Hot news: baseball subsidies due soon

SIDELINES

December 16, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

Hot stove baseball is heating up on the amateur and high school scene, and on first base is some news from the Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association and the county Recreation and Parks Department.

Local baseball teams waiting for the umpire subsidy due them from the county can expect their share within three to four weeks, said athletic supervisor Ron Mox. More than 30 teams will receive a portion of the nearly $12,000 based on the number of games played.

"We had some discrepancies in the number of games played by certain teams, but we have since cleared it up and the AAABA can expect the check within three to four weeks," said Mox.

* Recreation and Parks has come to its senses on the size of baseball diamonds in the 12-15 age classes. As a result, the county is expected to offer a youth baseball program in line with national guidelines.

Last summer the Recreation and Parks' 15-and-under league played on 80-foot base paths with a 54-foot pitching distance.

That is high school age and, nationally, high school baseball is played on the regulation 90-foot base paths with 60 feet, 6 inches in pitching distance.

Also, 13-and-under baseball was played on 70-foot base paths with a pitching distance of 48 feet. Most national organizations play 14-and-under teams on 80-foot bases with a 54-foot pitching distance.

Mike Prokopchak, president of the Recreation and Parks Baseball Coaches Association, said a mid-January meeting with youth coaches will be held to discuss the changes.

* In other AAABA news, president Lew Holmes was re-elected as expected, and he announced that the annual banquet for the organization's summer-league champions in 18-and-under and

16-and-under will be 7 p.m. Dec. 29 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

The AAABA will honor two 18-and-under teams, Severna Park, the American Legion champion, and Harundale, the Connie Mack winner; 16-and-under honors go to the Mickey Mantle League champion, Greater Glen Burnie Patriots, and the Joe E. Brown champions, Kazmarek Little Orioles (National League) and Arundel (American League).

Players and coaches on those teams are admitted free while parents and adults pay $10 and children, $5. For further information, call Holmes at (410) 760-4138 or 16-and-under vice president Steve Keefer at (410) 987-5473.

* Congratulations are in order for three Arundel High products, coach Tut O'Hara, pitcher Brian Rolocut and first baseman Tim Giles.

O'Hara has been named Maryland Golden Diamond Amateur Baseball Coach of the Year for 1991 by the U.S. Baseball Federation. The award is sponsored in each state by Topps Inc. and is presented for the coach's performance two years prior.

A 1977 grad of Mount St. Joseph High in Baltimore, O'Hara was named an All-Metro outfielder by The Baltimore Sun after batting with five triples and 35 RBI for the Gaels.

After his playing days, O'Hara became a coach and soon was taken under the wing of Arundel High coach Bernie Walter. O'Hara has been JV coach and varsity assistant at Arundel High and played a key role as an assistant coach on Walter's 1990 national American Legion champion Mayo Post No. 226 team.

O'Hara receives the award based on his longtime volunteer background and especially for 1990 and 1991 when he led the Prince George's County Babe Ruth 15-and-under All-Stars, including a host of Arundel players, to state and region titles.

The Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches has its annual Coaches Clinic on Jan. 15-16 at the BWI Marriott at which time O'Hara be honored along with the top district high school and college coaches of the year.

Rolocut and Giles were named to the National High School Baseball Coaches Association District 2 Team sponsored by Converse for 1992. District 2 encompasses Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

A hard-throwing right-hander, Rolocut, who led the Wildcats to the state 4A semis with an 11-1 record and 0.77 ERA with a county-leading 132 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings, attends Miami Dade Community College in Florida. He was named to The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro first team this spring.

Giles, an Anne Arundel County Sun All-County first baseman after hitting .400 with 29 RBI, two homers, four triples and six doubles as a junior, recently completed a great fall with the Oriolelanders. Coached by Baltimore Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert and his son, Tom, the Oriolelanders consist of the top returning seniors from the mid-Atlantic area.

For information on the clinic which features LSU head coach Skip Bertman, who led his team to the 1991 NCAA College World Series championship, and the awards ceremony, call C. Milton Wright coach Jim Miller at (410) 638-4110.

* Davidsonville resident, outfielder Kevin Gibbs, a St. John's High of D.C. grad, has been named the Golden Diamond Amateur Junior Player of the Year for Maryland. Gibbs hit .607, stole 29 bases in as many attempts and scored 32 runs for St. John's before playing with the Team USA Juniors Team this summer.

Gibbs rejected an offer to sign with the Boston Red Sox and currently is attending Old Dominion.

* For those interested in baseball umpiring next year, the annual Anne Arundel Baseball Umpires School gets under way Sunday, Jan. 10 at Severn Elementary School. This year the school will function from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

Veteran umpires Warren Shadle and Dave Ferris will be the pTC instructors for the school, which runs until Feb. 18. For information, call Shadle at (410) 551-8799.

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