O'Connell sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, got only two hits but scored seven runs and defeated visiting McNamara, 12-1, yesterday for its second straight Metro League baseball championship.

O'Connell finished the regular season with a 22-3 record, 18-2 in the league. McNamara was 17-4, 14-3.

Six straight two-out walks, four by starter Rob Taylor and two by reliever Mike Wiley, helped keep O'Connell at bat for 40 minutes and increased a 3-1 lead to 10-1.

Taylor (5-1) pitched a one-hit shutout against O'Connell last month, but in the first inning yesterday he walked three and hit one batter after two were out, giving O'Connell three runs.

In the third, Taylor walked the bases loaded with two out and by the time he left with two out in the fourth had thrown 119 pitches and given up 12 walks.

"They didn't beat us. We beat ourselves," said Taylor. "I just had no control. There were some erratic calls, but they had the same ump so that's no excuse."

In contrast, O'Connell's Kevin Werthman (6-2) went the distance, using control to strand 13 runners.

"I probably get myself in trouble too much," he said. "But I've managed to get out of most of it all year. We emphasize staying cool and in that respect I pitched a good game."