Parrish also throws strikes in spare time Bowie pitcher mows down tenpins as well as batters

October 08, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

John Parrish has a penchant for throwing strikes.

In baseball, his favorite sport, he tries to get them past opposing hitters and has done it very well, averaging more than a strikeout an inning during three years in the Orioles system.

In tenpin bowling, he has rolled a sanctioned 300 game and carries a 200-plus average in league play at home in Lancaster, Pa.

"Baseball is my first love," said the Bowie Nationals' left-hander. "I've given bowling [professionally] a thought a few times because it came to me easier than most young guys. But bowling is pretty hard because you need sponsors. And it's LTC something you can do when you're older."

For now, Parrish, 20, is making a steady advancement and figures to pitch for the Bowie Baysox next summer after going 4-4 with a 3.27 ERA at Frederick. He had a 1.75 ERA in his final four starts.

In his first three appearances in the Maryland Fall League, he struck out 14 in nine innings and allowed only six hits and one earned run. And his first autumn start came in Frederick.

"Going into the opposite dugout was kind of funny. But, overall, it was pleasant to play there as a visitor," he said.

Bowie pitching coach Steve Luebber said Parrish is "deceptive. He's going to get people out with his fastball more than the radar gun says he will.

"He's shown some ability to adjust and goes right after hitters."

A 25th-round pick in 1996, Parrish was able to continue doing bullpen work when he was on the disabled list for two months with the Keys because of a damaged tendon in his right hand.

He played in Hawaii last fall -- the Maryland league replaced that location -- and said this year "is just different. There was a lot more to explore over there. I'd already explored Pennsylvania and Maryland."

NOTES: Bowie manager John Tamargo missed the first two weeks while guiding New Orleans to the Triple-A World Series title, then attending to personal business. Coach Butch Davis filled in. Eric Valent (Phillies) of the Delaware Stars, the league RBI leader with 11 after two weeks, and Milton Bradley (Expos) of the Delmarva Rockfish were the first two players of the week. Bradley hit .556 the second week. The pitching honors went to Lance Carter (Royals) and David Riske (Indians), both of Delaware. Riske was 2-0 with eight strikeouts in five innings. Through 457 innings, pitchers had struck out 455 and allowed a .223 batting average. Three pitchers with at least 10 innings had 0.00 ERAs: Carter, Doug Davis (Rangers) and Chandler Martin (Rockies) of Frederick. Delmarva's Mike Glendenning (Giants) and Frederick's Shawn Gallagher (Rangers) shared the homer lead with three. Brian Dallimore (Astros) of Bowie topped the hitters at .450. Of the league's 32 homers, Frederick and Delmarva have hit 25 and Bowie and Delaware have allowed 26. The league's biggest crowd was 2,092 for Delmarva's home opener, which featured fireworks. The Rockfish average a league-best 1,307. Last night, Harvey Hargrove homered on the first pitch of the ninth to lift Frederick over host Bowie, 6-5. Also, Jason Baker struck out eight to lead host Delmarva past Delaware, 3-1.

Pub Date: 10/08/98

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