Struggling Old Mill shows polls are far from perfect Notebook Two losses knock Patriots from No. 1

April 19, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

As it turns out, high school baseball coaches are no smarter than sportswriters -- in terms of polls, that is.

A 20-member voting panel of coaches from schools that play under the auspices of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association chose Old Mill as the No. 1 team in the first high school baseball poll released last week.

The Baltimore Sun's seven-member panel also had Old Mill No. 1 last week. In defense of all the pollsters, let's say that Old Mill is not living up to its lofty standing. The Patriots lost twice to unranked teams, one of them a club that has never been in the metro polls.

Last week Old Mill dropped a 5-4 home decision to Southern of Anne Arundel (3-3) after the Bulldogs had been outscored 29-2 in three consecutive losses. Southern has won only 15 games over the past eight years.

Then, Saturday coach Charlie Sullivan's unranked Engineers of Poly rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to nip the struggling Patriots, 6-5.

Cardinal Gibbons, another team that was highly regarded i preseason but has been up and down,knocked off last week's No. 12, Severna Park, 5-3 on Saturday. Severna Park (1-3) was considered a preseason contender in Class 4A, Region IV and was ranked No. 5 at one time.

So much for those pollsters' opinions, right?

Calvert Hall doubles its fun

Speaking of fun, the Calvert Hall Cardinals of coach Joe "Snooky" Binder had some Saturday in sweeping a doubleheader from Bishop Malloy of New York, 6-4 and 9-8. Senior shortstop Josh Itzoe doubled in the first game and again in the nightcap to go with a home run.

Clemson-bound Brian Matz also homered in Game 2, and Larry Marino earned a save in Game 1 and got the win in relief in Game 2.

Earlier in the week, the Cardinals out-slugged Loyola, 14-11, in a Maryland Scholastic Association game.

Edgewood undaunted by loss

In Harford County, Edgewood suffered its first loss, 7-6 to Aberdeen in 10 innings on Thursday, but second-year coach Kevin Tyree expects his club to rebound.

"We have a couple seniors who have great work ethics, and they are a great example for our underclassmen," said Tyree.

"We're starting three sophomores who are doing very well for us."

The seniors setting the example are four-year players -- left-handed pitcher Wade Greason and center fielder Jamie Coons. Greason posted the team's first three wins and Coons has provided the big bat.

Greason has won 27 games in his high school career.

Third baseman/pitcher Bobby Mister is one of three super sophomores who have sparkled in the early going for Edgewood. Catcher John Cephalis, who Tyree says is "like a rock back there," and designated hitter E.J. Anderson are the other two contributing 10th-graders.

Lansdowne vs. Perry Hall

Two of Baltimore county's top teams, Lansdowne and defending State 4A champion Perry Hall, meet a week from today at Perry Hall in what should be the game of week in that county.

Lansdowne survived with a 6-4 squeaker over Pikesville, and Perry Hall got by over Dulaney, 8-7, last week.

The same day, Old Mill visits Arundel in the big game in Ann Arundel County.

Update on Perry Hall's Brown

Left-hander Dan Brown, who was the ace of state 4A champion Perry Hall last spring, has been redshirted at nationally sixth ranked Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Brown was 11-0 with an ERA of 0.79 during Perry Hall's 21-0 season.

2-hitter for S. River freshman

South River freshman Randy Long threw a two-hitter with testrikeouts in blanking hard-hitting Cambridge-South Dorchester (6-2). The Seahawks (3-4) went on to be the surprise winner of the Eastern Shore Easter Tournament defeating Mt. Carmel, 7-1 in the final.

Big-leaguers help high schools

Ex-Orioles outfielder Steve Finley, now a star with the Houston Astros, has made a sizable contribution to Team Texas for the annual Sun Belt Classic, a prestigious high school all-star tournament.

Randallstown baseball coach Dave Wright says one of the current Orioles is about to donate money to Team Maryland to help defray expenses for the Sun Belt Classic.

Team Maryland played in the Sun Belt at Oklahoma State University last June.

Note: If you know of any noteworthy information about former or current high school baseball players, call Pat O'Malley's 24-Hour Sportsline at (410) 247-2499.

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