Holmes awaits answer to question: Who will help?


July 01, 1992|By Pat O'Malley

In yesterday's "Sidelines" column, the college attended by former Northeast baseball player Donnie Gilbert was listed incorrectly.

In fact, he attended Winthrop College in South Carolina.

With another session of "Q's and A's" on tap today, one big question will get answered tonight for Lew Holmes.

What kind of a turnout will baseball people give Holmes for tonight's very important meeting at 9 at the Days Inn in Harmans near Joe Cannon Stadium?

Holmes, who is taking on the burden of tournament director for the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18-and-under World Series to be played July 26-Aug. 5 at Joe Cannon Stadium, is looking for all the help he can get to raise money for the tournament.


"I guess I will find out who my friends are by turnout for this meeting," said Holmes. "We need a lot of help selling advertising for this tournament, and we hope that not only the baseball community, but the business community gets involved, too.

"People in the baseball community know about the World Series, but I don't believe the general public does, and we want to get the word out to them. We need to catch the general public's eye."

Holmes and the CABA-Joe Cannon Stadium committees are selling $600 banners to advertisers. A company's name or message would be on the banners that will hang on the outfield fences at Cannon Stadium during the World Series, which is bringing in 16 teams from all over the country.

Anyone who purchases a banner would not only be gaining great exposure from a business standpoint, but also would be gaining points for public relations. A banner with your company name on it shows your support of top-notch amateur baseball.

A series program will be printed. Full-page ads are $110.

"Anybody who wants to see this tournament succeed for the overall good of Anne Arundel County baseball should be there at the meeting to give their support," said Holmes.

Anyone who cannot be there tonight and wants to help out should call Big Lew at 760-4138.

* Have you guys heard that a triple play was executed in the Chesapeake Men's Seniors 30-and-over Baseball League Sunday?

That's right, even the old guys are still quick enough to turn a triple. Here's how it happened:

With the Anne Arundel County Lawmen/Rangers leading the Severna Park Cardinals, 17-5, Sunday in the last inning at Arundel High School, the Cards' Frankie Klebe lined one at first baseman Perry Sauers with runners on first and second base.

Sauers snagged the shot and promptly stepped on first to double off Ken Hanscomb and fired a perfect strike to shortstop Don Huff covering second to nail Dennis Jacobson to complete the triple play.

Should that gem have made the ESPN plays of the week?

* Did you hear that former Northeast and Anne Arundel Community College star Donnie Gilbert, who is playing his second year of professional baseball in the Baltimore Orioles organization at Class A Kane County (Ill.), delivered a pinch-hit grand slam Sunday?

* How many of you remember the 11th annual Anne Arundel County Sun-Oriolelanders All-Star game that christened Joe Cannon Stadium on Sept. 16, 1990? If so, do you remember Oriolelanders' shortstop Matt Riemer from Patapsco High in Baltimore County?

Riemer, who is a lanky 6-foot-3, completed a banner season at Allegany Community College this spring where he belted 11 dingers and was among the nation's top hitters in JuCo play. He has played summer baseball in Anne Arundel County.

Orioles' scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert signed Riemer a couple of weeks ago, and the Dundalk product is playing in the Birds' extended program in Florida where he got nine hits in his first three pro games last week.

His first pro hit came off Oil Can Boyd, the ex-major-league hurler who is trying to fight his way back to the show.

* Did you know that at least five members of the Jim and Tommy Gilbert father/son-run Oriolelanders fall team that played at Cannon last September were either drafted or signed as undrafted free agents, including Glen Burnie's left-hander Tony Saunders?

Saunders was not drafted but recently signed a minor-league contract with the Florida Marlins after graduating from Glen Burnie High.

* Have you marked Sunday, Sept. 6, on your calendar for the 13th annual Anne Arundel County Sun-Oriolelanders All-Star Game at Joe Cannon Stadium?

* Did you know that Crofton resident Bob Cilento, who was already a head baseball coach and an assistant in football, has been named the head boys basketball coach at Springbrook High in Montgomery County?

* How about congrats to Glen Burnie's Thaeda Jackson Franz, who was named to the District II GTE Academic All-American Team as a senior at St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City?

Jackson is the first student-athlete from St. Mary's to earn such an honor. She was starting goalie, averaging 5.6 saves per game, for the school's 8-3 women's lacrosse team, its best squad in over 10 years.

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