Aberdeen and Bel Air got the 2012 softball season off to a rousing start Wednesday as the Bobcats scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat the visiting Eagles, 1-0.
John Carroll beat Patterson Mill and C. Milton Wright and Havre de Grace lost in other games on Opening Day of the new year in Harford County high school softball.
In a proper duel between pitchers, Bel Air's Erin Morrissey emerged victorious over Aberdeen's Victoria Phelps after they allowed a combined one run and four hits. Morrissey struck out four and scattered four hits in the complete-game shutout. Phelps also went the distance, allowing just one hit. Bel Air capitalized on three Aberdeen errors to score the game's lone run.
Bel Air's Sarah Sherba scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Warriors had five hits, but couldn't score as they left nine runners on base over seven innings. Havre de Grace was hurt the most by its seven errors.
Hayley Kitts pitched the first five innings for Havre de Grace, striking out two, walking one and was charged with five runs on six hits in the loss.
Megan Thompson pitched the last two for the Warriors, striking out three, walking one and allowing two runs on one hit. Thompson had two hits in two at bats. Taylor Smith was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, while fellow Warrior Kaitlyn Husfelt had a walk.