It took host No. 5 Severna Park an extra inning to get past No. 4 Old Mill, 7-6, yesterday.
The Patriots (9-3) had a 2-0 lead early in the game and a 6-4 lead in the fifth, but the Falcons came back each time.
Falcons left fielder Carrie Schivone got things going with a one-out single to center off Old Mill's Karen Jacobson. She was bunted over to second by catcher Lauryn McCallister and then Falcons coach Wayne Mook pinch ran for Schivone with Cara Voegtlin.
That brought lead-off hitter Melissa Snyder to the plate. After a passed ball advanced Voegtlin to third, Snyder hit to the hole between third and short. Patriots shortstop Cindy Parulis managed to get a hand on the ball but not enough to keep it from getting into the outfield and allowing the winning run to score.
"I wasn't looking to do anything special up there," said Snyder of her game-winning hit. "She [Jacobson] had been working me outside all day and she finally put one over the plate that I could hit well. I was just happy to see the ball get into the outfield."
Mook was not only glad to see Snyder at the plate, but was also glad to leave the field with a win.
"Having Melissa at the plate for that at-bat was great," Mook said. "I was pretty sure she would get the job done. We were pretty lucky today. Old Mill fought us as hard as any team we've played this year."
That hard play was what helped them get their leads. Kerri Strong scored in the Patriots half of the second after slugging a triple to left and scoring on Jacobson's sacrifice fly to center. Old Mill increased the lead to 2-0 with a run in the third after Melissa Maisch singled and got around the bases on a fielder's choice, wild pitch and an error.
A four-run third gave the Falcons (9-2) their first lead of the game. An inning later, Old Mill had three runs to take a 5-4 lead. The Patriots got one more run in the fifth, but the Falcons tied the game at 6-6 in their half of the fifth. The score stayed that way, forcing an extra inning.
"We need to start doing the little things better in the field," Patriots coach Lori Darnall said. "We had three errors today, but we're also throwing to the wrong base among other things."