Owings Mills wins county title

May 12, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

It didn't matter that the day ended on a losing note for Allison Kleiner.

The freshman pitcher from Owings Mills had accomplished what she had set out to do.

Kleiner pitched a one-hitter and struck out eight to lead the Eagles to a 2-0 victory over host Towson (12-4, 11-3) in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday.

The win clinched the Baltimore County 1A-2A League championship for Owings Mills (16-2, 15-1). Kleiner and the Eagles lost the second game, 4-2.

Owings Mills will play host to Baltimore County 3A-4A champion Dulaney for the county championship on Tuesday.

With the loss of senior pitcher Jen Ziomek last week, Kleiner (10-2) had to pitch both games yesterday.

Ziomek, who was 6-0 and is also the team's clean-up hitter, was taken to the hospital last week for spinal meningitis. She was released on Tuesday, but is not expected to return this season.

In 13 innings yesterday, Kleiner gave up six hits and did not allow an earned run or a walk.

"She's a real competitor," Owings Mills coach Lisa Meyer said of Kleiner. "She likes the clutch situations."

A win in either game yesterday would have clinched the title for Owings Mills, but Kleiner's performance in the first game made the second one incidental.

The lone Towson hit came in the first inning when Jessica Owens beat shortstop Allie Coufal's throw to first base on a grounder into the hole between shortstop and third base.

After Jessica Clerkin reached safely on a fielder's choice after Owens' single, Kleiner retired 15 straight and 20 of the final 21.

"[Kleiner] has lots of different pitches," Meyer said. "Some people might be faster, but she has a lot of movement."

Said Kleiner: "I don't think any of my pitches were really working great. It was more placement that I tried for. I was getting the corners called, which was nice."

Owens, the Generals' pitcher in the first game, also pitched well. DTC She struck out 11 of the first 15 batters she faced and finished with 13 strikeouts.

Owings Mills broke the scoreless tie in the fourth on an RBI triple by Kim Kraus. After Stefanie Meyerson led off with a triple, Owens struck out the next two hitters before Kraus delivered.

The Eagles added an unearned run in the fifth.

In the second game, the Generals broke a 2-2 tie with two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Owings Mills catcher Nikki Winik had two triples in the second game.

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