Bel Air too hot for J. Carroll

May 07, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Junior Chris Countess pitched his second consecutive complete game and Bel Air continued its winning ways in the Harford County League, beating host John Carroll, 7-3, with some late-inning firepower yesterday.

Bel Air (9-5, 6-0) collected 10 hits and six runs in the last three innings after trailing 2-1 at the end of four. Sophomores Bill

Greenwell (two hits) and Chad Sommers (three hits, including a double) each drove in two runs.

With a full week of games remaining, the county race is still undecided, although Bel Air is definitely in command. All the others have at least two losses.

A dropped throw by first baseman Chris Furst led to three unearned runs for Bel Air in the fifth, as it followed with four singles. In the sixth, with two out and a runner on second, Tony Belcastro singled in one run and moved to second on the throw home, then scored on a single by Sommers.

Matt Buerhaus' third straight single and a single by David Brousseau accounted for Bel Air's final run in the seventh. It was the third hit for Brousseau, who also tripled and singled.

Brousseau unloaded his triple to the center-field fence in the second inning with one out. He was left stranded after shortstop Dave Westervelt fielded Geoff Rose's ground ball, checked the runner and got the out. Matt DeCapite then got Wade Buerhaus on a grounder to Matt Gradishar at third.

The Bobcats had gone ahead with a first-inning double by Mike Deal and a RBI single by Greenwell. John Carroll battled back against Countess with runs in the third and fourth innings.

Three successive singles got one home, the lead runner scoring before the man behind him was caught in a rundown and tagged out. Westervelt, who had an outstanding game in the field, contributed with his bat when he tripled to left field, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian Vollmer.

The 5-foot-8 Sommers, a tough defensive catcher who had two four-hit games earlier in the year, raised his batting average to .425 with three hits. Greenwell's two hits in four trips dropped his average, although his 22-for-35 (.629) still leads the county by a comfortable margin.

Countess allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out two, both in the seventh inning. He appeared to get stronger with better control of his pitches in the last two innings. He retired the side on eight pitches in the sixth, and gave up a single to Dan Gradishar in the seventh, but Gradishar became the game's final out on a fielder's choice.

DeCapite pitched the first six innings, giving up 12 hits. He struck out four and walked one. Matt Gradishar pitched the seventh.

On Monday, Bel Air will be home against Joppatowne, and John Carroll will be at C. Milton Wright.

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