Five members of the Anne Arundel Community College pitching staff, including hard-throwing veterans Scott Hatfield and Dwayne Hoyt, head up a 10-man staff on what is the largest roster ever named for the Anne Arundel County Sun All-Star team.
Twenty-seven players will take the field at 1:30 p.m. next Sunday at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans. The all-stars will go against the Oriolelanders in the 12th Annual Oriolelanders All Star Baseball Game. The Oriolelanders is a team of pro prospects and top high school players from the Mid-Atlantic area put together by Baltimore Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert.
After yesterday's final workout at Anne Arundel Community College, Arundel Suns coaches Bill Nevin of the Glen Burnie Patriots, Tut O'Hara of Arundel High and the Mayo Juniors, and yours truly, with input from Anne Arundel Community College head baseball coach Clayton Jacobson, labored over the final cuts specifically because of the pitching depth.
Cutting from among 45 players over two weekends was verydifficult because of the quality of players we had out for the team.
The team will play a nine-inning game Sunday against the Oriolelanders and the plan is to throw the pitchers just one inning each. Butour local team will be out to cut into the Oriolelanders' 7-4 seriesedge, and if it takes throwing someone more than one inning that's what will be done.
With 10 pitchers named to this year's team and another five who play other positions, this is without question the deepest and most talented staff we have ever had.
Hatfield and Hoyt are two of five AACC chuckers. The two righthanders are second-year community college pitchers, while 6-foot-6, 195-pound Andy Young is animposing first-year pitcher out of Meade High school.
Young couldbe a sleeper, a guy who was little-known in high school but who could bloom on the junior college scene under the tutelage of Jacobson and his pitching coach Larry Schillenberg.
Young was impressive in Sunday's workout, giving up just one hit, no runs and striking out twoin two innings. He was the only pitcher to go two innings.
Hatfield, Hoyt and Young are joined by AACC freshmen, righthander Charlie Buckheit of state 2A champion Northeast and lefty Jim Simms of Old Mill.
All five give the Suns a quality group of seasoned pitchers to go with three outstanding high school seniors in Zach Collins (LHP) and Brian Rolocut (RHP) of 4A state champion Arundel and Matt Weimer (RHP) of Broadneck. The staff is completed by junior Ed Nalley (LHP) of Glen Burnie and Arundel sophomore Brandon Agamennone (RHP).
In addition, five of the infielders selected can pitch and have thrown for their schools or summer teams. Ian Taylor of Meade, Jeff Paxson of Archbishop Spalding, Rob Martin of Meade, Mike Wooden of North County, and Jeff Vincent of Broadneck are all more than comfortable on the mound.
Taylor was named as a first baseman, outfielder/pitcher. The other first baseman is Ryan Dempsey, an Old Mill junior.
Paxson and another Old Mill junior, B. J. Jones, are the second basemen. Martin is a third baseman with Wooden, the North County freshman who, atage 13, is the youngest player ever named. Second baseman Chris Leusner of Middle High, N.J., was the youngest ever, at age 14, when he played for the Oriolelanders last September.
Wooden, who sparkled for the Kazmarek Little Orioles 13-and-under team (69-13) this summer with a pitching record of 10-4 and 169 strikeouts in only 88 innings,pitched a scoreless inning in the tryouts for the second week in a row.
Vincent, the fifth pitching extra, will play shortstop with second year Anne Arundel middle infielder, Scott McClelland. The 20-year old McClelland was the shortstop on Old Mill High's 1989 state 4A championship club.
The catchers are Rob Miller of North County, John Milisitz of Severna Park and Mike Mahoney of Old Mill, three of thetop returning senior catchers in the county. Rich Spiegel, a fourth outstanding catcher from Northeast, was unable to try out because of illness.
A high school teammate of Milisitz, shortstop Rob McCandless, will play for the Oriolelanders through the fall.
Buckheit pitched for the Oriolelanders last fall and was one of five players drafted off that team. The idea of this game is to showcase as many as outstanding players as possible, and that brings us to our fourth catcher.
Arundel's budding sophomore giant, J. P. Noon, is the fourth catcher named. Noon, who is a 6-foot-2 and 210 pound 15-year old, wasthe starting catcher for O'Hara's county junior varsity champion Wildcats this spring.
The outfield features three guys who just mightbe the best at theirpositions returning for the 1992 high school season -- seniors Steve Neuberger of Severna Park and the Mount St. Joseph duo of Bobby Bush and Jeff Mengel.
Neuberger, an All-County outfielder, who batted .459 as a junior, has started for the Falcons since the 10th grade. Bush and Mengel play at St. Joe in Baltimore, but live in the county, the former in Linthicum and the latter in Glen Burnie.
Bush started for last year's Suns' team in center field.
Also in the outfield are Paul McKenzie of AACC and Todd Locklear of Glen Burnie. McKenzie was an All-County outfielder at Chesapeake, batting .500, third-highest in the county, for the Cougars last spring.
Locklear is a 16-year old junior who blossomed as a left-handed hitter with Nevin's Glen Burnie Patriots this summer. He is the younger brother of Jeff Locklear, who is a lefthander pitcher in the San Francisco Giants' minor league system.