For three innings Monday, it appeared the North Harford Hawks might upset the unbeaten and visiting Perryville in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference softball game.
The Hawks (4-3 league, 7-3 overall) scored three runs in their first at bat, but nothing more after that, and the Panthers overcame the 3-0 deficit with 15 unanswered runs in the 15-3 Chesapeake Division win.
"Everything was going smooth and then things kind of fell apart in that fourth inning," Hawks coach Julio Fernandez said. "It's a critical inning, all it takes is a mental mistake, anything can happen and it just shifts the momentum and once it changed, we couldn't get it back."
That fourth inning saw Perryville (8-0, 11-0) send 10 batters to the plate, resulting in six runs.
The inning started innocently, with Hawks pitcher Hunter Harbaugh getting Ashley Meekins to ground back to her. The hard one-hopper, however, bounced out of Harbaugh's glove and Meekins was safe at first.
A walk to Lydia Hill and base hit by Carly White loaded the bases, but Harbaugh got Kaitlyn Griffin to lineout to right for the first out.
Jordyn Reese's grounder to short was thrown away at the plate, scoring Meekins. Emily Phillips followed with another ground ball to short, but this time the runner was forced out at home, keeping the bases loaded with two away.
Freshman Mara Little stepped in and changed the game. Little drilled a double right over third base, driving in all three runs.
Ellen Little followed with an RBI single inside the bag at third then scored the sixth run on Amber Keene's single.
North Harford's three first inning runs came with a single hit. Kristin Stiles lined a leadoff single to left and the inning erupted from there against Panthers pitcher Emily Phillips.
A hit batter and an error were followed by a walk and another hit batter that pushed across the first two runs. Jocee Sevilla's ground out plated the third Hawks run.
Then Phillips settled in and faced the minimum over the next five innings, aided by a pair of double plays that ended the third and sixth innings.
Sevilla hit a one-out single in the seventh inning, but that was all the Hawks mustered.
The Panthers, who finished with 15 hits, added a single run in the fifth, four in the sixth and four more in the seventh.
"This [Perryville] is a good team, all it takes is a couple mistakes and they're going to jump all over you," Fernandez said. "We'll bounce back, we have a competitive squad, it's a good bunch of girls. We'll be alright."
Morghan Fulton and Katie Murphy combined to pitch a three-hit shutout Monday as the Mustangs (5-2, 8-2) blanked visiting Harford Tech (0-8, 4-8), 10-0, in five innings of Chesapeake play.
The Mustangs defense was strong, highlighted by a pair of double plays, including a rare 5-4-1 double play.
The Mustangs banged out 14 hits, led by Lauren Meyers going 3-for-4 with a double, five RBIs and a run scored. Quinn Ursprung was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run. Both Danielle DeAgostino and Meg Godwin (RBI) were 2- for-3.
Huskies beat Mariners
Patterson Mill (5-4, 5-7) beat host Joppatowne (0-9, 1-9), 18-6, in Susquehanna play Monday.
Lauren Rossi went 3-for-3 with two doubles and five RBIs to lead the way. Lacey Breeden went 2-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs.
Deanna Young was also 2-for-4 with a run scored and Sarah DiNatale went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run. Dalanie Hairfield pitched three innings for the win, striking out three without giving up an earned run.
Eagles beat Cougars
Mackense Greico had the game of her life Monday to lead Aberdeen (7-2, 7-6) to a 3-1 Susquehanna win over host Fallston (4-4, 4-6).
Greico pitched all seven innings, giving up two hits and a walk and striking out 21 batters. Every out but one for the Cougars came by strikeout and there were four in the last inning because a batter reached on a dropped third strike.
Greico also hit a home run, walked twice, stole five bases and scored twice. The Eagles also got a single from Jessica Fulp and a run scored by Alexis Manning.
Mustangs beat Spalding
Playing a non-league game in any sport can often be a mismatch of sorts, but Friday's softball game at C. Milton Wright, where the Mustangs hosted Archbishop Spalding, was quite the opposite.
CMW senior Morghan Fulton's sixth inning, two-run, home run lifted C. Milton Wright over Spalding (10-3), 3-1, in the non-league game played annually between the two highly-rated teams.
