Mount Hebron and Wilde Lake, two teams that have played inconsistent baseball much of the season, continued to play that way yesterday at Wilde Lake.
But Mount Hebron right-hander Mike Cudzilo came through with a well-pitched game to offset three Vikings errors and an offense that produced only three hits through the first six innings.
The Vikings' 8-2 victory over the Wildecats, however, kept them two games behind first-place Glenelg in the league standings, and still alive in the Class 2A, Region II playoff picture.
Cudzilo went the distance, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out four. He mixed his fastball, curve and forkball to raise his record to 2-1 with three saves.
The Vikings led 5-2 after six innings, and all of those runs resulted mainly from the wildness of Wilde Lake's pitchers, especially starter Josh Brookes.
Brookes lasted 3 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on three hits and six walks. He also hit two batters and threw three wild pitches. Reliever Brian Gerring pitched the final 3 1/3 innings, and allowed four hits and three walks.
Mount Hebron (8-6, 6-3) scored twice in the second inning. Cudzilo led off with a single and Mark Jensen walked with one out. Tony Giro was hit by a pitch with two out to load the bases and Mike Cole delivered two runs with a single.
Mount Hebron added a run in the third inning without a hit. Greg Hylock, who walked three times and had a single, walked to lead off. Brookes tried to pick Hylock off first base, but his throw was wild and Hylock advanced to third base. Hylock scored on Rusty Shown's sacrifice fly.
Wilde Lake (2-9, 1-6) made it a 3-2 game with a two-run third inning that was created by sloppy Mount Hebron defensive play.
Matt Peek singled and Tony DeSantis walked. With one out, Gerring rapped a grounder to second baseman Derek Coburn, who threw to Giro to start an attempted double play. But Giro failed to touch the bag. His throw to first base did retire Gerring.
While the Vikings were debating whether DeSantis should have been out at second, Peek got caught in a rundown. Eventually, a throw by Shown sailed into the outfield and Peek and DeSantis both scored.