Arundel makes pitch to join best in nation

SIDELINES

April 21, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Did you notice the metro area has its first team ranked nationally this baseball season?

The Baltimore Sun's top-ranked Arundel Wildcats (6-0) have cracked the USA Today Super 25 of high school baseball teams across the nation at No. 22.

Duncanville, Texas (22-0) is the nation's top-ranked high school baseball team in USA Today. Maryland teams are lucky if they get in 22 games the entire season.

Why is Arundel the only Maryland team nationally ranked?

Pitching. Pitching is the name of the game, and coach Bernie Walter has been getting it from two right-handers, junior Brandon Agamennone and senior Tim Giles.

Why has No. 4 Old Mill (2-2) been struggling? Lack of pitching.

Why is North County (6-1) No. 8 in the metro area? Pitching.

Old Mill has been giving up too many runs, and coach Mel Montgomery will tell you that his pitching is better than what it has shown. Once the Patriots staff gets going, look out.

At North County, coach Don Usewick has quite a staff and it's young. Sophomore Mike Wooden leads the metro area in strikeouts as of today with 41 in 21 innings. Wooden pitched a 14-strikeout three-hitter over eight innings to stop upset-minded Southern, 4-1, Monday.

"Mike did not walk a batter, and Southern had two of their hits in the first inning," said Usewick, whose Knights got a one-out suicide squeeze from Doug Nelson to break the tie in the top of the eighth. "They only had one other base runner the rest of the way."

Just a week ago, junior left-hander Bob Christopher pitched a 9-0 no-hitter at Annapolis with 14 strikeouts after walking the first three batters.

Junior right-hander Tweety Barton has sparkled in relief, and senior right-hander Joe York has been outstanding.

No. 13 Broadneck is another great example of how important pitching is. Coach Mark Stover's Bruins don't score many runs, but they are 5-1.

Why? Pitching.

Example: Junior right-hander Sean Ryan's last two outings have resulted in a 3-2 victory over Severna Park and a 3-1 decision over Northeast. Ryan (3-0) yielded three hits to Severna Park and scattered six hits to best Northeast and Chris Kelly, who lost with a one-hitter.

Did you know Ryan struck out 14 at Severna Park, probably the best hitter's park in the county? When was the last time a pitcher struck out that many there?

Can you believe Broadneck did not have an extra-base hit in either game?

And how about the 4A sleeper Chesapeake and its pitching? The Cougars (4-2) of Jim Simms should be right in the thick of things with superb junior left-hander Jason White. Simms also has been getting good pitching from right-handers Jeremy Pellegrini and Jerry Scheff.

* Moving to the lacrosse field, did you know the Navy women's club lacrosse team (4-1) of coach Ann Wallace ripped Trinity of D.C., 17-6, Saturday as Deb Roberge and Amy Morrison had five goals each and Sunday humbled the Loyola club team, 14-1?

The Navy women avenged a 17-9 loss to Loyola last year in the romp over the Greyhounds as Morrison scored five more.

Would you say that coach Wallace has turned things around? Navy was 1-5 last year.

* Can you believe that Chesapeake sophomore attackman Laura Hemmings had five assists and one goal in Monday's 19-2 romp over Meade (0-4)?

"I can't remember the last time someone had that many assists for us," said coach Jim Buchan, whose 14th-ranked Cougars put their 5-0 record on the line at No. 3 Severna Park (3-0) at 5:30 tomorrow.

* Is there another metro area school that has such an extensive and diversified offering of summer camps for youths as Broadneck High School in Cape St. Claire?

How about this lineup for the Bruins' summer camps: baseball, June 21-25 under coach Mark Stover; basketball, June 28-July 2, coach Ken Kazmarek; soccer, July 13-17, coaches Jon Braun and David Lord; lacrosse, July 20-24, coach Clay White; field hockey, Aug. 2-6, coach Phoebe Kelly; and volleyball, coach Glenn Brainer, Aug. 2-6.

* Did you know that ex-Arundel pitcher Jerry Mills has three of the five wins earned by Catonsville Community College this spring?

"Jerry has been our most consistent pitcher," said John Hall, pitching coach at Catonsville.

* Didn't Archbishop Spalding lose a good coach in Paul Leimkuhler, who recently stepped down as girls basketball coach for the last nine years?

* How about Severna Park freshman windmiller Christy Huber (4-0) striking out 11 in four innings of relief recently with another freshman, Lauryn McAlister, catching her? Is coach Wayne Mook building a power?

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