Bel Air clinches title share

May 10, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Bel Air rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning yesterday for a 6-5 victory over Joppatowne (7-6, 1-4) that clinched at least a share of the Harford County title.

Trailing 5-2, Bel Air (10-5, 7-0) finally got to the Mariners' starting pitcher, left-hander Sam Button. Tony Mogavero opened the big inning, running a single into a double. He went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by David Brousseau.

Wade Buerhaus and pinch hitter Larry Watson singled to load the bases, and leadoff man Tony Belcastro coaxed reliever Chuck Macek for a walk to force in a second run.

With the bases loaded, Chad Sommers hit a grounder that skipped through the infield, scoring Buerhaus. One out later, Watson scored the winning run from third on Bill Greenwell's ground out to short.

Until the sixth, it appeared as though Button was going to be the star. He had given the Mariners a 2-0 lead with a first-inning home run after Cable Miller's single. Although Bel Air had runners in every inning but the fourth, it scored only in the first when it got two runs on a walk, a single, a fielder's choice, an error and the first of three singles by Greenwell, now hitting .658.

Joppatowne went ahead against Bel Air starting pitcher Matt Buerhaus in the third inning. Brian Roe singled, Mike Durdock tripled him home and scored on a passed ball for a 4-2 lead. The visitors manufactured another run in the fourth on a walk, stolen base, wild pitch and another single by Roe.

Jason Koppelman, a senior right-hander for the Bobcats, relieved Matt Buerhaus in the fifth and stifled two run-scoring threats to get the win.

He faced only 11 batters in his three innings, giving up a second single to Miller (retired on a double play), a single to Macek (stranded at third) and a walk to Durdock (stranded at third).

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