In Monday's Harford County 2A East District VII semifinal matchup, the fifth-seeded Patterson Mill Huskies held off eighth-seeded guest Fallston to take a 3-1 victory, and with it a trip to the district title game.
The District VII final will pit the Huskies against second-seeded host Harford Tech at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
In Monday's game, the Huskies' Blaine Sheesley tossed a complete-game four-hitter, allowing one earned run, striking out six Cougar batters and issuing three walks.
Cougar hurler Wyatt Alexander also went the distance, striking out five, walking one and allowing seven hits over six innings of work.
Patterson Mill, trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third, scored twice to go ahead for good, then added an insurance run in the fourth.
The Huskies' J.T. Tipton went 1-for-4 and knocked in the game-tying RBI, while Zach Dorn had the RBI that put Patterson Mill in the lead. Sheesley was 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Fallston's lone run came on an RBI single by Hunter Ryan, who finished the game 1-for-2 with a walk.
Tech headed to district final
Second-seeded Harford Tech thumped visiting third seed Elkton Monday in the 2A East District VII semifinal round, beating the Golden Elks, 16-6, and earning a spot in the district title matchup with Patterson Mill.
The game was called in the Cobras' favor after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Nick Waite had the Cobras' hot bat, going 2-for-2 with a double and four RBIs. Tyler Mister was 2-for-3 with three runs and Kyle Zentkovich was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Tim Hildebrand was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Jeremy Brown racked up three RBIs. Devin Chapman and A.J. Borg both went 1-for-3 with one RBI, and Travis Hash was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Ryan Horseman scored twice and drew three walks.
Justin Smith was the winning pitcher, going 3-1/3 innings in which he allowed nine hits, struck out four and walked four. Waite tossed 1-2/3 innings of relief, holding Elkton to one hit and recording one strikeout over that stretch.
Bel Air over Hereford
The fourth-seeded Bel Air Bobcats won at home in the 3A North regional quarterfinals on Monday, defeating 12th-seeded Hereford, 9-5.
The Bobcats' victory set up an all-local regional semifinal matchup with ninth-seeded North Harford. That game will be played at Bel Air Wednesday at 4 p.m.
In their victory over Hereford, the Bobcats scored twice in the bottom of the first, added one run in both the second and third innings, then closed out with a five-run showing in the fourth. All of Hereford's runs came in the top of the fifth.
Matt Wallace roped a triple in the victory.
CMW drops heartbreaker
The C. Milton Wright squad's bid for a 3A North regional title game showdown with rivals North Harford of Bel Air fell short Monday, when the 15th-seeded Mustangs lost, 9-8, to seventh-seeded host Franklin.
CMW starter Matt Phillips tossed 3-1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits, striking out four and walking three. Reliever Mike Nolte closed out the game for the Mustangs, striking out two, surrendering four hits and not allowing any earned runs in his relief stint.
"Matt threw an outstanding game for today, as did Mike," CMW skipper Joe Stetka said. "Both those guys pitched their hearts out, and kicked a few at crucial times today. They both deserved a better performance on the field."
At the plate, the Mustangs were led by Jake Labe, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run. Ricky Scheeler was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs and one RBI, while Tom Chiascione was 2-for-4. Pete Denardi went 1-for-4 with two runs.
North Harford moves on
Ninth-seeded North Harford won its Monday 3A North quarterfinal matchup, beating top-seeded host Digital Harbor, 12-2.
The victory put the Hawks in Wednesday's regional semifinal round, in which they travel to play fourth-seeded Bel Air.
The sixth-seeded Havre de Grace Warriors extended their season Monday with a 5-3 road victory over third-seeded Sparrows Point in the 1A North quarterfinal round.
The Warriors advance to play Perryville in the regional semifinals Wednesday. Havre de Grace will host that game.
Sixth-seeded Aberdeen was knocked out of the 3A North tournament Monday with a 4-0 whitewashing at the hands of third-seeded host Eastern Tech.
Fallston wins by a run
In the opening round of the state playoffs Friday, the eighth-seeded Fallston Cougars delivered one of the biggest surprises of the day, holding off a late charge by top-seeded host Rising Sun to escape with a 6-5 victory in the 2A East District VII tournament.
Fallston starter Austin Ramsey worked 6-1/3 innings before bowing out in the seventh. Wyatt Alexander took over with one down in the seventh and got the final two outs, securing the win for Fallston. Ramsey earned the win, while Alexander got the save.
The Cougars led, 6-1, after the second inning, but the hosts came up with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut Fallston's lead to 6-4. Rising Sun scored once in the bottom of the seventh, but Alexander retired the side before the Tigers could tie the game.
