Bel Air used another strong pitching performance and some timely hitting to capture the Class 4A North Region baseball championship Friday.
The Bobcats (17-4) beat visiting Howard (16-6), 3-0, scoring all three runs in the third inning, while senior Jack Jenkens pitched into the seventh as the Bobcats recorded their third straight playoff win.
The Bobcats will meet Bowie in Tuesday's state semifinal at 4 or 7 p.m. The game will be played at the University of Maryland's Shipley Field.
Jenkens scattered five hits, walked a pair and struck out five over six and third innings to keep his team ahead.
"Nothing's ever easy, I mean well tip our hats to the Howard...