Aacc Needs Schooling In Setting Diamond Fees

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$293 Is Out Of Range Ofmost Sandlot Teams

April 15, 1992|By Pat O'Malley

Let's not waste any time today and get right to those "Q's without A's," sports fans. Any response or new business you have is always welcome, and all you have to do is buzz me on the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499.

* How's this for a bargain? The cost for amateur teams to rent the Anne Arundel Community College baseball diamond this summer is "only" $293 a game providing you play the game in less than three hours.

Let me break it down for you non-profit sandlot teams who might want to take advantage of this "steal."

To play on the diamond, it takes $125 (for three hours) for the rental fee, $100 for the groundskeeper, and $68 for the field technician.

Will someone tell me what a field technician is? Is he the groundskeeper's boss?

I called the school's facilities coordinator, Charles Peters, yesterday but his secretary said he "was gone for the day" at noon. Do you suppose Peters moonlights as a field technician?

Fred Schram, the assistant dean who Peters and the facilities people report to, had an answer.

"He's a facilities manager who is usually an employee of the athletic division. He turns on the scoreboard (rec teams don't need it), the lights (the baseball diamond doesn't have lights) and opens the restrooms. People just have an idea of what it costs us to keep up and open our facilities."

Schram explained that the baseball diamond isa facilities issue just as the gym or theater are, and said teams willing to maintain the baseball field was not the issue.

"We are responsible for the fields, and if they are not cleaned and kept up, itis a reflection on us," Schram said.

When asked if the school didn't want anyone to use the baseball field considering few amateur teams can afford $300 a game, Schram said, "I am not versed on what the budgets of those clubs are, but our college has been hit with budget cuts this year and we can't afford to let clubs use it for nothing."

Do you think maybe the college needs to educate Schram and those in facilities about how tough it is for sandlot teams to meet normal expenses such as uniforms, umpire fees and baseballs?

And doesn't exposing players and teams to the college only enhance the prospects of students one day going to school there?

* Will Anne Arundel Community College offer the vacant men's basketball coaching job to Broadneck High's very successful Ken Kazmarek, who applied last time it was open only to lose out to Mark Amatucci, who resigned this season?

"We hope to name our coach within two weeks," said Athletic Director Buddy Beardmore, refusing to tip his hand.

Wouldn't the departure of Kaz be quite a loss at Broadneck, where the Bruins within the past year have lost both McMullen brothers, Tim and Kevin, as athletic directors?

Is a third McMullen, older brother, Donald, in line forthe Bruins' athletic director job?

* While he still hasn't decided on a college yet, did you know that Rob Wooster, the two-time Anne Arundel County Sun basketball Player of the Year from Annapolis, visited Division I St. Francis of New York this past weekend?

* Can you believe what happened Monday in the county baseball circuit? Was that a wild day or what?

Arundel (6-3) committed seven errors and trailed 7-0 with two outs in the bottom of the third with Glen Burnie ace Tony Saunders firing bullets, but came back to win, 9-8.

Throw in two upsets -- Meade (3-5) by 3-2 at Broadneck (5-3), and North County (3-5) by 13-2 over Old Mill (4-2) -- and you've got a strange day.

Arundel coach Bernie Walter's defending state Class 4A champion Wildcats threw the ball all over the place, and Brian Rolocut couldn't get a strike called, resulting in a parade of walks in the top of the second and the Gophers (3-5) put up seven runs.

With Saunders, a pro prospect, on the hill and a 7-0 lead, it looked like the game was over.

"We had a two-out rally for two runs in the bottom of thethird and that got us going. The kids did a miraculous job," said Walter, whose team added two runs in the fourth and four in the fifth. Mike Fairbanks' two-out, two-strike base hit in the bottom of the seventh settled it.

"It was a very important win for us," Walter said.

Crucial to Arundel's comeback was the relief pitching of junior right-hander Brian Sands, who replaced Rolocut in the second and blanked the Gophers until the seventh. Glen Burnie tied the game in the seventh, but Rolocut returned to the mound and quelled the rally.

Did you know that was Rolocut's fifth win of the young season?

* Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery wasn't kidding before the season when he said, "We're very, very young," was he? Montgomery's Pats got hammered last Wednesday, 9-0, by Glen Burnie; 13-2, by a struggling North County team; and had to finish a 13-13 slugfest with Annapolis (0-6) yesterday that was halted by darkness Friday after eight innings.

* How about the debut of North County sophomore outfielder/pitcher Rob Christopher in his first game after being promoted from the jayvee, doubling and knocking in three runs?

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