Fallston's only extra-base hit was a double by Luke Gover.
In the district semifinal round on Monday, the Cougars will travel to play fifth-seeded Patterson Mill.
Bel Air advances to face Hereford
The fourth-seeded Bel Air Bobcats muscled out a 14-4 playoff victory Friday, beating visiting Patterson, the 13 seed, in the opening round of the 3A North baseball tournament.
The game was halted after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Though the Bobcats out-hit the guests, 7-3, Bel Air's only extra-base hit was a double by Brendan Yetter.
Bel Air hurlers Grayson Boone and Matt Hottman combined to hold Patterson to three hits. Three of the visitors' runs came on a base-clearing triple in the top of the third.
The Bobcats, who went into the bottom of the second trailing, 1-0, scored five times in that inning, added three more in the third, scored once in the fourth, then wrapped things up with a five more tallies in the fifth.
With the opening-round win, Bel Air moves on to play a home game with 12th-seeded Hereford at 4 p.m. on Monday.
Patterson Mill over Edgewood
In the 2A East District VII's all-Harford County opening-round game Friday, the fifth-seeded Patterson Mill Huskies charged to an 8-2 victory over fourth-seeded host Edgewood.
Patterson Mill starter Robert Besante, who went three innings in which he held Edgewood hitless, struck out one, walking two and allowed zero runs, got the win. Alex Peters tossed three innings of relief for the Huskies, striking out one, walking one and allowing one unearned run on four hits. Billy Benson closed out the game for Patterson Mill, allowing one earned run on two hits in one inning of work.
J.T. Tipton led the Huskies at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs and two steals. Griffin Marge was 2-for-2 with two doubles and one RBI, while fellow Husky Mark Mossa was 2-for-2 with a double and three runs. Austin Abild was 1-for-1 with one RBI and one steal in the victory.
Edgewood's Jose Figueroa had a base hit and one RBI, while teammate Tyler Hofmann was 2-for-2 with a double.
Patterson Mill will move on to play a home game with Fallston on Monday in the district semifinal round.
Mustangs blank Towson
C. Milton Wright pitcher Chase DeMars blanked second-seeded host Towson on Friday in the opening round of the 3A North tournament, helping the Mustangs to take a 5-0 victory.
In a complete-game shutout, DeMars held the hosts to a pair of hits, struck out nine and issued two walks.
Jake Labe helped the winning cause, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run. Ricky Scheeler was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, while DeMars was 1-for-3 with one RBI.
The 15th-seeded Mustangs will move to play in the regional quarterfinal round on Monday, when they square off with seventh-seeded host Franklin. That game begins at 4:45 p.m.
Tech wins by one
Second-seeded Harford Tech edged visiting seventh seed North East, 6-5, on Friday in the first round of the 2A East District VII tournament.
"It was a great high school baseball game," Harford Tech Head Coach Paul Daniele said.
With the scored tied, 5-5, in the bottom of the seventh, the Cobras managed to load the bases with one away. Devin Chapman then came to the plate and delivered a game-winning single.
Harford Tech scored three times in the first, then extended its lead to 4-0 in the fourth. North East cut its deficit in half with runs in the fifth and sixth innings, while the Cobras answered with one tally in the bottom of the sixth, making the score, 5-2. The guests tied things at 5-5 with a three-run outburst in the top of the seventh.
Nick Waite led the Cobras at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI, while teammate Tyler Mister was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Ryan Horseman was 1-for-2, Jeremy Brown was 1-for-3, and Chapman was 1-for-3 with the walk-off RBI.
Mister started on the mound and went 6-1/3 innings and finished without a decision. Justin Smith earned the win with a 0-2/3 inning relief appearance.
The victory pushed Harford Tech into Monday's quarterfinal round for a 4 p.m. home game with third-seeded Elkton.
North Harford moving on
The ninth-seeded North Harford Hawks cruised to a victory in the opening round of the 3A North tournament on Friday, dispatching eighth-seeded host Milford Mill, 15-0.
In Monday's quarterfinal round, the Hawks will travel for a 4 p.m. contest with top-seeded Digital Harbor.
Aberdeen over City
Sixth-seeded Aberdeen advanced to the second round of the 3A North competition on Friday with a 9-0 whitewashing of visiting 11th seed City College.
The Eagles will play a road game with third-seeded Eastern Tech at 4 p.m. on Monday in the regional quarterfinals.
The sixth-seeded Havre de Grace Warriors made short work of their opening-round 1A North foe on Friday, pummeling the 11th-seeded Friendship Academy squad, 20-0, at Havre de Grace.