Rookie teams paying their dues New softball squads take on league veterans

June 19, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Staff Writer

Expansion teams traditionally have taken a beating in professional sports during their formative years.

So, some of the new additions to the county's 18-and-under select softball league shouldn't be overly surprised to find themselves looking up at the more-veteran teams when final standings are posted.

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Dave Butner's Greater Arnold Recreation Council Inc. team (GARCI) joined the highly competitive league last season and was swiftly greeted with an 0-11 record. Butner's squad again consists mostly of players from Broadneck and South River high schools, neither of which has proven to be a county softball power.

"This part of the county has not developed in softball like the northern part," said Butner. "We started the team from scratch last year and we're young again this year, but we decided to play in the league where we would have the opportunity to compete against the best.

"The competition we're playing against is very strong. It's not only the best competition in Anne Arundel County, but the best in the tristate area. How well we do each game this season really depends on who is doing the pitching for the team we face. Some of the pitching in this league is just overpowering."

GARCI windmillers Kristin Butner and Liz Faber aren't expected to overpower anyone this season, but both are capable of getting the ball across the plate with ample velocity.

Faber did not play softball this past season at Old Mill, and the coach admits she might be a "little rusty." But Kristin Butner, the coach's daughter, is coming off an impressive sophomore campaign at Broadneck and should emerge as the ace.

"Kristin is making great strides," said the coach, whose team is 1-2 in the league. "She really gained a lot of confidence this past season at Broadneck and she's coming along nicely. But for us to win, we really need to scrap for runs. We need to steal some bases, bunt some people over and get some timely hitting."

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Chip Lewis' Crownsville Storm has been around the league for five years. But with 13 players gone from last year's 38-12 squad and this year's young enough to be eligible to compete in 16-and-under leagues, Lewis isn't expecting too much.

"It can be real tough competing in the 18-and-under league, especially when you have a team that hasn't been together very long," said Lewis, whose team finished fifth in last year's Pony Tournament in Morris, Ill. "All of our players have the physical ability, but we need to get the teamwork part of it down. They need to develop a feel for what their neighbor is going to do."

Crownsville's youth movement includes two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old, all of whom will be starting in the Storm infield.

Emily Nugent, 14, just completed her freshman season as a member of Annapolis' varsity softball squad, and will take over at shortstop for Crownsville.

Megan Smith (Severna Park) and Jen Lewis (Old Mill) are the other two Crownsville players too young to drive a car. Smith has taken over at third base while Lewis, daughter of the coach, will play second.

"This team is the hardest working group of kids I've every had," said Lewis, who also serves as the league's supervisor. "The kids are incredibly dedicated and very coachable. You only need to tell them something once and they remember it, and that's super."

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Harris' Crab House is not only one of the league's six new expansion teams, but the only one in the "county league" not from Anne Arundel County. Tim Schoemaker's contingent from Queen Anne's has decided to venture across the Chesapeake Bay for a shot at some real competition.

The Crab House already is taking its lumps this season. But, as Chesapeake Chargers coach Larry Alvis points out, no one can blame them for trying.

"I don't expect them to come in and beat up on people, but you like to see them come over anyway," said Alvis, whose Chargers took first place in the recent Middletown Tournament and is 4-0 in the league. "It just shows that they respect our programs enough to put a team together and cross the bridge to play us."

Crownsville roster

Player.. .. .. .. .. .. ..Position .. .. .. .. ..School

Emily Nugent.. .. .. .. .. SS.. .. .. .. .. ..Annapolis

Megan Smith.. .. .. .. .. .3B.. .. .. .. ..Severna Park

Jen Lewis.. .. .. .. .. .. 2B.. .. .. .. .. .. Old Mill

Lisa Biederman.. .. .. ..1B/OF.. .. .. .. .. ..Southern

Lauren Bausell.. .. .. .. .OF.. .. .. .. .. .. .Arundel

Mandy McLaughlin.. .. .. .. P .. .. .. .. .. outh River

Heather Lee.. .. .. .. .. .OF.. .. .. .. .. .. .Arundel

Carrie Schiavone .. .. .. OF/1B.. .. .. .. Severna Park

Nadine Slavin.. .. .. .. .3B/OF.. .. .. .. North County

Terra Selby.. .. .. .. ... C .. .. .. .. .. South River

Erin Early.. .. .. .. .. .OF.. .. .. .. .. .South River

Danielle Addington.. .. .. C.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Poly

Sally Schummer.. .. .. .. OF.. .. .. .. .. .. .Old Mill

Michelle Geho .. .. .. .. .P.. .. .. .. .. .. Patterson

Sarah Reedy.. .. .. .. .. .P.. .. .. .. Elizabeth Seton

GARCI roster

Player.. .. .. .. .. .. Position.. .. .. .. .. ..School

Joy Banares.. .. .. .. ...SS .. .. .. .. .. .. roadneck

Kristin Butner.. .. .. ... P.. .. .. .. .. .. Broadneck

Marge Callaghan.. .. .. ..OF.. .. .. .. .. .South River

Lynn Carolan.. .. .. ... P/IF.. .. .. .. .. South River

Sandi Eastwood.. .. .. .. OF.. .. .. .. .. .. Broadneck

Tonya Elkins .. .. .. .. C/OF.. .. .. .. .. .. Old Mill

Liz Faber.. .. .. .. .. P/IF/OF.. .. .. .. .. .Old Mill

Jennifer Huffins.. .. ..IF/OF.. .. .. .. .. . Broadneck

Rachel Lenzi.. .. .. .. 1B/OF.. .. .. .. .. ..Broadneck

Stacy Sardella.. .. .. C/IF/OF.. .. .. .Annapolis A. C.

Mary Scanlon .. .. .. .. IF. .. .. .. .. .. South River

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