Good execution and some literal 5 o'clock lightning thwarted Edgewood's hopes of another late-inning comeback yesterday, as Fallston ran off with a 6-2 victory in a Harford County League game called after five innings because of lightning and rain.
The site was shifted from Fallston (rain and wet grounds) to the Rams' field (an early sprinkle and a dry field), but rain began falling as Fallston batted in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lightning and thunder were enough to suspend play as Edgewood went to bat in the sixth.
In earlier games, Edgewood had rallied to win six games in the seventh inning or later.
This time, Fallston won behind four-hit pitching from Brandon Brockmeyer and five Rams errors.
The outcome enabled Fallston to go to 12-2 overall, 6-0 in the league, with games remaining against Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and Harford Tech. Edgewood was in position to tie for the county lead but dropped to 9-3, 4-2. Every team but the leader now has at least two losses.
Fallston broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run rally in the last of the second inning despite not hitting the ball out of the infield except for a fly out. An error and successive infield hits by Brockmeyer and Brandon Amos got one run home.
Another scored after the fly out, and pitcher Wade Greason, who took his first loss after six wins, contributed to the debacle with a wild pitch and a balk that scored Amos.
With a runner on third, outfielder Jamie Coons, who scored both Edgewood runs, prevented the score when he retired Shane Dougherty with a fine diving catch.
The leaders added a run in the fourth on a walk, a two-base throwing error and a wild pitch.
Coons, a fleet senior enjoying a banner year, opened the game with a triple and scored after Rob Mister flied out to left field. Fallston tied it in its half of the first on a leadoff triple by Matthai and a ground out.
In the top of the fourth, Coons homered to right field. For the season, he leads the league in hits and stolen bases, is tied for the lead in homers and is challenging for the batting title.
Fallston got its final run in the last of the fifth on a line single to center by Ken Deyesu, a walk and a bunt that the fielders let roll. The ball stayed fair, and Deyesu charged home as no one protected the plate.
The other two runners were retired on plays at the plate, and Greason ended the inning -- and the game, as it developed -- when he threw out Brockmeyer on a grounder back to the mound.
* C. Milton Wright 3, Havre de Grace 0: Senior right-hander Brendan Bennett pitched a one-hitter, striking out 12 as visiting C. Milton Wright (7-4, 3-2) defeated Havre de Grace, in a Harford County League game. Matt Lynch and Charles Harris each had an RBI for C. Milton Wright.
* Oakland Mills 8, Mount Hebron 7, 3OT: Chris Costantino scored the game-winning goal in the third overtime to lift Oakland Mills (7-3) over visiting Mount Hebron in a Howard County game. Costantino was assisted by Shannon Hiteshew, who led the Scorpions with four goals.