Berlett, Eastern Tech too much for Parkville

Senior strikes out eight in four-hit victory, 4-1

Baseball

High Schools

April 13, 2002|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Eastern Tech pitcher Brandon Berlett knew what was on the line. To beat No. 15 Parkville, he would have to contain Knights cleanup hitter Dan Brown.

Consider it done.

The senior used his fastball to set up a knee-buckling curveball and defeat Parkville, 4-1, in a Baltimore County 4A-3A league game yesterday.

Berlett recorded eight strikeouts and surrendered four hits - only one of them to Brown, a double.

"I love it when I get the ball in games like this," said Berlett. "When I faced him, it was like two heavyweights squaring off. It was exciting."

Eastern Tech, ranked 11th, took a 1-0 lead in the second when Joe Davenport tripled in Sam Ashton, who had singled.

The Mavericks (8-2, 3-0) took advantage of a Parkville error to increase their lead in the fourth. Berlett's chopper bounced over the head of Parkville's second baseman, allowing the pitcher to reach first base.

Berlett was then replaced by courtesy runner Chase Barnes, who promptly stole second. Barnes advanced to third on a bobbled throw by the catcher, and then scored on a Davenport double to make it 2-0.

Parkville (6-1, 1-1) got one back in the bottom of the fourth. Brown doubled to begin the inning and scored on a groundout two batters later to cut the lead to 2-1.

Eastern put the game away in the sixth. After a one-out walk to Berlett, Matt Moffa doubled to score Barnes, who was again running for Berlett. Moffa scored when Ashton's smash went through the Parkville first-baseman's legs for a 4-1 lead.

After that, Berlett got stronger. The senior, who has accepted a baseball scholarship to Stetson University in Daytona Beach, Fla., struck out three in the last two innings.

"I try to limit him to a pitch count, but he just gets stronger and stronger as the game goes on," said Mavericks coach Ken King.

Berlett's victory overshadowed the effort of Parkville's Justin Griffith, who pitched well, too. The junior surrendered only five hits in seven innings.

"That's the most disappointing part," said Knights coach Jeff Markle. "We knew they were one of the best teams in Baltimore County, and we wanted to know where we stood. All in all, we didn't do too bad."

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