North East-Cecil rolls to crown in UCBAC

North East-Cecil 6 Harford Tech 1



Both coaches took a playoff-tuneup approach to yesterday's Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference baseball championship game at Harford Community College's Thomas Run Park, and North East of Cecil County came out the winner.

The Indians, the Chesapeake Divison Champion, used three pitchers to defeat Susquehanna Division Champion Harford Tech, 6-1, to take the UCBAC title in a game that lacked intensity on both sides.

It was the third straight win by the Indians (16-3) over the Cobras (12-6) this season. North East took the regular season meetings by scores of 12-1 and 5-2.

Bret Foskey worked the first three innings for the Indians yesterday and was followed by Frank Lee and Justin Mayse, who pitched two innings each. The trio combined to allow six hits and record nine strikeouts.

They followed the script laid down by coach Jim Barrow before the game. Barrow saw the contest as a chance to get his pitchers some work, and Harford Tech coach John Watson called it an "exhibition."

"We were confident that we could beat them again, but I planned to use all three pitchers today no matter what, " said Barrow, whose Indians earned the top seed and a first-round bye in the Class 2A East region. "Since we don't play until Monday, I looked at this game to give my pitchers some work. And we've been swinging the bat well all season and did today."

North East came into the game batting .375 as a team and jumped on Harford Tech starter and loser Danny Wydra and reliever Josh Williams to take a 5-0 lead in the fifth.

Despite the loss, the Cobras will be the top seed in Class 1A North and also have a first-round bye.

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