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On Wednesday, the Havre de Grace Warriors, playing in their season opener at home, managed to top the Chesapeake (upper) Division’s North Harford Hawks, 7-4.

David Jacobs tossed a complete game for the Warriors, striking out six and walking two in the win.

“The Hawks lineup was solid all the way through, but Jacobs battled out of a number of jams and showed bulldog mentality,” Havre de Grace head coach Sean Welsh said. “[He requested] to stay in the game and finish what he started.”

Jacobs also had a good day with the bat, going 2-for-2 with a double, three runs, two RBIs, one walk and one stolen base. Zack Tabor helped the Warriors with four RBIs on a single and a triple, while Havre de Grace leadoff hitter Nick Gartside went 2-for-4 with two runs. Keith Sifford had two hits, one of which was his first at the varsity level, to go with one run and one walk. Jon Stetina was 1-for-3 with a run, a walk and a stolen base in the victory.

“It was a great way to open the season,” Welsh said. “After a tough 2009, opening with a win against such a steady, powerful program as North Harford is definitely a boost to our team.”

Eagles win pitching duel

Aberdeen’s Dale Budnick hurled a complete-game two hitter on Wednesday in his team’s road game with Joppatowne, helping the Eagles to take a 3-0 victory in their season opener.

In seven full innings, Budnick struck out nine and issued just one walk.

Joppatowne starter Andrew Barrett pitched nearly as well, holding the Eagles to a single hit through the first five frames.

In the bottom half of the sixth inning, after Aberdeen loaded the bases following James Yee’s leadoff double, Ethan Wallace gave the Eagles all three of their runs with a three-RBI single. Zach Litsch rapped a single in the sixth frame for Aberdeen’s only other hit.


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