High school baseball: Baltimore County preview

March 22, 1993|By Lem Satterfield and Rich Scherr

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1992 record: 8-4. Coach: Dave Lawson.

Top players: Jarrett Watson, Soph., CF; Steve Reese, Sr., SS; Bret Anderson, Sr., P.

Outlook: The Eagles leave the MSA this year in favor of the Christian Schools Athletic Association, which features some MSA-caliber teams, mostly in the Washington suburbs. They lost just two starters and should be in contention for the title. Watson, an All-MSA C Conference outfielder as a freshman, will lead the way.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1992 record: 19-8. Coach: Joe Binder.

Top players: Brian Matz, Sr., P-1B; Josh Itzoe, Sr., SS; Larry Marino, Sr., 3B-P; Adam Roberts, Jr., OF; Tim Pilarski, Sr., INF.

Outlook: The Cardinals will be a force even though they graduated nine from last year's MSA A Conference runner-up team, Leading the way will be Matz, a left-handed pitcher-first baseman, who last season was 8-2 on the mound and hit .444 with a team-leading 30 RBI. Marino will add another powerful bat to the middle of the lineup (.423, 29 RBI) and also will pitch. Itzoe, Roberts and Pilarski also will help the Cardinals shoot for their 11th title game in 13 years.

Catonsville Comets

1992 record: 1-17. Coach: John Leslie.

Top players: Mike Barrett, Sr., P; Chad Cameron, Jr., P; Jeremy Kolarek, Jr., P-C; Jim Bright, Sr., 1B.

Outlook: After suffering through an aberration of a season in 1991, the Comets look to be much improved. Barrett, Cameron and Kolarek will lead a pitching staff that should be the strength of the team. The Comets' goal is a .500 season.

Dulaney Lions

1992 record: 13-4. Coach: Ron Audlin.

Top players: Jeff Berman, Sr., P-SS; Todd Retchless, Sr., C; Rodney Maenner, Sr., P; Jason Jacobs, Sr., P-3B.

Outlook: With one returning starter from last year's regional semifinal team, the depleted Lions will rely on a number of former role players and nine JV call-ups. While Berman, Maenner and Jacobs will lead the pitching staff, Retchless will anchor the lineup. This team should be competitive.

Dundalk Owls

1992 record: 11-8. Coach: George Scheulen.

Top players: Keith Fletcher, Sr., P; Rich Estes, Sr., P; Freddie May, Jr., P; Todd Rettkowski, Sr., C.

Outlook: The Owls are young but talented. They will carry 11 or 12 juniors, and will be without their starting middle infield, out indefinitely due to injuries and grades. Fletcher, Estes and May give them depth at pitching, but the key to a winning season could be offense. A number of players from Dundalk's two-time defending JV county championship team will bolster the lineup.

Eastern Vo-Tech Mavericks

1992 record: 7-11. Coach: Joe Gast.

Top players: Eric Messercola, Sr., P-2B; Glen Umbarger, Jr., P-3B; Tom Bialozynsky, Jr., C; Tom McNair, Sr., LF; Jason Schisler, Sr., RF.

Outlook: The Mavericks have a lot of question marks after graduating all but one starter. Messercola and Umbarger will lead the pitching staff while Schisler, the team's leading hitter last season, will play right field and anchor the lineup. The outfield could be the strong point.

Franklin Indians

1992 record: 13-6. Coach: Chick Vrany.

Top players: Steve Teter, Sr., P; Jason Schweriner, Sr., SS; Daryl Chambers, Sr., 3B.

Outlook: There's no question Franklin will field a competitive team, though scoring runs could be problem. Only one starter returns from last year's regional qualifier, and this year's talent is still a question mark. The Indians will build around a nucleus of Teter, Schweriner and Chambers.

Hereford Bulls

1992 record: 12-4. Coach: George Cooper.

Top players: Josh Rohlfs, Sr., C; Steve Dorfler, Sr., OF; Dewayne Fowble, Sr., P; Gabe Selko, Sr., 3B; Chris Currier, Sr., INF.

Outlook: With the nucleus of the team returning, the Bulls could be in for another big year. Rohlfs and Dorfler were All-County selections last year and Fowble made it as a sophomore. Their strength will be at the corners, but the outfield and pitching depth remain question marks.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1992 record: 6-10. Coach: Carroll Hess.

Top players: Tony Santesse, Sr., P; Dave Osbourne, Jr., P; Steve Hewitt, Sr., CF; Kevin Steinbach, Sr., SS; Billy Baxter, Sr., C.

Outlook: The Bluebirds lost a number of close games last year and are counting on the nucleus of Santesse, Osbourne and Hewitt to help turn their fortunes around. Four starters return, but the team is otherwise young. Pitching will be the strong point.

Lansdowne Vikings

1992 record: 17-5. Coach: Ron Bareford.

Top players: Josh Benson, Sr., P; Randy Musgrove, Sr., P-OF; Brian Sullivan, Sr., P; Rob Parsons, Jr., C-P; Danny Muller, Sr., SS.

Outlook: The Vikings, who last year lost to Thomas Johnson in the Class 3A state finals, have the heart of last year's powerful pitching staff back in Benson, Musgrove and Sullivan. Parsons, too, can pitch when needed, and will add a big bat to the

lineup. One of the only real questions on the team will be if Muller can adjust to shortstop after playing second base last season. Look for this team to go a long way again.

Loch Raven Raiders

1992 record: 7-9. Coach: Bud Keene.

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