Owings Mills hands Overlea 1st loss in doubleheader split Baseball

April 29, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Owings Mills continues to surprise people.

Paul Beccio pitched a two-hitter, and Clint Helphenstine had a game-winning RBI single with one out in the bottom of the fifth, as Owings Mills handed Overlea its first loss of the season, 2-1, in the second game of a Baltimore County Class 2A-1A doubleheader yesterday.

Charlie Feehely pitched a two-hitter and knocked in two runs, as Overlea won the first game, 3-1.

The doubleheader was played at Overlea (7-1, 7-1). Both games were five innings, and Owings Mills (7-2, 7-2), which won its first six games after going 1-15 last year, was the home team in the second game.

Owings Mills scored two runs in the fifth inning of the second game for the victory. With the Golden Eagles down 1-0, Beccio started the winning rally by reaching on an error. Randy Shernan moved him to second with a single.

Scott Katzen then doubled to right, scoring Beccio and sending Shernan to third. Helphenstine followed with a line drive over the right fielder's head.

"We waited 10 innings to hit, but it came at the right time," said Owings Mills coach Randy Pentz.

Pentz complimented Beccio (4-1), who went the distance in both

games. He pitched a three-hitter in the first game, and gave up five hits in nine innings. A senior, he gave up only two earned runs as he mixed speeds beautifully.

"That's the key, changing speeds," said Beccio, who entered the game with an 0.47 ERA. "I was really confident. I just kept doing the same things."

The first game, however, was a different story for Overlea.

Owings Mills took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Joey fTC Sachs scored Pat Eagan with a single. Feehely then helped his own cause in the home half with a double, scoring Craig Schoepflin and Matt Tirschman.

Feehely allowed Owings Mills only three balls out of the infield.

"I changed pace," said Feehely (3-0). "[I was] just trying to keep them off balance."

John Kopajtic gave Overlea another strong effort in the second game, as he went the distance.

The Overlea bats have stayed quiet at times this season. Coach Dave O'Neill does not appear worried, though, as the team's pitching and defense has been consistent.

"[Pitching and defense] is what's going to get us where we're going to go," O'Neill said.

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