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North Harford and Patterson Mill each captured their second straight regional baseball titles Friday afternoon, as the Hawks topped Towson, 7-1, in the 3A North final, while the Huskies grabbed the 2A East crown with a 5-4 victory over North Caroline. The wins set up Tuesday state semi-final appearances for each. For details on those games, please visit http://www.exploreharford.com.
Playing at home Friday in the 3A North title game, the North Harford Hawks topped visiting fourth-seed Towson, 7-1.
North Harford starter Ryan Stinar went six innings in the win, striking out 10 and holding Towson to three hits.
Leading the Hawks' lineup was Cody Brittain, who went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Jon Hammer helped the winning cause, going 1-for-2 with two RBIs, while Alec Mouring was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
The victory earned North Harford a spot in Tuesday's 7 p.m. state semifinal contest at Joe Cannon Stadium, where they were to play the winner of the 3A West final between Rockville and North Hagerstown.
Huskies win crown
The sixth-seeded Patterson Mill Huskies overcame a 4-1 deficit in the fifth-inning deficit Friday afternoon to top North Caroline in the Class 2A East regional championship game.
Trailing, 4-1, after the top of the fifth, the Huskies scored twice in the home half of the inning, then scored twice more in the sixth to take a 5-4 advantage.
Matt Golczewski tossed a complete game for the Huskies, striking out six, walking four and allowing four earned runs on four hits in the win.
The Huskies' J.T. Tipton was 2-for-4 with two runs, while Golczewski was 2-for-4 with one RBI at the plate. Aaron Childs went 1-for-1 with two walks and two RBIs, one of which was the game winning run. Griffin Marge was 1-for-2 with two walks, a double and two RBIs in the victory.
In the state semifinals, Patterson Mill will play a 4 p.m. game at Montgomery Blair High School against the winner of the 2A South final matchup between Glenelg and Patuxent.