Akens helps Fallston top N. Harford

His three-hitter paces Cougars' 9th in row, 5-0

High Schools

April 13, 2000|By Lem Satterfield

Right-hander Phil Akens struck out 10 and allowed only three hits as No. 2 Fallston won, 5-0, at Harford County League rival North Harford yesterday.

The defending county champion Cougars improved to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in the league. North Harford slipped to 6-2 and 5-2.

Representatives from the Orioles, Dodgers, Reds and Mets showed up to see the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Akens (4-0), clocking his fastball at 88 miles per hour.

Akens, who issued four walks, has signed with Indian River Community College in Florida.

North Harford left-hander Scott Phillips (3-2) struck out 12 batters, including the side in the top of the seventh inning, walked three and yielded 10 hits.

Fallston's Justin Collins, Kevin Davis and Brian Owens all went 2-for-4, and Matt Toomey was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Collins tripled twice, had three RBIs and scored twice, and Davis had a double and scored twice. Jeremy Ziegler went 1-for-3.

Phillips, headed for Tallahassee Junior College on a baseball scholarship, has 53 strikeouts in 28 innings.

Akens walked the bases loaded in the seventh. He got out of it, though, striking out the next batter and overcoming a 3-0 count against the last, who grounded out on full count to third base.

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