Mayo Keeps Q's Without A's Coming


June 19, 1991|By Pat O'Malley

School's out, but I'm never out of those questions without answers, sports fans. You guys keep calling my 24-hour Sportsline (647-2499) and that's what keeps the big "Q's" coming.

Let's start off with some baseball and then hit some leftovers from the just-completed school year.

* How about that Mayo Legion Post No. 226 team of Bernie Walter doing a number (8-1) on touring Panama City of Florida at Arundel HighMonday, then scooting over to Kinder Park to hammer Severna Park, 14-3, in the local legion league in an 8:30 p.m. contest?

The two wins lifted Mayo's overall record to 16-7 after a slow start that many locals thought would bury the defending national champion American Legion team.

Walter has these guys back on track, as converted catcher Jerry Mills (who pitched at Arundel High) said after the Panama City game, "Hey guys, that team over there (Panama City) just won a pretty good tournament in West Virginia and we kicked the ---- out of 'em. We're coming."

They sure are and proved it by going over later that night to avenge an earlier loss to Severna Park Legion.

In case you were at the Panama City game and wondered what happened when the visitors pulled the hidden-ball trick and caught Mills stepping off second base early in the game, the pranksters fouled up.

Panama's pitcher was in the circle area when the surprise was engineered andthat constitutes a balk.

When attempting a hidden-ball trick, thepitcher must be outside the dirt circle away from the mound or it's a balk. The Panama players had left the field thinking Mills was the third out and weren't too happy when the umpires told them to get back out there and put Mills on third via the balk.

Isn't it amazing that Mayo wins the big games without Walter?

Last year it won the national legion championship with Will Trinidad, Tut O'Hara and Warren Young coaching and Walter in Cuba coaching the USA 18-and-under team. On Monday, with Walter attending a retirement party for county coordinator of physical education Jean Boyd, Young coached the team to the victories over Panama City and Severna Park.

"I guess they do better without me," laughed Walter yesterday.

* For those of you who know him, can there be anyone with more one-liners than Mayo's pitcher/outfielder Jimmy Simms? The Old Mill High grad is a riot in the dugout, and the guys on the team just wait to get ribbed by this guy.

For example, Simms told Larry Dobson "nice job, L.D." when Dobson dropped a foul pop near Mayo's first-base dugout late in the game. Dobson blamed his error on the mud and mini lake that had been created on the first-base side thanks to the team's plumber, Dackron Coleman.

In attempting to turn off the water to the field hose about one-half hour before game time, Coleman inadvertently pulled the turn pipeout of the ground and the result was a man-made lake near the Mayo dugout. Simms wanted to call the game but couldn't get the umpires to agree, and by the end of the game, a flood was in the dugout and adjacent batting cages.

After getting his feet wet, Simms put on his blue Old Mill graduation robe and drove over to Severna Park for the second game, where he got a couple of hits and knocked in four runs.

With such a zany bunch, is there any wonder Walter stays away whenever he can? The big "Q" about this year's Mayo team is not will it repeat, but will Walter and Young have their sanity come season's end?

In all seriousness, though, when you play everyday and have fun like this club does, you can understand why it went 77-7 a year ago andwon it all.

* Despite stepping down as athletic director, openingthe door for his brother, Kevin, to take over, isn't it good to hearthat Broadneck's Tim McMullen will continue running the Bruins' excellent summer camps in baseball, basketball and soccer?

* When is St. Mary's High School going to name its boys soccer coach? Tim Laur, who started the Saints' program, resigned several months ago and no successor has been named.

Is it true that those who apply for the St. Mary's boys soccer post are not allowed to peek at the schedule? Talk about a tough schedule. The Saints play in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference meeting the likes of Calvert Hall, Loyola and Cardinal Gibbons twice each.

* How about a salute to Severna Park's Lisa Buchleitner for making the dean's list at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, N.Y., where she plays on the women'shockey team?

* Isn't it a shame that the Amateur Softball Association 18-and-under women's tournament won't be in Anne Arundel County,the capital of the girls sport, and instead will be at Cedar Lane Park in Howard County, Aug. 7-11?

* Isn't it amazing how the Annapolis Youth Athletic Association, which is playing host to a summer basketball camp this week with such speakers as Bullets' GM John Nash, Navy coach Pete Herrmann and high school coaches John Brady of Annapolis and Gerald Moore of Arundel has grown under the leadership of Leslie Stanton from eight to 31 teams?

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