starter Nick Flayhart tossed five innings to earn the win, while Mark Michael closed out the game with two innings of scoreless relief.
John Carroll's Brandon Lewis had three hits and took a pitch off his body to get on base four times, while teammates Avery Callan and Connor Reeves both had one RBI.
Aberdeen wins shutout
Aberdeen (4-12 overall, 3-10 Susquehanna) earned a home-field victory on Monday, beating Havre de Grace (5-11 overall, 4-9 Susquehanna), 10-0.
The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Travis Hubler tossed a complete-game shutout for the Eagles, striking out 11 of the 20 batters he faced, walking three and holding the Warriors to one hit.
Tyler Maughan went 2-for-2 with a double, three RBIs and two runs in the victory, while Dan Fama was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and two runs. Hubler was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and one RBI, while Trae Fenner went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs. Virgil Kennedy had one hit and two runs for Aberdeen and Brenton Barnes was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Aberdeen's Josh Brien had one RBI.
Huskies come back big
Despite surrendering six runs in the first inning of their Friday road matchup with Elkton, the Patterson Mill Huskies managed to claw their way back, eventually scoring the winning run in their final at bat in an 8-7 victory over the Elks.
During Elkton's first at-bat, Husky starter Mark Mossa allowed five hits and two walks and hit a batter, while the Patterson Mill defense committed a pair of errors.
"It was 6-0 fast," Patterson Mill skipper Matt Roseland said.
The Huskies scored once in the top of the second, but missed an opportunity to plate more runs when the final hitter struck out with the bases loaded.
Patterson Mill's Aaron Childs led off the fifth with a double, moved over to third on a single by Alex Abild and eventually scored his team's second run on Griffin Marge's RBI base hit. Ian Bollinger came up later and cracked a two-RBI single, making the score 6-4.
Elkton went up 7-4 with one run in the bottom of the fifth.
In the sixth, the Huskies' Zach Scheuerman ripped an RBI single and Abild followed with sacrifice groundout that plated Scheuerman. Patterson Mill scored one more run on an error before Elkton could escape the inning, tying the game, 7-7.
Bollinger led off the Huskies' last at-bat with a single, moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by J.T. Tipton, then tagged up and made it to third on a Matt Golczewski's flyout. Childs came to the plate and rapped a single that allowed Bollinger to scurry home for what would be the game-winning run.
Elkton got the tying run to second in the bottom of the seventh, but Golczewski, who took over mound duties in the sixth, retired the side before the hosts could push their man home.
Bollinger finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Childs went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and one RBI. Scheuerman was 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run, and Marge was 1-for-2 with two runs, one RBI and a pair of walks.
Golczewski got the win, tossing two innings of relief in which he struck out three, issued zero walks and surrendered two hits. James Andrew, who relieved Mossa with two outs in the first, worked through 4-1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits, striking out three and walking one.
Mustangs shut down Cougars
C. Milton Wright took a road victory Friday afternoon, beating Fallston, 7-1.
Mustang hurler Chase DeMars tossed a complete game to grab the win, striking out four and scattering three hits over seven innings of work.
"Chase pitched an outstanding game," CMW head coach Joe Stetka said. "He kept the ball down in the strike zone and allowed the defense to work behind him."
Leading the way at the plate for the winning side was Nick Testa, who was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, two runs and one RBI. Cam Horner had a double and scored once in the victory, while teammate Ryan Katelan went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Mustang catcher Connor Hawes was 2-for-4, while Josh Cimino was 1-for-3.
Havre de Grace was knocked off, 6-5, Friday by the Tigers in Rising Sun.
The Warriors' Dan Jamison was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, while Dominick Bolen went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. David Amici was 1-for-4 with two runs in the loss, while teammate Luis Nieves-Gonzalez had one RBI. Zac Patterson, Bobby Smith and Robbie Orzewicz all scored once for Havre de Grace.
Aberdeen didn't score a run Friday afternoon, losing 6-0 to the Bo Manor squad in Cecil County.
Austin Smith and Dan Fama accounted for all of the Eagles' hits, each rapping out a single.
Andrew Johnson threw a complete-game for Aberdeen, striking out one, walking five and allowing six earned runs on seven hits in the loss.
Hawks take Indians
North Harford grabbed a 12-4 victory over the North East Indians on the road Thursday in Cecil County.
Hawks' starter Ryan Stinar worked through five innings, striking out seven en route to his fifth win of the season. At the plate, Stinar ripped a solo home run and posted two RBIs.
North Harford's Kevin Mooney blasted a three run homer and had a base hit, while teammate Alec Mourning drove in two RBIs. Zach Knotts roped a double in the victory.
Bobcats whitewash Cougars
The Bel Air Bobcats won at home Thursday afternoon, shutting down the visiting Fallston Cougars in a 5-0 victory.
The Bobcats scored twice in the third inning, added two more runs in the fourth, then closed out with one run in the fifth.
Bel Air hurlers Tyler Riedal and Tyler Norcross combined to toss a shutout, with starter Riedal working through the fifth and Norcross closing out with a two-inning relief stint.
Rich Rivera hit a double for the Bobcats.
Fallston's lone extra-base hit came from Mike Morais, who ripped a double.