The Bel Air girls softball team played its way into the Class 3A North Region championship game Wednesday, beating visiting C. Milton Wright, 1-0, in the Section II final.
Patterson Mill, meanwhile, was to play in the 1A East, Section I final at Bo Manor on Thursday.
In the Bel Air win, the Bobcats (12-4) scored the only run of the game in the first inning. Maddie Bosley walked with one out and advanced to second base on Peyton Hale’s fielder’s choice ground ball to first.
Kat Perea then stepped in and delivered the biggest hit of the game, a line-drive single to right field that scored Bosley.
Perea also pitched the win.
The Bobcats will play at Towson or home against Lansdowne in Friday’s region title game.
Bobcats beat Eagles
Bel Air’s also won at home over the Aberdeen Eagles (6-8), 9-1, Tuesday.
The Bobcats took an early lead with three runs in the first inning and then expanding that lead to four by adding one in the third. Shut down the next two innings, Bel Air busted the game open in the sixth with five more runs.
The Eagles scored their only run in the fourth inning. Emma Zimmerman hit a lead off double, moved to third on a groundout and scored when a pick-off throw to get her out was errant.
The Bobcats were led by Alayna LeVee, 4-4, triple, double, two singles RBI; Bosley, 2-4, triple, single, RBI; Hale, 2-3, single, triple, hit by pitch, two runs, RBI; Caroline Hilyard, 1-2, double, RBI; Emma Sanza, 2-3, single, triple, walk and an RBI.
Zimmerman went 2-3 with a single and double to lead Aberdeen. Jane Vivirito also went 2-3 with a single and double.
Perea pitched the first three innings of the game, facing 11 batters and allowing two hits, while striking out six. Perea came back in to finish the game in the seventh, facing four more batters and allowing one hit. She also struck out two more.
Caroline Hilyard pitched the other three innings, facing 11 batters and allowing two hits.
Mustangs blank Owls
CMW’s (9-8) win came at Dundalk, a 16-0 shutout. Stats were not provided.
Huskies edge Colonels
Patterson Mill (16-3) edged host Colonel Richardson, 6-5, Tuesday.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first, the Huskies went to work and didn't lose another inning. Mackenzie Horton started a two-out rally in the second with a double. Caroline Michaels drove her in with a single, raced to second and ended up scoring on a throwing error.
In the fifth, Maddie Buher drew a one-out walk and scored on back-to-back hits from Dakota Pitts and Madison Knight. The Huskies took the lead with a three-run sixth on hits by Michaels and Bea Orsini, combined with two sacrifice bunts by Adriana Brown and Buher. Allie Cichocki and Knight had RBI singles.
Knight got the start and threw the first three and a third innings. She gave up five runs on six hits and a walk. Knight struck out three.
Pitts came in and finished the last three and two-third innings, giving up no runs on two hits and two walks. She struck out two.
Knight finished 4-4 at the plate and Orsini was 2-3. Horton and Michaels were both 2-4.
Hawks fall to Indians
North Harford (8-8) lost at North East (12-2), 12-10, Tuesday in 2A East play.
The Hawks had built a 9-2 lead, but the Indians rallied and came from behind to win.
Leaders for North Harford were Kaylin Johnson, two singles; Jess Smith, single, RBI; Madi Greaver, single, home run, four RBIs; Dani Becker, double, home run; Lauren Brandis, double, RBI; and Hannah Garrett, two single and RBI.
Becker pitched six innings for the Hawks, walking four, allowing 13 hits and 12 runs. She struck out five.
Cougars bow to Elks
Fallston (10-7) was beaten at Elkton, 14-4, also in 2A east play. Stats were not provided.
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