STILLWATER, Okla. -- Team Maryland boarded a bus early this morning to begin a two-day trek home. Too bad the other six teams entered in the Sunbelt Classic Baseball Series didn't choose the same mode of transportation.
Heavy rains washed out two games in yesterday's championship round, including the third-place game between Team Maryland and Florida. Since early-morning airline reservations for the other visiting All-Star squads left no option for make-up games today, Sunbelt officials canceled both contests and declared round-robin leader Georgia (4-1) the champion.
"It's a shame it had to end this way," Maryland outfielder Keith Kormanik said. "But it was a great experience to come out here against this kind of competition."
Team Maryland's second Sunbelt entry was a dramatic improvement over the club that was 1-5 and finished sixth last year in Florida.
Their showing was good enough to earn four selections on the all-tourney team and a second-place tie with California and Florida at 3-2.
Gilman's Kormanik, Northeast centerfielder Craig Everett, Beall first baseman Shannon McKenzie and righthander Jerry Fischer of Southern were named to the 19-man honor squad.
Fischer, offered a scholarship by perennial national power Seminole (Okla.) Junior College, was one of several Maryland players approached by college coaches.
"I've got to talk it over with my parents, but they want me to go [to Seminole] for a year and then transfer to Oklahoma State," said Fischer.