Howard offense explodes against Oakland Mills

April 20, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

For a day at least, Howard shed its .215 team batting average and enjoyed a cornucopia of hits and runs at the expense of visiting Oakland Mills.

The Lions, using 13 hits, 13 walks and one hit batsman, won their second game this season against six losses, 21-8. They are 2-3 in league play.

"This is quite encouraging to say the least," Howard coach Matt Forsyth said.

Howard kept the Scorpions winless (0-9, 0-4) by taking advantage of an Oakland Mills pitching staff that has given up an average of almost 15 runs per game. Opponents now have outscored Oakland Mills 133-36.

Brian Snively led Howard with four hits and six RBIs. Two of those hits were doubles.

Rusty Miller went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs. He came into the game with a .450 batting average.

Things definitely are looking up for Howard.

The Lions, who won only one game last season, beat Wilde Lake a week ago and now have won two games in eight days. During that period they also nearly upset Mount Hebron, losing 4-3.

"The Mount Hebron game was our most impressive," Forsyth said.

It was pitched by Cailean Leith, who also pitched six innings yesterday.

"Our pitching has been impressive," Forsyth said. "We've held opponents to a .220 batting average and have a 3.20 ERA among our starters.

Leith threw 105 pitches and gave up nine hits and seven runs before before T.J. Carter pitched the final inning.

"That's probably the most hits we've given up this season," Forsyth said.

Howard scored seven runs on six hits in the first inning and duplicated those numbers in the third inning.

The Lions scored four runs in the second inning on one hit, two in the fourth inning on no hits and one in the sixth on no hits.

Oakland Mills coach Tim O'Brien predicted that his team would struggle on the mound this season and so far he's been right.

Starter Chad Fekel pitched two innings and gave up 11 runs on seven hits and five walks. Relief pitcher Mike Orndorff pitched two innings and allowed nine runs on six hits and five walks.

James Hunt, O'Brien's third pitcher yesterday, was also wild. He threw the final two innings and didn't give up a hit, but he walked three and allowed one run.

Eamon Gallagher went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Oakland Mills. Mike Draminski hit a two-run double. And Marshall Singh hit a two-run triple.

Oakland Mills' defense contributed heavily to the 21-run Howard output by making four errors. Three of Howard's runs scored on wild pitches.

Howard, which has only one senior, is a team that is building toward next season, but with better defense Forsyth thinks the Lions might make trouble for some contenders this season.

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