Hungry for baseball? Check out full-course youth menu

SIDELINES

July 08, 1992|By Pat O'Malley

All right, sports fans, how about a good dose of those questions without answers you love so much?

The ground rules are simple. Any response, answers or big "Q's" of your own should be called into my 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499.

* Do you enjoy watching amateur baseball? Well, if you do, you can get your fill of youth baseball tournaments this month.

The Linthicum-Ferndale Youth Athletic Association tournaments in several age groups continue this month on a daily basis at Linthicum-Ferndale Park. Pick any night and you can count on several games being played at the complex near North County High.

This weekend at the Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association 10th Avenue Fields, the Maryland Amateur Baseball Congress will play two American Amateur Baseball Congress state tournaments plus a Dizzy Dean state tournament.

Coach Dean Albany's Orioles begin a best-of-three for the AABC Willie Mays State 10-and-under Championship against the Harford County champion. The games are set for 5 and 7:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the North Atlantic Regional in Waterbury, Conn., July 24-27.

The Willie Mays World Series is set for Aug. 6-9 in Rex, Ga., and the local Orioles can take the first step toward that by sweeping Harford Saturday evening.

"I really think we have a great shot at going to the World Series," said Albany, who hopes to avoid playing on Sunday.

Also, the AABC State 12-and-under Pee Wee Reese Tournament for the right to advance to the North Atlantic Regional in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 24-27 will be played at Brooklyn Park. The Yankee Rebels of Baltimore and Harford County will play a twin bill at 3 and 6 p.m. at 10th Avenue with a third game if necessary on Sunday.

The Sophomore Division for 14-and-under baseball sends its state Dizzy Dean champion to Edmund, Okla., July 15-24, and that's where the Linthicum A's of Coach Wayne Feuerherd hope to go.

Linthicum will vie for the Dizzy Dean 14-and-under state title Saturday, Sunday and possibly Monday against two teams from the Baltimore Metro League in a double-elimination tournament at Brooklyn Park on the Pony field.

Games are set for 1, 3:15 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday with Sunday's times to be announced.

Later this month the National Amateur Baseball Federation 16-and-under East Regional will be played at Joe Cannon Stadium and Saw Mill Creek Park in Glen Burnie. Seven teams will play in the NABF Regional set for July 22-26.

Two teams from the Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association Mickey Mantle League will be joined by three teams from New York, one from Virginia and one from Baltimore to vie for the NABF double-elimination regional.

Winner of the 16-and-under NABF Regional qualifies for the World Series in Northville, Mich., set to open July 29.

Right after the NABF 16-and-under Regional ends, the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18-and-under World Series begins at Joe Cannon on July 26 and runs to Aug. 5.

The CABA series, sponsored by the AAABA and Lew Holmes, welcomes 16 teams from all over the country, including teams from San Diego and Olympia, Wash.

The California entry is a marquee team, a defending national champion in this age class. Sacramento won the 18-and-under World Series at Joe Cannon last summer by 4-3 over Westerville, Ohio, and was one of a record seven California teams (out of 12 age divisions) to cop a CABA World Series title last year.

"I've got commitments from both San Diego and Olympia to come in here and play in the CABA World Series we are hosting," said Holmes.

Holmes also said that local umpires Greg Harthaussen and Randy Rogers have been working overtime to raise money for the CABA World Series. The Friends of Joe Cannon Committee needs to raise $8,000 to finance the event.

Still another tournament begins Aug. 6 the day after the CABA World Series ends.

The NABF 20-and-under Regional of eight teams will play at Joe Cannon Stadium, with the Arundel A's and Ferndale Post No. 289 among them.

* So, you say you are a boxing fan, well, how about the amateur prelims to the Maryland State Games set for July 16 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie and July 17 at the Naval Station Recreation Center in Annapolis?

Those semifinal bouts will be in the amateur Novice and Open classes, with the champions advancing to the Maryland State Games Finals, July 24, at the Center Ballroom of University of Maryland Baltimore County.

For ticket information to the semis at Michael's, call Jeff Novotny at his Crofton gym, 721-1143, and for the semis at the Naval Station call Felix Bodie at 267-3580.

* Did you boxing fanatics know that U.S. Naval Academy head boxing coach, Jim McNally, took off for Ireland this week to referee National Junior Olympic bouts between the U.S. and Irish squads?

* Have you heard that Round One Promotions' matchmaker Josh Hall is considering martial arts as a part of a dinner and boxing show for this fall?

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