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Sporti The Orlando Sentinel, Thursday, June 5, 1 986 23 Brantley's Beams signs with Astros Bass' 2-run homer beats Oviedo, 3-2 By Herky Cush By Herky Cush OF THE SENTINEL STAFF OF THE SENTINEL STAFF if IP basketball 1 I I I L. Kevin Bass returned to his old high school stomping grounds Tuesday to lead the Apopka-West Seminole Big League team to a 3-2 victory over Oviedo (8-1.) Bass, a former Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley pitcher-first baseman, hit a two-run Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley's Mike Beams signed a contract Wednesday to play for the Houston Astros. There was no doubt that Beams, if drafted, would fulfill his long-time ambition of turning professional as quickly as the pros would have him. Also drafted was Casselberry Lake Howell catcher Eddie Taubensee who was selected by the Cincinnati Reds. Sitting by the phone Monday, Beams said the only calls he received were from professional scouts who said they were surprised that he had not been drafted in one of the first seven rounds.

Beams was signed by the Astros' Joe Pittman who flew in Tuesday night from Houston. Beams said he would be assigned to the Astros' Rookie League team in Sarasota. He'll report Tuesday. The prospect of having her son play in Sarasota and perhaps later in Kissimmee (the Astros' Florida State League Osceola team) was a delight to Mike's mother, Jackie Beams. "We'll have plenty of chances to watch him play in Sarasota," Mrs.

Beams said. "Then, maybe in Kissimmee. We are so thrilled he's getting his chance. "He was disappointed he wasn't drafter higher," Mrs. Beams said.

"But like Mr. Pittman said, now Mike has the chance to show those 25 other teams." Beams offered both confidence and surprise at learning of his being drafted. "I have confidence in my ability," Beams said. "I know I can do the job, and I'm going to keep working. "But things are going kind of fast," Beams added.

"It seems as if the high school season just started, and now I'm drafted. "I'm really proud to have this opportunity." Beams enjoyed a fine senior year with II home runs and a .389 batting average. He was honored for homer in the bottom of the sixth to provide Apopka-West Seminole (9-0) with its margin of victory at the Lake Brantley field. Oviedo struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on Randy Ferguson's home run to right center off Apopka-West Seminole pitcher Tim Ox-ley. Apopka-West Seminole tied the game in the third when Darrell Saunders singled home Ken Chapde-, laine.

Chapdelaine reached on an infield hit and moved around to third on a passed ball and errant pick-off attempt. Mike Davis opened the Apopka-West Seminole sixth with a single off Oviedo pitcher Craig Duncan. Bass followed with his home run over the 365-foot mark in left center. Oviedo rallied in the top of the seventh. Oxley issued a pair of two-out walks before Tony Belflower hit a single to left.

The hit scored one run but Belflower was thrown out at second base. Oviedo came up with several defensive plays to stay close. Oviedo pulled off a double play in the fourth when left fielder Frank Torres hauled in a fly ball and then gunned down an Apopka-West Seminole runner trying to tag from third. In the fifth Oviedo center fielder Mark Merchant threw out Ox-ley trying to stretch a single into a double. Apopka-West Seminole has a double-header witb.

Altamonte Springs on Sunday. Altamonte Springs, which is made up of players from Lake Mary High School, was rained out against Ocoee. BARBARA VITALIANO'SENTINEL Beams couldn't wait to sign he will report to Sarasota on Tuesday. that performance by being named to the Class AAAA first-team outfield. Physically, Taubensee has what professional baseball teams look for in a catching prospect.

Along with a great arm and fine defensive skills, Taubensee hits from the left side with power. Taubensee, who was unavailable for comment on what he would do, has accepted a grant-in-aid to play baseball at the University of Central Florida. Taubensee hit .302 this past high school season. Parker fitting mold of Houston farm hand By Benton Wood SENTINEL CORRESPONDENT for a couple of days, you're not game sharp." But when Columbus, who has the worst record in the Southern League, got off to a slow start, Parker started picking up playing time. He has responded by leading the Astros in on-base percentage.

Parker hit .254 last season for Osceola and was used as a second baseman and shortstop. So far this year he has played mostly shortstop. But he also has played some at second and third base, and Parker said that versatility "is a plus my favor." Being in the Astros' organization may be another plus in Parker's favor. Parker isn't known as a long-ball hitter, and he hasn't had a home run in his minor-league career. But with the long dimensions of the Astrodome, the Astros aren't looking for home run power from their middle infielders in the minor leagues.

Parker said, however, his status with the Astros could change overnight. "You never know what is going to happen," Parker said. "I'm happy here right now. We had new people come in this year, and they took a good look at me in spring training. I can't complain too much.

I've moved up every year so far." For now Parker said he only hopes to impress the Astros with what he does best and not worry about his statistics. He admitted that isn't always easy when you are playing on a last-place team. "I still have to play for the team," Parker said. "My role is to move runners around, steal some bases and hit for a good average. Sure you still look at stats.

But it's too early in the season to start worrying about that." Dodgers' 22 victories set Senior League mark The Dodgers closed their Altamonte Springs Senior Division season with a 22-2 record after a' 7-2 victory over the Cardinals. The 22 victories are the most ever during the regular season by an Altamonte Senior League team. Shane Stufflet went the distance for the Dodgers, allowing five hits, striking out seven and walking three. Jim Kremer was the hitting star for the Dodgers with a home run, two singles and three RBIs. Kremer hit his fourth three-run homer of the season in the top of the first.

i PERFECT SEASON. Sean Goldstein finished the season with an 18-0 pitching record as the West Seminole Pony Mustang Dodgers completed a 23-1 campaign. The Dodgers captured the. Mustang championship by defeating the Blue Jays, 11-1, and, 13-2, in their best-of-three playoff. Nate Vike, Tommy Wilson and Lee Johnson were the team's top hitters, and the relief pitching of John Peetz also was crucial to the Dodgers' success.

Dodgers' co-managers Ben Johnson and Neil Goldstein will coach the 1986 Mustang All-Stars. Compiled by Herky Cush When former Longwood Lyman and Seminole Community College shortstop Bob Parker returned two weeks ago, the Orlando Twins were fittingly celebrating Seminole County Night. The O-Twins, though, weren't thinking of Parker when they scheduled the evening, and they helped spoil any celebration Parker might have been planning by sweeping a double-header from Columbus. Parker got revenge two nights later by collecting three hits to help Columbus sweep a double-header from Orlando. Such is the up-and-downs of professional baseball, and that has typified Parker's second season in the Houston Astros' minor-league organization.

Parker, who was a three-time all-conference shortstop at Lyman and a two-time All-Mid-Florida in-fielder at SCC before claiming All-Southeastern Conference honors two consecutive seasons at Mississippi State, is leading Columbus with a .327 batting average. Despite his hitting success, Parker has found himself in an unfamiliar role of being a platoon infielder for the Astros' Class AA team this year. "It's a strange feeling because I've never been a utility player before," Parker said. "But I've been playing a lot lately. After all, beginning the year isn't what counts, it's how you end it." "But it has been tough staying consistent at the plate this year.

Sometimes when you haven't played.

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