High school baseball: Baltimore City preview

March 22, 1993|By Lem Satterfield

Archbishop Curley Friars

1992 record: 10-9. Coach: Al Frank

Top players: Drew Kowalevicz, Sr., CF; Chris Schwoy, Jr., C; Ryan Hax, Soph., SS; Joseph Cristi, Jr., P; John Huber, Jr., P; Chris Shanahan, Jr., 1B; David Baynes, Jr., 2B; Chris Chicowicz, Sr., 2B.

Outlook: Only two starters return from last year's team: Kowalevicz (.291) and Schwoy (.308), who moves from left field to catcher. "Schwoy is our best athlete, but we have six or seven others back who got spot duty," said Frank.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1992 record: 5-5. Coach: Jack Blinke

Top players: J. Armiger, Sr., C; Sean Gruver, Jr., P; Phil Booker, Sr., P/CF; Alex Hill, 3B/P; Myron Hayes, Soph., SS; Craig Connelly, Sr., LF; Mike Schwartz, Sr., RF.

Outlook: The Lakers return every starter, including four-year starters Armiger (.478), who had more than 30 RBI last year, and Connelly. "Armiger's a pro prospect who should be heavily scouted this year, and Connelly should bust out," said Blinke, who goes three deep with pitchers. A question mark is second base, where senior Linc Farr and sophomore Donte Booker contend.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1992 record: 9-15. Coach: Rod Cameron

Top players: Dmitri Dickerson, Sr., LF; Rodney Manigo, Sr., OF; Danny Catlett, Sr., 2B; Kevin Dukes, Jr., IF/OF; Carl Baker, Sr., P; Eric Rigatuso, Sr., P/OF; Jeremy Shutt, Sr., LHP.

Outlook: Ninth-year coach Cameron says his Crusaders, coming off of their worst year ever, return seven starters, including three of their four veteran pitchers. Dickerson (.290, 15 RBI), Dukes (.260) and Catlett (.280, eight steals) are the leaders. The overall depth and experience is more than in past years, and Cameron would like to get back to the level they hit as A Conference champs in 1985, and two years ago, when they missed the playoffs by a game.

Carver Bears

1992 record: 7-8. Coach: Terry Thomas

Top players: Antonio Simpson, Sr., C/P; Delvin Wells, Jr., P/LF; Brodrick Wooden, Soph., P/3B; Brian Jackson, Soph., OF/IF; Sheldon Hawkins, Soph., 2B.

Outlook: Simpson hit .542 and won four games on the mound last year, and Wells hit .440 while winning the other three games. "Last year we scored a lot, but we let too many runs in," said Thomas. Thomas said that Wooden, Jackson and Hawkins, along with talented players up from a 7-5 junior varsity, point toward "dramatically improved pitching and defense."

City Knights

1992 record: 10-6. Coach: Bill Walker

Top players: Terrence Suber, Sr., CF; Carlton Nivens, Sr., P/LF; Shawn Scott, Sr., 1B/C; Dwight Banks, Jr., RF; Jesse Schreier,Jr., C; Chris Ryon, Jr., SS/P; Harry Martin, Jr., P; Pat Mowray, Soph., P.

Outlook: The Knights return five starters, including left-hander Nivens (5-2), who has "pin-point control," Walker said. Suber (.400, 22 RBI), Scott (.300, 12) and Banks (.270, 10) are steady contributors.

Douglass Ducks

1992 record: 1-3. Coach: Mike Bethea

Top players: Dwayne Watts, Jr., SS; Rodney Smith, Jr., 2B; Vaughan Moore, Jr., RF.

Outlook: Last year's season was beset by several rain delays, forcing Bethea to call the season with only four games. But the third-year coach said, "We're looking pretty good and we'll be competitive. We'll definitely improve on last year."

Dunbar Poets

1992 record: 5-3. Coach: Greg Branch

Top players: Emanuel Fitzgerald, Sr., P/U; Omar Parker, Sr., P/U; Elton Banks, Sr., C; Durrell Jones, Sr., 1B; Gary Smith, Jr., 3B; Anthony Byrd, Jr., 2B.

Outlook: The Poets return seven starters, including hurlers Fitzgerald (3-1 last year) and Parker (1-1), who each hit nearly .500. "We have more players in the skilled positions, so we'll definitely improve," said assistant coach David White.

Edmondson Redskins

1992 record: 7-6. Coach: Tai Thompson

Top players: Clarence Holliday, Sr., SS/2B; Michael Wynn, Sr., P/OF; Michael Brock, Jr., SS/C.

Outlook: Only three starters return, but Brock (.338, four home runs) and Holliday (.327, two) had 16 and 18 RBI, respectively. Wynn is a solid pitcher and "with the players up from junior varsity, the veterans will be getting a boost," said Thompson.

Forest Park Foresters

1992 record: 1-9. Coach: Laney Prioleau

Top players: Lamont Gibson, Sr., OF; Arthur Johnson, Sr., P/OF; Dennis Holman, Jr., 2B; Steven Wells, Jr., C; Nick Harris, Sr., RF; Robert Arthur, Jr., P/OF; Damon Moore, Fresh., P.

Outlook: Gibson (.333) and Johnson are among four starters who return. Johnson is working on his fastball, but newcomer Moore will be the top hurler with his fastball, curve, changeup and a developing split-finger. Arthur is the team's best athlete. "We should be more aggressive offensively, especially on the bases," said Prioleau.

Gilman Greyhounds

1992 record: 16-5. Coach: Marty Meloy

Top players: Tim Elliott, Sr., SS; Dave Shapiro, Sr., 1B; Sean Tyszko, Jr., 2B/P; Jason Goeller, Jr., OF; Mike Kunzelman, Sr., P; Will Marbury, Sr., P.

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