Showcase Game Tonight For Rain-delayed Seniors

SIDELINES

April 29, 1992|By Pat O'Malley

It's time once again for one of those tantalizing sessions of "Q's without A's," sports fans.

* With opening day rained out Sunday, did you know the Chesapeake Seniors League will open its baseball circuit for men over 30 with a showcase game at 7 tonight at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans?

Last year's two division winners, Arnold and Broadneck, will playthe first of 21 games for each of the two teams tonight at Cannon. Have you heard that the league is expected to have two new pitchers --whose names are very familiar to the most avid local high school baseball fans -- in Dean Albany and Mike Evans?

Albany and Evans are former All-County hurlers from Brooklyn Park (now North County) and Glen Burnie, respectively. The two right-handers still can run it up there with pretty good velocity and can snap off that breaking pitch.

"We think we have a pretty good league, one that local baseball fans would enjoy watching on any given night," said Dave Conrad, one ofthe league founders.

The Chesapeake League plays many of its games at Cannon Stadium. You can call Conrad at 647-4880 to find out whenthey are, or call Don Brooks' Cannon office at 222-6652 for the schedule. No admission is charged to Chesapeake seniors games.

* Don'tI owe North County girls lacrosse coach Tom Taylor an apology for not mentioning that there is an admission fee ($2 adults, children under 12 free) for most games at Cannon Stadium, and the concession standis always open?

Taylor called the Sportsline one day last week and said that when I listed the coming attractions at Cannon that I failed to mention if admission was charged. He wanted to bring his 3-year-old son to a game and needed to know if he had "to break his piggy bank."

* Is this finally the year that Jim Pitt takes the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Pitt has been coaching high school baseball in Anne Arundel County for more than 20 years at Annapolis and Severna Park (the last 20 years) but never has been to the state final.

With the Falcons (12-0) ranked No. 1 in Maryland by both The Baltimore Sun poll and the Washington Post, and No. 13 this week (up from 22) in the USA Today Super 25, how could anyone not think this is finally their year?

Pitt had some great ballclubs back in the '70swith the Grier brothers, Dave and Mark, pitching and catching, and later in the '80s with Brian Price throwing, but never has been able to reach the top floor.

What makes this current ballclub so good? Iwould be interested to hear your opinion.

* Ray Hoffman, program director at WYRE 81-AM radio in Annapolis, asked, "Do you think thoserankings put undue pressure on the kids?"

Hoffman attended a highschool in Florida whose football team was No. 1 in the state and unbeaten until the last game.

"It was terrible when they lost the state championship game. They didn't get over it for months, and that's why I wonder if the pressure of being No. 1 in anything is worth it,"said Hoffman.

Hoffman makes a good point, but the rankings do more good than harm. They bring an area together, generate a lot of interest in high school sports and bring valuable exposure to the teams.

Do I think they are good? Absolutely! They make for great arguments and fun. Publicity is the backbone of amateur sports.

* While Severna Park is rolling through the county and possibly headed for the big one, don't a lot of the guys on that club have a lot to look forward to this summer, playing on the Severna Park American Legion team?

Isn't the Severna Park team assembled by Charlie Becker and Jim McCandless going to be the team to beat in the local legion 18-and-under league with the likes of the Falcons' Rob McCandless, Steve Neuberger and John Milisitz, Broadneck's Jeff Vincent and Matt Weimer, and Jeff Paxson of Archbishop Spalding?

How much tougher could that team be if ex-Severna Park All-County outfielder Mark Budzinski, who now plays at the University of Richmond, wasn't expected to play for Corrigan's, the former Johnny's team run by Milwaukee Brewers scouting supervisor Walter Youse?

Did you know that through Tuesday's 14-4 loss at Calvert Hall (10-4) in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference, Spalding's Paxson was among the metro area leaders in RBI(24)? Only a junior, Paxson had a home run and double in the loss tothe fourth-ranked Cardinals.

* On last week's big "Q" as to whereare all the soccer scholarships, how about this explanation from Severna Park All-County goalie Jason Zaks?

"Around here, they don't have the coaching, and to get the quality coaching or recognition, you've got to usually go out to Columbia (Howard County) or Bethesda (Montgomery). That's where the coaching is and the dedicated players are," said Zaks, who will attend either Wake Forest or Loyola College inBaltimore.

"The main thing is to try out and hope to make an Olympic Development Team which each state has because that is where 90 percent of the Division I players are recruited and where all the exposure is."

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