During the week of March 30 to April 6, Howard County baseball teams took a break from league play to mix it up with private and public school teams from around the area.
Oakland Mills had a successful double header March 30, edging Franklin, 4-2, before shutting out Fallston, 10-0, to win the Franklin Tournament.
Against Franklin, tied 2-2 after six innings, Cody Thomas drove in the winning runs in the top of the seventh, and then relieved starter Joe Zayatz (6 IP, 10 K) to earn the save with a 1-2-3 inning.
Evan Russell struck out nine in seven innings against Fallston, allowing only three hits and one walk. Russell also collected three hits, while Kyle Madden-Stricker drew three free passes and Ben Hale and Ben Kale drove in two runs each.
Evan Russell earned tournament MVP honors for his performance.
Oakland Mills closed out its spring break schedule by winning a defensive battle at Long Reach, 3-1, April 6.
Kyle Madden-Stricker roped a two-run double in the first inning which proved to be the only runs the Scorpions would need.
Chris Stanko had two hits for Long Reach in the loss, while freshman Josh Kulina stole two bases, and Jacob Siegleman went the distance on the mound, striking out three and scattering five hits.
Atholton competed in the Linganore Tournament, losing to North Hagerstown in the opening round on March 30, 6-5.
In that game, the Raiders fell behind 3-0 early, and trailed 6-2 after four innings, but eventually put the tying and winning runs on second and third in the bottom of the seventh.
Joe Bentz led the Atholton offense with three hits including a double, a stolen base and an RBI. Freshman Blake James doubled and came out of the bullpen to pitch six innings of relief, allowing only one earned run.
Two days later Atholton defeated host Linganore, 7-4, on a grand slam by Paul Burmester in the fifth inning.
The Lancers took an early 2-0 lead but Burmester's blast put the Raiders ahead for good. Dan McCann earned the win for Atholton, allowing only one earned run in five innings, and Brady Acker collected three hits, two runs and two stolen bases.
Linganore was coming off of a 3-0 win against Wilde Lake on the opening day of the tournament. Wildecats' pitcher Tommy Mee held Linganore to only three runs on two hits (8K, 5 BB), but Wilde Lake's offense could not get anything going, despite the efforts of Matt Miller (2 BB) and Cuinn Mullins (2B).
The wheels fell off for Wilde Lake on Monday, as North Hagerstown won a 15-1 rout.
On April 5, however, the Wildecats broke out for their first win of the season, dominating New Town, 16-0.
Wilde Lake collected 14 hits in five innings, including three by Sergio Irizarry-Cruz (2B, 4 RBI) and Tommy Mee (2B, HR, 2 RBI). Matt Miller went the distance on the mound for Wilde Lake, striking out seven, walking one and allowing only two hits.
Reservoir was unable to defend its championship at Mount St. Joseph's Jack Conley tournament, losing on Saturday to St. Michaels, 7-4.
St. Michaels scored six times in the top of the first and never relinquished the lead after that. The Gators battled back to hold the Saints to just one run the rest of the way, and scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap, but could not overcome St. Michaels sophomore lefty Lou Risher (5 IP, 3 H, 4 K).
Reservoir closed out its spring break schedule with an exciting 10-9 win over John Carroll on April 4.
Glenelg routed Thomas Johnson, 14-4, March 30 as Luke Brister (3 RBI), Anthony Bowman (2 RBI) and Logan Dubbe (RBI) each collected a pair of hits. On the mound, Dubbe went five innings, striking out six, walking two and allowing two unearned runs on six hits.
On April 6, Glenelg and Howard met in a league game, with Glenelg prevailing, 8-5.
The Gladiators took an early 5-0 lead in the second inning, but Howard rallied to score five runs between the second and fourth innings, as Glenelg committed five errors.
Luke Brister (2 SB) led the Glenelg offense with three hits, while Alex Melcher (2B, 2 RBI) and Davis Jones (2B, 2 SB) tallied two each.
Howard dropped a split double-header against Patterson Mill, 8-5, and Harford Tech, 7-5, on April 2. The Lions pounded out 18 hits between the two games, but couldn't come away with a win. David Wolf had a three-hit day against Patterson Mill, and Logan Seitz doubled and drove in three runs in the loss to Harford Tech.
Mt. Hebron played a tight game with Thomas Johnson on Monday, winning 3-2, followed by a 5-1 win over Century one day later. Brady Smouse continued his hot start to the season, pitching a complete game four-hitter with eight strikeouts. Matt Ansaldi led the offensive effort with two hits and two RBI.
Marriotts Ridge met county rival Long Reach in the opening round of the Glen Burnie tournament, winning a 12-1 blowout. The Lightning then faced the host school, losing 13-3. Marriotts Ridge also got a crack at Glen Burnie, and won, 6-1, to claim the trophy.
Finally, undefeated Marriotts Ridge ended its successful spring break schedule with a 12-4 win over Edgewood on April 4.
Kevin Ross and Matt Marinelli each had three hits. Nick Spano had two hits and also tossed five shut-out innings.
Hammond scored nine runs in the sixth inning of their game with Lansdowne to win 10-0 in the first game of the Dulaney Tournament on April 4, but fell by the same score to the host school a day later.
Derek Sicca had two of Hammond's three hits, including a double, in the loss.
River Hill also competed in the Dulaney Tournament, falling to the host Lions, 4-3, before dominating Lansdowne the next day, 13-1.
On April 5, Patterson Mill defeated visiting River Hill, 8-7.
Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association
Glenelg Country School pitcher Dylan Farnella pitched a five-inning no-hitter, striking out six, against St Frances in MIAA B Conference action. The Dragons rapped 12 hits in the 22-0 win. Will Seiferth led the way, going 4-for-4 with a single, double, two triples and five RBI.
One day later, Glenelg Country School beat McDonogh, 13-10.
Chapelgate split a double header on March 30, defeating Salisbury Christian, 7-5, and falling to Annapolis, 5-4.