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Softball: Havre de Grace and North Harford knocked out in regional finals

With losses Friday afternoon, the last two Harford County softball teams left in the state playoffs had their seasons end as the North Harford Hawks were beaten in the Class 3A North title game and the Havre de Grace Warriors were beaten in the 1A North final.

Hawks edged

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Playing on the road against top-seeded Eastern Tech in the 3A North championship, the third-seeded North Harford Hawks suffered their season-ending loss, 4-2.

The hosts struck first in the bottom of the second, scoring once on a pair of singles up the middle.

The Hawks put themselves on the board in the top of the third, which started with Emily Briggs earning a leadoff walk. Amanda Roberts followed with a another walk to put a pair of runners on base, and Taylor Stiles knocked Briggs home from second with an RBI single to right. Abby Young came up later in the inning and stroked a base hit to center that scored Roberts from second to give the Hawks a 2-1 advantage. Unfortunately for North Harford, the Hawks wouldn't score again.

Eastern Tech went ahead for good in the bottom of the fourth, pushing three runs across for its 4-2 lead.

Melissa Doering started for the Hawks and pitched five innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits, striking out two and issuing two walks. Roberts tossed one inning of relief, striking out one and allowing one walk.

Havre de Grace topped by Perryville

The Havre de Grace Warriors' bid for a 1A North regional title came to a close with a 9-2 loss to second-seeded host Perryville.

The fourth-seeded Warriors were playing their third game in three days, having bested Western Tech Thursday and Sparrows Point Wednesday.

Havre de Grace had just one hit and one walk in the loss.

Warriors top Western Tech

The Havre de Grace Warriors won their Class 1A regional semifinal matchup Thursday, dispatching visiting eighth seed Western Tech, 8-2.

With the win, the fourth-seeded Warriors moved on to Friday's regional title game against cross-river rival, the second-seeded Perryville Panthers.

In Thursday's game, the Warriors scored three times in the first, added one in the third, scored twice in the fourth and closed their scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth. Western Tech scored once in the sixth and once in the seventh.

Leading the Warriors' lineup was Taylor Smith, who was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, a double and two runs scored. Emily Lewis was 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs in the victory, while Kaitlyn Husfelt went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one walk. Rebecca Ashman and Riley Arnold each scored a pair of runs for the Warriors, while Dana Teufer was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Hailey Bethke was 1-for-4 with one RBI and Hayley Kitts was 1-for-1 with one run scored.

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Arnold started for the Warriors and tossed five innings, striking out four, walking one and holding the opposition to a pair of hits along the way. Kitts threw two innings of relief in which she allowed two hits and recorded two strikeouts.

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