Two-thirds of the way through the top of the fourth inning against visiting Eastern Tech last week, the Patapsco softball team had held the Mavericks hitless.
Yet the Patriots trailed 9-0.
The errors were too much for Patapsco to overcome against last season’s Class 2A state finalists, who eventually won 16-5 in six innings.
The mistakes also undermined what could have been a scrappy effort by the then-winless Patriots against a program that is annually among the best in the county.
When it looked like another routine five-inning shutout win by Eastern Tech, Patapsco rallied for five runs in the fourth inning and forced the Mavericks to nearly have to play the full seven innings.
Raven McCarty led off with a single to center and Heather Staudt walked. A dropped popup (after the runners advanced on a passed ball) loaded the bases with one out.
Madison Dillon hit a fly ball to right field which was dropped, driving in a run. Emily Connell followed with a two-run single, and Evelyn Sibiski followed with an RBI single that knocked Maverick starter Rilee Fazenbaker out of the game.
Another Maverick error led to Patapsco’s fifth run of the inning.
The Patriots held Eastern Tech scoreless in the fifth inning, bit couldn’t respond after the Mavericks scored three in the top of the sixth for an 11-run lead.
The rally started after there were two outs. A double, single, double and a passed ball brought in three runs.
Patapsco retired the first four Eastern Tech batters of the game, but three straight errors in the second inning led to three Maverick runs.
Two walks, two hit batters, a groundout and an error helped the Mavericks to three more rns in the third inning.
Eight Eastern Tech batters came to the plate in the fourth inning, with six reaching base through walks and errors, before the Mavericks finally got their first hit of the game, a two-run double.
Patasco defeated Carver A&T the next day, 9-8, then played another good game in a 5-4 loss at Franklin on Thursday.
Dundalk also had a bad day against a rival from Essex last week, losing to visiting Kenwood 15-2 on April 24.
Leading 8-1 after five innings, the Bluebirds scored seven runs in the top of the sixth to bring the game to a premature end.
The Owls could do little against two Kenwood pitchers, finishing with just three hits while striking out nine times.
Abby Francazi walked in the fourth inning, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch. Alexia Fouts tripled in the sixth inning and scored on a throwing error.
Dundalk (12-3) bounced back the next day to defeat Milford Mill 17-5 and avenge its only Baltimore County Division II loss.
Kate Ross was four-for-four with a double and four RBIs, while Kayla Dietrich had two hits, a double and three RBIs. Alyssa Myers had two hits, scored four runs and drove in three runs.
Dundalk was to play at Pikesville on Tuesday and at Parkville on Wednesday to finish out the regular season.
Sparrows Point (6-7) as shut out twice last week, losing 9-0 at Catonsville on April 23 and 10-0 at Dulaney on Thursday.
The Pointers were to play at Perry Hall on Wednesday and finish the regular season at Edgewood on May 6.