It wasn't your normal baseball game at Wilde Lake yesterday, as Howard earned its eighth straight victory, 16-5 over the Wildecats (6-7 overall, 4-7 league).
The Lions (11-3, 8-2) scored 10 runs (nine unearned) in the seventh inning on four hits, four errors and five walks, including an intentional walk with the bases loaded and a 2-0 count on Howard's No. 3 hitter, Tony Prescott.
Cleanup man Brian Daviala then walked to make it 13-5 and Dan Swartz followed with a bases-clearing double.
Before that, there was a runner's obstruction, catcher's interference, five batters hit by a pitch (four of them by the winning team) and two double plays.
"You ever seen that many weird plays in one game?" said Rich Jenkins, who is in his 25th season as Howard's coach.
"We hadn't been hitting the ball very well despite our winning streak and had been getting by with three and four hits [they had 11 yesterday], leaving too many men on base."
Daviala, Jeff Javier, Tyler Curley and Alex Moberg had two hits each in chasing losing pitcher Josh Futter in the seventh. Futter, who was the victim of seven errors, had three hits and an RBI for the Wildecats.
No. 10 Fallston 8, Havre de Grace 6 -- Sean Kelly had two hits and two RBIs in the Cougars' win over the host Warriors. D.J. Keckler had two RBIs and recorded the save.
Dulaney 4, Pikesville 0 -- Taking a bid for a perfect game deep into the seventh inning, the Lions' Blake Kendrick finished with a no-hitter in his team's win over the host Panthers. Kendrick struck out 15.
Poly 10, Northwestern 0 -- Brian Ellis struck out 12 for the Engineers, as he no-hit the visiting Wildcats in a five-inning victory. Ellis lost his bid for a perfect game in the fourth.
No. 2 Spalding 1, No. 14 John Carroll 0 -- Stephanie Weigman struck out 13 in a no-hitter, as the Cavaliers (12-3) beat the host Patriots. Weigman (11-3) walked email@example.com
Staff reports contributed to this article.