The Kenwood baseball team was locked in a tight struggle with vsiting Aberdeen on Saturday in the Class 3A North Region Section II semifinals, the score tied 3-3 after five innings.
Then the roof fell in.
A leadoff walk in the sixth inning, a bloop single, several mistakes, and the game ended as a 15-3 Aberdeen win.
“The worst inning we might have played in years,” Kenwood coach Erik Skarda said. “Took my starter out and the next two pitchers struggled to find the plate. And when they did, we couldn’t make any plays.”
The loss dropped second-seeded Kenwood out of the playoffs the same day top-seeded Bel Air also lost.
Had Kenwood won, it would have hosted fourth-seeded C. Milton Wright in the sectional finals.
“The kids saw Bel Air had lost and for some reason we played tight early,” Skarda said.
The first three runs Kenwood gave up were also unearned.
The Bluebirds opened the playoffs with a 17-2 win over visiting Patapsco on Thursday.
In that game, Kenwood led 3-0 after two innings, then scored six runs after there were two outs in the third inning.
Tim Crawford singled with one out and stole second and third. With two outs, he scored on a wild pitch.
Robert Adams walked and Jacob Bouloubassis reached on a bunt single. After Josh Hunt was hot y a pitch to load the bases, Ethan Miller hit a grounder to first.
Miller beat the throw and two runs scored. With Ronald Cromer at the plate, Hunt stole home.
Cromer and the next batter, Sulyvan Esparza, were both hit by pitches. Miller scored on a passed ball, and Cromer scored on an error on a pickoff play.
Patapsco scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 9-2, but the Bluebirds added seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to ensure there would not be a bottom of the fifth.
Mark Rongione was hit y a pitch to lead off the inning and Adams reached on an error. Hunt had a run-scoring double, and Crawford had a two-run single during the inning.
Chesapeake lost at Pikesville 16-6 in the first round of the Class 1A North Region playoffs on Thursday, and Eastern Tech fell at top-seeded Hereford on Saturday 3-1 in the second round of the Class 2A North regional playoffs.
Eastern Tech has yet to play in the Class 2A North region playoffs. After a first-round bye, the top-seeded Mavericks game against No. 4 Hereford was postponed by rain on Monday and was to be played on Tuesday after The Avenue went to press.
A win would have Eastern Tech host either New Town or Edmondson/Westside on Wednesday.
Chesapeake, seeded second, was knocked out in the first round of the Class 1A North Region playoffs by seventh-seeded Carver A&T 12-3.
Kenwood, seeded fifth, lost at fourth-seeded C. Milton Wright 16-6 in the first round of the Class 3A North Region playoffs.