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The Harford County baseball season kept right on moving this week with CMW stopping Fallston’s march toward a perfect season, and Aberdeen, Bel Air and North Harford picking up victories.

The Fallston Cougars (14-1 overall, 9-1 Chesapeake) came into Monday night’s home game with C. Milton Wright (12-5 overall, 8-4 Chesapeake) having dropped 14 straight opponents, and if they had grand plans on finishing out the 2009 campaign with an unsullied record, they didn’t contact their guests as the Mustangs, still smarting from a pair of tough division losses, topped the Cougars 9-4.

In the first inning of Monday’s game, the Mustangs jumped on Fallston starter Joe Manns for three runs. Two innings later, with Fallston having yet to plate a run, CMW pushed four across the plate to take a 7-0 lead.

Having kept the Cougars at bay through the first three innings, CMW starter Sam O’Hare conceded one run in the bottom of the fourth, and surrendered one more in the bottom of the sixth. After his team scored pair of runs in their final at bat, giving him a seven-run cushion, O’Hare allowed a pair of Fallston runs in the seventh before retiring the side to pick up the complete-game win.

The Mustangs’ Andrew Clow cracked a pair of doubles and drove in three runs, while teammate Ronnie Zeberlein laced a two-RBI double. Brad Markey and Brian Dipple both hit RBI singles for the winning side.

Kevin Bailey, Ryan Ziolkowski and Manns each cranked out one double for the Cougars.

Bel Air drops CMW

The Bobcats (10-2 overall, 7-2 Chesapeake) came into the final inning of their Tuesday-night road game with C. Milton Wright trailing 5-3, and proceeded to drop six runs on their hosts to take a 9-6 victory.

The Mustangs scored once in the first frame, then added two runs in both the third and fifth innings. Bel Air dropped three runs in the fifth inning to cut CMW’s lead down to a pair of tallies. The Bobcats rallied for six runs in their final at bat, while the Mustangs mustered up one run in the home half of the seventh.

Bel Air starter Zach Nadolny allowed 12 hits in a complete-game win, and helped his own cause at the plate with a home run.

Nick Gentry paced the Bel Air offense with a pair of homers, while Scott Fisher hit a triple for the winners.

The Mustangs’ Brad Markey hit a double and a triple, while teammates Mitch Poole and Tyler Yudiski both knocked out doubles.

Aberdeen splits

The Eagles (5-8 overall, 5-6 Susquehanna) rebounded from a tough loss on Tuesday night to beat Bo Manor 8-3 on the next day.

The host-team Eagles were hot from the word go, scoring five times in the bottom half of the first frame. One more run came in the third inning, and the Eagles capped scoring for the day with a two-run fifth.

Dale Budnick started the game for Aberdeen and went the distance striking out two, walking five and allowing three earned runs on seven hits to pick up the win.

Aberdeen’s Ryan Shetterly drove in a pair of runs with a base hit, while teammate Jerome Clanton was 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Griffin Godbey was 1-for-3 with one RBI and a pair of runs in the win. Dale Budnick hit a double, the Eagles’ lone base hit, and scored once, while Ethan Wallace, William Bachman and William Daniels crossed the plate once.

On Tuesday night, Godbey pitched a complete game three-hitter against the host-team Elkton Golden Elks, but his sterling pitching performance wasn’t enough for Eagles as they came away on the losing end of a 5-4 score.

Godbey allowed one earned run, struck out four and surrendered one walk in the loss.

The Elks scored all five of their runs in the bottom of the fourth frame. Aberdeen plated a pair in the top half of the fourth, then cut Elkton’s lead to one run in the fifth inning, but the Elks’ pitching staff was able to keep their guests at bay for the final two innings.

Aberdeen’s Jerome Clanton was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, while Ben Ensor and Brandon Keech both rapped out RBI singles for the Eagles. Godbey, Ethan Wallace was 1-for-2 with a double and one run scored, while Godbey and Dale Budnick both had a single and scored once.

Hawks victorious

North Harford (7-6 overall, 3-5 Chesapeake) got a six-hit shutout from freshman pitcher Kevin Mooney in their 11-0 win over over the visiting Rising Sun squad on Wednesday night.

The contest was ended after five innings because the Hawks led by more than 10 runs.

Mooney finished the game with six strikeouts.

At the plate, the Hawks were led by Kyle Pitzer, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, one run and a stolen base. Jeff Grammer helped the winners out by ripping a pair of singles, scoring twice and swiping a pair of bases. Josh Barben drove in two runs with two base hits and scored twice.

Huskies dropped

Patterson Mill (6-8 overall overall, 6-5 Susquehanna) was beaten 6-2 going away on Wednesday night by lower division foes the Elkton Golden Elks.

Matt Golczewski started for the Huskies tossed five innings to take the loss. Jimmy Salamone pitched one inning of relief for Patterson Mill.

Tech edges HdG

The Harford Tech Cobras (6-6 overall, 3-6 Chesapeake) edged the lower division’s Havre de Grace Warriors (1-12 overall, 0-10 Chesapeake) 6-5 on Wednesday.

Harford Tech’s Bryan Reno picked up three hits in four trips to the plate including a double, drove in a game-high three runs and scored once himself. Jeff Lyons was 2-for-4 with a pair of base hits and one run scored.

Harford Tech’s Chase Gardner hurled a complete game, struck out five, walked one and allowed five runs on seven hits to grab a win.

Mariners narrowly defeated

In their Wednesday game with the visiting North East squad, the Joppatowne Mariners (2-11, 2-9) rallied from seven runs down to get within one run of their guests, but the Indians were able to hold a one-run lead through the final out to take a 12-11 victory.

Down 3-2 in the bottom of the third, Joppatowne got a pair of solo home runs from Josh Schultz and Ben Tucker, and scored once more to go up 5-3. After both teams pushed one run across in the fourth frame, North East went up capitalized on some Joppatowne errors to score six runs on three hits in the the fifth inning. The Indians notched two more runs in the top of the sixth to go up 12-6.

In the home half of the sixth, Joppatowne’s Dimitrios Jelen came to the plate with the bases loaded and took the North East pitchers’ offering out of the park for a quick four runs. The Mariners scored once more on the inning and, heading into the seventh they were trailing 12-11. After holding their guests scoreless in the final frame, the Mariners managed to get runners on second and third with one out. The Indians, however, were able to snuff the rally with a game-ending double play.

Rams dusted

The Edgewood boys dropped to 0-9 in the lower division and 0-11 overall on Wednesday night with a 12-2 loss to the Perryville Panthers.


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