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Aberdeen edges Patterson Mill, 1-0, to stay alive in softball race

Aberdeen infielder Karleigh Johnson reaches to make the tag on Patterson Mill base runner Caroline Michaels during Tuesday afternoon's game at Patterson Mill.
Aberdeen infielder Karleigh Johnson reaches to make the tag on Patterson Mill base runner Caroline Michaels during Tuesday afternoon's game at Patterson Mill. (MATT BUTTON / AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)

With a chance to wrap up the UCBAC Susquehanna Division softball title Tuesday, Patterson Mill hosted Aberdeen, the other team still alive as well for the title.

The Eagles (9-2, 10-3), behind a stout pitching effort from senior Mackense Greico and a timely hit by Alexis Amos, beat the Huskies (11-1, 12-2), 1-0.

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The Huskies can still claim the title with wins at Havre de Grace on Wednesday and at home against Elkton on Friday.

Greico allowed just one hit and a walk in the complete game effort, while striking out 14.

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"The season's been going pretty decent for us, I mean, we had the one tough loss against Fallston, but other than that, we've just been playing well as a team and everybody's been contributing to all of our wins," Greico said. "It's been really, really big this year, because normally in the past, we've had a couple dominant people, but the year, everybody is really contributing."

Contributions were never more evident than today and especially in the fifth inning. Kaitlyn Hall opened the inning with a single, but when the ball got through the center fielder's legs, Hall was able to reach second.

Dakota Pitts, the Huskies freshman pitcher, struck out the next hitter, but Alexis Amos was about to change the game.

Amos, who moments before, was taking swings into the batting net, lined a single down the right field line. Hall raced around third and scored the unearned run, the run that eventually won the game.

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"I haven't been doing the best this season, but I went up there knowing that I can hit and that I would hit," Amos said. "Before, I hit the Bownets with Mackense [Greico] and that just drives me that I knew I could hit and I went up there and popped one out there. It was fantastic, I was running down the line, like cheering at myself. It was the best feeling."

The Eagles had the leadoff batter at second the inning before on a Greico double, but she was stranded.

Patterson Mill, which had base runners the first two innings, courtesy of Aberdeen errors, picked up its lone hit in the bottom of the fifth.

Mackenzie Horton roped a leadoff double down the left field line. Greico, through, buckled down to strike out the next three hitters.

"I'd like to give all the credit to my coaches because they told us before the game to shorten up our swings and maybe put our hands two inches before the bat and that really helped me a lot in getting it across, I was just laser focused," Horton said.

Greico sat the Huskies down in order the final two innings, three by strikeout.

Pitts pitched well in the loss, allowing four hits and a walk, which was intentional to Emma Zimmerman the same inning Greico doubled. Pitts struck out 13.

Sydney Hash singled in the sixth for Aberdeen's fourth and final hit.

Bobcats beat Patriots

Bel Air (6-7) beat visiting John Carroll (8-6), 6-1, Tuesday in non-league play.

Amanda Criss pitched the win, striking out 11.

Abby Bannan went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the offense and Arianna Dramis went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored. Also, Emma Sanza went 2-for-4 with two runs.

Rams beat Warriors

Edgewood (8-4, 8-6) shut out visiting Havre de Grace (3-10, 3-13), 6-0, Tuesday in Susquehanna play.

Lexi Buchanan shut the Warriors out on three hits, whiles striking out seven.

Emily Logue doubled, while Brooke Greaver, Kieran Turner and Julia Spinner each tripled for the Rams.

Spinner and Greaver had two RBIs apiece and Turner had one.

Mackenzie Ellis, Emily Wolf and Kaitlin Flaherty each hit singles for Havre de Grace.

Reach Randy McRoberts on twitter. @aegissports

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