Rivals and two baseball teams looking to make a push toward the playoffs met at Stancill Park in Havre de Grace Thursday.
Havre de Grace (5-4, 6-7) and visiting Perryville (5-3, 5-6) battled for all seven innings in a game that ended with a walk-off, 7-6, win for the Warriors.
Havre de Grace jumped ahead 4-0 after two innings and led 5-2 beginning the seventh inning.
Warriors pitcher Alex Gresock, who normally does the catching, had shut the Panthers down on four hits and two runs through six innings.
In the seventh, though, Perryville forced him from the mound. Gresock walked leadoff batter Matthew O'Neill and then hit Jake Helensky. Warriors manager Chad Blevins called on Clay Harris to finish it up.
Harris got the first batter, Mikey Newsome, to fly out to center with no advancement on on the bases.
Tyler Nasuta followed with a single to load the bases and Cael Orem also singled to drive in two runs and leave runners in scoring position with just one out.
Austen Bowman was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up the force out. Mackey McCurry stepped in and bounced a single through the right side of the infield, plating Nasuta and Orem with the tie and go-ahead runs.
Harris struck out the next batter to get out of the inning. "First off, I was regretting not putting Clay in, in the seventh. Gresock was pitching so good, his pitch count was so low, I said let's see if he can complete one," manager Blevins said. "I should have pulled him after the first guy got on base and we said let's let him go one more, he's getting out of everything all night. So, when we put Clay in there, I thought maybe we should have done that sooner."
Now down a run, Havre de Grace had its top of the lineup ready in the bottom of the seventh against Newsome, who was called on to close out the game for the Panthers.
Matt Mussman worked a leadoff walk and Harris walked as well. Gresock flew out to right, but both Mussman and Harris moved up a base into scoring position.
Jesse Fenner then tried twice, to put down a squeeze bunt, but both attempts went foul. Fenner, then calmly, ripped the two-strike pitch into center field, scoring Mussman with the tie run.
Harris made big turn around third with the winning run, but was called back to third by manager Blevins. The throw actually got through and all the way to the backstop, which allowed Fenner to stroll into second.
Bay Wettig then stepped in and drilled a shot, some 275 feet, down the left field line, plating Harris with the winning run.
"The situation, I got runners on bases, just an amazing feeling to be able to pull out that win," Wettig said. "Shot over the left fielder, I saw it up and I drove it through, it was amazing. I'm glad my boys got me up to the plate, too. It was all on them, it's all a team effort out here, all a team effort."
The Warriors were staked to the 4-0 lead with two runs in each of the first innings against Panthers starter Nasuta. Gresock doubled in Harris with the first run and then scored himself in the first.
Gresock (2-4) then singled in the second inning, driving in Mussman (single) and Harris (walk).
Perryville got on the scoreboard with a run in the third. Newsome walked and scored on Orem's single.
Havre de Grace answered with its fifth run in the fifth inning. Harris walked and Fenner (3-4) plated him with a long double to left-center field.
The Panthers added their second run in the sixth. Nasuta singled and later scored when McCurry reached on an error.
Cougars blank Eagles
Fallston (5-8) shut out visiting Bo Manor (7-3), 3-0, in non-league play Thursday.
Ryan Pickle tossed a complete-game shutout on just 76 pitches. Pickle allowed just two singles and walked none, while striking out six in his second shutout of the year.
Fallston got on the board in the second when Mason Mullaney reached on an error, was sacrificed to third by Connor Pickle and came home on a fielder's choice by Kyle Moody.
The Cougars added another run in the third when Everett Cox singled home courtesy runner Dillon Sperl with two outs.
The final run came in the fifth when Cox singled again, this time scoring pinch runner Joe Gizinski. Cox finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two stolen bases. Drew Kalista added a double for Cougars.
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