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The Bel Air baseball team, shown prior to Monday's start in North East, pounded out 13 hits to get the season started with a win.
The Bel Air baseball team, shown prior to Monday's start in North East, pounded out 13 hits to get the season started with a win. (Randy McRoberts/Aegis staff)

The Bel Air Bobcats varsity baseball team finally got on the field Monday, but it was in another county, as in Cecil County.

The Bobcats, who were to host North East in the UCBAC Chesapeake Division opener, were forced to make the trip as a result of snow still on the Bel Air field.

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It was a good trip, though, with the Bobcats beating the Indians, 10-3. The Bobcats out-hit the Indians, 13-5.

Also, Harford Tech, Fallston and John Carroll were victorious on Monday.

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"I think we threw the ball well, I mean I think that our staff came out and did what they needed to, they got ahead in the count,” Bobcats coach John Swanson said. “I think we worked the plate a little bit, I thought we had great at bats. It was great day to be out, it's not 30 degrees and blowing 10, so it was a great day to be out with the boys and get the chance to play baseball on March 26th and I'm thankful for that.”

The game got off to a bit of a rough start for Bel Air. The Bobcats were held scoreless in their first at bat and North East senior Payton Hoskins greeted Bel Air starter Jonah Einsig with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first.

Einsig, though, had his own at-bat coming. With Matt Fino (courtesy runner Hunter Hruz) and Brandon Dockery aboard with back-to-back singles, Einsig doubled to deep left field to plate both runners and put his team ahead for good.

“It’s just one pitch, one pitch at a time, coach always says,” Einsig said. “It's just one miss and I bounced back next inning, did my job and we're up 2-1.”

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Einsig settled in to pitch two more innings, both scoreless, while allowing two walks and striking out four.

The Bobcats extended their lead to 6-1 in the fourth. Dockery walked, stole second and was balked to third. Spencer Sanza drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

Einsig ((2-4, 3 RBIs) singled and Liam Bowers walked. Evan Thatcher grounded out for the second, but Bel Air rallied with three straight RBI singles. Cam Kalandros singled in Einsig; Andrew Sunday (2 hits, 2 RBIs) singled in Bowers; and Drew Gagnon (3 hits, 2 RBIs) singled in Kalandros.

Kalandros pitched three innings as well, allowing the other two runs. Kalandros issued a bases loaded walked in the fifth and then gave up a solo shot to Sebastian Nagovich in the sixth.

Kalandros also walked two and struck out four.

Bel Air added three runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh. Bowers (four BB, three runs) and Kalandros both walked and scored in the sixth. Thatcher doubled between them and also scored.

Bowers walked and scored the final run in the seventh on a Sunday sacrifice fly.

Tyler Schimming pitched the final inning in relief for the Bobcats, striking out one.

Hoskins had two hits to lead the Indians.

"It's very pleasing, to play baseball, any ball field, we want to win, that's what we got and now we can go home happy,” Einsig said.

Cobras edge Warriors

Harford Tech defeated host Havre de Grace, 4-3, in the Susquehanna Division opener at Stancill Park.

The Cobras scored a run in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie.

Nate Reed was 3-for-3 with a walk, and two RBIs. He drove in the first Tech run and the last to give the Cobras the win.

Freshman catcher Parker Smith was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Brandon Huffman was 1-for-2 with a walk and a key sacrifice bunt in the sixth. Jay Rose was also 1-for-3.

Chad Gamble went 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Warriors. Alex Gresock was 3-for-4.

Reed also started the game for the Cobras, going four innings and striking out five, while walking two in the no decision. Brennen Schneider pitched two innings to earn the victory, allowing a run on three hits, while striking out one. Wes Atteberry earned the save, pitching a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two.

Cougars nip Hawks

Fallston nipped host North Harford, 3-2, in Chesapeake Division play in Pylesville. Junior Josh Bogdan earned the win for the Cougars, tossing four solid innings. He scattered five hits, struck out five and allowed two runs.

Senior Dylan Businsky picked up the save with three scoreless innings in relief.

Senior third baseman Mason Mullaney made several tough plays, including snagging a line drive to start a game-ending double play in the seventh with the tie run on second base.

Alex Baily and Connor Pickle had two hits apiece for Fallston. Pickle, Baily and Mullaney each had an RBI.

Bobby Duffy had three hits to pace the offense for North Harford. Derek McManus added two hits for the Hawks.

Patriots top Gilman

John Carroll (3-0, 5-0) grabbed an early lead Monday on its way to a 9-6 win over visiting Gilman in MIAA A Conference play.

The Patriots scored single, runs in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings, but the difference was a five-run outburst in inning number two.

Ryan Archibald led the way with three hits (double) and three RBIs. Nico Santoro added two hits and two runs scored and Stelio Stakias hit a home run.

Archibald also picked up the win, lasting four innings. He allowed six hits and three runs, while striking out seven. Nick Collier and Ben Pika entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Collier recorded the last six outs to earn the save.

Tigers blank Huskies

Patterson Mill was shut down on two hits and shut out on the scoreboard Monday at Rising Sun in Chesapeake play. The Huskies lost, 3-0.

Rising Sun senior lefty Phil Lyons threw 108 pitches to win the game, striking out 12 and walking three.

“He can beat anyone in the league, he pounded the zone with two good pitches and kept us off balance,” Huskies coach Matt Roseland said.

The Huskies had runners on first and second and the bases loaded with less than two outs in the last few innings, but couldn’t get the timley hit.

Rising Sun had just three hits, but the Tigers were able to put two of the three, back-to-back.

A double and a flair single over the Huskies first basemen’s head gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the fourth. A bases loaded infield error with two outs allowed the final two runs to score in the fifth.

Austin Koehn pitched into the fifth to take the loss. He allowed three hits, three walks and three runs (one earned). He struck out eight.

Nick Salerno and Carson Eubersax had a hit each for the Huskies.

Other score

In Susquehanna play, Joppatowne was blanked by visiting Perryville, 31-0, Monday.

Postponed

Aberdeen’s Monday Susquehanna game with visiting Elkton was postponed one day due to threats at Elkton High School. It is scheduled for Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Edgewood’s Susquehanna game with visiting Bo Manor was also called off with no makeup date.

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