Hammond rallied three times yesterday to beat Glenelg, 10-8, in baseball and stay one game behind league-leading Mount Hebron with three games to play.
After their first county title since their only one, in 1991, the No. 8 Bears (14-3 overall, 12-3 league) couldn't relax until after the final pitch, as the Vikings' Chris Forney worked a 3-2 count off Hammond reliever Brian Brewer with two outs and two runners on base.
Brewer knocked down Forney's line drive and threw him out, almost extinguishing two-time county champion Glenelg's hopes for a three-peat. The No. 14 Gladiators (10-5) fell three games behind No. 5 Mount Hebron, a 9-5 winner over Atholton yesterday.
Glenelg held leads of 2-0, 6-3 and 8-7, but its relief pitching could not stop Hammond in the fifth and sixth, when the Bears scored four and three runs, respectively.
Peter Serpico hit a three-run single off freshman reliever Kevin Ganascioli in the fifth inning, a pop fly that dropped into right field. Brewer hit an RBI single that inning, as the Bears erased a 6-3 Glenelg lead to go ahead 7-6.
But Ganascioli connected for a two-run homer off Brewer in the sixth inning that put Glenelg back on top, 8-7.
Ganascioli left the mound with two runners on and one out in the sixth inning, relieved by Ross Hempel. Jason Harriman greeted Hempel with an RBI single, Pat Fields walked and Jason Maxey hit a two-run single.
Harriman doubled, and Maxey and Fields each homered during a three-run Hammond third inning that erased a 2-0 Glenelg lead.
Glenelg scored four times in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Jason Weszka and a three-run homer by Rob LaHayne.
No. 3 Severna Park 11, No. 1 Arundel 6: Second-team All-Metro center fielder Derek Dixon hit his Anne Arundel County-leading sixth home run and had three RBIs, and senior right-hander Josh Banks (7-0) struck out nine batters in four innings of relief. Arundel junior Chip Ziegler hit two home runs to tie Dixon with his sixth homer.
Host Centennial handed River Hill's boys tennis team its first loss of the season, 3-2. The Hawks are 14-1 with three matches remaining. Centennial and Mount Hebron are tied for second at 13-2.
"This was for Centennial pride," said Eagles' No. 1 player, Shan Sultan, who defeated Britt Boras, 8-6. "They had beaten us the last two years."
River Hill's top doubles team of Eric Buchner and Matt Langan defeated Shankur Stridhara and Dan Lano, 8-4, for the first point. Centennial's second doubles team of Jim Taylor and Dan Hwang tied the match with an 8-5 decision over Ben Mueller and Colin Brightfield. Sultan gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead, and minutes later No. 2 singles Matt Lano clinched it with an 8-5 victory over Brian Pryse. River Hill's No. 3 doubles team of Cliff Jackson and Dan Rapp closed out the match with an 8-2 win over Ryan Fister and Arsham Mirshah.
Centennial's girls team improved to 13-2 with a 4-1 win over River Hill, which fell to 10-5.
Howard scored without a hit in the eighth inning, giving No. 12 Long Reach (14-3, 12-3) its second loss in two days, 1-0, and dropped the Lightning into a first-place tie with No. 8 Atholton (14-3, 12-3) with three league games remaining. River Hill (11-4 overall and league) is one game back.
Shannon Tracy started the extra inning at second base for Howard (9-6), moved to third on a passed ball, and two batters later scored on another passed ball. EPLightning pitch Kristen Schaper, who struck out 14 and allowed one hit when Long Reach beat Howard, 7-0, April 3, struck out 10 and allowed an infield single yesterday.
Sun staff writer Stan Rappaport contributed to this article.