Despite winning the Class 4A state championship in 2016, the Bel Air High baseball team was unable to solve UCBAC Chesapeake league rival Patterson Mill swept their two meetings with the Bobcats and won the league crown.
In their first meeting of 2017, the No. 10 Huskies' mastery of the third-ranked Bobcats continued as they prevailed, 3-2 in nine innings in Bel Air Wednesday.
Cooper Mattheu, who led off the ninth inning with a single for Patterson Mill (8-1 overall, 3-0 Chesapeake), scored the winning run on a wild pitch Zach Radcliffe. Mattheu moved to second on a sac bunt by Jace Valle Shaw and raced to third as Radcliffe got Max Elliott on a swimming strike out in the dirt.
Jake Sheesley, who pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win for Patterson Mill, allowed one hit in the bottom of the ninth, but was able to close out the Bobcats.
The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the fifth, but Bel Air (3-3, 3-1 Chesapeake) broke on top with two runs, as Radcliffe had a RBI single with the bases loaded and Michael Yetter delivered a sac fly for the second run.
Patterson Mill got even with two runs in the sixth. With one down, the Huskies got consecutive singles from Nick Cress, Steve Spencer and Thomas Kragh to plate their first run. A throwing error on the play also allowed Spencer to score to tie the contest.
Before winning it in the ninth, Patterson Mill had the bases loaded in the seventh with one out and got another man to third in the eighth, again with one out. Each time, Radcliffe, who pitched the final 3.2 innings for the Bobcats, wiggled out of the jam.
Yetter made the start for Bel Air, going 5.1 innings, allowing four hits and two walks, as well as one earned run. Patterson Mill started ace Austin Koehn, who allowed five hits over six innings, striking out five and walking three. He allowed two runs, but just one earned, before giving way to Sheesley.
Both Cress and Spencer had two hits for Patterson Mill, while Radcliffe had two hits for Bel Air.
“Both teams showed up with a lot of respect for the other side and left the field with even more respect for their opponent,” said Patterson Mill coach Matt Roseland. “It was a great demonstration of quality pitching and a game no one deserved to loose. It came down to who could put the most pressure on the other team and we were fortunate to get one more run today. We are fortunate to have great competition against one another in the UCBAC to allow our conference to perform well at the state level.”
No. 10 Patterson Mill 3, No. 3 Bel Air 2 (9 innings)
Patterson Mill 000 002 001 - 3 8 1
Bel Air 000 020 000 - 2 7 2
WP: Sheesley; LP: Radcliffe
Last Updated (Thursday, 13 April 2017 05:11)