They came in all forms and at nearly every conceivable place on the field. Bobbled grounders, misplayed fly balls, wild throws, dropped throws.
No. 3 Severna Park and No. 4 Chesapeake-AA combined for six errors yesterday, which led to seven unearned runs and a promise from the losing team to its coach.
"These kids have a lot of pride in how we play, and they're upset that we didn't put on a good show," said Wayne Mook, after his Falcons had been defeated by Chesapeake, 8-2, on a cold and windy afternoon in Pasadena. "Next time, they promised, would be different."
The Falcons (1-1) must wait three weeks to get another crack at the Cougars (2-0). And they have plenty to think about in the meantime.
None of it is pleasant.
Chesapeake's first six runs were unearned. Two came in the opening inning when Severna Park committed two errors and junior Christy Huber threw two wild pitches with two out. The first occurred on a third strike that should have ended the inning, but instead allowed Tami Barrington to score and gave Jennifer Fowlkes an opportunity to do likewise when another Huber pitch skipped past catcher Lauren McAlister.
Huber also issued a walk before getting her fourth strikeout of the inning.
Severna Park cut the lead in half in the second when Alli Adams tripled down the left-field line with one out -- her fifth straight hit to open the season -- and sprinted home on a wild pitch by sophomore Niki Carpenter.
The Cougars broke open the game in the bottom of the second, scoring four times on three hits -- including an RBI single by Lauren Watson (2-for-4) and a two-run single by Katie Ochs -- and two errors. Another Chesapeake runner reached safely when the Falcons' Brianna Weidman threw late to second on an attempted force.
A dropped throw at third on another botched force loaded the bases with no outs, setting up Watson's single to center. After a pop-up and a walk, Ochs singled in two more runs, and a poor throw to third on the relay allowed Michele Singer to score.
Carpenter picked up her second win, scattering six hits, walking one and striking out nine. She struck out at least one in every inning and threw 120 pitches.
The only other run she gave up came in the third inning on two singles and back-to-back errors -- the second a dropped fly ball in center by Barrington that the wind blew toward the infield. Two batters earlier, she had thrown out Weidman going to third )) on a single by McAlister.
Chesapeake's last two runs came on fly ball to center by Fowlkes in the fourth that scored Barrington, who had led off with a double, and a triple by Watson in the sixth that brought home Missy Silvers.
"For a young team, they're coming along," said Chesapeake assistant Chip Lewis, who is running the team along with Lin Sullivan while head coach Dennis Thiele recovers from viral pneumonia. "They're starting to put things together. But you haven't seen their full potential yet."
The Cougars opened the season Tuesday with a 2-1 win over No. 11 Old Mill, and they face two more ranked teams next week: No. 8 Arundel and No. 1 Glen Burnie.