Truszkowski has lifted Overlea Notebook


Overlea's baseball team, which moved up a notch to No. 12 this week, has soared behind senior right-hander Mark Truszkowski.

Truszkowski (6-0) has given up just 17 hits and four runs. He has four shutouts and has 48 strikeouts and just three walks in 39 1/3 innings.

"He's got three excellent pitches -- a breaking ball that really breaks, a fastball that moves and a nice changeup," Overlea coach Dave O'Neill said.

"His speed goes up as the game goes on."

A 6-foot-2, 160-pound athlete, he is 15-1 since his sophomore season, coming in "more confident this year," O'Neill said.

As the Falcons' No. 3 batter, Truszkowski has hit .421 with 11 RBI and has only three errors as a shortstop.

"He's scored over a thousand on his SATs and he's a solid 'B' student. Towson State and the Naval Academy are looking at him," said O'Neill, who teaches Truszkowski in honors English.

"He could go Division I, no question, but I don't think he's that well-known outside of the area. Hopefully, that'll change."

The Falcons (13-1) have split a doubleheader with Baltimore County 2A-1A league rival Owings Mills and today meet rival Chesapeake, a 7-4 winner over Owings Mills on Monday.

Friday, the Falcons have a rematch against state semifinalist Patapsco, an earlier 4-3 loser to the Falcons.

More college signings

Wes Unseld Jr. -- Loyola's All-County basketball player and son of Washington Bullets coach Wes Unseld -- signed to play at Johns Hopkins.

Johnny Montgomery of Randallstown High, who successfully defended his 145-pound state title this year, pacing the Rams to a 4A-3A runner-up finish, has a full scholarship to Morgan State.

Gayle Belz, Mercy's second-team All-Metro basketball star, has signed with Bloomsburg State.

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