(MATT BUTTON AEGIS STAFF,…)
When the Harford Tech Cobras and host-team Havre de Grace Warriors squared off Wednesday afternoon they had a combined Susquehanna (lower) Division record of 23-2. Seven innings later, the visiting Cobras walked away 8-3 winners, and with the victory grabbed a lower-division crown.
The victory pushed Harford Tech to 13-4 overall and 13-1 in Susquehanna play, while Havre de Grace fell to 11-6 on the season and 11-2 against lower division foes.
Harford Tech scored three times in the top of the first on four hits. Brittney Horseman ripped a two-RBI double that plated Alyssa Hockaday and Kristen Mueller and Liz Stevens knocked home teammate Tori Lomonico with an RBI single to the gap in right center.
Havre de Grace answered in the home half of the inning with one run as Kaitlyn Husfelt stroked an RBI single.
The Cobras came back with two tallies on four hits in the fourth, scoring twice on a passed ball and a throwing error to make the score, 5-1.
In the bottom half of the fourth, Havre de Grace's Dana Teufer knocked out an RBI single after the Cobras issued two walks, cutting the Cobras' lead to 5-2.
The sixth inning saw Teufer strike again, reaching base on a single and eventually scoring the Warriors' final run on a passed ball.
Harford Tech sealed the game in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs. Hockaday led the rally with a two-RBI single, while Mueller ripped a single that scored Sarah North, who reached on a dropped third strike.
Hockaday tossed four innings, allowing two runs on two hits to earn the win. Kim Cook pitched the final three innings for the Cobras, surrendering two hits and one run.
Hockaday went 3-for-4 at the plate while Mueller was 3-for-5. Horseman finished the game 2-for-4 while Stevens was 1-for-4. Lomonico was 2-for-4 and teammate Melissa Johns was 1-for-2 with one run.
Harford Tech's victory earned the Cobras a spot in the UCBAC championship game on Wednesday, May 9, when they play a road game with Chesapeake Division champ Rising Sun.
Patterson Mill comes through
The Patterson Mill Huskies (8-8 overall, 8-6 Susquehanna) won at home Wednesday, beating the Edgewood Rams (2-15 overall, 2-12 Susquehanna), 11-3.
Pacing the Huskies' offense was Meredith Price, who bashed a home run and scored twice. Lauren West had three RBIs in the victory.
Bel Air (7-9 overall, 3-9 Chesapeake) was edged, 1-0, going away Wednesday by the Perryville Panthers.
Emily Rosenberger, Erin Morrissey, Jen Schofield and Taylor Hensley accounted for all of the Bobcats' hits, with each punching out a single.
Cobras drop Huskies
Harford Tech moved one step closer to grabbing the Susquehanna Division softball title Tuesday afternoon with an 11-5 victory over the visiting Patterson Mill Huskies.
The Cobras rallied for three runs in their first at-bat, with leadoff hitter Sarah North starting the charge with a triple. Alyssa Hockaday and Kristen Mueller each followed with RBI doubles and Mueller eventually scored on a wild pitch to put Tech up, 3-0.
Patterson Mill tied up the game at 3 in the top of the second with the help of hits by Isabelle Emanuel, Lauren West and Alicia Hruz.
Harford Tech answered with six runs in the bottom half of the second, as Tori Lomonico tripled, while Lucy Grebe and Ally Venuto both hit singles.
Patterson Mill scored its final two runs in the fourth, with Becca Borowski and Hailey Horton collecting hits.
The Cobras scored two more runs over the final three innings to run up an 11-5 advantage.
North, Hockaday, Mueller and Venuto all went 3-for-4 in the victory, while Lomonico was 2-for-4.
CMW topped by Perryville
C. Milton Wright (9-6 overall, 7-4 Chesapeake) lost at home Tuesday, 6-3, to the Perryville Panthers.
Jessica Canami and Caroline Weimer each had RBI hits in the loss, while MacKenzie Fitzgerald belted a solo homer for the Mustangs.