'Hot' questions always welcomed on the Sportsline

SIDELINES

July 22, 1992|By Pat O'Malley

All right, sports fans, get ready for a hot batch of "questions without answers." It's rather appropriate to make it "hot," with the weather being what it is.

Don't forget the ground rules. Any comments (positive or negative), answers or big questions of your own are always welcome on my 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499. Call any time.

* First off, let me tell you that if you called the Sportsline requesting a copy of the running drills to increase speed, and an awful lot of you did, you should be receiving it any day now. One batch has already been mailed and another is going out in a day or so.

If you requested the drills and don't receive them by next week, please, call me back and I will make sure a copy is mailed to you.

See you on the downhill, guys and girls.

* How about congratulations to the Severna Park 16-and-under team of coaches Steve Keefer and Jim Norgard for winning the Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) Northeast Regional and qualifying for the CABA World Series in Laredo,

Texas July 30 through Aug. 8?

The big "Q" is, will Severna Park make the trip?

"The players are extremely excited about the possibility of playing in the 12-team World Series, but are in urgent need of the support of local businesses, community groups and interested residents to help pay for airfare and other expenses," said Keefer, adding, "we have to raise about $4,000 by July 29."

Keefer says "no offer will be refused." You can reach him at 987-5473 or Norgard at 544-5960.

Severna Park hammered Bel Air of Harford County, 10-3, at Sawmill Creek Park in the CABA Northeast Regional final.

"It was a team effort; good pitching, defense and timely hitting," said Keefer.

* Is it a mistake for Severn Post 276 and the Pasadena Saints, the two teams that qualified for the CABA 18-and-under World Series to take place in our county from July 26 to Aug. 5, to be

playing all of their games at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans?

Shouldn't those teams also be playing at the other sites, such as Arundel and Northeast high schools, Kinder Park and Sawmill Creek Park like the other 14 out-of-town teams? Didn't playing the locals at Cannon all the time hurt attendance last summer?

* Have you heard that several former standout teen-age players who played most of their sandlot baseball in Anne Arundel County are going away with the Baltimore Birds of the Chesapeake 30-and-over Seniors League to the Seniors World Series in Phoenix, Ariz. in about a month?

The Birds (8-2) are currently runner-up to the Broadneck Dodgers (10-1) in the National League of the Chesapeake circuit and are run by ex-Minnesota Twins farmhand Gary Bishop, who grew up in Brooklyn and played with the old Brooklyn Optimist Boys Club and Johnny's, and was an All-Metro first baseman at Baltimore Poly before going on to star at the University of Maryland.

"I don't know if we have enough pitching, but we're going to score some runs," said Bishop.

Bishop is excited about adding ex-major league catcher John Stefero of Glen Burnie for the Phoenix Nationals. Stefero is one of the top power hitters in the Chesapeake League. The left-handed hitter has belted several prodigious homers for league-leading Broadneck.

Stefero grew up in Odenton and played at Mount St. Joseph High. Mark Poehlman, former Loyola High star outfielder and All-American at the University of Maryland, is on the Birds, along with Frankie Thomas.

Thomas, an infielder from South Baltimore who got as high as the Class AAA level in the Milwaukee Brewers chain, played at Poly and Maryland.

Bishop, Stefero, Poehlman and Thomas all played for the Brooklyn Optimist Boys Club and Johnny's back in the 1970s. According to Bishop, they still swing the bat pretty well.

Bobby Boyd, the ex-California Angel minor league pitcher who was All-Met at Brooklyn Park High in 1975, is one of the top Bird hurlers.

* Do you know why player/coach Perry Sauers' Lawmen/Rangers have played more games (5-10 in American League) than any other club in the Chesapeake Seniors League?

"Because Bernie Walter lets us play at Arundel High and the field drains so well that we never have postponements," he said..

Unfortunately, Arundel is one of just a few baseball diamonds in Anne Arundel County with a grass infield.

* Can you believe Don Hauf of the Lawmen/Rangers bribing an umpire in a recent game by giving the man in blue a dollar before stepping into the batter's box?

Hauf collected two hits that game.

* How about this remark from an anonymous Severna Park Legion Post No. 175 player on the 24-hour Sportsline?

"Mr. O'Malley, isn't it about time you gave Charlie Becker and Jim McCandless their due as being good coaches, and shouldn't the Severna Park team be congratulated for winning the Legion League?"

Will everyone please stand now and applaud these guys?

Then, the caller had to ruin it with, "Obviously, our players did the right thing leaving the all-star game [Seniors Classic] early because we are going to Hagerstown for the State Legion Tournament and we won it."

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