Commentary: Chewing on some numbers as the UCBAC races come to a close

May 03, 2012

The baseball and softball UCBAC division races have all been settled, and I must say that they were some of the tightest, most hotly contested I have witnessed during my time at The Aegis. Baseball in the Chesapeake Division came down to one head-to-head matchup, as did Susquehanna Division softball, and though the Susquehanna Division baseball was not decided on a single ball field (Rising Sun clinched with a win over Perryville on Wednesday, at the same time second-place Harford Tech was beating Havre de Grace), there's a possibility that the top two teams will finish with a combined 26-2 record. The only race that did not come down to the wire was that of Susquehanna softball, which Rising Sun had in hand for most of the season, despite the best efforts of North Harford and C. Milton Wright. In any case, it's going to be a pair of Harford vs. Cecil matchups in the conference title games (North Harford vs. Rising Sun baseball, Rising Sun vs. Harford Tech softball), and, as always, I'd bet my bottom dollar on the Chesapeake teams. Until then though, let us do a by-the-numbers look at the past week's worth of baseball and softball, since that format has been working for me lately.

25: That is the number of strikeouts recorded by the two starting pitchers at Monday's North Harford vs. Patterson Mill baseball game. This one, which was the Chesapeake Division's deciding matchup, lived up to its billing, with North Harford's Kevin Mooney racking up 15 Ks and Patterson Mill's Matt Golczewski punching out 10 hitters in matching, complete-game efforts. (North Harford, the host, submitted a box score that has Mooney allowing three hits and Golczewski surrendering four hits, while Patterson Mill's box score has Mooney giving up one more hit. I'll defer to the home team in this case.) North Harford won the game, 3-1, and clinched the upper division crown, but, more importantly, the contest was an honest-to-goodness pitchers' duel, which always warms my heart. I said before the game that if it was Mooney and Golczewski on the mound, the two teams would probably have about three hits between them, so I was off by four or five, but that does not matter. Also, I'd like to note that Patterson Mill proved it belongs in one of the UCBAC's toughest divisions.

5-1: That would be Bel Air baseball's record for the second half of its Chesapeake Division schedule. I wrote a month ago that the Bobcats are not to be slept on, and they have proven it since then, overcoming a dismal 1-5 start in upper division play to wrap up at 6-6. After losing, 13-3, to Patterson Mill on April 13, Bel Air turned it around, knocking off C. Milton Wright, another not-to-be-slept-on perennial Chesapeake powerhouse, 14-4, clubbing Elkton, 11-1, beating Fallston, 5-0, dropping North East, 14-4, and wrapping things up on Wednesday night with a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory over second-place Patterson Mill, which two days earlier had been playing for the division title. The only defeat in that six-game stretch was a 1-0 loss to North Harford (Mooney struck out 11 and held Bel Air to three hits in a complete-game shutout). So, my "comeback of the year" award goes to the Bobcats. I'm curious to see how well they do in the post-season.

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