Fulton's blast came with one out in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied, 1-1. Junior third baseman Katie Murphy drew a one-out walk to bring Fulton to the plate. Fulton capitalized on the situation, blasting the two-run shot to dead center field and over the 210-foot sign. The homer was Fulton's second of the year.
The Mustangs jumped ahead in the third. Quinn Ursprung led off the inning with a single. A sacrifice moved her to second and Emily Kim drove Ursprung in with an RBI double.
Spalding wasted no time pulling even, scoring its lone run in the top of inning four. Spalding shortstop Sammi Johnson doubled to start the inning and after advancing to third on a fielder's choice, she scored on a passed ball.
Spalding had a two-out single in the seventh, but the Mustangs failed to give in and closed out the win.
Fulton also pitched the win, allowing four hits. Katherine Seidl took the loss, allowing six hits.
Warriors blank Mariners
Havre de Grace (5-3, 5-5) rolled over host Joppatowne (0-8, 1-8) in UCBAC Susquehanna Division play, winning 21-0 in five innings, Friday.
All 11 Havre de Grace players contributed offensively. Leah DuBois led the way with a single, triple, grand slam, five RBIs and three runs scored. Sara Crawford added a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored and Hailey Emerson added two singles, four runs and two RBIs.
Olivia DuBois had a single, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Mackenzie Ellis had a single and two runs scored. Other contributions came from Colbie Kitts, single, two runs scored; walk, strikeout, single, Kennan Glassman, double; Sam Jolley, double, RBI, two runs; Kara Lynch: single, RBI, one run; and Tori Lawrence, single, one run. Bri Morlok added an RBI and run scored.
Leah DuBois pitched all five innings, allowing three hits and striking out 10.
Lacey Breeden led the Huskies, going 2-for-3 (triple) with two runs, two RBIs and a home run. Abby Laurentius went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two doubles, while Deanna Young was 2-for-3 and scored a run. Lauren Rossi collected the win, going the distance and giving up six earned runs and striking out one.
Hawks beat Cobras
North Harford (4-2, 7-2) edged host Harford Tech (0-7, 4-7) Friday, 7-6, in Chesapeake Division play. In the previous meeting, the Hawks won a bit more easily, 16-5.
North Harford left fielder Jocelyn Sevilla came up big for the Hawks in the field, with two stellar line drive catches. The latter being off the bat of Emily Bowler that ended the game with the potential tying run on second.
Sarah Collins went 2-for-4 for the Hawks and Hannah Garrett was 1-for-2 with two walks, a single and two RBIs.
Tech's leaders were Maddie Forsythe, 2-for-4, two RBIs; Kieran Turner, 2-for-4, single, triple, two RBIs; Emily Bowler, 2-for-4, RBI; Molly Mioduszewski, 2-for-3; and Jessica Smith, 1-for-3, sac fly.
Hunter Harbaugh pitched five and a third innings with three strikeouts, a walk and seven hits allowed. Krista Hiser pitched an inning and two-thirds, striking out one, walking one and giving up three hits.
Bowler pitched all seven innings for Tech, walking three and allowing nine hits. She struck out three.
Cougars beat Rams
Fallston (4-3, 4-5) pounded out 14 hits, six for extra bases, to beat host Edgewood (3-5, 3-6), 13-4, Friday in Susquehanna play.
Isabelle Newkirk and Clara Stewart hit triples for Fallston, while doubles were banged out by Stewart, Kaitlyn Dulaney (four RBIs), Danielle Romberger and Cierra Hohman (two RBIs).
Lia Alexandrou added three hits, three runs and two RBIs for the Cougars.
Jada Stump doubled and tripled in the loss for Edgewood.
Tigers beat Bobcats
Bel Air (2-5, 4-5) lost at Rising Sun, 4-2, in Chesapeake play.
The Bobcats scored single runs in the first and fourth innings, while Rising Sun scored one in the fourth and three in the sixth.
Brianna Fleischmann went 2-for-4 with a single and triple and added a stolen base. Sarah Fleischmann was also 2-for-4 and Savannah Meyers went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Ari Dramis and Gwen Markowski had singles and Morgan Dvorak had a double. The Bobcats had 10 hits, but left nine runners on base. Rising Sun had four hits.
Indians blank Eagles
In Thursday Susquehanna play between division leaders, Aberdeen (6-2, 6-6) fell, 4-0, to visiting North East (6-0, 6-2).