Bobcats avenge their only loss thus far this season

Spencer Sanza drove an RBI single into center-field in the bottom of the fourth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie, and No. 13 Bel Air made that run standup for a 4-3 UCBAC Chesapeake Division victory over rival Patterson Mill, Friday evening in Aberdeen.

The contest, which was switched from Bel Air’s campus field to the synthetic turf of the Ripken Complex’s Yankee Stadium, avenged Bel Air’s earlier 6-0 loss to the 7th-ranked Huskies, the Bobcats only setback thus far this season. Bel Air is 10-1 overall and 10-1 in the UCBAC Chesapeake, which it leads. Rising Sun (6-2) is now in second and Patterson Mill (9-4, 6-3) slipped back to third.

Bel Air moved in front early with three runs in the first. Matt Fino got things going with an RBI double and then scored on a single to center by Jonah Einsig. Later, Andrew Sunday, who reached base earlier in the inning with a walk, scored on a passed ball, giving Bel Air a 3-0 lead after one.

Patterson Mill got two back in the second with RBI singles from Nick Santoro and Christian Shertzer. The Huskies then tied the game in the top of the third when Thomas Kragh plated Ethan Shultz and fielder’s choice grounder.

Bel Air finished with three extra-base hits, as Fino, Sunday and Justin Snyder each had a double, but Patterson Mill outhit the Bobcats 9-7. Nick Solerno doubled for the Huskies.

Patterson Mill ace Austin Koehn took the loss, while Bel Air’s Tyler Schimming got the win with a complete game effort in which he struck out eight batters.

(Photo courtesy of Mitch Lebovic)