Fallston remained unbeaten and atop the Harford County League standings yesterday, but homestanding C. Milton Wright contributed to its 12-7 downfall with errors.
The visitors scored three times on two hits, two walks, an error and two wild pitches in the second inning, then added five more runs in the third on just two hits. The Cougars wrapped it up with a four-run sixth on two hits and another assortment of defensive malfunctions.
The result pushed Fallston to 11-2 overall, 5-0 in the league, and dropped C. Milton Wright to 6-4, 2-2. Joppatowne's 5-4 win over John Carroll left both teams 3-2 in the league.
The complete standings, including yesterday's games: Fallston, 11-2, 5-0; Edgewood, 9-2, 4-1; John Carroll, 9-3, 3-2; Joppatowne, 5-4, 3-2; C.M. Wright, 6-4, 2-2; Bel Air, 6-6, 2-2; North Harford, 7-6, 2-3; Aberdeen, 1-10, 0-4; Harford Tech, 0-9, 0-4.
At C. Milton Wright, each starting pitcher was coming off a one-hit victory in his last outing, but neither was particularly sharp this time.
Fallston's Shaun Matthai was touched for three hits and single runs in three separate innings in taking a 12-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. "I just lost it," he said of the four-run inning that included three walks, a triple by Tom Walsh and a single by Chuck Harris.
Matthai struck out seven and walked seven. "That's the worst control I've had this year," he said, "but they helped us out."
Shawn Crouch, the first of three Wright pitchers, lasted into the third inning, and was the loser. For the game, the Mustangs had four hits and made the opposition's job easier with five errors.
"Every year, we get one game when we might as well not have shown up," Wright coach Jim Miller said. "I'm not pleased, and neither are my players."
C. Milton Wright is at Havre de Grace tomorrow, and home against Harford Tech Friday. Then it gets successive games against two more title contenders, at home against Edgewood Saturday morning, and against John Carroll next Monday night at Thomas Run Park.
Fallston also has three more games this week, at non-league Wilde Lake today, then home against Edgewood tomorrow and at Aberdeen Friday.
Wright was down 8-0 when it countered with a run without benefit of a hit in the third inning on a fielder's choice and a misplayed fly ball. Brad Fordyce, back in the lineup after missing Friday's game at Edgewood because of sore fingers he had jammed in a sliding play at Aberdeen earlier in the week, homered in the fourth.
Joe Zarzycki, the leading hitter in the county at .600, kept alive a streak of having hit safely in all of his team's games when he singled in the fifth. He stole second, went to third after a flyout and scored when the fielder overthrew third.
For Fallston, Dave Adam had two singles, and six others had at least one hit.