In a game that featured a comedy of errors, Mount Carmel's baseball team got the last laugh.
The Cougars survived their five errors in the field and took advantage of five more by Northwestern to win, 7-4, and take a 1-0 lead in the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference best-of-three championship series.
"We don't generally make the errors," said coach Marvin Dorsey of Northwestern (8-3, 8-3), which had won seven straight, "but today they hurt us a lot. The [fourth] inning just took us out of the game. We had a couple big errors in the infield and they just broke our pitcher's concentration. He just lost it."
Wildcats pitcher Adrian Price had pitched well in the first three innings, giving up a run and striking out seven. In the fourth, however, his team fell apart.
He started the inning by walking Trey Manuel and Gil Lookingland. Then, on a high infield popup, shortstop Lamont Carlton misjudged the ball and it landed between second and third. The batter was called out on the infield fly rule, but both runners advanced a base.
The Cougars' Du Pak then hit a sharp grounder that Carlton mishandled, allowing Manuel to score and tie the game at 2. Pak then stole second and took third on an errant throw by catcher Monte Bowens. Lookingland scored on the play, making it 3-2.
Later in the inning, with two out and Mount Carmel leading, 4-2, pitcher John Davidson (3-for-4, one RBI, two runs scored) hit a fly ball that right fielder Antoine Burton lost in the sun and allowed to bounce past him for a triple, scoring two more runs and giving Mount Carmel a 6-2 lead.