Four regional tryouts for the Crown High School All-Star Baseball Game and Team Maryland are set for 10 a.m. May 23, and some 80 seniors will be selected to participate in a doubleheader on the Eastern Shore, May 30.
After the doubleheader, the candidates from all over the state will be pared down to two 15-man teams for the Crown All-Star Game at Camden Yards following the Orioles and Minnesota Twins game on July 18 and a 20-man roster for Team Maryland's visit to Stillwater, Okla., for the Sun Belt Classic, June 20-28.
Cardinal Gibbons head baseball coach Rod Cameron is the North Regional chairman and says that nominations must be in by Friday. All high school seniors nominated by their respective high school coaches are eligible, and if a school doesn't have a nomination form, call Don Van Deusen at Atholton High, (410) 313-7080.
The regional tryout sites are: East -- Broadneck High, chairman Mark Stover, head coach at Broadneck; West -- Boonsboro High, chairman Fred Krieger, head coach at Boonsboro; North -- Catonsville Community College, chairman Cameron, head coach at Cardinal Gibbons; and South -- South Carroll High, chairman Joe Foltz, head coach at South Carroll.
"Each region committee will select 20 players to play in the doubleheader at the Wicomico Athletic Complex in Salisbury on the 30th," said Cameron.
"After that day, the teams for the Crown and Team Maryland will be chosen, and some of the same players could make both teams."
Team Maryland is in its fourth year and Randallstown baseball coach Dave Wright has been working on landing sponsors to defray costs for the week-long trip to Oklahoma State University.
The Sun Belt Classic is a round-robin format with teams from Florida, California, Ohio, Georgia and the host state.
Other important dates
In case you have been wondering about the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state baseball playoff dates, make note of these: last day for make-ups is May 19; tournament seeding, May 20; regional play, May 21-22 at higher seeds ; state semifinals, May 25 (rain date, May 26) at various sites (Class 4A will be at Joe Cannon Stadium in Anne Arundel County, games at 4 and 7 p.m.).
All four state championship games will be played at McCurdy Field in Frederick on May 29 with May 31 the rain date.
Wildcats get national attention
Arundel, the area's No. 1 team, coached by Bernie Walter, was No. 4 in the Easton Sports National Poll published in the May 7 issue of Collegiate Baseball. The Wildcats were No. 17 in last week's USA Today Super 25 for high school baseball. This was before last week's 6-5 loss to Old Mill.
It was only two years ago that Northeast of Anne Arundel County, going 24-0, won the mythical national championship in the Easton Poll.
Clemson lands another
Next year's Clemson University pitching staff will not only include Brian Matz of Calvert Hall, but 1991 Dundalk High grad Kevin Rexrode, who has sparkled the last two springs for Dundalk Community College.
Still a Patriot
Jimmy Simms, former All-County left-hander for the Old Mill Patriots who has pitched the last two years at Anne Arundel Community College, has received a baseball scholarship to the Colonial Athletic Association champion George Mason Patriots.
How about congratulations to the Owings Mills baseball team of coach Randy Pentz. The team, 1-15 a year ago, set a school record with a win over No. 9 (9-4) Milford Mill by 19-3 Friday.
Football scouts watch baseball
Patterson baseball/football coach Roger Wrenn reports that three college football coaches attended the Patterson-City baseball game to take a look at two-sport players such as outfielders John Sauer of Patterson, a running back in football, and Terrence Suber of City, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro quarterback and Offensive Player of the Year.
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