Two weeks ago, the previously winless Patapsco boys lacrosse team redeemed its season by beating Dundalk.
Monday, the Patriot baseball team had the same opportunity. And the team that has lost every game this season by 10 or more runs — including an earlier loss to Dundalk — nearly pulled it off.
Trailing 4-0, Patapsco rallied to tie the score at 5-5 in the sixth inning before the Owls pulled out a 7-5 win.
George Moore led off the bottom of the sixth for Dundalk with a pop fly to shallow left field that dropped in for a single. As the next two batters struck out, Moore stole second and went to third on a passed ball.
After a walk, Austin Botteon singled to right field to drive in the go-ahead run. The ball got past the outfielder for an error, allowing a second run to score.
Patapsco’s first batter in the top of the seventh reached on an error, but a strikeout, fielder’s choice and a popup ended the game.
Entering the fifth inning losing 5-1, Patapsco scored three runs to close to within 5-4.
It could have been better for the Patriots, and worse for the Owls. Patapsco loaded the bases with one out on singles by Aiden Kindle and Alex Ratliff and a walk to Phil Kuciara.
One run scored on an error, and Josh Gill and Dylan Cygan followed with RBI singles that could have scored more than two runs, but the Patriots lacked speed on the bases.
Patapsco still had bases loaded with one out, but Dundalk’s Justin Bryant fanned the next two batters to end the inning.
Despite tying the score in the sixth inning, the Patriots still suffered from missed opportunities.
Aiden, the leadoff batter, ended up on second after a throwing error and went to third on a groundout.
Ratliff reached base on a passed ball third strike that also scored Aiden with the tying run. He stole second, then was thrown out trying to steal third, and the inning ended with a strikeout.
Dundalk took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on singles by Botteon and Justin Bryant, two walks, a passed ball and an RBI grounder by Moore.
Botteon smacked a solo home run to deep left with two outs in the second inning, but the Owls managed one more run through the next three innings.
That came in the fourth, when Botteon walked with two outs, stole second, stole third and scored on a throwing error.
Botteon scored three runs in the game, and had three hits.
Patapsco scored in the fourth inning as Ratliff walked, went to second on a passed ball, went to third on an infield single and was brought home by Ryan Bates’ fielder’s choice to third.
The victory raised Dundalk’s record to 5-9. The Owls were to play at Parkville on Wednesday and finish the regular season at Kenwood on Friday.
Patapsco was to host Carver A&T on Tuesday, Kenwood on Wednesday and play at Loch Raven on Friday.
Sparrows Point (8-7) rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh to beat Eastern Tech 6-5 on April 23.
The Pointers followed that with a 4-2 loss at Hereford on Thursday and an 11-5 loss to visiting Dulaney on Monday.
Sparrows Point was to host Towson on Wednesday and finish the regular season at Perry Hall on Friday.