Eastern Tech holds off Overlea for 7-6 victory

Mavericks' 5-run sixth tops Falcons' 4-run seventh

April 27, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Eastern Tech got four extra-base hits during a five-run sixth inning yesterday and survived a rally by visiting Overlea to take a 7-6 victory -- the Mavericks' seventh straight in Baltimore County's East Division.

Tied at 2, Josh Kenney followed a double by Kevin Murray by belting a three-run home run over the head of the right fielder and onto a distant hill.

Chris Sheppers then doubled, and, later, crossed the plate on a two-run triple by Chris Hubbe.

The Mavericks improved to 7-1 in the division and 10-4 overall. Overlea is 2-3, 5-3-1. Eastern Tech had routed Overlea, 11-1, in an earlier meeting.

"We felt it would be tougher, but knew we were the better team," Kenney said. "But I respect these guys [Overlea] because I've played with a lot of them."

Down 7-2, with one out in the seventh, Overlea scored four runs and got four hits, including John Hilton's RBI single and Zack Sergotick's RBI double.

Also scoring in the seventh was Dave Thorton, who singled before crossing the plate on Alim Richards' sacrifice fly, and Charles White, who singled before scoring on a passed ball.

But with the tying run on third base, Mike Horst grounded out to first base against Murray, who relieved starter Bill Howell (1-0) in the seventh.

The Mavericks' effort was similar to their earlier 10-9 win at Patapsco, in which Eastern Tech nearly blew a 10-1 lead.

"It seems like we always have to make it interesting," Murray said. "Today, we took a while to get into the game."

Eastern Tech led 2-0 after one inning yesterday, as John Savage walked and later scored on a fielder's choice. Kenney was hit by starter Alim Richards, and later scored on a passed ball.

Nicknamed "Umo" or "Smoke" by Spanish-speaking teammate Eddie Morales "because of his heat," Richards (1-2-1) showed why he was able to strike out 14 batters in an earlier 1-0 shutout of No. 14 Dulaney.

Including the final batter of the first inning, Richards retired nine of 10 and had a no-hitter going before yielding Jeff Gutowski's fifth-inning single. He finished with eight strikeouts, three walks and two hit batsmen.

Overlea tied the game in the bottom of the third inning on a throwing error, followed by Amin Richards' run-scoring single.

Overlea left fielder Charles White turned a double-play with no outs and two on in the sixth, shagging a fly ball and gunning down a runner at home.

No. 7 Arundel 9, No. 1 Severna Park 5: The Falcons' 10-game winning streak came to an end, as the host Wildcats (9-5) took advantage of several mental and physical errors for seven of their nine runs.

Left-hander Star Kriger (4-0) scattered 10 hits, struck out four, did not walk anyone, but did hit one batter on 87 pitches (61 strikes) in six innings of work for Arundel.

Pub Date: 4/27/99

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