His record broken, Butler still a hit

April 14, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Several former county high school star baseball players are enjoying outstanding collegiate seasons.

Shortstop Todd Butler (Mount Hebron), batting .373 for the Naval Academy, recently lost his ironman streak. Butler, a senior, had started every game since his freshman year -- 122 straight. But he was hit by a pitch thrown by a Georgetown pitcher and missed the following doubleheader.

Butler has been hit five times this season.

He has seven doubles, 16 runs and six RBI. He made the all-Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League honorable-mention team last season.

Junior catcher Brent Nickles (Centennial) is batting .356 for UMBC. He has started all 16 games and has 21 hits in 59 at-bats. He has four doubles and 11 RBI.

Nickles was selected as honorable-mention Big South Player of the Week last week when he went 10-for-20 with four doubles and two stolen bases.

Alex Pugliese (Atholton) is making a splash at the University of Delaware after transferring there from William & Mary last September.

A junior right-hander, he is 3-0 and has struck out 16 batters in 15 innings. Opponents are batting .202 against him.

His best effort was a one-hitter against Vermont. He also has wins over Towson State and Hartford. Delaware plays in the North Atlantic Section of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. The wins over Hartford and Vermont were league games.

Steve Sclafani (Atholton) has started all 24 games for Pennsylvania and is playing well in the field.

A senior second baseman, he is batting .213 with three doubles, three steals, 11 runs and three RBI.

Weeks to remember

Several high school baseball players turned exceptional weeks.

Junior catcher Kevin Curtin of Glenelg went 7-for-9 and reached base three additional times, on two walks and a hit-by-pitch.

Sophomore left-hander Sean Lookingbill of Glenelg threw nine innings, struck out 19, walked three, gave up one hit and yielded no runs.

Senior first baseman Ryan Frees of Howard went 7-for-10, including a home run, and had six RBI.

Frees' teammate, senior catcher Jamie Kendrick also fared well, going 5-for-10.

Sophomore catcher Eamon Gallagher of Oakland Mills went 8-for-14 with two doubles, one homer and eight RBI.

Day to forget

Last Wednesday is a day Wilde Lake sports fans would just as soon forget.

It merits mention simply because it would be hard to imagine any school's teams having a much worse day.

The softball team lost, 22-2, to Atholton.

The baseball team fell, 17-2, to Atholton.

The boys lacrosse team dropped a 26-2 decision to Centennial.

And the girls lacrosse team was beaten, 21-6, to Centennial.

Then there was the Wildecats' tennis team. It lost, 8-1, to Mount Hebron.

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