A pair of run-scoring singles by Steve Darr and Brian Lipski in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie and produced an insurance run as unranked Bel Air upset unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Fallston, 3-1, yesterday at Thomas Run Park.
Andy Spencer (4-2) pitched six innings of four-hit ball for the Bobcats (9-3), and Scott Dixon pitched the seventh inning.
Fallston (12-1) scored in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly. Bel Air matched that run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a run-scoring single by Nick Webb. The Cougars had defeated Bel Air earlier this season, 5-4.
"Every time we play it's always competitive," Bel Air coach Mike Ennis said. "It's a good rivalry."
No. 2 Arundel 5, Glen Burnie 0: Chip Ziegler (6-1) threw a one-hitter, struck out seven and walked two while throwing his third shutout for the host Wildcats. Jon Hanczaryk went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to pace the offense .In 52 innings, Ziegler has allowed two earned runs..
No. 3 Perry Hall 12, Dundalk 1: Shawn Warner hit two base-empty home runs and Curtis Crass and Chris Middlecamp each drove in two runs, powering the Gators past the Owls. John Wanger improved his record to 5-0.
No. 5 Severna Park 9, No.14 Southern-AA 0: Senior Josh Banks threw a two-hit complete game as the Falcons (13-2) shut out the Bulldogs in Anne Arundel County league play. Falcons center fielder Derek Dixon went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Dave Weber went 2-for-3 with a bases-empty home run.
No. 13 Old Mill 11, South River 4: Nick Koscieniak homered and Jimmy Jacobson and Jay Long each drove in three runs, powering the visiting Patriots (8-5) past the Seahawks (3-11). Antoine Cooksey and Dan Carpenter added two RBIs each for Old Mill. Chris Sullivan, Joey Taylor and Bill Mugeri had RBIs for South River.
No. 1 Spalding 1, No. 14 Catholic 0: Jessica Saunders struck out 11, and the Cavaliers (13-0) remained unbeaten despite a seven-strikeout performance from the Cubs' Kelley Tiesi. The winning run was unearned, as Bridget LaPorte scored on an error. Missy Gunther went 2-for-4 for Spalding. Catholic fell to 9-4.
No. 2 Northeast 9, Broadneck 5: Second baseman Melissa Tewey went 3-for-4 and contributed several critical plays in the field, and catcher Stephanie Adams added three RBIs for the host Eagles. Bruins first baseman Lauren Esterson went 2-for-4 with a three-run double. Northeast improved to 12-3 overall and 10-2 in the Anne Arundel County League.
No. 3 Chesapeake-AA 11, Meade 0: Junior Katie Nelson threw a one-hitter and faced the minimum 15 batters for the visiting Cougars. Kristen Bishoff went 3-for-3 and Justin Wagner scored three runs and knocked in two for Chesapeake (11-2).
No. 4 Glen Burnie 6, No. 15 Arundel 0: Kristen Shacklock struck out eight and went 3-for-4, leading the Gophers (10-2) past the Wildcats in an Anne Arundel County League game. Denise Schultheis had three RBIs for Glen Burnie. Tina Willis, Christina Bounelis and Amanda Conley each went 2-for-4 for the winners. Jeannie Dierker went 2-for-3 for Arundel (9-6).
No. 8 Franklin 3, Parkville 2 (8 inn.): Reliever Jamie Widerman struck out the Knights' final six batters, helping the Indians (11-2) squeeze past the Knights in the Baltimore County League. In the bottom of the eighth, Candice Doten walked and was moved to second on a hit batsman. Doten scored when Niki Patton's sacrifice bunt was misplayed.
No. 2 St. Paul's 16, Friends 6: Attackman Brandon Gill had four goals and four assists, and midfielder Jack deVilliers had three goals to carry the Crusaders over the Quakers. St. Paul's led at the half, 8-4.
No. 7 Annapolis 20, Meade 1: The Panthers (10-2) won their eighth straight game and held the young Mustangs to four shots. Josh Lesko scored three goals and had three assists. Brent McConnaughhay and David Wooster each scored three goals and had two assists.
Severn 11, No. 9 McDonogh 8: Attackman Brandon Wright scored three goals and added three assists to lead the Admirals (4-8) to the upset of the visiting Eagles (8-8). Severn goalie Matt Larkin made 11 of his 16 saves in the second half. Severn had a 34-15 advantage in ground balls.
No. 4 Roland Park 10, No. 14 Maryvale 6: Sarah Passano scored four goals to lead the host Reds (10-0-2) over the Lions (5-4-2). Goalie Meghan McInnes made several point-blank stops to stifle the Maryvale attack. The midfield combination of the Reds' Kelsey Twist, Mary McCeney and Allison Higgins helped control the tempo of the game.