C. Milton Wright outfielder Michelle Cisco moves in to grab the Aberdeen bouncing outfield hit during Monday's playoff game at Aberdeen.
C. Milton Wright outfielder Michelle Cisco moves in to grab the Aberdeen bouncing outfield hit during Monday's playoff game at Aberdeen. (Matt Button / Aegis Staff / Baltimore Sun)

And then there were two.

Two as in softball teams from C. Milton Wright and Bel Air which each won Monday to stay alive in region playoffs. Both will be back in action Wednesday in regional section finals.

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CMW (14-7) rode a four-run first inning rally to beat host Aberdeen (15-3), 6-3, in Class 3A North, Section II play.

The Mustangs took advantage of a dropped third strike and a couple of walks to set up the game's biggest hit.

Freshman Meghan Reed drilled a bases-loaded and clearing triple to put the Mustangs on top quickly against Aberdeen junior Mackense Greico.

Greico's third walk in the inning (three for the game) was followed by another dropped third strike. This time, the out was recorded at first, but Reed raced home with the fourth run.

"There's no question, you think about the first three batters that reached; a strikeout, a dropped third, a walk in there and so we have bases loaded and then Meghan Reed comes up with the bases loaded and knocks a bases-clearing triple," Mustangs coach Russ Kovach said. "That was huge and she scored later that inning and that ended up being the difference in the game."

It was Reed (2-4) who reached on a fielder's choice and scored in the third on an Aberdeen throwing error to make it 5-0. The Mustangs also scored a run in the fourth. Michelle Cisco doubled with one out and Skylar Little drove her in with a two-out single.

Mustangs starter and winner, junior Katie Murphy, meanwhile, cruised into the bottom of the fourth with the 6-0 lead.

The Eagles broke up the shutout, but without a hit in the fourth. Freshman Emma Zimmerman reached on an error. A walk to Greico moved her to second and on a groundout to third, Zimmerman raced around third and scored with a slide, just ahead of the tag.

The Eagles finally broke up the no-no efforts of Murphy in the fifth. Faith Johnson singled into right field with one out, but Murphy struck out the next hitter and the next popped out back to her.

Murphy wasn't as fortunate in the sixth. Zimmerman and Greico opened the inning with back-to-back doubles and Rachael Bowman drove both in with a single.

Another single brought the tie run to the plate, but Murphy (10 strikeouts) struck out the next two batters and a grounder to third ended the inning.

"It's definitely important to get the start, it's very crucial to keep the team intensity up," Murphy said.

Emily Kim (2-4) doubled for the Mustangs in the seventh, but Greico (13 strikeouts) closed the game with her final two K's.

Kim then came on to pitch the final inning for the Mustangs. Zimmerman added her second hit with two away and Greico walked for the third time before Aberdeen ended the game with a strikeout.

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The Mustangs host Towson at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

"We had a very good season, we had a long run at the end of the season," Greico said. "Great teams we played, but we did wind up on top and it was great and we had a tough loss today. We played well, we hit well, just wasn't enough to get through 'em."

Bobcats move on

Bel Air (14-5) defeated visiting Perry Hall, 10-3, in 4A North, Section I action.

Amanda Criss earned the win for the Bobcats, who scored a run in the second, four in the third, four in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Gwen Markowski had a single, double, triple, three RBIs and a run scored. Kat Perea had a single, two doubles and two runs scored and McKenna Reiswig and Morgan Dvorak both had two-RBI singles. Peyton Hale and Criss also had singles.

Bel Air travels to Dulaney Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game.

Other Monday games

Three additional teams - Havre de Grace, Harford Tech and Patterson Mill - were beaten Monday.

Havre de Grace (4-14) was blanked, 11-0, in five innings at Bo Manor in 1A North, Section I play. Eagles pitcher Madison Penta not only no-hit the Warriors, but also struck out all 15 batters she faced.

Patterson Mill (8-10) lost at Perryville (11-5) in 1A North, Section I. Tech (10-7) lost, 14-1, in five innings to visiting North East (8-11).

First round Friday

Aberdeen, C. Milton Wright and Havre de Grace were all in the win column Friday as the region softball playoffs got underway. Edgewood, North Harford and Joppatowne all lost, as did Fallston, who played Thursday.

CMW earned its win at home, beating North Harford (4-14), 6-1, in Class 3A North, Section II play.

Emily Kim shut the Hawks down on three hits and a run, while Breanna Miller and Lauren Meyers supplied the offense.

Miller belted a two-run double and Meyers added a two-run blast over the center field fence.

The Hawks actually scored first in the opening inning. Lila Murray drew a walk, stole a base, and was later driven home on Madisyn Greaver's single to right centerfield.

Greaver was thrown out trying to stretch the shot into a double, ending the only scoring threat of the game for the Hawks.

Miller's big hit came in the second to put the Mustangs ahead for good.

Skylar Little added a run for the Mustangs in the third. She hit a lead-off double and scored on a pair of ground outs.

Meyers then added the big blast for the Mustangs in the fourth, driving in Kim (walk) ahead of her.

The Eagles were easy winners Friday, blanking visiting Patapsco, 21-0. No stats were provided.

Also in 3A North, Edgewood (7-9) was edged by visiting Towson, 5-4. Stats were not provided.

Warriors blank Mariners

Havre de Grace (4-13) advanced in 1A North, Section I play with its 18-0, five-inning win over visiting Joppatowne (0-11).

Sara Crawford led the attack, going 4-for-4 with three doubles and four runs scored, while Hailey Emerson was 1-for-1 with two walks and three runs. She was also hit by pitch.

Others contributing were Bri Morlok, 2-for-5, triple, four runs; Colby Kitts, 2-for-3, two runs; and Mackenzie Ellis, 1-for-2, and two runs.

Luann Blake pitched all five innings for the win, striking out eight and allowing just one hit.

Cougars ousted

Fallston (5-13) saw its season end Thursday, losing at North East (7-11), 10-3, in 2A East, Section I play.

Allisyn Evans pitched all six innings in the loss, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits and four walks. She struck out four.

Offensively, the Cougars were led by Eileen Scheir, 2-for-3, home run, two RBIs; Kaitlyn Delaney, double, walk; Clara Stewart, single, run, walk; Danielle Romberger, walk, run; and Evans, two singles, RBI.



Harford County’s “Choose Civility” campaign kicked off with a breakfast event at the Water’s Edge Events Center in Belcamp on Wednesday.
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