Spring rains, going by the book hurting area teams

April 12, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

It's bad enough that March's bad weather, which spilled into April, has resulted in postponements and cancellations of local high school baseball games. Now the "book" is adding to the woes of baseball coaches.

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) rules allow baseball teams to play a maximum of four games a week "if games are part of a holiday tournament."

Several Easter tournaments rained out Saturday with today as a rain date, have been scrapped because of the rule. Among the tournaments canceled was the 10th annual Holiday Bruin Tournament at Broadneck High.

That's too bad because the Bruin tournament included a pair of ranked teams in No. 1 Old Mill (1-0) and No. 8 Loyola (3-0) pitted against Archbishop Curley (0-2) and host Broadneck (2-1), two other traditionally strong programs.

Going by the rankings, a Loyola-Old Mill showdown for the title was likely, but that matchup will have to wait until May 1. The two clubs were rained out March 29 and have rescheduled the game.

"Old Mill was in a bind with three regularly scheduled games for this week already," said Broadneck coach Mark Stover.

Old Mill hosts Southern of Harwood Wednesday, and visits Northeast on Friday and Poly Saturday. Playing in the Bruin tourney would have given Old Mill five games, too many per MPSSAA rules.

"Ned Sparks [executive secretary of MPSSAA] told me that we are allowed one game over the maximum if a makeup is involved. None of Old Mill's games were makeups, so they can't play," said Stover.

"I talked to the other teams and we decided that without one of the premier teams in Old Mill, we should cancel it for this year."

Being Catholic schools and members of the MSA, Loyola and Curley have no such restrictions.

"The rule is stupid," said veteran Northeast coach Harry Lentz, who was sweating out his Easter Tournament yesterday. Lentz stood to lose money on T-shirts he purchased.

Salisbury High of Allentown, Pa., cannot play today, so that leaves just Chesapeake (1-1) and Southern of Harwood, both of Anne Arundel to play at Northeast. It appears that all three teams are in the clear to play per the MPSSAA rules.

Ryder's return

Chesapeake of Anne Arundel is a team to watch in the Class 4A, Region IV race, especially if senior right-hander Chris Ryder returns this week as expected.

Ryder broke an ankle playing a pickup basketball game five days before the start of the Cougars' season.

"Chris is supposed to get his cast off [tomorrow] and we hope to have him back the end of this week," said coach Jim Simms, whose team plays host to Arundel in an important game Wednesday.

Sider home recovering

Glen Burnie coach Bruce Sider is at home recovering after he was struck in the head by a line drive during warm-ups before last Wednesday's game. Sider returned home after a stay at Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

Sider, who will undergo physical therapy in Glen Burnie and neurological therapy at University Hospital in Baltimore in about HTC a week, has a permanent hearing loss.

This after Sider injured his knee in a pickup basketball game at the start of the baseball season. He has been wearing a knee brace and faces reconstructive surgery in May.

Matz picks Clemson

Calvert Hall's Brian Matz, The Baltimore Sun All-Metro first baseman as a junior (.444, 30 RBI), has accepted a baseball scholarship to Atlantic Coast Conference power Clemson (22-8 and ranked 18th in the nation last week).

"One of the main reasons I selected Clemson was because they've won the ACC more than any other team and that usually means a trip to the College World Series," said Matz, a left-hander who was also recruited by Maryland, Miami, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State.

What about national power Miami? "I might have gotten lost in the numbers game at Miami," said Matz.

Matz, who was 8-2 as a pitcher last season, is hoping that Clemson will give him a chance to swing the bat, but the Tigers are planning to use him on the mound only.

"When I visited Clemson in the fall, they had their pitchers swinging [taking batting practice], so maybe I will get a shot to hit," said Matz, who is 1-0 with 18 strikeouts and a 1.60 ERA in 8 1/3 innings this season.

Matz, who has a 3.3 grade-point average, will major in financial management and hopes to put his degree to good use in negotiating a pro baseball contract down the road.

"I hope to eventually get a chance at playing pro baseball," said the 18-year-old Towson resident.

Rolocut faring well

Brian Rolocut, the hard-throwing right-hander from Arundel who was All-Metro last spring (11-1, 0.77 ERA), is sparkling at Dade-Wilson Community College (formerly Miami-Dade) in Miami. He has committed to play with the Corrigan's 20-and-under team this summer.

Trivia time

Finally, how's this for a great local baseball trivia question?

Who played center field and wore No. 1 at Towson State in 1961 and has gone on to win a National Junior College Baseball World Series, and who was his teammate who played second base and wore No. 2 and has won a World Series in Major League Baseball?

Hint: both graduated from Southern High in Baltimore.

The answer: George Henderson, the Essex Community College Coach, who led his team to the national title last year and Atlanta Braves GM John Schuerholz, who was vice president and GM of the world champion Kansas City Royals in 1985.

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