After Centennial's stunning 10-0 win over River Hill on Monday, the Eagles improved to 5-3, separating themselves from a pack of five other teams — Atholton, Hammond, Howard, Marriotts Ridge and Oakland Mills — sitting at .500 with 4-4 records.
But it didn't take long for one of those teams to drag Centennial back to the pack.
Atholton defeated Centennial, 13-3, on a cold and rainy Wednesday afternoon.
Josh Martin went the distance for the Raiders, striking out five, walking three and allowing five hits, including three doubles.
Centennial struck early, on RBI doubles by Jared Lacey and Jerry Burgo in the bottom of the first inning, but Atholton got one run back in the top of the second on an RBI single by Andrew McLellan.
Centennial put runners on against Martin in each of the next three innings, but didn't score again until the fourth when Ben Goldsmith crossed the plate on a wild pitch. But by then the game had gotten out of hand.
Brady Acker and Martin drew back-to-back walks to start the third, and scored on a sac fly by Brian Harris and an error. And then the Raiders posted six runs in the top of the fourth.
That inning saw four hits — including a two-run single by McLellan — three walks, an error, a wild pitch and a passed ball.
Atholton piled on four more runs in the top of the fifth when Martin hit a two-run single. Centennial hurt itself again in that inning with two hit batters, a walk, a wild pitch, an error and a balk.
The Eagles almost extended the game in the fifth when Lacey led off with a single and made it to third on a wild pitch and a groundout, but Martin closed the book with back-to-back groundballs to end the game.
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Hammond 9, Glenelg 8
The Golden Bears scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete an impressive comeback win against Glenelg, 9-8.
Kyle Hager drove in the tying and winning runs with a single in the final at bat of the game. Catcher Ben Miller was also a major contributor, going 3-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Hammond had only one hit through the first five innings, but drew nine walks in the game.
Kevin McHale pitched one and a third innings of scoreless relief to earn the win, ending a three-game Hammond skid.
It was Glenelg's second consecutive loss after starting the season 10-0.
Oakland Mills 9, Wilde Lake 7
Wilde Lake mounted a spirited rally, scoring five runs in the top of the sixth and one in the seventh after trailing 6-0 early, but Oakland Mills held on to keep the Wildecats from winning their first game of the season.
Joe Zayataz started the game, gave way to his brother Nick in the fourth inning, then came back out to close the game in the seventh.
Joe also singled, doubled and drove in two runs. On the mound he struck out nine, walked three and allowed two hits.
Wilde Lake's offensive leaders were Steven Ecker (2B, 2 R), Cuinn Mullins (3-3, 2B), Devon McNeel (2 2B), Tommy Mee (2B, HR, 2 RBI) and Kyle Amoroso (2B, 2 RBI).
Oakland Mills improved to 5-4 in the league and 8-4 overall with the win.
Reservoir 13, Long Reach 3
The Gators won their 11th game in a row, and ended Long Reach's modest two-game winning streak, 13-3. With the win, Reservoir took sole ownership of first place in the county standings at 8-1.
Mt. Hebron (1-7) at Howard (4-4)
River Hill (6-2) at Marriotts Ridge (4-4)
Marriotts Ridge at Atholton, 4:15 p.m.
Long Reach at Glenelg, 4:15 p.m.
Oakland Mills at Mt. Hebron, 4:15 p.m.
Howard at Reservoir, 4:15 p.m.
Hammond at River Hill, 4:15 p.m.
Centennial at Wilde Lake, 4:15 p.m.