Bel Air beats Havre de Grace for 7th straight

May 03, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Streaking Bel Air scored three unearned runs in the first two innings and pitcher Chris Countess made them stand up for a 3-2 victory at Havre de Grace in a Harford County League game yesterday.

The win was the seventh in a row for the Bobcats (8-3, 5-0), and the second straight league loss for Havre de Grace (4-7, 2-2).

Two infield throwing errors by the Warriors and a run-scoring double by Matt Buerhaus accounted for two Bel Air runs in the first inning.

In the second, a walk to David Brousseau, an error when nobody covered second base on an attempted steal -- the catcher's throw went into center field -- and a sacrifice got a run home.

For Havre de Grace, Jeff Fox had an RBI double in the second inning, and Paul Oswald singled, moved up on a walk and a wild pitch and scored after Matt Carrico flied out to center field in the fourth.

Freshman Ken Pasley pitched the first three innings for the home team, then gave way to Carrico, who faced only one batter over the minimum for the last four innings (two singles and a runner thrown out trying to steal).

Countess (3-1), a junior right-hander, kept the Warriors off-balance with a slider and changeup, saying his curve was not working well. Havre de Grace had at least one runner on in every inning after the first, but Fox's hit was the only one of the four the Warriors got that did any damage.

"We've been throwing strikes [Countess had four strikeouts] and playing good defense [two double plays]," Bel Air coach Mike Ennis said of his team's recent success.

He could have said timely hitting, too. That was the case Friday at home when the Bobcats got a run-scoring double by sophomore Geoff Rose in the bottom of the seventh to beat Fallston.

"We seem to play everybody tough," first-year Havre de Grace coach Joe Oswald said. "We have had some one-run and two-run games with teams that hammered us last year."

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