Q's Coming Up Short


What's The Answer?

July 10, 1991|By Pat O'Malley

Before we get into our infamous "Q's without A's," let me give some of you guys a little push.

Some of you haven't called for a while,and it's a good thing I can count on the regulars or this space would be one big hole, sports fans. Are some of you on vacation or something?

Don't forget, this is your column to express your concerns, compliments and knocks, and all you have to do is dial 647-2499 -- the 24-hour Sportsline.

* Don't field director George Herget, umpire-in-chief Tom Harrison and the rest of the Linthicum-Ferndale Youth Athletic Association staff deserve a big applause for the great job they'vedone in keeping the LF Youth Baseball Tournaments running smoothly despite some bad weather?

After Sunday's 2:30 p.m. downpour, which turned the LF baseball diamonds into minilakes, Herget and the guys worked feverishly in getting the fields ready for 5:30 p.m. games. Then, Monday, after late afternoon thunderstorms struck again, they wentto work again and had the fields in excellent condition for 5:45 p.m. contests.

With players from ages 7 through 14, the LF tournaments numbered nearly 130 teams in several age groups, and thanks to the volunteer efforts of the LF staff, is the biggest and best invitational in the area.

And what would LF do without Bernie Blake running around the park every night?

With most of the tournaments being extremely competitive, didn't tournament director Lew Holmes know what he was doing when he grouped teams according to ability?

* Doesn'tGlen Burnie High's coach in the recently completed Anne Arundel Passing League, Tom Harrison, make a good point about why he protested a loss to Old Mill because one of the Old Mill players didn't have the same color jersey as the other Patriot players?

"How did I know that guy without a regular jersey was a member of their team? Were theyshort a player and gave some guy not on the team a jersey, so they wouldn't have to forfeit?" asked Harrison, the veteran Glen Burnie Rebels youth football coach who ran the Gophers' summer high school program.

* Hasn't Severn School lost an outstanding football coach in Doug Williams who is moving on to a teaching/coaching position at Catoctin High in Frederick County?

At the same time, isn't Severn fortunate to have a good man like assistant Jim Doyle ready to step in for Williams?

* When all is said and done, isn't the Mayo Post No. 226 team going to be right there at the end of regular season vying for its fourth consecutive American Legion state championship, but hard-pressed to fight off sleeper challenger Annapolis Post No. 7?

With players from DeMatha of Hyattsville, St. John's and St. Alban's ofthe D.C. area and Riverdale Baptist of Prince George's County, and only a handful from Annapolis and South River high schools, isn't thisAnnapolis club a serious threat to Mayo's attempt at a four-peat?

Do you realize that three members of this Annapolis Post contingent,coached by Fred Rodriguez, were All-Metro first-team by The Washington Post this spring in DeMatha senior outfielder Eric Smallwood and infielders Kevin Gibbs (junior) of St. John's and Chris Rodriguez (senior) of Riverdale Baptist?

My only other question about this obviously outstanding team is why does Annapolis Post No. 7 play its home games at Riverdale Baptist High in Prince George's County? Should theteam be named Riverdale Post?

* Isn't the recent release of Glen Burnie's David Tripp by the Oakland A's a vivid example of how tough making it in pro baseball can be?

Graduating from Mount St. JosephHigh in Baltimore in 1987, Tripp was one of the most outstanding players to ever come out of this state. His senior year, Tripp was 8-3 with an ERA of 1.83 with 118 strikeouts in 83 2/3 innings as a pitcherand with the bat hit .584 with nine home runs, 40 runs and 46 RBI.

Tripp received a baseball scholarship to Clemson University, starred in the summers for Johnny's of Baltimore 20-and-under team and was drafted the spring of 1990 after completing his junior year at Clemson.

His recent release as an A's minor-league pitcher just shows that to make it in this game, you've got to put up the big numbers in the minors and be in the right place at the right time. Oakland reportedly is well-stocked in pitching and could afford to cut loose a talent like Tripp.

* Isn't everyone in local sandlot baseball, especially tournament director Lew Holmes and umpire-in-chief Jack Kramp, very concerned about the strict curfew regulations being imposed at JoeCannon Stadium in Harmans, which will be the feature site of the upcoming Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18-and-under World Series?

"I cannot believe the way things have been handled at Cannon Stadium," said Kramp. "They've called off games without telling anybody. Some games were called when they should not have been called. Thepeople working there just seem to have an attitude.

"If things don't change, the CABA tournament could be very embarrassing with teamsfrom all over the country coming in here."

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